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64@theRiv at the site of Sonny Bono’s Palm Springs Restaurant


The Upscale Condominium Development 64@Theriv Is Under Construction At Indian Canyon Drive And East Via Escuela In North Palm Springs. Phase I Of The Project, Including Model Homes, Is Expected To Be Completed In August.


Courtesy of the Palm Springs Life

The resurgence of North Palm Springs is showing no signs of slowing down. To the opening of the Arrive hotel, the renovation of the Riviera, and the debut of innovative restaurants such as Draughtsman and Sandfish by Engin Onural, we can now add the planned condominium development 64@theRiv.

The builder behind the project is Palm Springs Modern Homes, which made its mark in 1997 with 12@Dunes Court off East Sunny Dunes Road and has since designed and developed more than 300 homes at communities that include 18@TwinPalms, 43@RacquetClub, 48@Arenas, and 45@TheVillas. For 64@theRiv, the company has joined forces with local architect Chris Sahlin, who designed 18@TwinPalms.

The new community will be located at the southeast corner of Indian Canyon Drive and East Via Escuela, adjacent to the Rivera Hotel, on a site that once housed the eponymous restaurant of former Palm Springs mayor Sonny Bono. Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by August, at which time prospective buyers will be able to tour model homes. Phase II has an estimated delivery of December, and the final phase should be finished in the summer of 2019.


The Community Will Have A 50-Foot Lap Pool And Spa Along With An Outdoor Fireplace Inspired By Designer Philippe Starck.

“The exterior elevations showcase modern elements with a nod to midcentury designers featured throughout the community,” says realtor Neil Curry of Team NDC Homes. “Some of the eye-catching details will include clerestory windows; intricate, woven iron gates; and cantilevered shade structures and carport covers. The Riv Pool Club architecture was inspired by, and is an homage to, the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion. It features a 50-foot lap pool and spa along with an outdoor fireplace inspired by designer Philippe Starck.”

The 64 homes in the gated community will feature two floor plans, the “1500” and the “1200”, so called for the approximate number of square feet in each. The 1500 encompasses two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1,501 square feet, while the 1200 has two bedrooms and two baths in 1,226 square feet. Both plans will showcase living spaces with nine-foot ceilings and an open, social kitchen design.


The bedrooms in the 1200 series floor plan, which has 1,226 square feet, flank the living area. Low-level units will have three outdoor patios.

Interior features will include 24-inch-square porcelain flooring in the living areas, carpet in the bedrooms, and smart-home pre-wiring for speakers in the great room and master bedroom. Kitchens will feature quartz countertops, Whirlpool appliances, and Grohe fixtures, while bathrooms will have floating vanities, Grohe and Kohler fixtures, and frameless glass shower enclosures.

With 1,501 square feet, this plan has two en-suite bedrooms.

Kitchen features will include quartz countertops and backsplashes, Whirlpool appliances, Grohe fixtures, and under-cabinet lighting.

The open-plan living areas will have nine-foot ceilings and 24-inch-square porcelain tile.


“Another stand-out feature is that we are an eco-friendly development,” says Curry. “Each unit will include a 3kW solar system, tankless water heaters, LED dimmable lighting, and high-efficiency HVAC. There will also be community car-charging stations.” In addition to the pool and spa, outdoor amenities will include a greenbelt with walking and exercise paths and a dog park.

Every buyer will receive a 64@theRiv membership card entitling them to special services at the Riviera, such as discounted spa packages, meals, and room rates.

The homes will be priced from $395,000 to $475,000.

From Sheri Dettman
In Non-Golf Communities

A Sunny Day At Lake La Quinta (& The Chateau)

Sheri Dettman With Chateau Manager Chris

With La Quinta temps in the mid to high 80’s this past week it was an easy choice for our video crew to choose to update our video tour of the Lake La Quinta community. Towards the end of the shoot, my husband Bill shot some footage at Chateau Lake La Quinta, located at the western end of the lake (formerly the Lake La Quinta Inn).

