There is a certain magic one feels when driving past the entrance to Thunderbird Heights on Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. Just a feeling . . . can’t really put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s because of the neighborhood’s illustrious past – having been home to some of Hollywood’s great personalities like Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It is a community filled with the history and drama of by-gone days, offering strong appeal to a particular type of discerning buyer in today’s home market.
Location is a huge draw for most people who live there or are looking to buy in Thunderbird Heights. It features incredible panoramic views of the valley, yet is snuggled right up against the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains. You can see from the windmills near Whitewater in the west clear across to the east end of the valley. Thunderbird Heights is situated smack dab in the center of Rancho Mirage’s Restaurant Row and is less than a mile away from The River. Interstate 10 access is only about 6 miles from the main gate. How convenient !!!
Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage offers a quiet, serene environment, since most of its homeowners are seasonal. The homes are elegant and architecturally unique, boasting a mix of midcentury moderns, contemporaries, ranches and bungalows. Most of these homes were built in the 1950s on huge estate-sized lots and many have since been remodeled and updated, yet still maintain their original character.
Thunderbird Country Club is right across Hwy. 111 from Thunderbird Heights and the two are connected by an underground tunnel. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in the Palm Springs Valley and the par 71 course dates back to the 1940s, though it was redesigned in 1987.
So, whether you’re a MidCentury Modern architecture buff or are fascinated with the stories about Bing, Lucy, Desi and other stars, Thunderbird Heights is definitely one of Palm Springs Valley’s treasured neighborhoods.