Tuscan Desert: The Mediterranean Meets the Mountains in Indian Wells

Toscana Home For Sale

To get a taste of Tuscany, most would need to book a plane ticket and brush up on their introductory Italian phrases. But no need to pack the passport just yet—there’s a simple slice of luxury housed in the not too distant desert. In Indian Wells, nestled conveniently between Palms Springs and Indio, California, is the prestigious and most desirable zip code in the nation. We take an inside look at the Italian-inspired Toscana Country Club to discover the allure of this desert oasis. 

As the newest country club in the area, Toscana leaves nothing to be desired. Despite starting development nearly 15 years ago, the club is still adding attractive features to its sprawling grounds. New this fall is a casual restaurant, resort-style pool and pavilion, event lawn Sports pavilion, and four new game courts. The restaurant joins the famed Il Forno Trattoria and Wine Cellar as a casual counterpart to Il Forno’s more formal dining experience. At La Cucina, guests can enjoy an excellent meal in a convenient, convertible lounge space which opens to a covered terrace and ambient fire-pit, all framed by the gorgeous Santa Rosa mountains.

Guests are no strangers to the amenities here, either. With a brand new pool, (located beneath the restaurant, I might add), lap swimming and aquatic fitness joins an array of activities—from sports like tennis, golf and lawn games, to relaxing at the club’s premier spa.

Still, the most notable features are the highly renowned golf courses. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, who is widely lauded as one of the greatest golfers of all time, the North and South Courses provide both a challenge and a stunning view. The South is a traditional, lush landscape with rolling greens, water features and towering palms, while the North Course is set against a colorful desert palette and natural foliage of the area. The entire development is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, making every moment here picture perfect.

The crown jewel, of course, lies in the club’s Mediterranean-modern homes. These exquisite estates capture the essence of Tuscan living in vibrant architecture and rich design elements, without sacrificing the distinctly Californian culture and the elegant lifestyle of the desert. The villa-styled houses exude spaciousness, as wide-open rooms flow into one another and the indoors and outdoors combine in unique, comfortable spaces, like the courtyard. There are more than 600 estates in Toscana, with about 30 percent of them yet to be built. The construction and design team offers a handful of layouts for home buyers to choose from and a completely customizable interior. The homes range in area from 2,400 to 5,400 square feet, and in price from $994,000 to $4 million. The developers behind Toscana, Sunrise Company, are well-known for its prized luxury communities, including Otay Ranch here in San Diego, as well as Royal Oaks in Houston, Siena in Las Vegas, Dancing Bear in Aspen, and eight others that bear the legacy of success. The group has developed more than 15,000 handcrafted homes in America, and have earned the prestigious National Housing Quality Award—one of the highest accolades in the country.

It’s easy to see why. Every home is an architectural work of art, every space on the gated grounds is crafted to create a mood and evoke the feeling of home. Not a single detail is overlooked here. Maybe you don’t even need to pack a suitcase and jet away to Tuscany. The desert has everything and more for the luxury lifestyle... to put it simply—é perfetto.