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Focus On California

Welcome to the Golden State

California is perhaps the ultimate idea of west coast living. Nicknamed for the state poppy flower, this diverse, and beautiful place offers a special niche to suit any lifestyle whether it's tucked away in the mountains, or in the bustle of the big city. For active senior living, why would you want to settle anywhere else? Recreation, and sightseeing is as endless as its spectacular shoreline, and mirrored mountain streams. There are very few places in the country where you can hit the open road with the top down nearly year round. Experience a melting pot of cultural landscapes, and discover what fulfilling retirement can offer you!


With Oregon to the north, and Mexico to the south, California's terrain ranges from the evergreen studded Shasta National Forest, to the balmy coastal town of San Diego.  The population in 2014 was 38.8 million, with 12.9% of its residents being over the age of 65.  California currently has 672 retirement communities, only the second highest number in the nation offering limitless opportunity, and amenities to 55+ adults looking to settle down. Home prices are on the higher end, averaging about $449,000, however the quality of life one experiences here is well worth the investment.  According to USA Today, despite the high cost of living, social security income remains tax exempt which is good news for seniors.

What makes California so unique, is one can take a road trip from the arid region of Palm Desert, and board a ski lift in Lake Tahoe.  The state's most desirable trait is its Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers, and mild winters.  On the flip side, areas of Northern California such as the Sierra Nevada Mountains experience cold snowy winters making it a welcome retreat  for beach dwellers seeking a change of scenery.   The varied topography makes for a diverse ecosystem from the awe-inspiring ancient redwoods, to the mesmerizing sand dunes of Death Valley.

What to See and Do

The person who coined the phrase "the world is your oyster" must have been referring to California.  Activities, recreation, and finding the perfect active adult community is limitless.  Lace up your hiking boots to experience wildlife, and a landscape like no other in Yosemite National Park, beneath blue skies overlooking crystalline lakes. Further south, Indio's desert is home to Sun City Shadow Hills, featuring world-class services, and lush championship golf courses for the ultimate in tee time.  Embracing the kid in everyone is Disneyland in Anaheim, and Universal Studios theme park.  If star-gazing is what you're after, visit the Hollywood walk of fame, or the famous Capitol Records building where the Beatles signed a record deal in 1963. California's travel website http://www.visitcalifornia.comis a wonderful resource that isn't just for visitors.  Anyone looking for a reason to take a day trip can find a wealth of information including current road conditions, and travel tips for a memorable adventure.  Contact Active Adult Living today to help find the senior living community that's right for you, including real estate listings, and amenities perfect for your busy lifestyle.


Sun City Shadow Hills




Cathedral Canyon Country Club


Sunrise of Monterey


Tahoe Valley Resort