PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Everyone uses the internet when researching where to go on vacation. But can you really trust the out-of-date, touched up photos or the produced videos? Thirteen Palms, a vacation rental property in Palm Springs, is allowing potential renters to take a real-time, live tour of their rental flats by using a variety of online platforms including Skype, Facebook and FaceTime.

"We give our customers an authentic, unaltered view of the property," said Fred Ross, one of the three owners of Thirteen Palms. "By walking around the property with our laptop or IPad, we're able to give a personalized tour, answering very specific questions from the potential renters."

The tech-savvy Thirteen Palms, has made viewing the property very easy. Those interested in seeing Thirteen Palm, can simply call and set up a time to enjoy a real-time tour of the five fully furnished flats available for rent, as well as the grounds.

Thirteen Palms, which opened in December, is more intimate than a hotel and more sophisticated than a typical vacation rental. The versatile property in the heart of Palm Springs can be customized to provide just the kind of experience guests are looking for.

Built in 1953, the property features newly renovated interiors, and a spacious and private cactus garden, courtyard as well as a swimming pool and in-ground spa with dramatic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

Thirteen Palms has five fully furnished flats available for rent individually or together: a studio, two 1-bedroom/1 bathroom and two 2-bedroom/2 bathroom. These sleep from 14-20 people, making the property ideal for group events, family reunions, celebrations, or weekend getaways with friends. Units boast modern kitchens, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations/stereo.

Ross, along with his friends, Scott Fedje and James Hansen, purchased Thirteen Palms last June. Located in the heart of Palm Springs, Thirteen Palms is minutes away from the vibrant downtown district, with its restaurants and shopping, and the Palm Springs Airport. Rooms can be booked now.

To contact Thirteen Palms, visit or 760.413.2910. Skype name: Thirteenpalms.

About Thirteen Palms:

Thirteen Palms offers five intimate vacation rental flats for up to 20 people in the heart of Palm Springs. A studio, two 1-bedroom/1 bathroom and two 2-bedroom/2 bathroom flats can be rented individually or guests can rent the entire property on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis. Each fully furnished flat has a completely renovated interior with flat-screen TVs and modern kitchens that include a gas range, refrigerator with an ice maker, microwave, and all needed kitchenware. The property features free WiFi, a pool with in-ground spa, lounge chairs, outdoor gas grill, private entrances, laundry facilities, off-street parking and more. Thirteen Palms is located at 962 East Parocela Place, Palm Springs, CA 92264. For more information on group rentals or individual stays: or 760.413.2910.

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