Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Eric Iverson
One of the reasons so many buyers who are interested in equestrian properties look in the Indio area is its proximity to the myriad of exciting activities related to the horse world, such as the Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) Thermal Show, and the access to renowned polo clubs, such as the Empire Polo Club and the Eldorado Polo Club.
This month is the perfect example of some of the benefits residents of Indio and the surrounding cities can regularly enjoy. On Saturday, December 28 and Sunday, December 29, the Eldorado Polo Club will once again host the exciting and much anticipated World Gym Tournament. Individual and team nominations are accepted for this four goal tournament that unofficially kicks off the polo season in the Palm Springs Valley and is looked forward to by residents each year.
This fun and dynamic tournament is attended by horse lovers of all ages and is perfect for the entire family. Every year, the tournament draws competitive teams who bring thrilling action to the arena at the Eldorado Polo Club. The entry fee to participate in the tournament is $400. The fee also includes attendance at a pasta dinner on Saturday, December 28 at The Cantina for tournament players plus one guest each.
This fun-filled event is an excellent way to spend time with the family in between the Christmas and New Year holidays, and a great way to get a feel for the community if you’re in town to look at equestrian properties. Attendees flock to The Cantina at the Eldorado Polo Club for food, drinks and socializing after the tournament.
To register, contact the Polo Office by December 24 by calling 760.342.2223 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
Once you’ve decided to start looking at horse property for sale, it’s important to be aware of all the elements involved. There is much more to creating equestrian properties than just selecting a property and deciding on which improvements you plan to make.
One of the essential aspects of owning equestrian properties that run smoothly is planning. You should start planning and determining what exactly your needs are and how best to fulfill them before you buy a horse property with amenities already in place. To start, think about what your goals for the property will be—will you be raising thoroughbreds, training horses or will your family simply be riding for enjoyment? This will help you assess the size of the horse property that you should be looking at.
Another very important thing to think about when looking at equestrian properties is operations. Will you or our family be running the property yourselves or will you have a crew to help take care of the horses and facilities? This will help dictate the size as well, in addition to the geographic area. Climate is also important, which is why many seek areas with mild weather, such as the Palm Springs Valley. It’s also essential that the land and pasture can accommodate your horses, and you may also want to be in close proximity to trails so that you can enjoy riding your horses and ensure that they get adequate exercise.
Last but not least, it’s important to consider the neighborhood when looking at horse property for sale. It’s ideal to be surrounded by other horse properties so you can be certain that your neighbors are comfortable with the noise and any other aspects of living near horses. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the lifestyle and community work well for your family, and that you have easy access to support services for your horses, such as veterinarians, farriers and feed suppliers who are familiar with the breed of your horse.
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Posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
For those searching for La Quinta real estate so they can enjoy their retirement years in a relaxing and stunning desert setting, Trilogy at La Quinta is ideal. This 55 and Over Active Adult community is ideally located in La Quinta, a short drive from all the other desert cities that make up the resort playground that is Coachella Valley, and just two hours from Los Angeles or San Diego.
La Quinta was recently touted as one of “America’s Best Small Towns” by Money Magazine—and for good reason. This beautiful, bucolic haven features more than 20 golf course, including a public course designed by Arnold Palmer, a vibrant arts community, a dynamic entertainment scene and a friendly, tight-knit community. Living at Trilogy provides residents with a relaxed resort lifestyle and a bevy of recreational opportunities at their fingertips—exactly the reason so many consider buying La Quinta real estate in the first place.
Trilogy at La Quinta provides meeting and event rooms for use by guests and residents, a casual dining option and four station cyber café, as well as an array of fitness and other fun activities to enjoy. In addition to the community’s first-class tennis facilities, there are two regulation bocce courts and a horseshoe pit, and the Mesquite Billiards Room, an ideal place to play pool or table tennis.
The onsite Fitness Center features an indoor track for running or walking in a climate-controlled environment, as well as free weights, circuit training equipment and an aerobics studio that offers a varied slate of fitness and wellness classes.
In addition, Trilogy at La Quinta boasts a 25-seat theater facility for residents to use to display movies, photographs and presentations, as well as an outdoor barbeque area with a fireplace so residents and guests can enjoy poolside dining and get together.
