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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.

Finding Your Heart in San Francisco

San Francisco encompasses all things diverse, and cultural. It’s a youthful, and vibrant city designed to cater to all walks of life. The city by the bay became a part of the World Health Organization’s network of age friendly cities, and continues to gain in popularity amongst those 55 and better for it’s amenities, and services. San Francisco has an irresistible energy, and beauty whether you’re watching the fog roll in over the Golden Gate Bridge, or people watching at a sidewalk cafe.

How livable is San Francisco? Let’s just say millennials aren’t the only ones having fun. This age friendly city is on-the-go, and lively for those 55+ retirees who love urban living, and historic charm. While cost of living is high, the services available to seniors, natural beauty, and bustling waterfront lifestyle makes San Francisco an idyllic retirement destination. Boasting a mild climate, 55+ outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy year round recreation, whether on foot or on a bike.

What Makes an Active Lifestyle Community?

What an 55+, or age-targeted community is not, is a retirement facility. In fact most of the people who buy homes in these communities are far from retiring, yet find the lifestyle, and amenities the perfect fit for their active lives. Basically you get to pick your flavor whether you’re a serious golf enthusiast, a nature lover, or a gym rat. These communities are scattered throughout the country with a variety of geographic locations from urban to rural. Some provide lavish resort style amenities, and others are simpler offering only exterior home maintenance. Age-targeted, or age-restricted, active lifestyle communities are made for today’s on the go boomers, and empty nesters wanting less maintenance, and a peer community atmosphere.

Destinations for Great Weather & Healthy Living

It’s almost time for snowbirds to be making plans on where to escape the big chill, or maybe you’re ready to ditch your snow tires for good. Fabulous year round weather means more time enjoying the great outdoors, and getting more movement in, because an active adult lifestyle should be about making the most of your next chapter. For fitness, and mild temps lets find out which states won’t leave you stuck inside.

Oregon might seem like an unlikely choice because doesn’t it rain all the time? While northern parts of the state experience their fair share of moisture, areas east of the Cascade Mountains and Southern regions tend to be on the drier side. Rain or shine, Oregonians love to get out and play whether it’s hiking, getting out on the river, or enjoying a bike ride. According to the United Health Foundation, Oregon came in second to Colorado as one of the country’s healthiest states, with a lower rate of cardiovascular deaths, and physical inactivity. They don’t call this place a Pacific Wonderland for nothing!