The allure of the Desert Lifestyle was introduced to George during his college years at UC Santa Barbara. The temptation of year-round blue skies, warm temps, and access to the finest golf climate in the country became a clear priority. Upon graduation and following initial efforts to play golf professionally, a career in golf ensued. As a 26+ year and a current PGA of America member, George’s experiences were centered around the management and operations of the Desert’s finest Private Golf Clubs. Directly, George gained intimate knowledge and forged his resume at Mission Hills Country Club, PGA West, Hideaway Golf Club, Madison Club, and The Quarry At La Quinta. Most notably, George performed as the Director of Golf at nationally regarded and Golf Digest Top U.S. 100 The Quarry at La Quinta for 12 years. Subsequently, he took the lead as Director of Membership, Senior Manager, and Club Ambassador at Hideaway for an additional 12 years while concurrently representing Discovery Land Company as an on-site Licensed Real Estate Associate for both Hideaway Golf Club and Madison Club. Given these experiences, George became familiar and fluent with the desert’s additional private Golf and Country Clubs including Bighorn Golf Club, The Reserve, The Vintage, Tradition, Toscana, Eldorado Country Club, Citrus Club, The Palms, Andalusia, and others.
George offers a unique perspective on Desert living given his tenure as a resident, professional experiences, and relationships he has built along the way in a variety of industries. As a strong advocate for quality of life and sustained growth in the Coachella Valley, he has personally witnessed the evolution of the Desert landscape, including the influx of world-renowned events that grace the seasonal calendar. From the Palm Springs Film Festival to The American Express PGA Tour and ANA Inspiration LPGA Tournamentweeks, the amazing BNP Paribas Tennis Open in Indian Wells, the Desert International Horse Show in Thermal and Winter Polo at the Eldorado and Empire Polo facilities where George also shares the equestrian passion and is well connected. Culminating the season are the spectacular Coachella Fest and StageCoach Music Concerts.
These are merely a highlight of events, not to mention numerous activities, that attract residents and welcome visitors from around the globe to the Coachella Valley. His first-hand desert knowledge gives buyers and sellers a tremendous wealth of local awareness not only of each Private Club or Resort but also the personalities, vibe and attraction of every individual desert city. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, insight and perspective into the various residential communities that flow through the Coachella Valley from Palm Springs to Thermal, with an emphasis on the Central and East end of the Valley including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Bermuda Dunes, Indio and Thermal.
George has built an impeccable personal reputation throughout his career based on integrity, personality, interpersonal skills, communication, and confidentiality. His friendly demeanor and honest and trustworthy character are highly respected. George’s even-keeled approach and devoted work ethic along with alignment with Kibbey and Associates, the Valley’s #1 Sotheby’s Team, and the industry-leading Sotheby’s International brand have George on his way to becoming a Top Producer. In conclusion, his familiarity and understanding in virtually every segment of the market is rare and offers great value. You couldn’t make a better choice than George Van Valkenburg Jr. to represent you in achieving your real estate goals.
George can be reached personally at (760) 289-0273 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
More than 300 years before Palm Springs became a hideaway for celebrities, the area was the home to the Cahuilla Indians. Their presence is still felt, especially when visiting downtown’s Spa Resort Casino or hiking in the canyons they once called home.
As early as Hollywood prospered, Palm Springs grew into a destination with a worldwide reputation for first-class hotels, modern architecture and year-round fun.
The city offers a variety of events, including Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, Modernism Week in February, and Village Fest every Thursday night on Palm Canyon Drive. And no visit would be complete without a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy the refreshing beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains.
For those who love to shop, retailers of every stripe comprise the Uptown Design District on North Palm Canyon and along the downtown strip. The restaurant scene continues to grow with newcomers such as Trio, LuLu California Bistro, Cheeky’s and Zini Cafe Med joining long-standing establishments such as La Vallauris, LG’s Steakhouse and Las Casuelas Terraza.
As one of the first, and arguably the most famous resort destinations in the United States, the celebrity vibe of Palm Springs in hard to beat.
With a property owner I.D. card, residents enjoy an array of perks from discounts at Indian Wells Golf Resort, hotels, spas and restaurants to special invitations to parties at the BNP Paribas Open, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden’s WildLights and more.
Thankfully, Indian Wells shares its wealth, including the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (host of the BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Arts Festival), Indian Wells Golf Resort and IW Club and Desert Town Hall Indian Wells lecture series.
