Gary Williams is Your La Quinta Real Estate Specialist.


Feeling the warmth of the sun on a February day. Watching your tee shot fly high against the mountain backdrop. Sharing a quiet dinner poolside, just the two of you. The perfect vacation home for memories that last a lifetime. How do you define the Good Life in the desert?


What’s your desert story?



Just about everyone who lives in or visits the Coachella Valley has a story about falling in love with the Palm Springs area.


Gary Williams understands. His story dates to the early ’70s when he was stationed at March Air Force Base and visited the desert whenever he had the chance. He fell in love with the laid-back attitude, the warmth of the people and, of course, the weather.


Life Changing Moments

Gary’s penchant for the desert never waned as he pursued a successful career as a business owner in the Los Angeles area. But a couple of poignant life moments would change his desert story forever. After his father unexpectedly passed away, Gary became caretaker for his mother. Together, they decided it was best she move from L.A., so they purchased a home for her in The Springs in Rancho Mirage. “She’s loved every day since,” says Gary, smiling his trademark smile.


With his mother here, Gary found himself visiting quite often and regretting every time he had to leave. Then, his story took another turn when his wife, Aida, faced a series of serious surgeries. She recovered nicely, but the impact wasn’t lost on the couple. It made them step back and evaluate their quality of life and how they wanted to live.


Passionate About Palm Springs Area Living

Gary and Aida’s story became one of living full-time in the desert. They’ve never looked back. Gary thinks it’s great to live in a place where every day is like being on vacation. He’s passionate about golf, even when he jokes about “playing his slice.” He cherishes the friendships he’s made and never tires of the sunset against the San Jacintos.


It couldn’t have been a better move. Gary turned his seasoned business acumen into a career as a Realtor® with Shaffer Realty and as owner of Desert Valley Rentals, a premier service for homeowners and vacation home renters. He was a natural and quickly developed an appreciative clientele of full-time residents, second home owners, international home buyers and vacation home renters. People appreciate his down-to-earth nature and his straight talk, which complements his knowledge of desert properties.


A Real Estate Veteran

Gary has one mission: “Helping You Live the Good Life in the Desert.” He’s successful because he knows each person’s definition of the good life is special. He’s a great listener and takes the time to truly understand your objectives—your unique story. Gary knows the desert real estate landscape inside and out. While he lives in and loves La Quinta, his real ability is in matching the quality of life you seek with the home and community that will serve you best—Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indio, Palm Springs or La Quinta.


Gary’s knowledge of desert property values, finance, rental property management and marketing make him an exceptional partner to help you reach your goals. So when it’s time to make a real estate move, let Gary help you create a successful finale to your desert story. You’ll be saying, “Life is good!”