Indian Wells Real Estate and Information

Indian Wells Real Estate and Information

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Indian Wells, an incorporated city in the Coachella Valley, was actually a native village in the 1870's when gold was discovered on the banks of the Colorado River. This town developed as a stagecoach stop until the Southern Pacific Railroad diverted traffic further south. The tracks are now used by AMTRAK's Desert Sun line.

Today, Indian Wells real estate makes up a thriving city of approximately 4,600 people with championship golf courses and a tennis center that is on the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. The community incorporated in 1967 to avoid annexation by neighboring Palm Desert.

Shopping and dining

As one might expect, Indian Wells and the entire Palm Springs offer a wide variety of shopping experiences. From high end luxury goods such as Burberry, Christian Dior, Tiffany & Co., and Versace, to full service retailers such as Macy's or Saks Fifth Avenue, the Coachella Valley does not disappoint.

The El Paseo shopping district and the Village at Indian Wells at 4895 Highway 111 both feature a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and services including florists, hair salons, home stores, and jewelers.

It's A Deli, the Nest Restaurant, and Don Diego's are all found along Highway 111, the main road through the Coachella Valley. The Tennis Garden features three outstanding restaurants that include the Nobu, Chop House, and Piero's Pizza. The VUE Bar and Grille at the Indian Wells Resort is another fine offering.

Parks and Recreation

Although there are no city parks within Indian Wells, it leaves no shortage in activities. As a resort community, activities such as golf and tennis take center stage. Not far from Indian Wells to the northeast lies Joshua Tree National Park which provides a host of opportunities to park visitors. In neighboring Palm Desert, the Civic Center Park with a variety of amenities for all park goers including a variety of playing courts and fields, an amphitheater, skate park, playground, and dog park.


Homes and condos are found along the golf courses and in gated communities. Condominiums start from $100,000 and homes average about $550,000. Indian Wells real estate includes the Indian Wells Resort and the Country Club with their golf courses.

The original El Dorado Country Club was developed in the 1950's and Desi Arnaz built the Indian Wells Hotel in 1957. This was the forerunner of modern Indian Wells Resort.

The Bob Hope Desert Classic, now the Humana Challenge, was played at the private Indian Wells Country Club where Arnold Palmer won the first tournament in 1960. The Indian Wells Country Club has the Cove and Classic courses. Members of other country clubs may have reciprocal privileges with this club.

Prior to his retirement, President Dwight Eisenhower visited the area and played at this club.

Indian Wells Golf Resort is one of the premier public golf venues in the Coachella Valley. The resort has two public courses including the Clive Clark Celebrity Course that opened in 2006--the 2007 and 2008 PGA Skins Game were hosted there. The course measures 7,050 yards from the champion tees with undulating fairways, numerous water hazards, and stunning views of the Santa Rosa mountains.

John Fought's Players Course, a par-72, opened in 2007 with wide fairways and challenging bunkers. The course measures 7,376 from the champion tees, but there are seven sets of tees for players of different levels.

Fought also designed a putting green and lighted a nine-hole putting course for short game practice.

The resort includes the VUE Grille and Bar along with a 53,000 square foot clubhouse with meeting and event rooms. Weddings and other events can be held at the resort inside the clubhouse or on the ceremony lawn.

The famous MiraMonte Resort and Spa in Indian Wells offers packages that include golf at the Indian Wells Golf Resort.


The 19,000 square foot Indian Wells Tennis Garden is home to the BNP Paribas Open Championship scheduled for March 9 to 22 in 2015. The Tennis Garden, major Indian Wells real estate, includes a private club in addition to two stadiums and 29 concrete courts including 23 that remain lighted for evening play. Stadium One seats 16,100 people and Stadium Two seats 8,000 spectators.

Stadium One has 12 broadcast booths along with an interview room, players and champion locker room, and a special dining area for players and media. The Press Room seats 108 media representatives. There is an 8,000 square foot commissary and a 2,500 foot lounge area for spectators. Stadium Two features six broadcast booths and three restaurants.

The Tennis Garden opened in 2000 and Stadium Two was expanded this year. The complex also has 4,000 square feet of exhibit space and 10,945 parking spaces.

The tennis club includes the 27 concrete PlexiPave courts, a fitness center, locker rooms, and pro shop. Lessons are available throughout the year for people of all ages and ability levels. Lesson packages are available and junior tennis is very popular among youngsters. The club also offers tennis clinics and mix-up matches throughout the year.


Walking the mountain trails is another popular pastime in the Coachella Valley. There are several trails near Indian Wells including the Cactus to Clouds, Bump and Grind or Mirage trail, the Hopalong Cassidy Trail, and the Wilderness Loop Trail to Eisenhower Peak. These trails connect the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains with pathways for people with various ability levels.

Schools, Health, and Transportation

Students in Indian Wells are served by the Desert Sands Unified School District. Elementary students will attend Ford Elementary school in Indian Wells, while junior high students attend Palm Desert Charter or Paige Middle School, then Palm Desert High School.

Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and the Eisenhower Medical Center are the major hospitals in the Coachella Valley.

Indian Wells is located off of Intestate 10 which connects it to the rest of southern California. Commercial air travel to the area is available via Palm Springs International Airport, or LAX. Amtrak California serves the area via a station in Palm Desert.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 760-880-3675 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

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Steve Enlow - BRE #01368794
Desert Sands Realty
78000 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 202
Palm Desert CA 92211
Fax: (760)262-3232