Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to true resort living where everyday feels like a vacation. Living at the Villages of Rio Del Sol, means never having to leave home, unless it's a bike ride to the clubhouse or another included amenity. Have questions? We have the answers, enjoy as you discover more below.



How much is the HOA at Rio Del Sol?
The HOA will be $256.00 per month and includes Spectrum cable and other amenities to the community.
What is the tax rate at Rio Del Sol?
The Tax Rate for Rio Del Sol is 1.3%.
What types of amenities does Rio Del Sol offer?
Rio Del Sol boasts quite a few amenities such as;
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pool/Spa
  • Clubhouse
  • Walking Paths
  • Manned Front Gate
How many homes are in the Villages of Rio Del Sol?
The Villages at Rio Del Sol (Montecito, Palazzo, Espana, and Elements) will consist of 220 homes at build out. In total the entire Rio Del Sol community will consist of 487 homes at build out.
How may floor plans and elevations are available?
There are a total of 11 single story floor plans; 3 in the Montecito, 3 in the Palazzo, 2 in the Espana and 3 in Elements, each with multiple elevation types.
What are the sizes of the homes?
The three floor plans in the Montecito collection will range from 1,613 square feet to 1,872 square feet and will consist of 2 bedrooms plus study to 3 bedrooms, 2½- 3 baths. The three floor plans in the Palazzo collection will range from 1,959 square feet to 2,274 square feet and consist of 2 bedrooms plus study to 3 bedrooms plus study, 2½ - 3 baths. The Espana collection has 2 plans ranging from 1,401 to 1,515 square feet and consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 baths to 2 bedrooms plus Casita and 2½ baths. The three Elements collection plans are 2,090 to 2,539 square feet with 2 primary suites to 2 bedrooms plus office and Casita, 2½ - 3½ baths.
What school district is The Villages at Rio Del Sol?
The Villages at Rio Del Sol is located in the Palm Springs Unified School District. Also, there are private schools nearby.
Do Homeowners own the land?
In The Villages of Rio Del Sol, homeowners will lease the land. Please see the Lease Land FAQ for more information.
Will The Villages of Rio Del Sol Co-operate with outside brokers?
GHA Realty prides itself on working with the local brokerage community, and only requires that the brokers register their clients at the initial showing or inquiry.

Lease Land FAQ

What is lease land?
In the United States, when you purchase property, its most commonly "fee simple" (fee land), which means that you own the land and the property. In a few parts of the U.S., including the Coachella Valley, certain properties are purchased with different types of property rights, called "lease land." Leased land is common in many parts of the world and not as confusing as it may seem initially. Indian lease land has been part of US history since the 1800s.
How much will I pay monthly?
Your Rio Del Sol home with cost $140.00 per month for the Montecito and $152.00 per month for the Palazzo. Espana will cost $137.00 per month, while the Elements land lease is $157.00.
How often is it adjusted and how much?
The rate increase for the lease is every five years, with the next rate increase occurring on January 1, 2026, and again every five years thereafter. Maximum allowable increase per 5 year period is 5%.
How long of a term will I have?
Your Rio Del Sol home will have a lease of 49 years with a lease end date of January 8, 2071.
Can I get a mortgage on lease land?
Yes, you can finance your new Rio Del Sol Home. Some mortgages have minimal down payment requirements, term requirements, and other specific conditions. Also, interest rates tend to be the same for lease and fee simple land. All loans for Rio Del Sol are to be Leasehold Mortgages.

***Keep in mind the above description only touches on a few key elements of the land lease at The Villages at Rio Del Sol. For further information and to view the lease in its entirety, please ask a sales representative.

Before you enter into a transaction on a land lease, you should read and review all contracts, leases, and information about the specific lease as all leases are unique and subject to changes. We recommend you consult with your accountant, attorney, and tax advisor prior to making any real estate purchases on lease land. ***

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New Homeowner Testimonials

Our homeowners share their enthusiasm about how much they love living in Rio Del Sol. Read below to hear their comments.

I moved into my new home in RIo Del Sol at the end of April 2024. The sales team is extremely friendly. The community landscape and facilities are very well maintained. The people living in the community are amazingly friendly. My dog and I felt welcomed from the first day. Moving into this community and buying this beautiful new house were the best decisions I have ever made!

Jo Anne

Three years ago, we left our home on the east coast looking for where we would like to settle down for our retirement. After traveling all over the USA lower 48 states, we found the friendly and welcoming community in the Palm Springs area.

We started out by visiting communities and we met Rhonda Knerr in the Rio del Sol community. Rhonda showed us their models. We were not ready to buy yet but luckily, we found a nice rental home in Rio del Sol. While we were staying in the rental, we saw a home that was "Available" in the neighborhood.

We contacted Rhonda and she showed us two homes that were available. We were hooked.

Rhonda helped us through the process of buying a home in this community. We are new to California, and she guided us through the process of buying a new construction home. She went above and beyond to ensure our purchase and move-in went as smoothly as possible.

We are incredibly happy in our new home. We would highly recommend the Rio del Sol community and Rhonda Knerr as the Sales Agent.

I & G

We purchased our new home in the Elements district of Rio del Sol in October 2023 and moved into the home in late March 2024. We have been extremely happy with the house, the sales team, the builder (GHA) and the HOA.

We had spent the better part of a year looking in Palm Springs and simply couldn't find what we wanted at a reasonable price. We found several places in our price range but once we factored in the age of the properties, annual maintenance and required upgrades, the prices became unaffordable. Friends recommended that we look at Rio Del Sol and so in early October 2023, we made our first visit. On that day with met Jeff James (sales team) and toured the model homes. It was obvious to us that the houses were well-constructed, with great attention paid to the details.

After consulting with Jeff, he took us to the "under development" Elements district to show us the Plan C model -which was perfect for our needs. The house had a perfect floorplan for us; two master suites, a lot large enough for a pool, 10' ceilings, huge windows and the house included solar panels and all of the major appliances (except washer/dryer). Even though we could only see the framing, windows and floorplan on that first visit, we knew we had found the right place. Two hours after touring the house we texted Jeff, returned the next day and made our deposit.

Purchasing any house is a complex process: Rhonda and James made the process easy, providing excellent communication and responsiveness at each stage. They recommended a lender (whom we used) and that lender recommended an insurance agency. We also consulted with and purchased our custom pool from their recommended vendor Blue Dream Pools.

Prior to taking possession of the house, the head of GHA construction gave us a tour of the finished home, pointing out many features. We were both surprised and delighted to see that the builder had included all shelving (closets, pantry) as well as under cabinet lighting in the kitchen. Post move-in, the onsite coordinator for GHA met with us to address a few minor issues we had reported; all addressed in a timely manner.

In addition to now owning this beautiful new home (everything is under warranty for at least a year) we have found the Rio del Sol community to be very friendly and welcoming. The central location in the Coachella valley makes it easy to get most anywhere. Should you decide to buy here, we are sure you will be warmly welcomed.

We are delighted to be here and highly recommend living in Rio del Sol!

M & K


our team


Rhonda  Knerr.

Rhonda Knerr

Director of Sales
DRE #00891150

Jeffery James.

Jeffery James

Sales Counselor
DRE #02200585