Located in the Coachella Valley or Desert Empire, Desert Hot Springs, California is located in Riverside County. The city has a population of 25,938 and has experienced rapid growth in the last few decades. Over 65 percent of the housing available in the area is single-family homes. However, there are a number of small apartment and high-rise complexes also available.
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Desert Hot Springs was not founded until 1908 by Hilda Maude Gray, and in 1913 natural hot water was discovered by Cabot Yerxa. At this time, he hand built a pueblo revival style home that still stands as one of the oldest adobe-style buildings in the county and has been designated as a state historical site. Desert springs quickly developed as a popular tourist destination in the 1950s as a result of the various boutique and spa hotels built in the region. Many of the hotels and spas have been recently renovated to revitalize the area while maintaining its mid-century charm. One of the most prominent destinations is Two Bunch Palms Resort, and it was features in the film, The Player.
As the century progressed, several developers began laying out neighborhoods, and retirees settled in the region. The area has continued to grow, and a wider variety of individuals now occupy the town. As it has grown, the town has be recognized for its unique architectural influences, and most recently, Marmol Radziner & Associates, a well-known architectural firm, designed and built a sustainable modernist prefab home in Desert Hot Springs. The home was a prototype for a future sustainable project and was featured in Dwell magazine in 2006. The local Desert Hot Springs High School was opened in 1999 as a result of the city's expansion, and there are currently plans for two new parks and several country clubs. While small, the community offers an array of luxury amenities under the warm year-round California sun.