August 2015

There are 3 blog entries for August 2015.

historia Frances Stevens School - Paul Kaplan Group

Now home to the Palm Canyon Theatre, the Frances Stevens School at 538 N Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs was one of the first schoolhouses in the Coachella Valley. The first classrooms were built in 1927. The building was designated a Class 1 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on November 7, 1984.

  We love the theatre at the Paul Kaplan Group, and maybe we will see you at Cats opening on October 2, 2015.     Frances S. Stevens School Plaque     According to the plaque: Prescott T. Stevens, developer of the El Mirador Hotel, donated this site and the funds to build the Frances S. Stevens School, in memory of his wife and her interest in education. The first two rooms were completed in 1927. Katherine Finchy, who arrived in Palm Springs in 1922,…
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the murphy hotel palm springsWell after some searching, I finally figured out why I couldn't find The House of Murphy Hotel at 262 S Palm Canyon Dr in Palm Springs. The property was designated a Class 2 Historic Site by the Palm Springs City Council on October 3, 1984. I didn't realize that a Class 2 Historic Site is no longer extant. According to the City of Palm Springs website, "Class 2 designation is used to recognize a site where a historic building or feature once stood but is no longer present, or to recognize that a historic event occurred at that particular site." Thanks to the internet and eBay, I was able to find an old postcard with an image of the hotel. Currently occupying the site is the Chop House, a steak and seafood restaurant. We do love to eat and shop on eBay at

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Buying your second home before your first sounds almost like a riddle, or some oxymoron of a lead in.

However, it is simply a call to all the renters out there. Yes, we are talking to you New York, San Francisco, and Orange County. You may not be ready to give up your Williamsburg loft, or your apartment with an easy commute to your job, or even your quaint beach cottage on Balboa Island. But at the same time, you may be ready to buy a house and have only one place to truly call home.

From commute to paradise

If the real estate you can actually afford in your city isn’t quite what you’ve been dreaming of, that’s where Palm Springs come in— with its affordable real estate, great condo and single family home market, and more than desirable

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