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A tight-knit community, the best golf courses, and the coolest festivals – these are just some of the things that La Quinta, CA is known for. At the same time, they happen to be the very reasons people are eager to relocate and find some of the best homes for sale in La Quinta, CA.

La Quinta is a desert resort city in Riverside County. It sits between Indian Wells and Indio within Coachella Valley and sprawls across 35.6 miles. Surrounding it are the vast Santa Rosa Mountains and, at some point in the distant past, was covered by the Pacific Ocean.

The Cahuilla Indians were hunters and gatherers who originally lived in the area. Today, they form a much bigger Cahuilla tribe, with some 3,000 members from nine nations. Their people are known by names that follow the area or geographical location they occupy; those in La Quinta are called the Desert Cahuillans.

Weather

One of the biggest appeals of La Quinta is its weather. Even winter feels like a treat, with its mild and pleasant temperatures ranging between 43° and 68°. The summer months – from May to September – can be more intense, with temperatures soaring to a high of 100° to 115°.

For the rest of the year, though, the weather is typically clear and sunny, with temperatures varying from 42° to 106°. The desert heat is otherwise offset by the mild wind. It doesn’t get a lot of rain, with only three inches falling on average every year. It also doesn’t get snow.

38.8% growth in the economy is also projected in the next 10 years. That’s higher than the projected national average of 33.5%.

In 2022, the biggest contributors to the the local economy were:

  • Hotels and short-term vacation rentals ($118 million)
  • Sales tax ($11.3 million)
  • Property taxes ($9.3 million)

Getting there

The Palm Springs International Airport is only about 25 miles from La Quinta. The closest airport is the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, which is 14 miles away.

Living in a desert town, La Quinta residents rely on their vehicles to get around. The scores for walkability (22 out of 100) and bike-friendliness (34) are much lower than the ideal median of 70. The city also had 11 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 2022.

Palm Desert lies 5.5 miles northwest, Coachella less than 8 miles east, and Palm Springs at 17 miles northwest. Take the major arterial road of SR 111 to go on a road trip through the desert, and enjoy treats outside of La Quinta. Check out more nearby communities here.

Population

La Quinta has seen a gradual but consistent build in population over the years, especially after its incorporation in 1982. Full-time residents grew from 5,260 to 37,558. Meanwhile, part-time residents, or those who come to enjoy the locality on a seasonal basis, number 12,000.

Around 72% of the residents are homeowners, while the rest are renters. Over half of the residents are aged 45 and above, making it ideal for those who enjoy the perks of a booming economy while relishing privacy and the pleasures of quiet living.

Living in LA Quinta

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At Silver Rock Resort in La Quinta, CA ⓒ The Pratt Group

If you love golf, a warm and dry climate, and laid-back chic, then La Quinta could be the right place to call home. Here’s a closer look at some of the more pertinent considerations if you’re serious about moving to La Quinta.

Cost of living

The cost of living in La Quinta, CA was higher than the national average by around 3% in 2022. However, La Quinta remains one of the more livable cities in the US.

Schools

There are several school districts that encompass La Quinta, such as the Desert Sands Unified School District, the Coachella Valley Unified School District, and Palm Springs Unified School District.

The Harry S. Truman Elementary School and the Benjamin Franklin Elementary School are both public schools that offer K-5. For middle school, there’s Colonel MItchell Page and La Quinta Middle Schools.

For high school, there’s La Quinta High School in the Desert Sands Unified Schools District, which is a multi-awarded California Distinguished Schools winner.

Best things to do in La Quinta, CA

  • For the family

    The Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area is a sprawling 710-acre park. Within it, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as hiking, swimming, picnicking, and horseback riding. There are also 91 group and individual campsites available for those who would like to stay longer.

    Meanwhile, those who prefer indoor activities can head to La Quinta’s Rock N Roll Mini Golf. There’s also a video arcade within the facility to keep everyone entertained after playing mini golf.

    Just half an hour away in Palm Desert is The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens. This is an opportunity to stroll around the botanical gardens and observe the wildlife from a safe distance.

  • For the nature lover

    Part of living in a healthy and thriving community is having access to wholesome public space. La Quinta definitely has more than its fair share of parks and recreational places that encourage community building and quality family time.

    La Quinta Park offers a great view of the sprawling mountains. This is also where people can go to enjoy football and baseball, or simply take a leisurely stroll with family, friends, and their pets. It’s the largest park in the city at 18 acres, and is right across from La Quinta High School.

    Or, head to the La Quinta Civic Center Campus. The 17.5 acre compound features walking paths surrounding the main water feature, picnic tables, and accommodates private events. It’s also conveniently close to the city hall, the senior center, and the library.

    The Fred Wolff Bear Creek Nature Preserve offers vast hiking trails that let you explore the astounding California desert. Picnic tables beckon hikers to take a load off.

  • For the culture geek

    Feed your soul and expand your local knowledge by checking out the following places in and near the city.

    First, there’s art. The Old Town offers plenty of choices, such as the La Quinta Museum, Old Town Artisan Studios, and many other art galleries.

    For the performing arts, the nearby Coachella Valley Repertory in Cathedral City is a nonprofit that stages productions all year round. At the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, Broadway shows, theater education, dance tutorials, and more can be enjoyed.

  • For the foodie

    Make your way to Old Town for some of the most exciting dining and bar experiences this side of the desert. Early birds can make their way to Main Street Coffee for freshly brewed coffee or tea paired with delectable pastries.

    For lunch, RD RNNR has some light and refreshing choices on their menu, such as watermelon caprese and Atlantic salmon. Then for dessert, choose treats from Nitroinfusions Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream.

    Up for a fancy date night? Reserve a table at Morgan’s in the Desert, Lavender Bistro, Melange, or LG’s Prime Steakhouse.

