Category Archives: Retirement Guides

Experience the Luxury of Central Coast Living

Miles of Mediterranean inspired beaches, sprawling wine country, and cool coastal breezes. Welcome to California’s picturesque Central Coast. All it takes to fall in love with this region is a drive along Highway 1 where big city congestion is left behind, and impossibly beautiful Pacific coast views await. From the vibrant city of San Luis Obispo to the deep blue depths of Big Sur, this west coast darling is one of the hottest destinations for retirees and baby boomers.

Located just 15 minutes from Pismo Beach, and 40 minutes from the charming Danish town of Solvang, the city of Nipomo is home to Trilogy’s Monarch Dunes Community. Sophisticated resort style design and unique amenities provide an unparalleled lifestyle. Monarch Dunes offers three single family home collections starting at $624,990, with 2-4 bedroom, and 2-3.5 bath options along with spacious 2-car garages. Stylish, and luxurious, the Monarch Ridge Townhomes are priced from $529,990, and feature 2-3 generously sized bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and spacious 2-car garages. Buyers will find elegant design elements in both the single family, and townhome models from large open entryways, and bright, and airy master suites, to spa inspired master baths, inviting covered patios, and expansive breakfast bars. With names like Riviera, Carmel, and Monterey, it’s clear that location is everything, and California coastal living is integrated into every home design.

The Monarch Club is the heart of the community offering exciting ways to stay active, and engaged. Residents can book a massage at Sandalwood Spa, enjoy fine dining at Adelina’s Bistro, or take a French lesson at the Exploration Lounge. Experience the luxury of high end living without having to get behind the wheel whether its tee time at one of two challenging golf courses or hitting the gym for a heart pumping workout. Potential buyers can experience Monarch Dunes before taking the plunge with a three-night stay that allows them to tour model homes, learn about what the community has to offer, and take advantage of a variety of amenities.

Wine tasting, hiking, or lounging by the sea, Monarch Dunes is near outdoor recreation, high-end retailers, and state-of-the-art medical centers. When the morning marine layer gives way to brilliant skies, this piece of paradise is where weekend getaways are planned, and dreams of living the good life become a reality.

Baby Boomers Take Downsizing A Step Further

The market for tiny homes has been in the media for a while with people taking downsizing to a whole new level. These diminutive versions of their traditional counterparts almost resemble dollhouses with perfectly scaled down baths, kitchens, and living spaces, attracting quite a following of buyers from families, to empty nesters.  With closet spaces not much bigger than a car trunk, it’s hard to believe the demand for these tiny abodes is on the rise particularly amongst baby boomers. So what’s so intriguing about residing in what’s often under 200 square feet? Many retirees are finding it’s the simpler lifestyle that enables them to stretch their nest egg, and pursue dreams of travel, or take up new hobbies.

Outside of purchasing the land if the home is stationary, or the cost of construction for a custom build, many tiny homes sell for under $100,000 which most buyers purchase outright versus having a monthly mortgage payment.  The idea of living debt free is attractive to tiny home buyers, and they’re willing to sacrifice space for the financial peace of mind.  In a society where the idea that more is more, the tiny house trend is proving that living on much less reaps bigger rewards. Those going small realize that although they are challenged space wise, in the end, it’s just “stuff”, and there are bigger and better things they’d rather be doing.

Overture Kierland Coming to Scottsdale 2018!

An overture defines a beginning, a start of something, and for residents of Overture Kierland, it’s the first part of living the carefree lifestyle they’ve always dreamed of. The sun-drenched city of Scottsdale, Arizona will soon be home to the luxurious, age restricted community of Overture Kierland. Near Scottsdale Promenade, and Kierland Commons, this prime location will have everything active adults could ever need right at their fingertips. This vibrant rental community will feature 171 maintenance-free apartment homes and an exhaustive list of exciting upscale amenities

The unique Soul program provides convenient services, and opportunities for Boomers to connect, and savor a carefree lifestyle. With home maintenance providing peace of mind, Lyft transportation services, and complimentary, delicious Sunday brunches, Overture Kierland inspires a resort style experience. The amenities offered are virtually limitless and embrace whole body health from the Flex fitness center, Namaste yoga studio, and nutritional education, to fueling the mind with computer software classes that prove to learn something new is ageless. Residents will have a full social calendar with the book, and crafting clubs, cooking classes, happy hour, and an on-site salon to try a new look! Overture Kierland approaches active adult living in a way that sparks creativity and brings people closer together.

Home Designs That Don’t Show Their Age

Sometimes blending in with the crowd is a good thing, and when it comes to 55+ living, today’s home designs have changed the way buyers view “retirement” communities. While 55+ communities do provide aging with grace home features, they’re designed in such a seamless, and modern way that they just become part of the home, rather than a glaring reminder of getting older. A major factor when marketing to active adult homebuyers is providing the accommodations, and technology they may need down the road while offering ageless functionality.

