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Palm Springs’ New Gay-Oriented Mega Community Boom Throws Its Arms Open To Heteros

Perhaps gay-specific housing developments just aren’t the wave of the future? After seeing Boston’s gay retirement community crumble into bankruptcy, it makes sense Boom — a 100-acre project in Palm Springs’ Rancho Mirage with at least 300 residences and a hotel, gym, and “state of the art” wellness facilities — is opening itself up to the breeders.

Originally planned as a new community for homosexuals (this is Palm Springs, after all), Boom is now throwing open the doors to anyone who wants in. Might the economy have something to do with it? Curbed LA relays:

The project was created by Los Angeles-based developer Boom Communities, Inc.; architect Matthias Hollwich of Hollwich Kushner; and ten architecture firms, half from New York, half from Europe and California. Matthew Hoffman of Hollwich Kushner tells Curbed in an email that while the group has met with community officials in Rancho Mirage, it hasn’t yet started in on the approvals process. Even so, publicity materials say the project will break ground in late 2012 and finish up in late 2014.

The 300 residences of Boom include condos and single-family residences ranging from one bedroom to four bedrooms, and architect Hollwich says that the team wants to “ensure that we have a variety of sizes in all price ranges to provide accessibility to all ages – young and old, single and married and families with young children.”

The computer-generated mock ups look pretty impressive — as they should. Phase One of this thing is tipping over at $250 million. Perhaps the Koch Brothers took a tour?

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3 Comments

  • jay_max

    I think this is a terrible idea…why balkanize ourselves into walled communities away from the rest of the world?

  • Dan

    @jay_max:
    because we can.

  • Harbo

    I think it’s a great idea. Equality works both ways. And it’s always nice to have a butch around to take care of those irritating little chores.

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