Imagine being whisked away to the most opulent, exotic destination in Marrakech: The consistent sun and arid warmth envelops your body as you step out of a seventy-five foot, salt water lap pool lined with black granite. You reach for a cool, refreshing cocktail, as king palm trees sway overhead. Now, imagine that you only had to travel two hours from Los Angeles to get there.
This is Casbah Cove, a lovingly and painstakingly executed Moroccan riad, above Palm Desert, California a stone’s throw from the array of fantastic restaurants and luxury shopping of El Paseo. Casbah Cove is located in Palm Desert’s most luxurious gated community, Bighorn Golf Club, which has two award-winning 18-hole courses, bocce ball court, tennis courts, and more. Relaxing has never been so easy, with a bevy of treatments offered at Bighorn’s full-service spa. There are a host of dining options, which range from a casual meal at the golf house to the royal treatment at The Canyons Steakhouse. Whether you have children, grandchildren or pets, Bighorn has a wonderful playground and two separate dog parks. When you combine the countless amenities with top-notch security, stunning grounds of lavish landscaping, and a younger median age of residents, it adds up to a resort community that is a little more ‘hip’ than hip replacement.
Casbah Cove is likely the most innovative home in the desert, built high on a hill of the canyon side of Bighorn, surrounded on three sides of BLM land with unobstructed views of snowy mountains and glittering valley lights below. Ascend the winding driveway, dotted with Moroccan gas lanterns, to reach the oversized motor court adorned with date palms submerged in a sweeping water feature. The impressive main entrance boasts enormous sliding doors that articulate the workmanship consistent throughout the home. Craftsmen from Morocco spent many months at Casbah Cove estate, carving wood, stone, plaster and brass. Step through the doors and observe an expanse of jaw-dropping mountain and valley views. In the foyer, the sliding doors are flanked with dual fireplaces and overhead you have star-shaped skylights. A truly amazing 30’x40′ retractable glass ceiling over the courtyard.
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