The first Saturday of March each year, Laguna Beach holds the Patriots Parade, an event to celebrate the diversity of the citizens of the United States under the nation’s motto, “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “From Many, One.” Featuring marching bands, civic and veterans’ organizations, classic automobiles, floats, and more, the Patriots Parade is a Laguna Beach hit now in its 51st year.
Be sure to check out this Orange County tradition on Saturday, March 4th starting at 11am on Park Avenue and Short Street, connect at Glenneyre, then heading up Forest Avenue where the route ends in front of City Hall.
For more information on the Patriots Parade, visit the event’s website.
We Are Your SoCal Lifestyle Experts!
Southern California is a popular place to live for so many reasons. From perfect weather to a laid back approach to living, everything about the SoCal experience is truly one-of-a-kind. With oodles of opportunities for fun, you are hard pressed to be bored. From a litany of outdoor activities in every setting imaginable to rich cultural and artistic experiences, as well as culinary destinations famous around the world, there is an embarrassment of riches to enhance your latitude of living and enjoy the simple, or decadent, pleasures in life.
Bennion Deville Homes, one of the largest independent real estate brokerages in Southern California, proudly serves clients from sand to sea and everything in between, including major communities throughout the Coachella Valley and Orange and San Diego counties. As the local real estate and lifestyle leaders, we offer a peek into a variety of activities to help you get out and enjoy the unique Southern California lifestyle. Each community offers its own distinct cultural experience, so stay tuned for our suggestions to help you explore and discover new activities, or become reacquainted with familiar ones, in your local area. Who knows, you may find a new local favorite or reinvigorate an old passion. The possibilities are endless, and that is the magic of what makes living in Southern California so fun!
An historic Palm Springs estate in the Deepwell neighborhood is on the market for $3.7 Million. Designed by renowned architect John Porter Clark, it was once home to Hollywood royalty at different times, including William Holden and Stefanie Powers, Audrey Hepburn, and Tippi Hedren, and has appeared in photo shoots for luxury fashion and lifestyle brands.
Listed by Bennion Deville Homes agents Kathryn Tomasino and Bob Crebo, this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece has been completely updated with designer finishes and materials from around the globe. World-famous interior designer Rodrigo Vargas and his partner Erik Storey, who are selling the property, oversaw the complete renovation of the sleek, pristine abode, making choices to enhance the interior and exterior by infusing 21st century comforts while preserving the intent of the architectural statements, creating what can only be described as one of the most exclusive, and envied, addresses in Palm Springs.
Upon arrival, the property warmly welcomes with a peaceful reflection pond leading along a stark walkway to a massive, custom-designed bronze door that embellishes the home’s character. The structure’s original U-shaped footprint is intact, with main living quarters, including guest bedrooms and a master retreat, comprising the north end and two separate en suite guest casitas to the south. The stunning living room with platform fireplace flows into an inviting kitchen/dining area. Each interior space exudes the style and sophistication only a Mid-Century Modern structure can portray.
Extensive use of white-veined Carrera Italian marble throughout brings a high level of sophistication, which is accented by tastefully planned, subtle pops of color from custom furniture and decorator accents. With clean sight lines and pirouetting floor-to-ceiling windows housing jaw-dropping San Jacinto Mountain views in nearly every room, the home is as functional as it is fashionable and seamlessly blends the comfy interior with the surrounding outdoor landscape. A resort-style backyard showcases a refinished pool, complete with tanning shelf, and voluminous soaking spa off the master quarters to go with numerous outdoor sitting areas, fire pit, perfectly trimmed lime orchard, mature palm trees, and towering privacy hedges surrounding the perimeter.
Known as “The Holden Estate,” 1323 South Driftwood Drive is the ultimate Southern California desert escape from which to enjoy the unique, tranquil Palm Springs lifestyle. To schedule a private tour of this exclusive property, please contact Kathryn Tomasino or Bob Crebo.
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Bennion Deville Homes proudly welcomes REALTOR® Randy Heyl to the Rancho Mirage office, located at 71-691 Highway 111. Randy works with buyers and sellers throughout the Coachella Valley, specializing in the communities of Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, and Palm Springs.
