It does not appear to be a gated community. Is that a bad thing? Unsafe?
Cathedral City has a known high crime rate. That doesn't mean the rental you choose will be robbed, however.
Is that the only property you are being offered? Usually there are dozens to choose from.
I was asked if I would consider another property since the one I had enquired about on VRBO in Palm Desert was already taken. We have not been to Palm Springs since 2000 and haved stayed in the south end a few miles from downtown.
I rent places in the desert from vrbo all the time. If the dates of our favorites are not available, I move on to another property that suits our family. We generally like Palm Desert, as it is next to La Quinta or Rancho Mirage in either direction for restaurants, shopping or entertainment.
If you are unsure of the substitute, you will have many to choose from on vrbo.
If its on Santa Barbara near the airport, off Ramon Road thats in the Dream Homes area, and is NOT a good area at all... I dont see how they can call it RM tho. Is it possibly in a smaller community within the RM city limits?
If you don't like the location I'd recommend just looking elsewhere - depending on when you are going. If it's in March, be aware the rentals sell out for the most part - same as Coachella in April.
Palm Desert and Palm Springs are favorite areas for rentals. Look for the Palm Desert country clubs: Palm Valley, Rancho Las Palmas, Monterey, or La Quinta area too. All more upscale than Cathedral City - but I wouldn't let CC scare me away if it's in your budget. It's a nice location close to PS, the Tram, IMAX, flight museum.
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