While at the Chateau (sounds pretty classy), Bill notice they’d remodeled their restaurant and renamed it Melange. They added a large bar in the center of the room and feature a new menu. Naturally, further investigation into the new space and menu was necessary, so Bill suggested that we go back that evening.

After twisting my arm, Bill and I headed for the Chateau (I just love saying that– Hey everyone we’re off to dine at the Chateau!). Upon arrival, Bill took photos of me with manager Chris. By 6 PM the joint was jumping as people enjoyed a mild evening on the lakeside deck surrounded by fire pits and space heaters of course.

Dinner At The Chateau

We started our evening there by sharing a Caprese Salad. We both agreed it was likely the best Caprese salad that we’ve had in the entire desert. For my main course, I thoroughly enjoyed the Tasmanian Ocean Trout. This Petuna ocean trout has been called the “Wagyu of the sea.” My fish was served with mushroom risotto and baby vegetables.

Bill went for the Newport Pork Chop. Now I’m not a big meat eater, but after sampling a bit, I have to admit that I enjoyed several more bites. At 16 ounces this was a big farm raised pork chop, served with sweet corn, red and green peppers, country mashed potatoes and a delish apple brandy demi-glace sauce. One word sums up this entrée–Yum!

About The Lake La Quinta Community

Homes at Lake La Quinta are located both on and off the lake. Lakefront homes have their own boat docks. Here, homeowners and their guests can enjoy a variety of activities including a cruise on their electric boat (or rent the HOA boat). Kayaking, fishing, tennis and hitting the community park or pool are other popular Lake La Quinta activities.

We dined at and reviewed the Chateau restaurant here in our blog in May of 2015. I can honestly say that the new menu and improvements are a big hit. Reservations are suggested. And if you go, please say hello to the manager, Chris.

Not Exactly The Road To The Bob Hope Palm Springs Home

Not Exactly The Road To The Bob Hope Palm Springs Home

Every Picture Tells A Story!

Every picture tells a story and this photo makes it clear that no, this is not the road to the former Palm Springs estate of the late entertainer Bob Hope. Our marketing team however liked the sense of humor exhibited by the owner of this property. In case you can’t read it, the sign on the right reads: No Trespassing. Owner has a gun and he is not afraid to use it. He also has A.D.D. “Hey is that a chicken?”

In the photo below, taken further up the hill is the small, gated luxury community of South Ridge. And the home at the top of the hill in this photo is “The Elrod House” by architect John Lautner, who just happed to be an apprentice to some guy named Frank Lloyd Wright early in his career.

The Elrod House Featured In Diamonds Are Forever

For James Bond fans, the Elrod House was featured as the ultimate bachelor pad in the ’71 Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. This home features 25 foot-wide hanging glass curtain walls that retract to open up the living room. The home was built in '68' for interior designor Arthur Elrod.

Further up the hill and beyond The Eldrod House is another famous John Lautner masterpiece, this is the former estate of Bob Hope. Located at 2466 Southridge Drive, Palm Springs. The home is listed at $25 million (actually the number is $24,999,000). I’m happy to show it. The owners do ask for a banking reference prior to our viewing the property.

Hot Palm Springs Photos

Kudos to our marketing team as they were out and about in Palm Springs most of today shooting about 60 new photos of Palm Springs neighborhoods on a sunny 109º day. We’ll be uploading these new photos to our Palm Springs pages over the next few days.

The Elrod House Palm Springs

Legacy Villas La Quinta Real Estate Update

Legacy Villas La Quinta Real Estate Update

Our Sheri Dettman & Associates marketing team was onsite at Legacy Villas in La Quinta this week. If you’re not familiar with Legacy Villas, it’s a popular resort lifestyle community featuring two to three bedroom condos (called Villas) and both single and dual level townhomes.

