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Not only is selling your home a daunting task but preparing your home to sell is a huge undertaking. However, we've learned over the years from selling homes in the Palm Springs area, that there are little changes that can make a huge impact on potential buyers, and can even increase the value of your home! 

Here are a few that you should do right now.

1. Start on the street

An approachable home can make all the difference! A few things to consider doing at a street level: wash the entire exterior, touch up any paint that has weathered over time, remove any overgrown plants and weeds, mow the lawn, and consider adding hardware such as a door knocker or updated numbers to really add that extra “oomph.”

2. Turn to Kitchen & Bathrooms

Now

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Just what is Coachella?  Coachella has grown to be one of the world's most-loved festivals, which attracts over 200,000 people to the Palm Springs area.  Headliners for this year's festival include The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem, who will perform both weekends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Other performers include SZA and St. Vincent (Friday), Haim and Post Malone (Saturday) and Portugal. the Man and Cardi B (Sunday). A full schedule can be found on Coachella's website.

Here's a summary of what Wikipedia says: 

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

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 The annual music and arts festival is held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, about 30 minutes from Palm Springs, and showcases popular and established

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Spring Break in Palm Springs has been legendary since the 1960's-  Palm Springs had been a spring break destination for decades, like a Daytona Beach or Cancun for college kids on the West Coast.  Party goers from all over Southern California flocked to the desert, for the  festivities, drinking, dancing, and the proverbial cruising down Palm Canyon Drive in convertables, motorcycles and the backs of trucks, while others wondered the sidewalks in swim suits armed with squirt guns and water balloons.  It was the destination for fun in the sun.

However, things came to a climax in 1986 when the partying got out of hand: a spring break riot erupted that changed Palm Springs.

The Desert Sun reported the history of the riot and released a video that

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The Paul Kaplan Group is a longstanding advocate of Historic Preservation.  We're proud to sponsor the Herbert Burns Weekend, presented by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.  March 23-24, 2018.

Herbert Burns Weekend will recognize one of Palm Springs′ most important modernist architectural designers. The weekend includes an informative lecture, a tour, a closing cocktail reception, and publication of a PSPF tribute journal, The Design of Herbert W. Burns, authored by PSPF board member Steven Keylon. The journal represents the most comprehensive and scholarly overview of Herbert Burns' career to date, and includes hitherto unseen archival material from the Burns family. 

Herbert Burns Weekend

 

Schedule and

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Almost overnight, Palm Springs has become a foodie's destination! 
We're thrilled at The Paul Kaplan Group to see so much buzz around the Palm Springs restaurant scene.   LA Eater recently published their 17 Essential Palm Springs Restaurants, Winter 2018, both brand-spanking new venues and longstanding favorites, by Lizbeth Scordo  Updated Jan 18, 2018, 1:58pm PST.  Although not a complete list, they highlight some of our favorites in Palm Springs.


4 Saints Located on the top floor of the Kimpton Hotel in the new downtown Palm Springs redevelopment area. 
100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262 (760) 392-2020
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  • Located at the ever popular Parker hotel, in south Palm Springs.  There may…
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    There's always something going on in Palm Springs!  Below is a highlight of upcoming events over the next couple of weeks in Palm Springs.  Everything from Opera in the Park, Food Trucks, Sinatra,  Dinah Shore Weekend, 5ks, Art and Entertainment, and so much more-  

    PALM SPRINGS An Evening with Paulo Szot Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world having...more
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    PALM SPRINGS Food Truck Mash-up Palm Springs Food Truck Mash-Up is a large-scale outdoor food truck event at Spa Resort...more
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    By Alex Dethier, 3-8-2018

    The Sunmor Estates neighborhood in central Palm Springs is a treasure trove of remarkably well maintained mid-century homes built by the Alexander Construction Company, Robert C. Higgins, and Jack Meiselman in the late 50s and early 60s. Though modest in comparison to many homes built today, these properties are sought after for their clean lines and hip provenance. When considering properties from this era, however, buyers are often forced into a dilemma between style and the economics of low efficiency.

    Let’s face it: Single paned windows, non-insulated walls, and deep pools constructed to 1950s standards aren’t the most cost-effective features for a modern-day dwelling.

    A property that hit the market this week

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     1191 Paseo El Mirador, Palm Springs, presented by The Paul Kaplan Group.

    For genuine Mid-Century Modern in Palm Springs, this is the real deal, built by Jack Meiselman's El Mirador Park Development Co. in 1957. 

    Recently featured during Modernism Week 2018, this home has been carefully updated, with classic architectural details preserved. The interior offers a clean and simple palette throughout, featuring walls of glass that beautifully integrate indoors with outdoors. We love the pristine tongue and groove ceilings and those beams that penetrate through the clerestory windows. You will find the layout to be perfect for parties that flow seamlessly through the living areas. You can also spoil yourself in the privacy of the luxurious master

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    The Paul Kaplan Group is excited to participate in a number of events during Modernism Week, in Palm Springs, kicking off on 2-15-18!  The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.  Here's a sampling of where you'll find The Paul Kaplan Group during this exciting even that celebrates our beautiful sunny town, of Palm Springs:

    Modernism Show and Sale

    A dynamic collection of 85 premier exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe presenting and offering for sale rare and beautiful vintage furniture, lighting, sculpture,

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    It's almost here!  The Paul Kaplan Group and about 100,000 attendees are getting ready for the biggest festival of its kind , Modernism Week, coming to Palm Springs Feb 15 to 25th.   "The ultimate celebration of mid-century design, architecture and culture."   Tickets sell out months in advance, but don't worry! There's still a ton of things to do, see and enjoy in Palm Springs, for those that procrastinated!!  See some of the highlights below from the Modernism Week events web page:  

    Architecture:  

    Modernism Showcase Home -  Moroccan Modern
    Tour Modernism Week’s first Showcase Home by Thomboy Properties. This is a one of a kind custom-built home from 1975 by architect Hal Lacy recently renovated to modern luxury. While the house is thoroughly

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