Four deluxe hotel properties lie within the city’s borders: Hyatt Grand Champions Resort, Villas and Spa; Indian Wells Resort Hotel; Miramonte Resort & Spa; and Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa.
Almost surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta serves as the backdrop for such world-class events as the Humana Challenge (formerly Bob Hope Classic) at SilverRock Resort’s Arnold Palmer Classic Course, Concours d’Elegance and La Quinta Arts Festival.
The city’s fairy tale started in the 1920’s with the creation of La Quinta Resort & Club, which now includes restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, a spa and more.
Old Town La Quinta, located within the La Quinta Village, is alive with sidewalk cafe’s, concerts, art shows, a weekly organic farmer’s market and Moonlight Movies on the lawn.
La Quinta Museum features traveling and historical exhibits, and La Quinta Public Library boasts one of the top circulations in Riverside County. The city is know for arts and culture, natural beauty and Old World atmosphere with a distinctively 21st century focus on health and wellness.
While living in or visiting the Coachella Valley, it’s nearly impossible to miss Palm Desert, the Geographical center of the nine desert communities. With unobstructed mountain views, 350 days of sun a year and an environment that encourages an active lifestyle, the city is a magnet for retirees, families and snowbirds alike.
Consumers enjoy options such as the fabled El Paseo: a shoppers’ paradise and home to such retailers as Saks Fifth Avenue, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coach and Cole Haan. Also available is Westfield Palm Desert, the only regional mall in the area.
Palm Desert is also “education central,” with three college campuses: College of the Desert; California State University, San Bernardino; and University of California, Riverside.
The city’s must-see attraction in The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden, a wildlife park devoted to desert flora and fauna from around the world – and the proud exhibitor of a collection of model trains that will delight the whole family.
Add to this the arts and culture offerings of McCallum Theatre and it’s easy to see why many consider Palm Desert the heart of the Coachella Valley.
The city boasts a fine roster of celebs, families and vacationers. Many flock to Restaurant Row and The River to shop, drink, dine and enjoy new films. Game lovers love Agua Caliente Casino | Resort | Spa for 24-hour entertainment. The literati enjoy the architecturally significant Rancho Mirage Public Library for special events, lectures and exhibits. The city also offers some of the best medical care in the country with distinguished facilities like Eisenhower Medical Center and Betty Ford Center.
Rancho Mirage has seen its hospitality properties pour more than $750 million into upgrades and renovations.
Also on the horizon is Sunnylands, the spectacular Walter and Leonore Annenberg estate that will open to the public for tours, conferences and special events in early 2012.
Indio is a lovely city located in Southern California's Coachella Valley. It rose to fame when it became the home of the annual weekend-long music festival, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The city is extremely popular with polo aficionados, golfers, and casino-goers., in the Coachella Valley of Southern California's Colorado Desert region. It lies 23 miles east of Palm Springs, 75 miles east of Riverside, 127 miles east of Los Angeles, 148 miles northeast of San Diego, and 250 miles west of Phoenix
I’ve purchased a lot of properties and built several homes, George is by far the best real estate agent I have ever used. He was very good about showing us many homes and neighborhoods to help us find just what we wanted. He bent over backward to help with the pool and many needed house repairs prior to moving in. I have nothing but great things to say about George and highly recommend him.
George Van Valkenburg Jr. was our realtor when buying a condo in La Quinta and introduced us to Legacy Villas.From day one, George toured us through available properties, explained, in full, the details of the transaction and theprocess of purchasing the property. He was immediately responsive to our many questions, as we were new to the area.He also walked us through each step of the way through dealing with inspection, repairs and escrow.At the completion of the purchase George has followed up with us to see if we needed any more assistance.We wholeheartedly and unequivocally endorse George and the rest of the team.
I had the best experience working with George. He was so knowledgeable, helpful and kind during the sale of our family home. We live out of state, and George was so helpful meeting various vendors along the way to expedite the sale of the home. His advice was tremendously helpful and appreciated. I highly recommend George and his team to anyone buying or selling their home in the Coachella Valley!
In the seller’s market that we have today, George did everything possible to help us find exactly what we were looking for without allowing us to compromise. His years of experience in the region led to him quickly honing down which communities suited our needs best and also matched with our specific style. Through the brutal offer process, George was extremely prompt and never missed a detail. We would highly recommend George to anyone looking for a home in the desert.
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