Every few months we check in with one of our favorite locals and ask about their top Palm Springs’ picks. This month it’s Kevin Amell, local jock and man about town.

A southern California transplant from the Midwest, Palm Springs had been my “go to” get away spot for a decade while living in Los Angeles. Three years ago, I decided to make it my home. Having owned homes in the desert for so long it seemed a natural next step. I operated vacation rentals in the city so a career in desert real estate also seemed to fit nicely into the picture when I became a full-time resident of the desert. I’ve been able to watch Palm Springs grow from both the tourist and resident perspective which allows me to share that experience with clients as they look to make Palm Springs their home.

I love the desert. As a Realtor for HOM Sotheby’s International Realty I have an opportunity to share my love and knowledge of Palm Springs with clients. Some days I get to play tour guide as I help a new client get familiar with the different neighborhoods. Some days I take on the role of concierge as they look to me for recommendations on where to golf, hike or grab a bite to eat. From my office in the 500 Building nothing in the city is more than a quick 10 minutes. Why not stop by next time you’re in town?

What is the hottest new neighborhood in Palm Springs?

Located near the end of Ramon Road at the base of the mountains, Skye is literally a new neighborhood. Custom new homes located next to the historic Tennis Club neighborhood, Skye offers stunning mountain views, privacy in beautifully finished new construction and walking access to the museum hiking trail. All of this, and just a few minutes from the shops and restaurants of Palm Canyon Drive.

How do I spend my day off?

Hiking the trails around Palm Springs is a favorite way to spend a day off.
There are so many options. Some are a quick 45-minute hike while others can take the good part of the day. The Living Desert is also a favorite place to visit on a day off. A trip to Great Shakes for a cherry shake finishes it off
nicely.

What’s a good “day trip” while visiting Palm Springs?

Joshua Tree can be experienced in a day. It’s about an hour drive and can be enjoyed just driving through the park. There are endless trails and places to stop and explore. It’s a national park. Pack a lunch and pick one of the huge boulders for a picnic. It puts real life on “pause” for a day and leaves me refreshed and with a renewed appreciation for the amazing place I get to call home.

If I asked you to take me to your favorite “locals only” spot for dinner, where would we go?

Locals Only Spot for DinnerSpaghetteria! It’s a family owned and operated Italian (duh) place with incredible pizza. Thin crust sausage and onion is my favorite. Conversation often extends beyond the table to others enjoying the food and hospitality of Pamella, owner and hostess. Soda is served in the can and I have never had room for dessert. Maybe someday.

Where is the best people watching in Downtown?

From the window counter at Great Shakes you can see everyone!
Midblock, right on Palm Canyon Drive, surrounded by restaurants and shops it allows for scoping everyone. They know my name here so that’s
Cool. Cherry shake, no donut, thanks.

What do you feel the top three things someone should know before jumping into the PS Real Estate Market?

1. Vacation rentals are huge in Palm Springs. If it is the intention to use the home as a rental know the rules! It’s also wise to remember there is no guarantee the home will generate enough income to sustain the property. Make sure your financials are in order.
2. Many of the homes in Palm Springs have architectural significance. This not only adds value to the home but makes it really cool to own!
3. New construction is currently appreciating at a faster rate than pre- owned homes.

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