Desert HOA Communities December 16, 2023

New Home Designs Revealed for Cotino, the First Storyliving by Disney Community

License: 02225444 CA

Rancho Mirage, CA

The Coachella Valley was a beloved longtime retreat for Walt Disney who owned a home in Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs, serving as a tranquil retreat for Disney and his family. Now in greater Palm Springs, specifically on 618 acres in Rancho Mirage, is the setting for Cotino, the first Storyliving by Disney new-home community. The Sales Office is complete and about to open, setting the stage for presales to begin. As part of the current pre-sales launch, Storyliving by Disney is sharing the community’s initial home designs including floorplans, elevations and information about the homebuying process.

Walt Disney at the Desert Circus in 1954

“Today marks an important next step toward fulfilling our vision for Storyliving by Disney as we bring our company’s legacy of placemaking, attention to detail and guest service to life like never before,” said Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Signature Experiences Emerging Businesses. “The Cotino community will celebrate everything Walt Disney loved about this valley – stunning landscape, rich history, friendly neighbors and a rejuvenating spirit – all while adding extra touches of magic only Disney can deliver. We can’t wait for residents to experience this special place where they will be inspired to live their very best lives.”

While Disney has already announced three initial home developers for the project, Woodbridge Pacific Group, Davidson Communities, and Shea Homes, the initial sales release begins with a very limited selection of single-family homes from builder Shea Homes. Buyers of all ages will have access to several options, with a special area called Longtable Park dedicated to 55+ adults. Shea Homes will offer floorplans specifically designed for the Cotino community on 50- and 60-foot-wide home sites. On the 50-foot home sites, part of the Cottage Collection, there are three different floorplans with one- and two-story models ranging from approximately 2,260 – 2,820 square feet. On the 60-foot home sites, part of the Grand Collection, there are four different floorplans with one- and two-story models ranging from approximately 2,780 – 3,730 square feet. Floorplans feature designs with flex and loft spaces while also encouraging indoor-outdoor living with entry courtyards and covered terraces. Home prices according to Disney start in the upper one million price range.

Davidson Communities and Woodbridge Pacific Group will release additional single-family home sites throughout 2024.

Design from Shea Homes within the Cotino Aspirion design collection. (Disney)
Design from Shea Homes within the Cotino Aspirion design collection. (Disney)
Design from Shea Homes within the Cotino Oasis design collection. (Disney)

Homebuyers can choose from elevations within four distinct design collections – Cotino Coachella Collection, Cotino Agrarian Collection, Cotino Oasis Collection and Cotino Aspiron Collection – that represent the rich history and landscape of the greater Palm Springs area. Walt Disney Imagineering provided the architectural and aesthetic inspiration for each design collection including direction on color palettes, exterior elements and landscaping.

The Cotino community’s first phase will begin with a very limited release from Shea Homes and eventually include 327 home sites as well as a collection of parks and landscaped walking paths. The community has plans for more than 1,900 total residential units, including additional single-family homes and future condominiums.

Public and Private Amenities


Located near the first phase of residential development along Cotino Bay, plans for the community’s town center are currently underway, expected to open in phases beginning in 2026 and include shops and restaurants.

The town center will also be home to a professionally managed beach park, known as Cotino Bay Beach, where those living in or visiting Greater Palm Spring can swim, kayak and more with the purchase of a day pass. The public beach park which will feature clear turquoise water utilizing Crystal Lagoons technology.

According to multiple staff members at the Disney Cotino sales office when presented with criticism by some Coachella Valley residents weary of building Cotino Bay Beach in the Desert, they stated that although the Crystal Lagoons technology is proprietary, part of its benefits is to decrease the evaporation of the water. It was also mentioned that Disney’s Storyliving Community’s water management plan fits well within the standards of the Coachella Valley water district and that Cotino Bay will ultimately be utilizing less ongoing water than a golf course many recreationally play on across the Coachella Valley.

Physical Rendering of Public Beach Access at Cotino Storyliving By Disney Community

The Cotino community will offer a voluntary Artisan Club which costs an initial $20,000 investment then $11,000 a year offering an array of amenities and experiences infused with the Disney touch and service. Initially, Artisan Club memberships will only be available to Cotino community homeowners. A limited number of non-resident memberships may be available in the future. The Artisan Club will include a restaurant, pool, pickleball and tennis courts, and waterfront bar and activity area. The club will be located along Cotino Bay where members will be able to enjoy the bay with access to kayaks and paddle boards. The club will also be home to the Parr House, designed to look like the Parr family home in Disney and Pixar’s “Incredibles 2.” It is a multi-functional space that will be available for members to attend club-hosted events.

Physical Rendering of the Parr House at the Cotino Sales Office

For more information on Cotino, the First Storyliving by Disney Community, click here.

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