60-750 Trilogy Parkway, La Quinta, CA 92253
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Posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
International field at Eldorado Polo Club
Frederick Mannix’s team has upset everyone on it’s way to the Finals. Amazing, since the same 2 teams have played off against each other since 2006. The Finals will be played 12/7..I’ll be at The Cantina at Eldorado watching it live-streamed (I hope!). Frederick cut his polo chops at the Eldorado Polo Club in Indio, so we’re all watching very proudly!
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Posted on November 29th, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
Many land owners are under the impression that selling vacant land is easier than selling land that already has a house built on it. The clean slate of open land with no amenities keeps things simple, right? While it’s true that buyers can imagine what they would do with the land, there are many other factors to consider that make the sale of vacant land a surprisingly time-consuming process. Buyers will have lots of questions that you need to have answers to.
For starters, it’s imperative that you find out all of the possible uses of your vacant land for sale. Can it be used to build an equestrian home or designed for commercial purposes? You and your realtor will have to find answers to these questions in advance. Brainstorm and try to think of all the questions a prospective buyer may have—they will want to know about zoning issues, the exact property boundaries, perc testing and power access, as well as any covenants or restrictions they will have to adhere to.
If potential buyers are interested in building an equestrian home, they will also want to know about water availability. Contact local authorities and visit your local zoning office, if necessary, to get answers to these questions and any supporting documentation. You may also want to obtain an official land survey of your vacant land for sale to alleviate the possibility of any future boundary disputes.
Another aspect that you will need to full research when selling vacant land is pricing. It’s important to have a real estate professional involved to help you obtain accurate pricing information. There are factors that should be considered that someone with no real estate experience may not know how to navigate, such as water availability, the effect of population growth, soil usability and possible sub-division, among others. A realtor can help buy sharing information about comparable properties they have sold or market data about the area that can help you determine the right price.
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Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Eric Iverson
Have you always dreamt of learning to play polo? Do you currently play polo but need to improve or brush up your skills? Do you own equestrian properties and want to put them to better use by becoming a great polo player? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions and live in or near the Palm Springs Valley, you’re in luck—here are three ways to substantially improve your polo playing skills and have fun while you’re at it.
- Attend the Los Angeles Polo Training Center and Polo School at the Empire Polo Club. The Indio-based Empire Polo Club is the official location of this renowned school’s winter facility. Students can take private and group lessons from December through March. This is an excellent way to learn the game, quickly fine tune your skills and meet other local polo players.
- Hit the Eldorado Polo & Riding Academy. The amazing staff of polo instructors and riding teachers tailor instruction for everyone from beginning riders to seasoned polo players. Take private or group lessons, attend clinics and rent polo horses with all tack and equipment included.
- Attend the Linfoot Polo Clinic. Hosted by the Eldorado Polo Club, the Linfoot Polo Clinic will take place on December 21 and 22. Kathy and Corky Linfoot have coached champion polo players and taught polo clinics for more than 35 years. This two-day instructional and coaching polo clinic is guaranteed to improve polo skills such as riding, hitting, riding and game strategy, among others. It’s recommended to bring two horses, but if you don’t own two or your horses are not boarded nearby, contact the Polo Office at 760.342.2223 for a list of horse rental providers.
After taking a weekend clinic or lessons at one of these facilities, you’ll be showing off your skills in an arena or on your equestrian properties in no time at all.
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Posted on November 26th, 2013 by Eric Iverson
Whether you own a ranch, equine properties, board your horse or are just now considering horse property for sale, it’s essential to make sure anyone who rides your horse or rides on your property makes safety a priority. While horseback riding is a favorite American pastime that has taken place for centuries, it’s still important to make sure that all riders know how to maximize safety around horses.
As enjoyable as horseback riding is, especially for those who own ranches or equine properties, there is always the threat of injury, as there is with any type of physical activity. It’s essential that the rider always pays attention to their horse and what’s going on around them. In addition, keep in mind that horse-related accidents don’t necessarily take place when you’re actually riding. Often times, someone will get injured when they’re feeding or grooming a horse.
