Category Archives: California

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Cities For Art Lovers

Whether you’re an aspiring artist, or love getting lost in a gallery, there’s no need to go across the pond to experience spectacular museums, grand architecture, and awe-inspiring exhibits. There is no denying the mental, and visual benefits of being surrounded by art, and having the tangible experience of seeing it face to face. From the grandeur of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to the iconic Smithsonian in D.C, some of the best destinations to channel your inner impressionist don’t require a passport.

Philadelphia
Rated one of the nation’s most cultural cities by Travel & Leisure, Philadelphia is a creative immersion, home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Avenue of the Arts is the epicenter of the city boasting five art venues including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and Millennium Art Gallery. Listen to live music performances, or watch a dance show, savor the culinary arts, as well as enjoy Philly’s abundance of shops. This city is steeped in rich history and renown landmarks where a glimpse into the past is truly a work of art.

Upscale 55+ Living Coming Soon to Orange County

Coming late October to the trendy city of Brea, California, the good life awaits at Agave. Masterfully constructed by The New Home Company, this brand new 55+ community is nestled within the expansive master-planned community of La Floresta where generations converge to share gracious amenities, shops, and indoor/outdoor dining. Agave offers a luxurious collection of 80 low maintenance flats featuring generously sized single story layouts, convenient semi-private elevators, and an unbeatable location that highlights the best of Southern California.

This beautiful new community is part of the Buena Vida 55+ enclave, and offers the security of a gated entrance, along with exciting amenities including the Buena Vida Clubhouse that features a swimming pool, and recreation center, with convenient shopping, and dining nearby. The Village at La Floresta is home to major retailers including Whole Foods, as well as fitness centers, coffee shops, and eateries. Active adult residents will be able to take advantage of the activities, and amenities within the multi-generational community of La Floresta, from the Swim Clu to a network of winding trails for enjoying a stroll, or a bike ride.

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 Hottest Destinations to Chill Out This Summer

Ahh summer vacation. With schools gearing up for the most anticipated time of year, the sounds of early morning sprinklers, and lively pool parties are fast upon us. If you thought summer adventures were just for kids, think again. Boomers and retirees love their fair share of concerts in the park, drippy ice cream cones, and backyard barbecues, and there are plenty of sizzling destinations to relive those carefree vibes.

Palm Springs, California
Home to the Coachella Valley, A-listers, and luxurious resorts, this desert oasis is the ultimate snowbird destination. Affluent, and stunning, this Southern California paradise boasts views of the San Jacinto, and Santa Rosa mountains, along with over 300 days of glorious sunshine. Foodies and retail mavens will find a variety of restaurants from eclectic, to upscale, unique shops, retail outlets, and glitzy casinos. Whether it’s exploring art galleries, golf resorts, or experiencing the great outdoors, there’s no need to be a celebrity to vacation in style.

mature couple enjoying sunset on a trail outdoors.

New for 2017 Cortina at Terramor

Foremost Companies has met the growing demand for 55+ housing in the Southern California area with the 2017 launch of Terramor, a vibrant master-planned community located in the Temescal Valley spanning 890 acres with 1,443 home lots. Combining elegance, and carefree resort-style living, Del Webb’s Cortina at Terramor is a beautiful active adult community featuring 480 single story homes, and luxurious amenities. With serene views of the Santa Ana’s, and Saddleback Mountains, baby boomers will find their life of leisure, and California sun-kissed glow.

Set apart from the congestion of big city life, Cortina at Terramor is designed with Del Webb’s commitment to quality construction, and to provide the active lifestyle boomers, and retirees have come to expect. This community has three home designs with Spanish, and Tuscan-inspired details from grand covered entryways, decorative exterior accents, and lush landscaping. Home interiors are elegant, and modern with spacious gourmet kitchens, gorgeous master suites, and high-quality fixtures throughout. The Stella floor-plan is the largest of the three starting at 2,172 square feet, with 3-4 bedrooms and a flex room perfect for a home office or hobby space. The Corvara series starts at 1,999 square feet with 2 bedrooms and features a gathering room, cafe, and covered patio for entertaining. The Maggio starts at 2,056, with 2 bedrooms with options for an outdoor fireplace. All single family floor plans boast spacious two-car garages and open layouts with plenty of natural lighting.

Beautiful Manufactured Homes at Monte Cristo

Manufactured homes, can make buying a home an affordable reality for baby boomers dreaming of homeownership but may not be able to afford the burden of a site built home. Many manufactured communities provide residents with the same amenities, quality craftsmanship, and feel of a traditional neighborhood at a budget friendly price. The quaint, agricultural town of Livingston, California is home to the peaceful manufactured community of Monte Cristo in Merced County. 55+ homebuyers will find spacious, beautiful floor plans designed by Sterling Home Showcase named Retailer of the Year by the California Manufactured Housing Institute, with a reputation for integrity, and high quality construction.

Sterling Homes offers a variety of home models, and offers active adults an array of options to customize their dream home from granite countertops, to high end finishes, and fixtures. Love to entertain? Open floor plans with up to 1,782 square feet of space, buyers have the choice between 1-3 bedrooms, and 1-2 baths with plenty of room to host family, and friends. These homes feature large kitchens with some boasting a center island, stainless steel appliances, plenty of counter space, and gleaming cherry finish cabinetry. For a spa like feel, home owners will find models with beautiful tiled showers, double vanities, and a private water closet. California living is all about enjoying the sunshine, and with large windows, and open living areas, natural lighting makes these homes feel light, and airy.

California Dreaming: Auberge at Del Sur

Make this next phase of life your best yet, and San Diego’s Auberge at Del Sur by CalAtlantic Homes will have you soaking up the California sunshine in luxury, and style. This low maintenance, gated community is adjacent to the master-planned community of Del Sur, and Rancho Santa Fe where active adults will find shops, restaurants, and services while enjoying an amenity rich setting. Beneath glorious blue skies, and with an expansive landscape, 55+ homeowners will find spacious single family, and attached homes, with innovative designs, and finishes. For active adults who want it all, San Diego is an outdoor lovers paradise, with fantastic weather, sparkling beaches, and an energetic, youthful appeal.

Auberge features three beautifully constructed neighborhoods with a focus on indoor/outdoor living, open floor plans, and natural lighting. The Cottages starting in the mid $600’s, and ranging in size from 1,276-1,860 square feet, offer attached ranch style homes with 2-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and options for a second story loft. These charming homes boast two car garages, spacious Great Rooms, and elegant gourmet style kitchens.

Experiencing the Heart of Sonoma County

Sonoma County is synonymous with wine tasting, lush greenery, and quaint towns. Winding roads lined with majestic redwoods lead to vineyard covered hillsides as far as the eye can see, with a hint of Pacific Coast air wafting through. This stunning California destination is located near the bustling city of San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and eclectic Sebastopol. Age friendly living particularly for 55+ active adults is what makes Sonoma an appealing location to put down roots. Walkable downtown areas, senior resource centers, and recent initiatives put into place by Age Friendly Sonoma County are giving aging with grace a whole new meaning. After all, wine country equates to getting better with age right?

According to the Census Bureau, 17.5% of Sonoma’s population was 65 or better in 2015, and these numbers continue to grow as baby boomers catch onto the active lifestyle offered in Sonoma County. The county’s Area Agency on Aging features an extensive publication of senior services including housing resources, activities, and healthcare services. Sonoma is home to the 55+ community of Clover Springs by Del Webb, and Oakmont Village, both with an array of fitness, and social amenities for vibrant, active living.