By Alison Rice. At The Vineyards, a development under construction in Coachella, Calif., buyers will find all the amenities they've come to expect: outdoor kitchens, tennis courts and pools, a small golf course and pro shop, and even high-speed Internet access.
Everything except bedrooms.
That's because The Vineyards is designed for the RV crowd, giving them a casita and a spot of ground to call home for up to five months and 29 days a year (the maximum time of residence allowed under the motorcoach resort's "commercial recreational" zoning).
But developer Rancho Heights and builder LTV Builders/Developers, both of Palm Desert, Calif., want to provide more than a place for people to park their Winnebago. "This is luxury living," says Duke Utter, vice president of LTV.
Photo: Courtesy LTV Builders/Developers
The 530- to 1,095-square-foot casitas will feature stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile. Each will include a bathroom, a garage (to store the Jeep being towed behind), and in larger sizes, a den and open air kitchen. And, the 45-foot-by-95-foot lots will leave room for the RV. This type of desert living doesn't come cheaply. Prices (which include the land) run $199,000 to $299,000, depending on the casita. The developer and builder, which have had a handful of presales, expect to sell 450 units over four years at the 130-acre community.