From Travel Stop to Celebrity Resort to 21st Century City
Is the city of La Quinta named after the famous resort that calls it home or is the resort named after the city? This is the question most first-time visitors to the area ask. The truth is, however, that the name has an even earlier origin.
The native Cahuilla Indians called it the “Land of the Eternal Sun,” but the area we now know as La Quinta was named in the early 1700s by Novo-Spanish explorer Juan Bautista De Anza. He set up a travel stop in the vicinity, the fifth one in a long route that extended from Mexico to Los Angeles. La Quinta remained largely unpopulated for more than a century after that until its annexation by the U.S. in 1848.
The following decades saw La Quinta and its surroundings irrigated and transformed into agricultural lands. It wasn’t until the early 20th century, however, that the community would grow into what it is today.
In 1927, San Francisco businessman Walter Morgan built the La Quinta Resort and Club, and things have never been the same since. One of the original getaways for Hollywood celebrities and the glitterati, the Resort was also well-known as the site of Coachella Valley’s first golf course. Fashionable and exclusive, it brought a significant amount of attention to the region that built steadily through the years.
Since its inception, the Resort has remained a favorite celebrity hideaway. The Spanish-style casita where Frank Capra once wrote screenplays for movies like It Happened One Night and Lost Horizon, is now likely to be occupied by the latest Grand Slam or Masters champ.
There wouldn’t have been a city without the resort, and the La Quinta Resort and Club is still one of the city’s pivotal points of interest. The hotel’s guests who fell in love with the area were among the first people to invest in a local home for sale. La Quinta, CA then began to evolve into a full-fledged community that would soon become the “Gem of the Desert.”
La Quinta’s population first expanded in the late ‘70s, but the real boom started in the 1990s when people where looking elsewhere in California for more affordable homes for sale. La Quinta, CA was one of the places they set their sights on and until now the city hasn’t stopped growing.
If you’d like to learn more about La Quinta real estate, and preview some of the beautiful properties, we’re resident experts who can help. Please email or give us a call. We’re here to answer your questions. Patrick and Julie Essig, Vine Property Group: 760.771.8440 or Toll Free at 888.771.VINE (8463).
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