After visiting the Greater Palm Springs Area for 18 years from Los Angeles, the allure of the Southern California desert was too strong to resist. In 2014 Randy made it his home full time home after falling in love with the unique Mid-Century Modern architecture, outdoor lifestyle, and higher standard of living. “I love our community because it offers so much to its residents in terms of quality of life,” Randy says. “The hiking is incredible, it’s a haven for golfers, the spas are exceptional, and shopping is bountiful. There is a calming, relaxing quality that quiets the soul. My goal is to help my clients find the perfect setting so they can have the full desert lifestyle experience, the same reason I made this area my permanent home years ago.”
Prior to earning his real estate license, Randy made his mark in high-end retail management, where for over 25 years he trained and mentored sales staff for some of the most notable brands in the world, including Neiman Marcus, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, and Ralph Lauren. Over this span, he perfected the craft of delivering client service with class, sophistication, and a little fun along the way. “You have to ask a client the right questions up front to get to the bottom of what it is they truly need. Communication is critical to any situation, but especially in real estate since this is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their life. I need to make sure that I have the full scope of expectations so I am guiding my client down the proper path and can offer my expertise in the right fashion. My hope is to make the process easy for them while infusing my light, humorous approach to service.”
Bennion Deville Homes is the perfect fit for Randy because of the company’s polished office presence and agent support programs. “Bennion Deville Homes has a professional presentation with its esteemed brand and marketing materials, as well as the design of each office location. In addition, they offer the full support from a well-organized, highly trained staff. This is a company I am proud to work for and represent,” Randy concludes.
Adds Managing Broker Don Rossignol, “Randy’s strong client-service background, passion for the local community and its unique architecture, and familiarity with the lifestyle offered by each neighborhood makes him a nice addition to our Rancho Mirage team. We look forward to working with Randy and wish him a prosperous year.”
About Bennion Deville Homes
Founded by Bob Bennion and Bob Deville in 2001, Bennion Deville Homes is one of the largest independent real estate brokerages in Southern California, serving the region from 23 offices throughout the Coachella Valley and San Diego and Orange counties. The powerhouse company proudly serves the Coachella Valley from offices in Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio. Bennion Deville Homes entered the coastal Southern California communities of San Diego and Orange counties in 2010, with an office proudly serving Orange County in Laguna Niguel, and offices in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Hillcrest/Mission Hills, and Little Italy in San Diego County.
The LUXE Collection program lists and showcases some of the finest properties available on the market, maximizing exposure of high-end luxury homes to qualified buyers across a variety of mediums and channels. The prestige of the LUXE Collection combined with the strength of the international reach provided by an exclusive strategic partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio® gives Bennion Deville Homes agents local dominance with an international reach.
For the location of the office nearest you, please visit BDHomes.com. For the latest trends in Southern California real estate and community news, follow us on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @BDHSoCal.
Back for its second year, the popular Music In The Park series features big-name artists for free at the gorgeous Rancho Mirage Community Park Amphitheater. Gather your friends and family for 5 evenings throughout peak season, kicking off on Sunday, February 19th with highly decorated country music recording artist Pam Tillis. From high-powered classic rock to big band swing, additional events span a variety of styles and include Pablo Cruise, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ted Herman’s Big Band in conjunction with David Green’s Musical Theatre University, and Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas.
Each concert starts at 7pm nightly, with gates opening at 5pm. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Parking around the amphitheater is free, and food and beverages is available for purchase within the amphitheater.
Your SoCal Lifestyle Experts!
From picture-perfect weather to a rich cultural lifestyle, Southern California is a popular place to live for so many reasons, making for a truly one-of-a-kind living experience. With loads of opportunities for fun, there is always something new and exciting to do. From a litany of outdoor activities in every setting imaginable to rich cultural and artistic experiences, as well as world-famous culinary destinations, there are plenty of ways to enhance your latitude of living and enjoy the simple, or decadent, pleasures in life.
