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Considering A New Palm Springs Area Home? Check Out Stonefield Estates

Construction of La Quinta area new homes continues as our Palm Springs area real estate market continues to improve. Construction was started just last month at Stonefield Estates in La Quinta adjacent Southwestern Indio for three homes in phase-two.

These three semi-custom luxury homes have already been reserved with an estimated completion date of this coming August. A fourth home was just recently reserved leaving just two available homes in phase-two.

Stonefield Estates Showcase Model Home

If you haven't seen our showcase home at Stonefield Estates, why not come by this week and say hello. Model home hours are Thursday - Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM and by appointment. Here's a link to the Stonefield Estates website.

How To Make the Downsizing Process Stress-Free for Seniors

I recently received this email from Mike Longsdon at ElderFreedom.net:

Hi Sheri!

Recently, my wife's parents moved from Sacramento to San Diego to be closer to us. My father-in-law has had some health issues lately and my mother-in-law was struggling to keep up with him while also maintaining their home.

The first step, of course, was selling their old home. It was full of years of memories, but also a lot of junk. While my mother-in-law wanted to keep most of it, after some tough choices and a big yard sale, she has settled into their new San Diego condo with less stuff but more peace of mind.

Throughout the process, I've learned a lot about what goes into helping senior parents downsize. I'd love to share what I've learned on your blog.

I told him we'd be happy to share his information...

Stress-Free Downsizing for Seniors

Moving is physically draining at any age, but for seniors it can be even more challenging when the move involves downsizing into a smaller home. Many seniors have physical conditions such as limited mobility or brittle bones that could hinder the moving process. Particularly when downsizing, moving can be emotionaly taxing for older adults because they're having to leave a long-time home while also giving up treasured items. In order to ensure your loved one has a stress-free move, it is wise to plan ahead. Here's a great checklist that can help with the planning, and here are a few tips to help make their transition a smooth one.

Delegate a Moving Team

Due to the fragile nature of most older adults, it would be best to hire a moving company to help with the moving of furniture and boxes. Organizations like the National Association of Senior Move Managers specialize in helping older adults and their families with the physical and emotional process of downsizing into a new residence. Through the NASMM you will be assigned a Senior Move Manager who will help your loved one with their move from start to finish. The Senior Move manager will construct a customised floor plan for the new home so your senior will be able to visualize where their belongings will fit. They will also supervise the professional packing of the old residence and unpack and setup the new home so that it is turnkey ready. Any old or unwanted belongings will be arranged for profitable disposal through estate sales, consignment, or buyout. Making the decision to hire a Senior Move Manager truly takes all of the stress out of the moving process and provides a one-stop-shop solution.

Sort Through Items

The biggest issue seniors will face when downsizing is having to get rid of some of their stuff in order to live comfortably in their new, smaller home. What you see as stuff your loved one sees as a lifetime of memories. As you go room by room, avoid phrasing questions in a yes-no format, as it creates reluctance. For example, instead of asking what pots and pans your loved one would like to keep, simply say, "I've got your best frying pan, two cooking pots, and your large crockpot. Does that sound okay?" Although you aren't necessarily making the decision for them, you are easing them in the right direction by removing some of the pressure. Encourage them to keep their focus on the most-used items.

If there are items that are to be gifted to family members or friends, suggest that they go ahead and gift them. For items that your senior can't bare to part with despite not having room, take photos of the items that you are getting rid of to put in a memory scrapbook or use self-storage.

Pack the Essentials

To make sure the arrival at the new home goes smoothly, pack a bag with all of your senior's immediate needs such as clothes, medications, eyewear, and toiletries. Keep this bag in an easy-to-access place so they won't have any trouble finding what they need. Clutter and disfunction will only confuse your senior and make them more resistant so it is best to think ahead and have everything they need at their disposal. If they have any medical equipment or special supplies, work closely with the movers or family members to make sure everything is accessible and undamaged during the move.

Make the New Place Feel Like Home

The most important thing you can do in their new place of residence is to make it as comfortable and safe as possible. Recognition is very important when you are trying to help a senior embrace a new living environment so try to keep familiar pieces in their view. Decorate the walls with their favorite portraits and drape their favorite blanket over the arm of the couch. The more the new place looks like home, the easier the emotional transition will be for them.

Although you cannot predict everything that comes with the moving process, the best thing you can do is be prepared with help and have patience and compassion for your loved one. The downsizing process will be difficult for them. However, you can help make it less stressful and encourage them to look forward to what lies ahead!