Here are some basic tips for equestrian safety:
- Wear a helmet. Head gear is essential—always make sure that your helmet is securely fastened. If you do fall or experience any type of impact with the helmet, get a new one before getting on a horse again.
- Wear fitted gear. Always wear properly fitted boots, riding clothes and non-skid gloves. You should never wear anything baggy when riding a horse. Make sure your boot-stirrup combo is correctly matched so that your feet don’t get trapped in the stirrup.
- Wear protective gear to prevent bruising or fracturing of the ribs.
- Be quiet around your horse. Don’t make any unnecessary noise while you’re on or near the horse. Horses are very sensitive and can get stressed out by noise.
- Always be cautious. Any horse can react strangely to something unpredictable. Always practice caution, even with the most good-natured, tame horse.
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Posted on November 25th, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
Many buyers see vacant land for sale and think, “That’s going to take so much work to make livable.” While it is true that there is more work associated with buying a parcel of land and building a house on it than there is with purchasing a residence that is already built, there are many benefits to buying vacant real estate.
- Control is key. When you consider buying vacant land for sale, it is definitely important to think about the extra work involved. However, when you own a vacant parcel, you essentially have a clean slate, and therefore have control over how, where and when you build your house. You can choose where it will be located on the property, which direction it will face and will be able to do what you want in the manner you wish. If you want to turn it into an equestrian property and the land meets zoning requirements, you can. Ultimately, you will end up much closer to your dream house than you would if you buy something that’s already constructed.
- Low entry cost. In general, buying a vacant parcel will be significantly less expensive than buying an already constructed house. A good strategy is to choose an area you want to live in, and search for land in that area. You can always build your dream house on the lot in your desired neighborhood later.
- Construction. Being able to build a residence or equestrian property to your exact specifications is an ideal scenario for many buyers. Instead of having to spend money to improve an already existing building, you can decide which features you want to build, and you’ll never waste funds on those that you don’t want or need. This means you’ll save money in the long run.
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Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
The Andalusia Clubhouse pool
There are still some really good deals at Andalusia in La Quinta, but better hurry! The current price/sf for the remaining standing Inventory is sure to be less than what the new inventory will sell for when they’re completed in 2014/2015. 81647 Andalusia Dr., La Quinta..I represented the Buyer on this gorgeous, South facing, Fairway home. Andalusia is located in our beautiful Eastern La Quinta area of the Palm Springs Valley, and prices start at approx. $950,000 and range to approx. $2,000,000. With HOA’s of $650/month, a gorgeous clubhouse, Tennis courts, 18 holes of golf, walking trails, pro-shop, and tons of social activities, this club is very popular with both seasonal and year round residents.
If you’re thinking of buying a home in La Quinta, and in particular a new home in a gated, golf course community with spectacular amenities, you might want to consider this development in La Quinta, especially before the remaining few homes are GONE! Andalusia homes are “new” in that many of them haven’t been lived in, although there are also some resales still available.
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Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Kimberley Kelly
Many horse owners choose to buy equestrian properties as an alternative to boarding their horses or renting a livery stable. It’s a great option and can be an excellent investment, especially if you live for a number of years on the property. Plus, you and your family will have unlimited access to your horses and be able to ride them whenever you want.
When you own or are looking for equine properties, it’s important to make sure that there is adequate fencing. It needs to keep your horses safely on the property, and therefore, should be high enough so that your horses can’t jump over it. The fencing also needs to be strong enough to keep them safe, and should be free of any holes or loose boards if it’s wooden.
Some people choose to put hedges on equestrian properties to help keep their horses safely in the enclosure. However, hedges take awhile to grow and are not as reliable as proper fencing. While it can expensive to fence several acres, safety is of the utmost importance—plus, you’ll want to protect the investment you’ve made in your horses.
Another important thing to consider when it comes to the safety of your horses is the presence of weed on equine properties. Weeds actually create some significant potential dangers. For example, ragwort is extremely poisonous to horses and damages the liver if eaten. Many horses die each year from ingesting ragwort, which is why it’s imperative that you make sure there is none present in your pasture. It spreads very easily and is therefore very difficult to eliminate, so if you’re in the process of buying a parcel of land, make sure there is none present before you close. In addition, you may want to check neighboring fields because of the danger of it spreading.
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