In real estate – location is everything. And when it comes to Cathedral City, CA, you can’t beat the location.
Tucked between Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, “Cat City,” as the city is known locally, is minutes from everything: Palm Springs International Airport, shopping, dining, dozens of golf courses, public parks and land. You name it, it’s nearby.
For decades, this Greater Palm Springs hotspot has been attracting retirees, families and second-homers. And it makes sense. Since the 1970s, this quiet, suburban city has grown into its own. Today, it boasts a bustling Town Square, a vibrant arts scene with numerous galleries, and a network of nearly 10 parks within the city limits.
Considering buying a home in Cathedral City, CA? This quick buyer’s overview will give you an idea of all the wonderful things Cat City has to offer.
Year-Round Warmth and Sun in Cat City
There’s a reason snowbirds love Cathedral City – the weather is perfect no matter the time of year. With nearly 300 sunny days per year, as well as ideal winter and spring temperatures of 70-80 degrees, the city offers a warm winter haven for people from the Midwest, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
That’s true of the entire Coachella Valley. The valley’s population peaks in January – somewhere around 800,000 people call the Greater Palm Springs area home during winter. In late spring and summer, temperatures spike into the 90s and low-100s, and the valley’s population drops to about 250,000 residents. By late September, though, the milder desert temperatures return.
Cathedral City: A New and Growing City
Compared to its neighbor Palm Springs, Cathedral City’s history is relatively new. In 1925, a housing subdivision was started in the city, but not a lot of people called the city home until the 1940s and 1950s (after air conditioning was invented).
Cathedral City didn’t officially incorporate until 1981, but since then has continued to thrive and grow. That means many of Cat City’s neighborhoods and commercial thoroughfares are relatively new, and have been built since the 1970s.
Some of the city’s most recognizable neighborhoods include
• Cathedral City Cove – Located south of Highway 111, the Cove has been a thriving artist community since as early as the 1930s. The Cove sits elevated in a narrow cove in the San Jacinto Mountains.
• Rancho Village – A new gated community, Rancho Village is known for its Spanish red tile roofs and stucco contemporary ranches.
• Rimlon – A suburban neighborhood, Rimlon has grown since the 1980s, and features many modern, desert ranches.
What to Do, See and Experience in Cat City
Cathedral City offers plenty of fun and entertaining activities for families, retirees and visitors. In particular: The city is known for its abundance of golf courses (there are dozens of public and private courses in the city), as well as its thriving arts community.
• Golf Galore: Fancy yourself a golfer? Well, Greater Palm Springs is a golf mecca, and Cat City boasts its own plethora of gorgeous 18-hole clubs. A few that stand out include Cimmaron Golf Resort, Desert Princess Country Club and the course at Lawrence Welk’s Desert Oasis Hotel and Resort.
• Outdoor Adventures: Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley offer numerous public places to enjoy the great outdoors. Joshua Tree National Park is about a 40-minute drive away, and the city is home to about 10 public parks, including the Cathedral City Dog Park. Hiking trails in the San Jacintos are always a short drive away.
• Arts and Culture: Artists have called Cat City home for decades, and the region’s many artists have fostered a thriving arts and artisan community. The city is home to dozens of art galleries, as well as public arts displays, including the Fountain of Life water sculpture. Downtown, the Mary Pickford Theater hosts numerous cultural events each year.
• Shopping and Dining: Downtown Cathedral City’s Town Square is a bustling center of civic and commercial activity. Restaurants, wine bars, art shops and retailers are all within walking distance.
• Year-Round Festivals: Cat City is a festival town! Each year, the city hosts a number of well-attended arts, food and music festivals, including Shorty’s Rib Fest and the AMFM Festival.