Bob Lee, co-founder and chairman emeritus of high-end motorhome builder County Coach Inc., Junction City, Ore., in December finished the first phase of Desert Shore Motor Coach Resort, an upscale ownership park in Indio, Calif.

Lee said 48 sites were completed in December, and that 20 already were occupied by owners. The southern California park is expected to have 141 sites available by 2005. “It is desert-style, outdoor living,” Lee said. “You use your motorhome, basically for your sleeping quarters.”

However, each lot features a 900-square-foot stucco casita – Spanish for little house – that can be custom-outfitted by the owner to serve as a full kitchen, extra living space or “toy” garage. “Customers can finish it any way they want,” Lee said.

Lee’s goal is to make Desert Shore “the premium motorcoach resort in the nation,” he told RV Business.

“Typically, even at an Outdoor Resort, you are dealing with just a pad and outdoor cooking area,” Lee said. “At Desert Shore you pull up next to your casita, and you can have a patio or a swimming pool or a fire pit. It also has trailer parking. Each site is almost half an acre.”

The 62-acre park, which features 22 acres of lakes, had been under construction for nearly a year. Lots sell for a base price of $189,000, Lee said. Desert Shore also features a 24-hour manned security gate, with access only to owners or pre-arranged visitors.