We originally sold this Condo located at 77781 Tradition Drive in ’07. I like the location near the back of the Legacy community. You'll find this to be one of the most private locations within Legacy Villas. The two balconies have great views of the nearby mountains. One of the community pools is located just across the street.

Updated Legacy Villas Video Tour

Our production assistant, photographer and video crew were at Legacy to shoot our newest Legacy Villas Condo For Sale. While there, they updated our Legacy Villas video tour with new footage. It was a beautiful sunny day at Legacy with temps of about 83º F. You'll find the video at the bottom of this article.

Legacy Villas Amenities

Condo and townhome resale units are a great way to enjoy the Palm Springs desert lifestyle for people looking for a lock and leave experience. Most everything is taken care of for Legacy owners. And if you don’t want to do anything you can take advantage of optional cleaning services to handle the inside chores for you.

In addition to the 14 community pools, you'll have access to the fitness center, the expansive clubhouse, and one of my personal favorites; the hammocks strung between several palm trees.

Rental Opportunities At Legacy

The condos at Legacy are unique for rentals in that each of the one to three bedrooms can be locked off from the others, and they each have private entry doors. Some owners choose to lock off their master suite, leaving the other bedroom(s), great room and kitchen for renters or their guests to enjoy.

Legacy townhomes are larger than condos and offer a bit more privacy. Unlike condos, townhomes don’t have the lock off feature, but are very popular for vacation rentals.

Find Your Place In The Sun At Legacy Villas

If you’re considering making an investment in a vacation lifestyle condo or townhome, you’ll want to consider Legacy Villas. Over the years, our Sheri Dettman & Associates team of specialists has helped dozens of buyer and sellers at Legacy. We know the community and the inventory well. So please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to arrange your visit to Legacy Villas.

Stonefield Estates Next Phase Of New Homes Announced

Excitement is building, and so is the next phase of new luxury homes at Stonefield Estates in Southwest Indio.

Two new south facing plan-5M homes, a plan-3 and plan-1 home are now being built. Additional homes will also be available on several other lots located on this newly developed private cul-de-sac street.

Completion Scheduled First Quarter 2015

Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015, pricing and details for these homes will be shared first with those registered on our Stonefield Estates VIP interest list before being released to the public the following week.

One south-facing plan-5M home will become Stonefield Estates new model home, and the developer will be offering an attractive builder lease back exclusively on that home.

Newly Updated Plan-5M Home

Based on buyer feedback, the developer is making several improvements to Stonefield Estates plan-5 homes. These plan-5M (modified) homes offer even more living space being expanded from 4,290 to over 4,800 square feet. You'll want to see these new open floor plans.

Impressive Amenities Included

Each Stonefield Estates luxury home features a distinctive one of a kind elevation and includes an impressive list of standard luxury features. Amenities include front and rear landscape, custom pool/spa and built-in grill, crown molding, wood beam in most great rooms as well as a sensational chef's kitchen featuring Wolf and Sub-Zero professional appliances.

Are You Connected?

Keep in mind that our VIP priority interest list gets information and details first, so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Email Sheri Dettman

Please Note: In a continuing effort to meet consumer expectations, the developer of Stonefield Estates at Santa Rosa (seller) reserves the right to modify maps, plans, specifications, materials, features, prices and colors without notice or obligation. Prices are subject to change. All square footages are approximate.

New Griffin Ranch 3-Minute HD Video Tour

Just last week I was invited to Griffin Ranch in La Quinta for the grand opening of the new Griffin Club. Impressive is the word to describe this wonderful amenity for Griffin Ranch homeowners and their guests.

Our Sheri Dettman & Associates video team was invited back to Griffin Ranch the next day. They created this exclusive 3-minute HD video tour of the Griffin Ranch community, the impressive Griffin Club amenities and a tour of a few of the new model homes.

Helping People Find Their Place At Griffin Ranch

Our Sheri Dettman & Associates team has already helped several new home buyers at Griffin Ranch and the first will be moving in this month.

