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Happy New Year From The Desert!

Happy New Year From The Desert!

Based on the number of holiday visitors in the desert these past two weeks it looks like 2011 will continue to be very busy, right where 2010 left off.

2010 was another record sales year for Sheri Dettman & Associates as buyers continued to take advantage of some great real estate opportunities here in the Palm Springs area.

As the year 2010 comes to a close may I take a moment to wish you and yours a very prosperous and healthy New Year!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any of your real estate needs – even a simple real estate question.

Happy New Year!
Sheri Dettman

Dining Around The Desert: Lavender Bistro, La Quinta

Dining Around The Desert: Lavender Bistro, La Quinta

by Sheri Dettman

Over the last two years, my husband Bill and I have dined at Lavender Bistro on a regular basis. With all the positive feedback from our clients and friends, we thought we’d review it this time around, as well, since it’s one of our local favorites.

An Old-Town La Quinta Favorite
Lavender Bistro is a Mediterranean-style restaurant that opened in late ‘08 in Old Town La Quinta in the former space of Blend Restaurant. Lavender Bistro is owned by Nicolas Despras, a young man who has learned the trade by working closely with his father, Michel Despras, owner of Le St. Germain Restaurant in Indian Wells.

Bill enjoys the pork chop, which is one of Lavender’s house specialties. I lean towards the bar ‘small bites’ menu and usually rotate between the Tuna Tacos and the Roasted Beet Salad. From time to time I indulge in one of Lavender’s excellent seafood or pasta dishes.

Extensive Patio Dining Available
Lavender’s extensive patio dining area is hard to beat on warm desert evenings. Tuesday nights feature is half-price wine by the bottle. The Lavender bar menu includes a wide variety of appetizers for around $8. Dress is casual and live piano music is offered on weekends.

Although the Lavender is not easy to find for those not familiar with Old Town La Quinta, it is certainly worth a visit. It is located at 78073 Calle Barcelona, just down the street from Arnold Palmer's restaurant and, just across from the Homestead Restaurant. (760) 564-5353.

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Palmilla, La Quinta – Newly Offered Contemporary Home

2,894 Square Feet with 3 Bedrooms / 3-1/2 Baths
Offered at $625,000

Palmilla is a water-themed community in La Quinta featuring just 160 unique contemporary homes. Palmilla is conveniently located next to the Citrus Club where you'll find a sensational new fitness center, lap pool and championship golf only a short walk or golf cart ride away. Nearby public golf is also available at several area courses including the beautiful Silver Rock Golf Resort where La Quinta property owners receive highly discounted green fees. Also nearby are La Quinta's Old Town shops, a weekend certified farmers market and a variety of dining options.

The Palmilla community is popular with a mix of full-time and part-time residents. And if you’re looking for rental income, Palmilla homes have been very popular with both seasonal and annual renters. Many Palmilla owners like the fact that short-term daily and weekly rentals are not allowed under Palmilla’s HOA rules.

Dining Around The Desert – Firecliff, Palm Desert (Closed 2014)

After two-dozen or more visits to Firecliff over the last two years I recently realized that we have never posted a review! Firecliff is one of our go-to spots when we desire a nice relaxing dinner where the long-time servers know our names.

Firecliff features two popular outdoor raised patios overlooking El Paseo Drive, an intimate lounge area and two fairly intimate dining rooms. Music from two of our favorite pianists, Sonny Varo and Linda Peterson, drifts through the restaurant as they run through favorite standards and encourage guests’ requests.

Contemporary California Cuisine
Firecliff’s Contemporary California Cuisine menu offers all the classic favorites prepared by Chef/Owner Patricia Hook. Prime steaks, fresh seafood, rack of lamb, pasta and a variety of salads can be enjoyed in the lounge or restaurant areas.

My husband, Bill, enjoys the Oven Roasted Jidori Breast of Chicken while I usually lean towards the Red Pear Gorgonzola salad and the Roasted Poblano Chile. The Warm Apple Crisp is just one of several yummy deserts you can enjoy.