2012 J.D. Power Awards For Keller Williams Realty

Sheri Dettman & Associates is associated with Luxury Homes by Keller Williams International, part of Keller Williams Realty, the second largest real estate franchise operation in the United States.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study released on August 15th, Keller Williams Realty ranks highest in customer satisfaction in both the homebuyer and home seller segments. Keller Williams Realty achieved the highest scores in all measured factors across both segments, receiving the highest JD Power.com Power Circle Rating among its competitors overall.

The fifth annual J.D. Power and Associates study measures customer satisfaction with the largest national real estate companies within the homebuyer and seller segments. Scores are determined by examining three factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson; office; and variety of additional services. For the home-selling segment, agent/salesperson; marketing; office; and variety of additional services are examined.

About Sheri Dettman & Associates

Sheri Dettman is the principle Realtor of Sheri Dettman & Associates, the #1 Realtor team affiliated with Keller Williams Luxury Homes International in the Palm Springs area real estate market.

Dining Around the Desert: Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco


Through The Lens Of Globally Inspired Chefs

Commons Club offers an elevated menu with a fresh, modern take on California cuisine. Bringing culinary delight to the downtown San Francisco restaurant landscape by combining unexpected ingredients with bold flavors and technique, Commons Club infuses a relaxed, yet elegant experience.


Michael, Adam, Jeanne and I started out with the Parker House Rolls, which were buttery, flakey and I could have eaten about a dozen of them, along with the Crudite which had a buttermilk, almond, dill sauce. Michael had an excellent Old Fashioned, and I had one of the house crafted cocktails named Tangerine Dream made with Absolut elyx, Aperol, tangerine juice, peppermint ginger, served up. Very tasty.

For our main dishes, we had Sonoma Duck ruby beet, broccoli rabe, guajillo, Schmitz Ranch N.Y. Strip potato puree, red wine, spring onion, Halibut English pea, black trumpet mushroom, miso, and Tortelloni wild mushroom, swiss chard. Everything was prepared beautifully, the service was top-notch, and it was a fun atmosphere.

Due to the fact that they have a DJ playing house music at the entrance, which spills over into the dining room, it’s not the place for quiet conversation. Aside from our group of four, that didn’t seem to be an issue with everyone else who was there as it was more of a club vibe.

They also have a rooftop bar and on our way out, we went up to see it. Packed at that time of night, but I would imagine earlier in the evening for cocktails, it would be nice.

Read more about Virgin Hotels here


Everyone Rooftop Bar

Ground Floor at Virgin Hotels
250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103




Daytime Menu: 7am-10:30am
Daytime Menu: 11:30am-2pm
Bar Menu: 2pm-10pm
Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10:30pm


Palm Springs Area Hotel and Resort Recommendations

La Quinta Hotels & Resorts
Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa
Newer property close to Old Town La Quinta

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Highly recommend by Sheri's clients, this newer property is central to La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Indio and is reported to be a good value.

Chateau At Lake La Quinta
Botique hotel with unique rooms overlooking the lake. Meals by the water and more.

La Quinta Resort And Club
Quaint historical resort property dating back to the 1920's

Legacy Villas
2 & 3 bedroom condos and town homes next to La Quinta Resort. Daily and weekly rentals.
Contact Sheri for referal to our rental specialists.

Indian Wells Hotels & Resorts
Sands Hotel & Spa - Small, hip hotel next to The Nest.

Miramonte Resort & Spa - Smaller, more intimate then the Hyatt & Esmeralda Resorts - Highly rated.

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa - Large resort property w/golf, tennis, spa and more.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa - Next door to the Hyatt.

Rancho Mirage Hotels & Resorts
Agua Calinete Casino - Resort & Spa - New resort tower and The Show Theater.

Rancho Las Palmos Resort & Spa - Lot's of families & kids. Walk to The River Shopping/Theaters/Dining.

The Ritz-Carlton Resort - Luxury resort recently opened high a hill overlooking the Coachella Valley.

Westin Mission Hills - Part of the Mission Hills Country Club development with public and private golf.

Palm Desert Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Paseo - Boutique hotel in the heart of Palm Desert.

JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa - Take a boat ride to dinner - Mega pool area

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Highly rated newer property. Reasonably priced.

Palm Springs Hotels & Resorts
The Rowan Palm Springs - a Kimpton hotel with roof top pool and bar.

Parker - Mod, quirky, with good restaurants.

Saguaro - Colorful, hip hotel.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club - mid-century desert modern, former Westward Ho.

Desert Riviera Garden Resort - Newly renovated and highly rated with adjacent casino.

Hotel Zoso - Was a Hard Rock for a minute and now back to Zoso. Funky.

Korakia Pensione - Unique Mediterranean-style pensione.

Avalon - Boutique resort property

Indio Hotels & Resorts
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Casino, concerts, bowling, dining and more on the other side of the 10 freeway (the wind belt).

