Domani Offers the Perfect Home and Community for La Quinta Couple to Downsize and Socialize


When La Quinta residents Felice Chiapperini and Tomm Belanich were looking to downsize from their 2,600 square foot home, they knew exactly what they wanted in a new home and community. Chiapperini and Belanich found it the first time they visited Domani, the Rilington Group’s 55+ active lifestyle gated community in Palm Desert.


“Our old house was much larger than we needed. It was almost 20 years old and coming up to that time when major items needed to be replaced. We decided we wanted to buy something new and smaller since there were rooms we never even used,” notes Belanich. “When we saw Domani, we immediately decided it had everything we wanted – from the price point, to the casita in Plan 2. Plus, we could customize our new home exactly as we wanted.”

Tomm & Felice in their Domani home.


“When we walked into the models at Domani on opening weekend, right then we picked out the ideal corner lot and the plan we wanted,” recalls Chiapperini. “Our lot is perfect and has a beautiful outdoor space for a pool. Our home at Domani is 1,729 square feet with a casita. The home is designed so well that all our furniture fits perfectly,” he adds.


On opening day for sales of Phase 5, Rilington upped the ante for interested buyers. When the sales office opened, all lots offered would be on a first-come basis. Belanich showed up at Domani’s gate at eight the night before. He slept in his car to be the first in line. “We wanted that particular lot very badly since it was so perfect for our lifestyle,” he recalls. “I was the second person in line that morning,” laughs Chiapperini, “because I brought Tomm coffee at five in the morning.”


Once they secured their lot, they put their Lake La Quinta home on the market. During the time it took to sell their home, Chiapperini and Belanich spent every Sunday – during the open house at their La Quinta home – hanging out at Domani’s models. “We literally met other buyers who became our neighbors on those Sundays and had a built-in social life before we even moved in,” Belanich laughs. “Living in an active community was at the top of our list. We started the Domani Social Club and already have held several well attended events since we moved in last March,” added Belanich, who was on his way to plan Domani’s Halloween Party.


Chiapperini had worked in marketing for a major national home builder on a large project in the desert. He knew first-hand what went into building a top-quality home and developing a first-class community. “Working with the Rilington Group and Casey Erickson, Domani’s Community Sales Manager, could not have been easier. Rilington delivered a quality home, exactly as we wanted and within the time frame expected,” said Chiapperini.

Domani, with 202 single family detached homes priced from the $300,000’s, offers the perfect size neighborhood with amenities often only found in large communities. The Domani lifestyle includes an elegant gated entrance, clubhouse, fitness center, and resort-style pool.

Domani is located off Adams and Avenue 40 in Palm Desert at 78-937 Regalo Lane, Palm Desert, 92211. Domani models are open for touring daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information visit or contact the Domani sales manager at 760-610-2903.