“As creatives seek an escape from the big city, prices jump and cutting-edge architecture rises in the High Desert area: “Seventy-five percent of my clients are investors from L.A.”

During the golden age of Westerns, film crews would often make the two-and-a-half-hour trip to the Morongo Basin in San Bernardino County to shoot in the pristine, rugged desert. In 1946, actor Dick Curtis decided to monetize the location and banded with movie cowboys Gene Autry and Roy Rogers to create a wild West film location and settlement that they named Pioneertown…”

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