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Old October 22nd, 2007, 03:00 PM
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Hello,
After searching the web for palms springs relocation website, this is what I came up with. I am probably going to be moving to PS in a few months with the company I work for (I'd be working at a resort in Palm springs). My wife and I are young (mid-20's) and have no kids. My wife is a nurse and would be looking for work. It looks like there's two main hospitals on either side of the main PS area that would probably work well. I have a few questions that some one may be able to answer:

What's the rough breakdown of PS 'hoods? What we are looking for a is a small house (2 bdrm) or duplex in a nice area..but nothing too "condo"-ish. think more cottage. It seems like everything is reasonable as far as price goes, but is there any specific area that's good to live in? i don't really care about living around lots of young people, although i don't really want to live in a 55+ community. what's a rip off? I saw a small 2bdrm home for 1400..? good, bad? Also, do i really need a garage?

Is traffic ever bad? the way it looks on map quest is that everything is accessible in 10-15 minutes. Is this right? we're coming from a town of 250,000, that's pretty low-traffic (AM "rush hour" adds 10 minutes to my 10 minute drive). I'm just trying to decide if we should try and find a place close to my work, or if it really matters at all. I don't really care about driving 10-20 minutes.

Finally (this has probably been posted elsewhere on here), is there any site i can go to with any of this info, or search rentals (other than CL)?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide!

-aj

PS- this might be a shot in the dark, but can anyone provide an info on nuring wages for progressive/icu nursing in the area? She's not really interested in a dr.'s office. I'm just curious what the starting wage is out there. thanks!
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 04:53 PM
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Hi AJ,

Congratulations on your move - you're going to love Palm Springs! For what you've described, I'd try the Ruth Hardy Park area of Palm Springs - it's near the Desert Regional Medical Center as well as The Movie Colony, and just a short walk to the Village. It's a really lovely, safe, reasonably priced area where you're more likely to find the sort of house you've described (vs. a condo). Here's a blurb on the area: RUTH HARDY PARK - Priced from $375,000 – $1,300,000. The area near Desert Hospital is one of those neighborhoods where you can find quaint and charming small homes mixed among the large old estates. This area surrounds one of the most picturesque parks in Southern California. It is conveniently located in the center of Palm Springs. If a charming property with a small old Spanish house is what you want, then here's where you just may find it.

Another great area to check out is Deepwell - really darling, nice neighborhood also well located. Here's a blurb on that area: DEEPWELL. Priced from $300,000 – $800,000. Located in this desirable, almost wind free area, you are only steps away from fine dining and shopping. These are relatively large homes built in the late 50's and early 60's. The area is very lush with landscaping and tall swaying palm trees. It has the lowest elevation in the city and, therefore, is one of the warmest areas. Many of its fine residences have undergone extensive renovation. If a close location in a quality neighborhood is what you want, Deepwell is it.

Keep in mind that there are many wonderful neighborhoods in beautiful Palm Springs - the above are just a few of my personal favorites that I feel correspond to your criteria.

Traffic is always relative, but yes, everything is extremely accessible within Palm Springs itself. Allow 20 or so minutes to reach such down valley destinations as Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert.

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Old October 29th, 2007, 11:14 AM
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Hi Kate,

Thanks for the info, it's much appreciated. I will check out those areas when the time comes to find a place to live. From what I've seen online they seem exactly like the neighborhood we're looking for. Here's a question: I see 2 bdrm places with like, 4 window unit A/C...is this a big no no with those terribly hot summers? I know when we lived in LA we had one window unit for a studio, and it didn't always do the job in the middle of the summer. Should I only go for central air?

AJ

Also, terrific poetry! It's like a southern Raymond Carver, one of my all-time favorites.
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Hi, AJ -

It does get pretty hot in the summer - I would aim for Central Air, but I know people do get by with window units. The ideal (at least for me) would be Central Air + access to a pool (which is very easy to come by in Palm Springs)!

Thanks for your kind words as to my poetry. When you relocate to the area, you'll have to drop in on a reading!

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Most homes do have Central Airconditioning. (which you will need in the summer months!) SOmetimes you'll find homes with evaporative (swamp) coolers....these work great most of the time, as long as there is no humidity, and cost about 1/4 of what air conditioning costs.

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