Welcome to Thunderbird Heights in Rancho Mirage, California. This exclusive, gated, hillside community, is one of the Southern California Desert’s oldest and most historic developments. Thunderbird Heights, known as the “Playground of the Presidents,” is located across from Thunderbird Country Club, which offers a par-71 classic course, and connects residents to the all the amenities of the Club, by way of a tunnel running under Highway 111. Read More
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About Thunderbird Heights Neighborhood
Thunderbird Heights is a community filled with the history and drama of a day gone by, yet still appeals to today’s desert home seekers. In the 1950’s, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and Bing Crosby, were instrumental in the development of the exclusive Thunderbird Heights community. President Gerald Ford and his wife Betty owned a home here for many years; just recently resold.
In the early 60’s, the story goes that Frank Sinatra was outraged over a trip scheduled to the Palm Springs Valley by President John F. Kennedy, because it was decided that the President would be staying at Bing Crosby’s guarded enclave in Thunderbird Heights instead of at Sinatras’ personal home! Aside from its history, Thunderbird Height’s central location puts it on the short list for many discerning buyers. Rancho Mirages’ Restaurant Row is just outside the front gates, and the popular River shopping, dining and entertainment complex is only a short drive away.
Most of the hillside homes in Thunderbird Heights, have spectacular panoramic down valley, and desert floor views. Thunderbird Heights remains a highly desirable neighborhood in which to reside or visit.
Thunderbird Heights Real Estate Opportunities
The hillside residences in Thunderbird Heights, feature large premium lots with sweeping views of the valley below. This neighborhood is an eclectic mix of older classic homes and totally new rebuilds. Most of the homes were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. There are many opportunities to remodel, or for new construction of your very own dream home. Prices vary greatly, starting at $950,000 all the way to $5 million.
A diverse mix of classic mid-Century Modern homes, remodeled classics, and new construction, make Thunderbird Heights, in Rancho Mirage, the obvious choice for those seeking an excellent mix of classic charm and modern amenities.
Thunderbird Heights Amenities
No Clubhouse or fancy amenities here at T-Bird Heights, but the Thunderbird Country Club is located across Highway 111, and access is convenient, through a tunnel running under the Highway. The Thunderbird Golf Club, offers a par-71 classic course and is one of the oldest courses in the desert, having been redesigned in 1987. The clubhouse there offers spa and workout facilities so if that’s what you crave, it’s very handy!
Thunderbird Heights Real Estate Statistics
- Location: Thunderbird Road at Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage
- Year Opened: 1950’s, with homes being built, and remodeled regularly.
- Recent HOA: $300 to $600/month approximately
- Recent Home Values: $950,000 to $5 million
People who like Thunderbird Heights also tend to enjoy Thunderbird Country Club. [gravityform id=2 name=ContactUs]