(LOS ANGELES, CA ) -- Snowbirds - people who come to California to get out of the winter snow where they live - are starting to flock to Palm Springs, and that means home sales in the desert may be starting to rise despite the crises in the economy and in housing.
"Sales are up 65% over what they were a year ago at this time," said Scott Palermo of Prudential California Realty, Palm Springs. Palermo shares the Palm Springs listings with Jim Sanak, of the same realty firm.
Listings include the main and guest houses of a compound owned by Alexandra Sheldon, the widow of best-selling author Sidney Sheldon, who died in 2007 at age 89.
The compound is for sale at close to $4.3 million, but the guest house, at $2.3 million, and the main house, at just under $2 million, can be purchased separately.
There is also a Spanish modern estate nearby that is owned by Alexandra Sheldon, and it is known as "Running Water." That home has five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in 5,700 square feet, and it is priced at close to $3 million.
Why is it called "Running Water"? It is surrounded by a private desert park with ponds, streams, walking trails and a place for entertaining. Alexandra Sheldon created the gardens. The house was built in 1948 but was rebuilt in 1991. It also has a gym with a fireplace and a pool with a spa and a waterfall feature.