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Greater Palm Springs counts some of the most affluent cities in California among its ranks, and this one is no exception. La Quinta golf clubs are practically a Mecca for golfers from all over the United States while its mansions are second to none. 

The “Gem of the Desert” is calling – it’s time to give in and start living the ultimate vacation lifestyle. 

About La Quinta

Tucked away in the Coachella Valley, La Quinta brings you desert luxury at its finest. This small city in Riverside County has mastered the art of casual elegance with its white stucco walls, cobblestone streets, and bougainvillea trees.  The sun-drenched summers and cool winters only add to its rugged beauty. 

Wedged between Palm Desert and Indian Wells – both luxury destinations in their own right – those who live here have thrice the amenities to enjoy. 

Not that they have to go far from home to have a great time. La Quinta is full of hidden gems. From Old Town La Quinta to GPA West, the fun never ends in this resort city. 

History highlights

The resource-rich valley was home to the Cahuilla, who are widely considered as the first ancestors of La Quinta and the surrounding areas. They lived off of the bounty of the land, hunting in the nearby Santa Rosa Mountains, fishing the waters of Lake Cahuilla, and digging wells wherever they could detect a water source. 

The completion of the railway and the availability of scheduled train rides from Los Angeles to Indio in 1876 helped turn La Quinta into a prosperous agricultural hub. 

With steady water supply, ideal climate conditions, and access to the railroads, the city’s farmers could transport their produce, which consisted of vegetables, dates, sweet corn, and citrus fruit, to the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.  

But it wasn’t until 1926 that the community would develop a reputation as a luxury desert getaway with the opening of La Quinta Resort. With travel to La Quinta becoming fast and easier with scheduled train trips, the community flourished as a resort city.  

It incorporated as a city on May 1, 1982 and retained the name La Quinta from the famed resort that helped build its reputation for affluence and discernment. 

Demographics and proximity

The U.S. Census estimates the city’s 2020 population at 42,329 representing a 12.98% increase from the 2010 census. It is currently the 201st largest city in California in terms of population size. It has a mix of permanent and seasonal residents, with snowbirds coming to town to escape the brutal winters in their home states. 

Spanning 35.3 square miles, the city is located about 56 feet above sea level. Its desert landscape is dotted with world-class golf courses, parks, and hiking trails. 

As mentioned earlier, the city is nestled between Palm Desert and Indian Wells. It is one of nine cities that make up Greater Palm Springs. 

Luxury real estate market

La Quinta, CA offers a wide range of luxury properties that cater to international high net worth buyers looking to expand their real estate portfolio or who simply want to experience the luxury lifestyle in a unique desert setting.

If you’re thinking of buying La Quinta luxury homes, here’s why you should do it:  

It’s paradise for golf enthusiasts. It’s no secret that this city is known for its fantastic golf courses, including:

  • Tradition Golf Club
  • Hideaway Golf Club
  • PGA WEST Private Clubhouse & Golf Courses
  • Indian Wells – Toscana Country Club

These golf clubs feature signature golf courses, fully stocked pro shops, on-site restaurants, and various recreational facilities like lounges, pools, and tennis courts. 

It’s got gorgeous views. As mentioned previously, Coachella Valley is as scenic as it gets. Its raging rivers, open spaces, and views of the surrounding mountains make the dramatic landscape that makes the valley such as popular destination for spiritual retreats and music festivals like Coachella.  

It offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. La Quinta is famed for golf, but that’s not the only recreational activity to be enjoyed in this city. Residents and their guests enjoy tennis, hiking, biking, yoga, boating, and fishing, just to name a few. 

Click here for a list of parks and nature preserves in and around the city. 

It’s got culture. There’s another reason why high profile art and music festivals love Coachella Valley. The desert communities that make up the valley have a deep appreciation for the arts, as evidenced through local institutions like Marvyn’s Magic Theatre and La Quinta Museum. 


Jason Weiss of The Luxury Desert is a top agent in La Quinta and the neighboring communities of Indian Wells and Palm Desert. Get in touch with him today for access to exclusive listings in the area.

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No client is too big for Jason – as a top Realtor who has worked with high net worth individuals, he knows how to capture the taste of discerning buyers. Let him guide you through La Quinta’s finest listings.