2019 Troon Card Summer Test Drive



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The California Summer Troon Card includes 16 of California's finest courses:

Ashwood Golf Course
Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club
Hiddenbrooke Golf Club
Indian Wells Golf Resort
La Quinta Resort & Club
Maderas Golf Club
Saddle Creek Golf Resort
Shadow Hills Golf Club
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Yocha Dehe Golf Club

To view the complete list of California courses and rates, click here.

From Sheri Dettman
In Golf Communities, Lifestyles & Things To Do

Dining Around the Desert: Kitchen 86 + Bar


We are very excited to announce the Opening of the long awaited Kitchen 86 on El Paseo. They are a Modern Eclectic Small Plate Restaurant in the old Wolfgang Puck space.

Locally owned & locally grown - Kitchen 86 is a fantastic, welcoming spot to gather and enjoy an eclectic menu of modern, curated small plate continental cuisine. Using local, organic ingredients, offerings include a tableside cheese wheel pasta, house-made curry, ramens, wood-fired pizzas, plenty of entree selections and shareable small plates.

Kitchen 86 is open daily for lunch and stays open for late night guests with an impressive, rotating list of specials and a happy hour. Creative cocktails, craft beer and extensive wine list paired with the ambient dining area and lively bar makes this the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the best of what El Paseo has to offer.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy the experience several times now in the past couple of weeks that they’ve been open.

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The first time, I had the Beet Salad and the Cheese Wheel Pasta, both were excellent! The Spanish blend red wine was also very good.

This past week, our party of 5 enjoyed the Boom Boom Shrimp, Kitchen 86 flatbread, and Crispy Calamari to start. We then had Scampi, the Chicken, and the house Curry.


We enjoyed a variety of libations including a perfectly made Old Fashioned, a nice selection of Red wine, and a couple of really interesting vodka coffee drinks.

Following dinner we all shared some Cannoli which were light and crisp and the perfect finish.

The service was good, the food was excellent, the drinks well made, and the company was delightful! We will be back.

To read more or make reservations, click here

From Sheri Dettman
In Dining Around The Desert, Lifestyles & Things To Do

Dining Around the Desert: The Vine Wine Bar in Palm Desert


The Vine Wine Bar

Vine Wine Bar's mission is to provide a beautiful parlor setting that encourages connection while learning about our common love for wine. With an unpretentious approach to wine tasting, we are perfect for beginners yet impressive to the experts. The Vine Wine Bar’s commitment is to entice people to connect with each other as much as they connect with our wines.
I had the pleasure of trying the brand new Vine Wine Bar in Palm Desert last week with my girlfriends Laura and Leslie. Located next to Ralph’s on Country Club and Cook, the location is a bit odd, but they’ve done an excellent job with the interior, making it very inviting. The night we went, it was one of our cold winter nights, and they had the fire pit on the front patio roaring. There was one couple out there. I figured they were some of my Canadian clients and it was a balmy night for them as us desert gals beat it inside to sit in the lounge type seating.

We enjoyed a red wine flight each, leaving it up to the bar manager to pick the selections based on what we told him we liked. He did not disappoint, and we discovered some new wines that we really liked.

For dinner, we shared a Panini with Mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts with balsamic dressing and glaze. The bread was delicious, and it was pure comfort food.

We also shared Warm Pretzels with cheese sauce and spicy mustard. We honestly could have devoured an order each, they were so good.

The final item was a Flat Bread Pizza with Arugula, Mozzarella, tomatoes, and a truffle oil drizzle.

We really enjoyed the whole experience and will be back for more!

Read more about The Vine Wine Bar here….

From Sheri Dettman
In Dining Around The Desert

Palm Springs Vacation Rentals & Leases

Palm Springs area vacation rentals are a very specialized area. Sheri has found that she can best serve her rental clients by referring people to a vacation rental specialist that specializes in rentals, leases and property management. Sheri Dettman & Associates does not book rentals directly.

Royale Vacation Rentals, La Quinta

Royale Vacation Rentals has Palm Springs vacation rentals to fit any budget with private rental homes and condos, from modest to spectacular! Many of their available homes in the desert cities of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage offer views of the golf course right from your back door. Royale Vacation Rentals trained professionals can help you make the most of your vacation in this desert paradise.

Please let Gabe Franco (email Gabe here) and his Royale Vacation Rentals staff know that Sheri referred you.

Property Management For Owners
For owners of vacation properties, Sheri is also happy to offer referrals to qualified rental management services that can assist in the rental and property management of your home or condo.

Andalusia La Quinta

Legacy Villas La Quinta

Mountain VIew Country Club La Quinta

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