The twelve neighborhoods which today form Central Palm Springs have some of the richest history of any of the neighborhoods in the city. Some of these Central Palm Springs Neighborhoods have names suggestive of their heritage; examples including The Historic Tennis Club and The Movie Colony.
Two specific neighborhoods of Central Palm Springs I would like to highlight follow.
El Mirador. This neighborhood’s name evolved from its original name, the ‘Bel Desierto Neighborhood’, coined by P. T. Stevens who built the El Mirador Hotel at the corner of North Indian Canyon Drive and Tachevah Drive, now the site of the Desert Regional Medical Center. The Bel Desierto Neighborhood Association ultimately changed the neighborhood’s name to El Mirador in recognition of the former El Mirador Hotel’s Bell Tower. El Mirador translated from Spanish means a ‘scenic viewpoint’ or ‘watch tower’. The Desert Regional Medical Center recreated in its construction a replica of the original El Mirador Hotel’s Bell Tower…thus the landmark which the neighborhood is now named after.
The El Mirador neighborhood today is an eclectic mix of homes from larger estate properties to vintage Palm Springs bungalows representing most architectural styles. The neighborhood is highly desired by Buyers for its central location within the City of Palm Springs.
The Movie Colony. No coverage of the neighborhoods of Central Palm Springs would be complete without The Movie Colony. Named for the by-gone days when the stars of Hollywood escaped to the desert oasis of Palm Springs and built their modest (in today’s terms) cottages and bungalows. The Movie Colony retains its allure today. Manicured ficus tree hedge walls screen from view many of the Palm Springs Homes in the Movie Colony Neighborhood. Large estate-size homes, bungalows and newer-built homes offer a wide range of architectural styles for Palm Springs Home Buyers in the Movie Colony.
Public Parks. Located in Central Palm Springs are two of the City of Palm Springs public parks – Ruth Hardy Park and Sunrise Park.
Geographically, Central Palm Springs’ boundaries are defined by these natural landmarks and streets:
The twelve neighborhoods forming Central Palm Springs are:
Each of these neighborhoods has a unique setting and character given the specific neighborhood’s geographic location, the street grid and the neighborhoods’ distinctive homes.
For an interactive map showing each of the individual officially designated City of Palm Springs Neighborhoods, please click: Palm Springs Neighborhoods Map.
If you are considering a Palm Springs Home, learning about these neighborhoods will be an important part of building your understanding of the Palm Springs Homes market. One of the best ways to navigate through these neighborhoods is with a skilled Realtor who can match your specific preferences with the right neighborhood and the right Palm Springs Home.
It would be my great pleasure to work with you as your Buyer’s Representative in finding your ‘right’ Palm Springs Home.