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About Palm Springs, CA 

With an average of 354 days of sunshine, less than 6 inches of rain annually, and winter temperatures that average in the 70's (with nights in the low to mid 40s), is it any wonder why people flock to Palm Springs from all over the world?  Palm Springs is known as the "Playground of the Stars," and is renowned for its warm weather and dry climate.  This California desert resort city is located 110 miles east of Los Angeles, and 140 miles northeast of San Diego.  It is protected by the Little San Jacinto Mountains to the north, the Santa Rosa Mountains to the south, and the San Jacinto Mountians to the west.  A great site to learn more about Palm Springs is VISIT PALM SPRINGS for free things to do, great deals, where to shop, etc.  Another great site is Palm Springs CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.  


The rich and famous have been coming to Palm Springs for decades.  In the 1950s, actors started vacationing in the desert as it was a quick escape from Hollywood.  CELEBRITY TOURS offers an insight into their world by including stops in front of Sinatra's former 2.3 acre compound, and Bob Hope's former hilltop home with its 17 bathrooms, and a dining area that seats 300 people.  A TASTE OF PALM SPRINGS offeres a 5 1/2 hour tour which includes an arial tram ride, dinner and a stop at the Thusday night PALM SPRINGS VILLAGEFEST street festival.  This tour stops in front of the former estates of roughly 25 movie stars, including Liberace, and Dinah Shore and her husband, actor George Montgomery.


There is something for everyone in Palm Springs.  Enjoy taking the ARIAL TRAM to the top of the mountain where temperatures are around 30 degrees cooler which is great during summertime.  Or perhaps a HOT AIR BALLOON ride above the desert?  Or simply enjoy sitting by the two pools, and spa at Desert Skies. (One pool is heated during winter months).  Across the street are hiking trails, and once to the top there are stunning views for miles.  There is also camping, golfing, tennis, skateboarding, horseback riding, botanical gardens, local health clubs (gyms), spas, casinos, great restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, live theater, shopping, museums, and so much more.  

See below for pictures of Desert Skies.

                                     Desert Skies 

Desert Skies (DS) was built in 1956 by developer Roy Fey.  Originally built as a hotel, DS was known as Palm Springs Desertaire Apartments.  In the early 1960s, DS was turned into co-operative apartments.  Today, Desert Skies is a beautiful mid-century, 38-unit condominium complex on fee land (owner's own the land) located in the sought after area of South Palm Springs known as Canyon Corridor.  DS is ideally located close to shopping, restaurants, banks, cafes, golfing, hiking trails, horseback riding, and the town recreation center, offering tennis, skateboarding, and an olympic size swimming pool.


Desert Skies is relaxing and peaceful place to spend a month or longer.  A brochure found from the 1950s mentiones DS was built with "soundproofing walls."  There are many amenities including a gas BBQ, two (2) swimming pools (one heated in winter), a spa, two (2) recreation rooms with gas fireplaces, two (2) laundry rooms, fruit trees around the property and an adjacent park for the use of residents and guests.


Click on UPPER UNIT or LOWER UNIT to view pictures and read about the amenities of each unit.


Vintage and Current Pictures of Desert Skies

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