As bitter-cold winter months grip most of the nation, Southern California continues to attract snowbirds who can’t wait to fly the coop and congregate in more sunny climes. Two destinations—the Coachella Valley and San Diego—are popular among snowbirds from the Midwest and Canada. We take a closer look at several cities in these two regions and the properties for sale in each.
1. Coachella Valley
Many snowbirds will undoubtedly land in the Coachella Valley, which has historically appealed to everyone from Canadian golf enthusiasts to classic Hollywood entertainers and even former U.S. presidents who seek out a relaxed lifestyle set against the backdrop of swaying palms and rugged desert hills.
Located a little more than 100 miles east of Los Angeles, the Coachella Valley (also known as “the desert”) is home to cities like Palm Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and over 125 golf courses with names like Nicklaus, Palmer and Fazio attached to them.
With 350 days of sunshine per year, the region offers the warmest winter in the western United States. During winter, temperatures average in the 70s during the day and the mid-40s at night. Bounded by majestic mountain ranges that offer their own recreation and points of interest, Coachella Valley is as picturesque as it is comfortable. And, abundant recreation ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From shopping, dining, hiking and horseback riding, to swimming, tennis, and especially golfing, to enjoying art galleries and Vegas-style Indian casinos, there’s never a dull moment in the desert.
Indian Wells moves at a slightly slower pace than Palm Springs, but it still offers. world-class golf, spas, sparkling pools, high-end boutiques and plenty of leisurely distractions. A multitude of fine dining options offer culinary adventures awaiting your discovery.
Indian Wells residences are listed at a range of price points. One such option, listed at $5,250,000, is a contemporary single-family home with five bedrooms and seven six and one-half baths in approximately 7,468 square feet on an .87-acre lot. The home offers an elegant entry with modern atrium window, great room with fireplace, custom sit down bar and formal dining room as well as a family room with fireplace and media niche. The Gourmet kitchen with Center Island is a chef’s dream. Amenities include stainless appliances and a morning room. Resort-like grounds include a lagoon-style pool with waterfall and separate spa.
2. San Diego County
Sunny San Diego, set near the Pacific Ocean, is another popular snowbird destination since high temperatures average around 66 degrees from December through March. Seventy miles of coastline mean that strolling, biking, surfing, or kayaking await at San Diego’s beaches. San Diego also offers a variety of iconic and historic urban neighborhoods, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park (home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo), Lilly Italy, and La Jolla, an affluent seaside resort community. Each has a collection of unique offerings, like art galleries, museums, nightlife destinations, or botanical gardens.
The upscale seaside community of La Jolla, located 12 miles from downtown San Diego, offers some of the most desirable stretches of Pacific coastline in the County. It’s not hard to see why La Jolla means “the jewel” in Spanish: there are beautiful unspoiled beaches, world-class golf at Torrey Pines, fine dining and upscale shopping that some say rivals Rodeo Drive. There are also some of the most picturesque luxury coastal homes on the market in California—like this breathtaking La Jolla coastal home for sale. This 2,573-square-foot single-family residence with four bedrooms and two full baths is ideal for Snowbirds vacationing with friends or family. Priced at $2,495,000, the residence offers canyon and ocean views from nearly every room as well as upper and lower decks. In-home recreational amenities include a backyard Jacuzzi and putting green.
Whether you prefer desert or ocean, these destinations prove that there is something for everyone in Southern California during the winter months. Which Coldwell Banker home would you want as your winter vacation getaway?