The advantage to choosing an active lifestyle community versus embarking on a future renovation product is the builder has already done the homework. They know what boomers and retirees need now, and in the years ahead incorporating these features into the home’s framework. Outside of the cost saving aspect of purchasing a home already equipped with everything the homeowner needs, many communities also provide exterior maintenance services allowing for a carefree lifestyle without labor intensive yard-work.

Unforgettable Bike Tour Destinations

Forget about crowded tour buses, and car rental counters because discovering exciting destinations on two wheels is how active adults are seeing the world. Bike tours are gaining in popularity with boomers who crave the exhilaration of the open road, and the experience of exploring new cities in a way that car travel or walking tours can’t touch. Whether it’s a solo trip or joining a tour group, cycling is a low-impact way to sneak in some cardio and pursue your next adventure. The hardest part? Deciding which bike friendly city to explore first!

Amsterdam
Home to over 800,000 bicycles and a massive network of bike paths, the experience of cycling through Amsterdam is like the Dutch version of the Autobahn. Whether it’s riding through the tulip studded countryside, or touring the city’s iconic landmarks, most locals would agree getting around on a bike is the only way to go. With over a dozen bike tour companies, active adults can pedal their way through Amsterdam’s rich culture with a variety of options from private, and multi-day tours, to party, and even brewery tours.

Williams Mill Coming Soon to Music City!

In Nashville, Tennessee, Southern heritage runs deep, scenic beauty is everywhere, and affordable living makes it an idyllic place to call home. 55+ homebuyers will soon have even more to love with the new community of Williams Mill beginning construction in 2018. Since 1983, Nashville-based builder Goodall Homes has focused on designing homes with unique features that cater to what buyers want, in a location that’s hard to beat. Empty nesters and retirees will not only enjoy endless entertainment, and recreation, but Nashville’s tax friendly economy, and reasonable cost of living appeals to budget-conscious baby boomers.

Williams Mill will have 125 single story courtyard cottages priced from the $300’s that boast intimate outdoor spaces where residents can take advantage of Nashville’s moderate year round weather in the privacy of their own retreat setting. With approximately 1,475 square feet of spacious living area and a two-car garage, buyers will find innovative features including zero-step entries, and wide doorways designed to accommodate residents, and guests of all ages. This low maintenance, age restricted neighborhood will provide a peer community atmosphere along with gracious lifestyle amenities including a clubhouse, walking trails, and a community garden.

The Health Trend You Won’t Find In a Bottle

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but could the key to good health be where you live? Feeling your best in everything you do extends beyond the hours you’re putting in at the gym. Longevity and vitality is a lifestyle rather than a health fad, and while juice cleanses, and superfoods are fabulous, experiencing mind-body health is one that 55+ communities have made their core focus. Anyone who’s researched this neighborhood turned “wellness retreats” has probably noticed a common thread of buzzwords like active, socially engaged, and connected. From the simplistic to the most opulent communities, most would agree that retirement isn’t being done sitting down.

Time, and time again, studies have proven the healing benefits of healthy social relationships, and how they improve everything from cardiovascular health to depression. Active adult communities are specifically designed to bring neighbors together through social clubs, events, and competitive games. The peer community atmosphere is ideal for singles to meet new people, and reduce feelings of loneliness. One resident said that since her move, life had become more socially enhanced, and she even became a cookie delivering member of the welcoming committee. These communities foster a no pressure approach to getting out there by offering activities to suit any lifestyle.

Experience the Magic of Old Pueblo

For the love of all things outdoors, with a nest egg friendly economy, one city has topped the charts as one of the best retirement destinations by Forbes, and AARP. Tucson, Arizona made the honor roll for boomers, and retirees boasting affordability, quality medical care, and exciting outdoor recreation. While most people associate Arizona with arid desert, and record heat, Tucson captivates with its mystical saguaro studded landscape, and spectacular rugged wilderness, to inspire a spirit of adventure.

With roots in the mining industry, and a rich cultural heritage from its Native American traditions to Spanish influences, Tucson brings the Old West to the modern age with historic attractions, and landmarks paired with high-end shopping centers, casinos, and wellness spas. Whether it’s watching the sun rise over the Sonoran Desert while taking an invigorating hike, or mountain biking through one five mountain ranges, active adults will find Tucson an amazing place to explore the outdoors and nurture a healthy lifestyle. Over forty golf courses from the Gallery Golf Club to the elite Omni Tucson National Golf Club are certain to challenge, and delight golf enthusiasts of all levels with beautiful views, and resort-style settings.