At this time, new Griffin Ranch homes are not listed on the MLS, so please contact me for further information or to arrange your private tour of Griffin Ranch.

Just Sold In Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs

Just Sold In Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs

Freshly Re-Imagined Luxury Home Adjacent To Central Palm Springs

  • 1180 Los Robles Drive, Palm Springs
  • 3 Bedrooms & 4 Baths In 3,068 Square Feet
  • Priced at $1,395,000

This circa 1979 Vista Las Palmas Palm Springs luxury home was meticulously re-imagined and detailed by designer Mark Godson and Britannia Interiors. This home offers modern luxury and style in much sought after Vista Las Palmas adjacent to central Palm Springs.

Stunning mountain views surround this walled, private retreat with beautifully designed desert plantings. This home features three bedrooms, four baths, a private pool/spa and so much more.

Vista Las Palmas Real Estate Update

During the last six months 11 Vista Las Palmas homes sold at prices ranging from $849,000 to $1.5 million. Current prices for Vista Las Palmas homes for sale range from $900,000 to over $9 million. People that like Vista Las Palmas also consider the adjacent community of Old Las Palmas also in Palm Springs.

Sheri Dettman & Associates represented the buyers of this property. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sheri to arrange your private viewing of any Vista Las Palmas or Palm Springs area property.

You can view more Sheri Dettman & Associates recent sales transactions here.

Griffin Ranch La Quinta Real Estate Update

Griffin Ranch La Quinta Real Estate Update

Development Is Bustling At Griffin Ranch

Griffin Ranch in La Quinta opened in '07, and 60 luxury homes sold before construction halted during the economic downturn. Now, we’re happy to report that construction has not only resumed, but is bustling at Griffin Ranch. We were onsite at Griffin Ranch today. Our Sheri Dettman & Associates team shot new photos and updated our exclusive video tour. You can view our Griffin Ranch Video Tour Here.

Originally planned by the late Merv Griffin as a luxury equestrian community with adjacent stables, Griffin Ranch while still being equestrian friendly, will no longer offer an equestrian focus with onsite stables.

8 New Model Homes Under Construction

Eight new model homes are under construction with an estimated completion date of fall 2014. Prices at Griffin Ranch start in the $800,000 to $1 million range with homes ranging from 2,800 to over 4,800 square feet.

Savvy buyers should not wait until fall to choose the best lot locations. So Sheri Dettman & Associates have arranged to help you view virtual tours of the new model homes.

Griffin Club Now Under Construction

Also under construction is the new 10,050 square foot clubhouse that will feature a pool/spa area, fitness center, outdoor porticos, staff-free dining area and a dog run.

221 new homes are being developed over time and Griffin Ranch is destined to become one of La Quinta’s pre-eminent non-golf communities. Griffin Ranch is immediately adjacent to golf at the PGA West Greg Norman Course.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Sheri to arrange your own private tour of Griffin Ranch. Sheri and her team will be happy to assist you in comparing the new home product to re-sale homes.

New Home Building Progressing At Stonefield Estates

New Home Building Progressing At Stonefield Estates

The national media reported today that sales of new homes surged 25.4% in October recording the biggest gain since ’80. Because new-home sales are tallied at the signing of a purchase contract rather than at the closing, they can often be an early indicator of housing-market trends.

Stonefield Estates at Santa Rosa in southwest Indio is adjacent to La Quinta Polo Estates and Mountain View Country Club. Stonefield Estates is a gated community of just 41 luxury single-level homes (at completion) on expansive home sites averaging one half acre. The luxury homes at Stonefield Estates range in size from 3,515 to 4,290 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to five bathrooms in five distinctive floor plans.

3 New Luxury Homes Ready In January

Three new luxury homes including a new model home are nearing completion at Stonefield Estates in Southwest Indio with a scheduled completion date of January ’14. The model home is available for a builder leaseback. Please call Emily Trust for further information or to view these new homes. Emily’s Direct Phone: (760) 289-0189 or email Emily here.

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