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Welcome to historic Warm Sands, Palm Springs most cosmopolitan neighborhood. Located just south of Ramon Road, Warm Sands is within walking distance to all the entertainment, shopping, and dining venues of downtown. Yet our neighborhood remains a world unto itself, one that is a microcosm of everything Palm Springs has to offer.

Blessed by a tranquil south-end climate, Warm Sands is nicely sheltered from the strong winds that are common to the northern section of the city. Contained in an area of roughly a half square mile Warm Sands comprises a diverse mix of homes and businesses.

The city’s first residential development, the Vista Santa Rosa Tract, lies near Warm Sands’ western border. Originally owned by the McCallum family, the land was purchased and subdivided by developer Raymond Cree who built modest Spanish-style homes here in the 1920s. These homes were followed in the 1930s by the larger residences of the Vista de Oro Tract on Vista Oro and Indian Trail. This development contains at least six residences that are architecturally significant today. The resorts of Warm Sands began to appear in the 1930s and they functioned as seasonal family retreats for decades. The same resorts now serve as year-round destinations for international gay visitors. Warm Sands contains many mid-century modern homes and, in 1998, the successful Palm Springs Modern Company chose Warm Sands as the site of Dunes Court, its first gated residential development of modernist single-family dwellings.

Our neighborhood is bordered by commercial enterprises that serve both residents and visitors alike. In 2009, the city officially dedicated the large-scale public art installation, Jungle Red, by Delos Van Earl. The sculpture sits on its own landscaped island at Ramon Road and Warm Sands Drive, and marks the gateway to the Warm Sands hotel zone. This site-specific installation was pioneered by the Warm Sands Neighborhood Organization. It is the city’s first public art installation initiated by a neighborhood organization and completed with the help of the Palm Springs Public Art Commission and City Council.

Those of us who live in Warm Sands are proud of the cultural diversity, the historic and rhythmic qualities of our neighborhood. Whether you are visiting, renting, or buying a residence in Warm Sands, we want you to feel welcome. Good fences may make good neighbors, but we like to focus our energies on good will. We hope you remember fondly the time you spend in Warm Sands.