    For more nightlife and entertainment, the Desert Fox Bar or The Nest are your best bets. If you’re partial to karaoke and pool halls, then Neil’s Lounge fits the bill.

    Whatever food you’re in the mood for, whatever your craving may be, it’s easy to find in La Quinta.

  • For the fitness and wellness enthusiast

    Fitness and wellness enthusiasts have their fill of choices in spas and sports facilities. Golf course facilities typically have their own gym and spa as well, so they’re a convenient twofer.

    Meanwhile, the La Quinta Community Fitness Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and programs like Zumba and yoga conducted by certified personal trainers and practitioners. Other gyms and sports and fitness facilities are available throughout the city.

    As a wellness destination, La Quinta offers the best of the best. At Spa La Quinta, pampering is an art form. This luxurious retreat in the desert provides both a zen and revitalizing experience that’s a balm for body and mind.

Homes for sale in LA Quinta, CA

A 4-bed, 4.5-bath, 3608-square-foot home with 12-foot ceilings and panoramic mountain views in La Quinta, CA

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Property types

La Quinta offers some of the most in-demand properties anywhere. From sprawling single-family homes and exquisite townhomes perfect for families or young couples, to luxury condos, there’s a property type that suits discerning homebuyers.

Those that prefer the exclusivity of residential golf communities can take their pick from a bevy of options. The many fantastic choices include The Golf Club at La Quinta, The Palms Golf Club, PGA West Resort, and The Quarry at La Quinta.

Architectural styles and features

Home styles reflect the rich tradition of California desert architecture, including Mediterranean, Ranch, Contemporary, and Pueblo Revival, among other styles.

Courtyards feature majestic fountains. Backyards are dominated by pools that look out to golf courses or lush desert landscapes or the mountains. Find a home showcasing the epitome of outdoor entertaining with outdoor kitchens, barbecue grills, firepits, and more.

The house interiors are just as grand, with living spaces bathed in natural light. Detailed and colorful tilework add character to the rooms and structure.

Whether the aesthetic is traditional or sleek, all reflect elements of the natural surroundings that have made La Quinta homes an oasis of easy, elegant living.

The biggest draws

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Of La Quinta’s many attractions, two stand out: golf country clubs, and festivals.

  1. Golf courses and country clubs

    California is famous for being home to some of the best golf destinations anywhere in the world, and La Quinta is one of them. In fact, any avid golfer would certainly have La Quinta on their top golf experiences list, thanks to its ideal weather and laid back vibe.

    It’s so ideal, in fact, that there are a whopping 25 private golf courses operating within the city, plus one municipal course. If those aren’t enough for you, you can easily find another 75 golf courses within 20 miles.

    Among the most popular local golf courses is The Quarry at La Quinta, designed by one of the most prolific and greatest golf course designers in the US, Tom Fazio. Then, there’s the SilverRock Resort, which is home to the longest course with 7,570 yards.

    If you want nothing but the best in a golf course, then you can head over to the nearby PGA West Mountain & Dunes Golf Courses, the “Western Home of Golf in America.”

  2. Festivals and annual events

    The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival held annually in the neighboring city of Indio has certainly put the spotlight on the region, especially among the hip and young music and art lovers from all over the country and the world. The Stagecoach Festival is another major festival in the valley.

    La Quinta has no doubt benefited from the surrounding festivities but the city does have things going for it, too.

    The PGA Tour American Express Golf Tournament is no doubt one of its most high-profile events. But La Quinta also hosts other major events in the city, like the IRONMAN Triathlon and La Quinta Art Celebration.

    Otherwise, there’s a great selection of attractions for the day to day. Explore shops, restaurants and more in Old Town. Pop in at the La Quinta Museum to view fascinating permanent and changing exhibits or hone artistic skills. Check out what’s happening at the La Quinta Library, which teems with activities, from author meet-and-greets to book clubs to sensory activities for kids.

Your future in LA Quinta, CA

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If you’re seriously considering buying one of the homes for sale in La Quinta, CA, you’ll be pleased that the city has forged ahead with development plans. They include:

  • A cultural campus that will include a museum
  • Over 350 active new construction projects to add to the city’s housing inventory
  • The Talus Golf and Spa Resort, which will be home to two luxury hotels

Updates to the city’s residential zoning code have also now allowed the development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) on most single family lots, which will potentially increase their value.

The plan for an even more livable community

For a roadmap of where La Quinta is headed, the La Quinta 2035 General Plan first launched in 2010 outlines its vision. From conservation efforts spanning natural resources like water to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gasses, bold moves are being taken by La Quinta to be a model of sustainable city living.

This can only be good news for current and future residents of La Quinta. And it’s precisely why now is the best time to buy homes for sale in La Quinta, CA.

Work with the Pratt Group for top homes for sale in LA Quinta, CA

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Brandi Pratt is a professional and highly experienced real estate agent covering La Quinta, as well as Palm Springs, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, Palm Desert, and Indio.

She and her team at The Pratt Group specialize in a wide range of property types, including commercial or investment properties, residential properties, condominiums and townhomes, secondary or vacation homes, and even golf properties.

They also handle real estate transactions for gated communities, luxury real estate, new construction and development projects, as well as independent living or senior (retired) communities.

The Pratt Group has been recognized as among the top 4% of Coachella Valley teams and agents, and has won the Icon Award twice with eXp Realty.

They consider their commitment to staying updated with the developments in the real estate industry, both locally and in general, as the key to their success. With their intimate knowledge of the market, they are able to guide clients toward more strategic positions when it comes to their real estate investments.

Let Brandi and her team find the La Quinta, CA home that’s right for you. Call 760.960.0381 or contact Brandi and her team here.

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