Firecliff Restaurant is located at 73-725 El Paseo Drive, Palm Desert (760) 773-6565

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Why My Being Busy Will Benefit You!

We were recently named by Keller William Realty as the #4 top producing agent team out of 3,000 Keller Williams Inland Empire agents in the Southern California region which reaches as far west as Pasadena. I don’t mention this to boast. My goal here is to let you know that our experience can and will benefit you.

It’s a fact that the average Realtor completes just seven real estate transactions per year. In my opinion it’s hard to stay on top of things professionally if you only work at it just a few times each year. The average Realtor wouldn’t see as many communities and properties and they certainly would not have much experience negotiating transactions on behalf of clients.

Indian Ridge Country Club, Palm Desert

Our team is on track to complete 50 Palm Springs area real estate transactions this year. We know that we continue to learn through experience and I believe that this will benefit you in being able to complete a smoother and more profitable real estate transaction every step of the way.

I welcome the opportunity to serve your real estate needs. If not me, you’ll want to choose an agent team that is busy, successful and experienced. Personally I choose my tax advisor, doctor and dentist the same way!

Average Transaction Source: National Association of Realtors® 2010 member survey.

Get It Fresh! Certified Farmers Market Returns To 3 Desert Locations

The weekly Farmer’s Market returns to La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs starting today. The Certified Farmer’s Market (CFM) brings local farmers and vendors together to showcase the fruits of their labor directly to the consumer. The CFM is a gathering place where the community can learn about the importance of nutrition, fresh produce, and organic options and even taste test some delicious recipes! The market features farm and food-only vendors. Organic and transitional produce, herbs, lavender, cheese, bread, honey, nuts, eggs, olives and olive oil, fresh cut flowers, orchids and plants are featured, along with, eventually, wine.

Farmers Market Locations:

  • Old Town La Quinta at 78100 Main Street, La Quinta - Sunday’s 8 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Palm Desert Visitors Center at 72-567 Hwy 111, Palm Desert - Wednesday’s 8 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Palm Springs adjacent to the Camelot Theater at 2300 E Baristo Road - Saturday's 8 AM to 12:30 PM

Dining Around The Desert – Pacifica, Palm Desert

Dining Around The Desert – Pacifica, Palm Desert

Pacifica is one of the larger dining establishments in the valley. Pacifica features an outside patio, a fairly large bar area with high-top tables for dining, and, of course, the main dining room.

Pacifica’s wine list is extensive and offers selections in all price ranges. Whenever my husband, Bill, and I dine in the bar area we often meet some very interesting people. A vodka bar is also featured offering 130 of the world’s finest vodkas.

For such a large venue I must say the Pacifica usually does a fine job providing good food, service, and an appealing atmosphere. While this isn’t fine dining, it’s usually well above average.

On our recent visit to Pacifica we sampled several appetizers, a salad, and a main course. My mussels were excellent, but our other appetizers were overcooked and dry. That said the sauces were excellent. Bill rated his yellowtail as “nothing special.”

Service was good for a busy night, although the courses of food did take a while to arrive. Upon completion of our meal our server asked us if everything was to our satisfaction. I gave her my honest assessment of the food and, within minutes, Mitch, the general manager and managing partner, came over and apologized. He also deducted all of our food from our bill before heading back to his kitchen to investigate.

We know from past visits that this particular experience at Pacifica was a rarity for us. We will certainly return and give Pacifica another try. In our several earlier visits to Pacifica we enjoyed a variety of fish from the extensive daily menu as well as some yummy salads and appetizers.

Pacifica Seafood Restaurant is located upstairs on the second level of The Gardens at El Paseo shopping center and reservations are suggested. Pacifica Seafood Restaurant: 73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert (760) 674-8666. Consider also enjoying live jazz next door at Sullivan’s Steak House before or after your meal.

Suggestion: If you’re interested in food and travel, consider seeing Anthony Bourdain at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert on February 19th at 8PM. Mr. Bourdain is a chef and the author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. He also hosts Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. 

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