City of La Quinta


La Quinta`s Rich History
(from City of La Quinta website)

The ancient Salton Sea, the Cahuillas, the ranches, the Bradshaw Trail, the La Quinta Hotel, celebrities, the Desert Club, PGA West…are all part of La Quinta’s rich history. We invite you to explore La Quinta and discover why it’s such a special place.

La Quinta is nearly surrounded by the Santa Rosa Mountains and is located on the floor of the Coachella Valley.  When the floor of the valley began to sink, it was covered by the Pacific Ocean.  Over a period of hundreds of years, the Colorado River flowed into the Gulf of California and formed a large delta fan.  Silt basin deposits grew higher and wider until the basin was cut-off from the ocean, while the mountains on both sides grew higher.  When the Colorado River changed its course five hundred years ago, the east Coachella Valley flooded creating the freshwater Lake Cahuilla.  You can still see the lake`s water line today along the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains.

The Desert Cahuilla Indians, hunters and gatherers, were the first ancestors of the La Quinta area.  They were one of a few Native American tribes who dug wells.  The Cahuilla Indians still exist today.

The first scheduled trains began operating between Los Angeles and Indio in 1876, as the Indio area had a plentiful water supply. Farmers were able to get their vegetables, melon, citrus and date crops to metropolitan areas.  La Quinta`s climate was ideal for growing exotic dates, sweet corn, Bermuda onions and Thompson seedless grapes. 

As travel to the desert became easier, Los Angeles residents began making trips to the area.  When La Quinta incorporated on May 1, 1982, it was named for the La Quinta Resort which had been established in 1926.

The City of La Quinta is booming with a growing population, as well as a large seasonal population of "snow birds."   There are retail stores along Highway 111 and Washington Street, the Old Town Village area with boutique shops and restaurants, hotels, and a variety of recreational and cultural activities.

Quick FAQ`s


North La Quinta

North La Quinta is a residential area highly sought after by permanent residents, including white, blue, pink and gray collar workers plus second home owners and snowbirds, as well. It features 7 gated and 20 non-gated developments/areas, most within walking distance to Amelia Earhart Elementary, John Glenn Middle and/or La Quinta High Schools. Each of these schools is in the Desert Sands School District (Some properties may fall into the boundaries of Gerald Ford Elementary, Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School and Palm Desert HS). They are California Distinguished schools with International Baccalaureate programs.

Living in North La Quinta affords you a central valley location with quick access, locally and valley-wide, to the numerous venues available to residents and visitors whether it`s golf, tennis, shopping or dining you might have in mind. You might also consider the La Quinta library, stroll the shops in charming Old Town La Quinta including Art under the Umbrellas. Hiking and biking trails in the La Quinta Cove allow you to experience the beautiful nature and mountains up close and personal. There is the La Quinta museum or you might even take in a movie at the Cinemark NexGen Theatre.

North La Quinta also boasts 5 parks - Monticello, Adams w/sand volleyball court, La Quinta, Desert Pride and Pioneer – where the 2 North La Quinta dog parks are located.

Once you`ve settled here, you`ll find many fun and exciting opportunities to fill the day or help you put the work week behind you. La Quinta, the `Gem of the Desert` is truly a wonderful destination for individuals and families alike.

North La Quinta single family home sales during the 2018 season from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 totalled 92 with the average property being 2,127 square feet and selling for $395,228. The low sale was at $232,500 and the high was at $635,000.

North La Quinta condo sales during the same period totalled 28 with the average property being 930 square feet and selling for $194,211. The low sale was at $145,000 and the high was at $255,000.

Now that you are well versed in the history of La Quinta and the highlights of North La Quinta communities, I have attached information relative to the individual communities of North La Quinta in alphabetical order for your convenience. You can also search these communities by going back to the main page, click on the Properties menu and select North LQ Communities. If I can be of any additional assistance, I welcome you to contact me:

Roger A. Sullivan
Realtor  ~ Broker Associate
CaDRE# 01236680

Bennion Deville Homes | 47250 Washington St. Suite B  |  La Quinta, CA 92253
direct: 1(760) 610-3245  |  office: 1(760) 564-9685  |  efax:   1(760) 459-2038



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