You set a certain budget for your house hunt—and you can’t go a penny over it. But what if you want to expand your search a wee bit beyond a specific neighborhood? We decided to play the comparison game by exploring what you can buy for a certain dollar value in various California neighborhoods in a new series we’re calling “Cali Comparables.” We’re going across the Golden State to give you an idea of how far your dollar goes in certain areas.

Last time traveled to the state’s capital where the medium home price has gone up 11.8% over the past year. Now we’re headed down to Southern California’s desert community Rancho Mirage—with all the fuss over the music festivals the Coachella Valley is hosting this month, it’s only fitting that we went on the hunt for a desert dwelling of our very own. We have set the asking price at $2.5 million and slightly over/under. Let’s take a look:


A contemporary custom home in the gated and secure Mission Ranch, this lovely residence has a sunken tennis court and beautiful views of San Jacinto Mountain. The single level home offers Travertine floors, soaring ceilings, 5 large bedrooms with ensuite baths, detached guesthouse, and a resort-style backyard with fireplace, stone patios, and spectacular pool and spa with waterfalls.

40533 Desert Creek Lane
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Situated on an expansive 2.5-acre site in the prestigious enclave of Thunderbird Cove in Rancho Mirage, the property offers views of the city lights, valley below, and mountains below. Grand entertaining and outdoor living spaces abound. Exceptionally priced, there is also a wine cellar with tasting room and office/billiards room.

29 Evening Star
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Elegant iron gates, a circular drive, and porte-cochere welcome visitors to this spectacular home in Mission Hills Country Club Fairway Estates. The interiors offers imported Italian tile floors, a chef’s kitchen, and a 2-bedroom guest wing with ensuites and shared private patio. Walls of glass frame views of the infinity pool, lake, and fairway of the Arnold Palmer course.

12144 Saint Andrews Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

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