A 73-Year-Old Beat Me To The Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge 6K Finish Line!

One of the many things I love about Palm Springs is that a 73-year-old can beat you in an uphill mountain race. This was my first Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge 6K race, and I’m only 60 (a youngster in Palm Springs), so I have 13 years to catch up to him. I also love that the oldest participant was 91-years-old!

I finished the 29th annual run/walk 761 out of 1,400 participants, and did it in an hour and 9 minutes, but I still have a lot of room for improvement.

Hope to see you at next year’s Challenge and Make A Difference Day. Between now and then, if you want to buy or sell a house, give me a call. That’s what I do with the rest of my time.

Palm Springs Halloween Costume Contest 2014

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With Halloween just a week away, I thought I would share this vintage 1960s Polaroid photo of my grandmother dressed like a man and standing in the back yard of her Palm Springs home.

I didn’t discover this photo until after her death, so I have no clue why she was dressed in drag. It would have been very out of character for her, to say the least. My best guess is that she was dressed up for a Palm Springs Halloween party.

These days, it would be surprising to find anyone living in Palm Springs not dressed in drag on Halloween!

This year’s Palm Springs Halloween Costume Contest will take place on Friday, October 31, 2014, from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM on Arenas Road. The annual event is free to the public.

Palm Springs Golden Rainbow Redefines Senior Center

golden rainbow lgbtq senior center palm springsIf you’re a gay baby boomer or senior, there are only a handful of cities in the country where you can retiree to and find an LGBTQ senior center.

The Golden Rainbow LGBTQ senior center in Palm Springs is one, and it’s one of the best.

Just another reason for mature and aging LGBTQ house hunters to call Palm Springs home.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH PALM SPRINGS HOMES AND CONDOS FOR SALE ON THE MLS

Or, contact me today, at the number above, if you’re looking for a gay real estate agent to help you with your search.

Palm Springs “Make A Difference Day” Is October 25, 2014

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It took me an hour and a half to walk the 3.7 mile Tram Road from the visitor center on Palm Canyon to the Tramway valley station this morning. Round trip from my doorstep in Mountain Gate (across the street) was eight miles and took three hours.

This video was taken about half way up the road, around 7:30 am this morning. I’m getting ready for this year’s Tram Road Challenge 6K Run/Walk in Palm Springs, California, being held next week on Saturday October 25, 2014. The Challenge is a fund raiser for The United Way of the Desert and Make a Difference Day.

If you don’t have other plans and enjoy steep, strenuous walks, come and join me next Saturday.

Mountain Gate, Palm Springs Home For LEASE

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Mountain Gate, Palm Springs single story, single family home for long-term lease (minimum 12 months) at $1,700 a month.

This beautifully upgraded 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home offers a 2-car garage, indoor laundry room, stainless steel appliances, a fireplace, walk-in master closet and more.

CLICK HERE to view complete information and additional photos.

Elvis’ Former Palm Springs Home Goes On Auction Block October 25th

Tour Graceland WestElvis Presley’s former Palm Springs home is currently bank owned and goes on the auction block Saturday, October 25th at noon.

The 4 bedroom, 7 bathroom celebrity hillside estate is located at 845 W. Chino Canyon Road in the Little Tuscany Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs. The auction will be held on-site.

Built in 1946, the 5,000+ square foot historic compound sits on 1.75 acres of land, offers a swimming pool and sweeping mountain and city views. Elvis owned the home until his death in 1977. It is only one of two known homes to have been owned by the King of Rock and Roll.

If you are out of area and need a Realtor to represent you at the auction, please contact me today.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH ALL LITTLE TUSCANY ESTATES HOMES FOR SALE ON THE DESERT AREA MLS 

Join Me For The 29th Annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge 6K Run/Walk

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I took this photo on my walk this morning. I live in Mountain Gate, which is across the street, and about a 10 minute walk to the Palm Springs Visitor Center. From the center, I walked about half way up the Tram Road, to keep in shape for this year’s Tram Road Challenge. Round trip from my doorstep took exactly 60 minutes.

The 29th Annual Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge is a 6K uphill run/walk presented by the Palm Springs Aerial Tram and Make a Difference Day.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Click here to visit their website and to register.

For over 25 years, runners and walkers from around the world have been taking on the challenge. Participants climb 2000 vertical feet in just over 3.7 miles.  This event benefits the United Way of the Desert.

The run/walk starts at the Visitor Center parking lot and ends at the Tramway valley station. Hope to see you there.

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, Sept. 28 – Mountain Gate, Palm Springs

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OPEN HOUSE
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: Noon to 3pm
Location: 1162 Palmas Ridge, Palm Springs, CA 92262, (Mountain Gate neighborhood)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Approx. Sq Ft: 1,630
Approx. Lot Size: 5,663
Year Built: 2006
HOA/Homeowner Association Fees: $110 a month
Land: You own the land
Asking Price: $305,000

Stop by my open house this coming Sunday to view the lowest priced home currently for sale in the gated neighborhood of Mountain Gate, Palm Springs.

You own the land, HOAs are very low, the mountain views are breathtaking and the community offers multiple pools, spas, tennis courts and more.

If you can’t wait until Sunday, contact me at 760-600-6152 or email stevestewart@kw.com to see this home in person now.

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OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, Sept. 27 – Midcentury Modern Renovated Meiselman

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OPEN HOUSE
Date: September 27, 2014
Time: Noon to 3pm
Location: 1820 N Via Miraleste, Palm Springs, CA 92262, (Racquet Club East neighborhood)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
Approx. Sq Ft: 1,200
Approx. Lot Size: 10,454
Year Built: 1959
HOA/Homeowner Association Fees: None
Land: You own the land
Asking Price: $599,000

Stop by my open house this coming Saturday, if you’re in the market for a classic, 1959 Midcentury modern Meiselman home with all of the conveniences of this century.

Recently renovated, this stylish architectural pad boasts porcelain tile flooring, quartz counter tops, BOSCH appliances, new outdoor decking, updated systems including HVAC, electric and plumbing, newer roof, replaced tongue and groove ceiling boards, re-plastered pool and more.

Bring your suitcase because you won’t want to leave!

If you can’t wait until Saturday, contact me at 760-600-6152 or email stevestewart@kw.com to see this home in person now.

Ditch Your Lawn And Save Up To $3,000!

palm springs dwp water conservation program

My Mountain Gate, Palm Springs neighbor recently signed up for the Desert Water Agency’s Turf Buy Back program that was launched August 1, 2014. I spotted this sign in her yard and thought I would share it with others who might not be aware of the city’s water conservation program.

The program requires property owners to fill out an application and successfully complete a pre-conversion site inspection with DWA. Residents are eligible for a $2 per square foot rebate of up to $3,000 for the removal of their lawns.

In addition, once you have converted your yard to desert landscaping (xeriscaping), you will likely see a dramatic decrease in your monthly water bill. We removed our grass many years ago and even though we have a private pool and spa, our monthly water bills average $25 a month. It’s not unusual for our friends, with grass lawns, to pay five to 10 times that much per month for water!

For more information, visit www.dwa.org/conservation