Bennion Deville Homes, one of the largest independent real estate brokerages in Southern California, proudly serves clients from sand to sea and everything in between, including major communities throughout the Greater Palm Springs Area and San Diego and Orange counties. As the local real estate and lifestyle leaders, we offer a peek into a variety of activities to help you get out and enjoy the unique Southern California lifestyle. Each community offers its own distinct cultural experience, so stay tuned for our suggestions to help you explore and discover new activities, or become reacquainted with familiar ones, in your local area. Who knows, you may find a new local favorite or reinvigorate an old passion. The possibilities are endless, and that is the magic of what makes living in Southern California so fun!
Bennion Deville Homes Palm Springs Main REALTOR® David Carden of the Carden Maguire Team is deeply rooted in the Palm Springs community. As the founder of Volunteer Palm Springs, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, his vision for improving the community and his lifelong endeavor to give back touches the lives of thousands. Volunteer Palm Springs’ latest initiative is to call attention to public safety and to put a stop to a string of roadway accidents involving cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists. As a result, they are selling safety vests for pedestrians, bicyclists, and dogs to help increase visibility and decrease accidents. For these reasons, we shine a bright spotlight on the exceptional work David and Volunteer Palm Springs are doing.
Bennion Deville Homes [BDH]: What is it about this cause that is near and dear to you? Why do you want to bring awareness?
David Carden [DC]: I have been doing public/community service since I was 16 years old – I am now 68+ and have never stopped or looked back. My commitment to any city I have ever called home has been to help make it better and impact other peoples’ lives in a positive way.
I founded Volunteer Palm Springs in 2010 with only 30 people. Since then, our membership has grown to over 1,100+ members and we earned 501(c)3 non-profit status. In addition to finding volunteer opportunities for our members, our organization was looking for a way to create a community-based educational and public awareness program. For three-and-a-half years I volunteered with Citizens on Patrol and saw many accidents involving vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists firsthand. It occurred to me I just might find the right combination of community involvement, volunteerism, and a cause to help make our city streets safer – and Voila! P.S. Cares (Palm Springs – Public Safety). I designed the heart-shaped logo because we want to make the month of February ‘Public Safety Month’ in Palm Springs. Hopefully these efforts will help further champion the cause.
BDH: What is your role in the roll out of P.S. Cares and the safety vest program? Any updates thus far in the campaign?
DC: I created the outline of the public safety program more than two-and-a-half years ago. We installed a committee who has worked tirelessly in developing a program which included tips for pedestrian, traffic, and bicycle safety in a positive way. Our goal is to get people to start talking about public safety and, in doing so, we hope to change their behavior to become safer. I feel we all have to take more responsibility for our own public safety and the best way to do it is to start paying closer attention and focus on what you can do to improve: Don’t speed, don’t travel distracted, mind the traffic laws, respect the road, and wear a safety vest at night! I know bad habits are hard to break, which is why we are partnering with the Palm Springs Police Department (PSPD) with this program. We will be co-hosting upcoming public safety seminars in the coming months. Our program is about education and awareness, PSPD will handle the enforcement – the perfect marriage.
BDH: Where can people find more information about the program or purchase the vests?
DC: Folks may visit our website – www.volunteerpalmsprings.org – for more information on both Volunteer Palm Springs and our P.S. Cares program. The vests are in stock and available for purchase. Even better, the program is self-sustaining. For every two adult safety vests we sell ($25 ea.) we are able to donate one to a senior citizen, person in need, or homeless person at NO cost. For every two dog vests we sell, we will be able to donate a vest to the Animal Shelter/Animal Samaritans at NO cost when people adopt/rescue a dog. In addition to our vest program, people can join our ‘Adopt-a-Senior,’ ‘Adopt-a-Dog,’ ‘Adopt-a-Homeless Person’ initiatives – all features on our website.
BDH: Beyond safety vest sales, is there anything else you are doing to raise awareness or funds for the program?
DC: We will be having our First Annual Fundraiser on Sunday, February 19th, for ‘Living the Modern’ Home Tour as part of the Modernism Week festivities. We expect to host 250 people which will provide the seed funds for purchasing the vests and paving the way for us to begin donations.
BDH: Is there anything else you would like to add about Volunteer Palm Springs or the P.S. Cares program?
DC: Our board is so pleased to be a partner with PSPD. Public safety is the #1 issue in Palm Springs and we hope our program is well received. As I like to say, ”Remember, there is nothing more valuable than a human life. The life YOU save just might be your own!”