South Palm Springs Communities (Indian Canyon, Andreas Hills, The Mesa, Southride)
Nestled back against the mountains of the South Canyons, the Andreas Hills neighborhood rests at a slight elevation from the valley floor allowing for vantage views from most homes of the San Jacinto Mountains and Murray Canyon and across town to the Pass area and windmills. A more wind-free zone is enjoyed by residents of the Canyon neighborhoods as well. Most homes in the Andreas Hills are larger floor plans to estate size homes though there are a number of condominiums advantageously placed at the back and top of the community. Notable in this neighborhood's history is the presence of Frank Bogart, an early champion and former mayor of Palm Springs and namesake of Bogart Trail, the main artery for traffic in and out of the Canyon neighborhoods. Hiking and horse trails are abundant in the area including some that run the ridge of the mountains eastward and coming out near the Southridge community. Bighorn sheep can be found along the Palm Canyon corridor and Andreas and Murray Canyons offer secluded hikes and vistas of the area. The neighborhood is certainly the perfect spot for homeowners who want to commune with nature more closely yet still be minutes away from Downtown Palm Springs dining, nightlife and shopping.
A truly eclectic enclave of homes and private estates, The Mesa neighborhood is desert menagerie of architectural styles from Mid-Century Modernism to Spanish Revival to the California Ranch. Tucked into the west side of the Indian Canyons in South Palm Springs and wrapping around the mountainside, the Mesa neighborhood has its own celebrity history that includes current legendary residents such as Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers and fashion designer Trina Turk but has also been home to former Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono, Cher, writers Zane Grey and Herman Wouk, and Rita Hayworth. It also shares quite a bit of Native American lore and gives the distinct impression of the American West. Strictly a residential neighborhood, with the exception of Moorten's Botanical Garden founded by the desert's first horticulturist, Chester "Cactus Slim" Moorten and his wife Patricia, there is little street traffic outside of homeowners and their guests and the tightly winding roads reflect the geography of the landscape and intimacy of the residences.