January '09 Indio, CA facing southeast.

Dec. 18th '08 Indio, CA facing southeast.

Seasonal Rentals In The California Desert
By Guest Blogger – GolfGURL for
Desert Road Trippin’

It is that time of year when the temperatures cool down in the desert and everywhere else in the U.S.  Some places are too cold.  Colorado already has snow!  I haven’t asked my Canadian friends if they’ve seen snow yet, but I would not be surprised if they have.

The snowbirds are packing their suitcases, cars and golf clubs and heading to warmer climates.  The desert has been their escape from the bleak, white of winter.  Where do the snowbirds settle down for the winter?  Where do they rent homes or stay for the season? 

After searching for an hour trying to find a vacation rental for my friend in Borrego Springs, CA, I realized that some of these little desert towns don’t have a lot in terms of online classifieds.  So how do you go about finding a place to rent in one of these small towns.

My neighbors have their vacation rental listed on the Vacation Rentals By Owner website https://www.VRBO.com.  This site always comes up when searching for rentals in the desert communities.  They have the most listings out of any of the online rental engines that I’ve come across.  Craigslist didn’t have any listings for Borrego Springs. The Borrego Sun newspaper is not online, so I could not search their local paper for any listings either.

Some real estate agents have seasonal rental listings.  In La Quinta, CA and Indio, CA you can check out https://www.shoot4themoon.com.  They have a good selection of seasonal rentals that are furnished. I’m sure there are many other Real Estate Agents with vacation rentals, you just need to google the town and “vacation rentals” and see what shows up. They can also help you find a home if you are looking to buy a vacation home in the Coachella Valley.  The prices are still very good out here, so it is still a good time to buy.

Where are the best deals?
It depends on what you are looking for.  If you want to live in a golf community, Indio, CA has some vacation rentals starting around $1750 a month and going up to $3000 or $4,000 per month in the Indian Palms Community.  The other communities are more high-end, so the prices start higher and go up to $10.000 per month for a super nice place!  Indio boarders  the east side of La Quinta, CA and it is about as far east as you will want to go. On the other side of Coachella Valley is Palm Springs, about 30 minutes from Indio, CA.

La Quinta, Indian Wells and Rancho Mirage are more expensive areas, so vacation rentals will be higher. Palm Desert and Palm Springs have some affordable rentals.  Bermuda Dunes is also an area with a reasonable range of rental rates.

Desert Hot Springs is much less expensive, but you would be in an area that is subject to windy conditions. So make sure you get in a good area so you enjoy your stay. Cathedral City is another inexpensive area, but it is not as nice as the gated golf communities you can find in Indio, CA.

Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, Pioneertown are North of Palm Springs near the north side of Joshua Tree National Park.  Those areas are less expensive, but not that nice.  There isn’t much to do there except visit the national park. It is a big area for Rock Climbers, so if you are into the outdoors it may be the area for you.  There are not, however, very many golf courses there. These cities are about 45 minutes to an hour from Palm Desert, CA.

If you want to golf, stick to the main areas of Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and you can’t go wrong.  Borrego Springs is another area that is right near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  There are some nice homes out there to rent and several golf communities.  It is a very small town, so you will have your peace and quiet if you rent there. Borrego Springs is about an hour or more from Indio, CA and the other Coachella Valley cities.

Blythe, CA is a town along the Colorado River about 1 hour east of Coachella Valley and Palm Springs, CA.  If you are into boating or fishing, this may be an area to look for a vacation rental.  You may be able to find some good rentals, but there are not that many places to rent out there. Laughlin, NV may be a better area to look or Lake Havasu, AZ.  Lake Mead, near Las Vegas is another option to consider.

The desert is a great place to spend the winter, so if  you are looking for rentals, check out the California Desert.  VBRO.com is a good place to start your search.

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