Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

Centerville by Lenape Builders

Centerville by Lenape Coming Soon!

Lenape Builders will soon be bringing the appeal of single family living together with the ease of a duplex style home with the debut of its newest Centerville neighborhood. Located in the historic town of Smyrna Delaware, a beautiful collection of presidentially inspired twin homes will be a welcome addition to this charming area and provide an idyllic mixed generation community to give downsizing a stylish upgrade. Whether someone is an empty nester or a retiree, the commitment to quality and service they’ll find with Lenape will make purchasing their new Centerville Home an exceptional experience.

The three generously sized floor-plans at Centerville will range between 1,400 to 1,900 square feet, with 3-4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and single family garages. Each model – The Adams, The Washington, and the largest design, the Monroe, will also offer elegant front porches, back decks, and the luxury of an unfinished basement to transform into anything from a man-cave, and hobby space to a home gym. Home buyers can also expect to see options for great rooms, spacious walk-in closets, and soaking tubs.

california from space

How San Mateo Defines Culture

When we think of a city steeped in “culture,” we usually envision storied historic landmarks, and a vibrant visual, and performing art scene – but scratch below the surface, and it ’s a city’s diverse population that defines true cultural ambiance. When the world harmoniously converges as it does in San Mateo California, we’re given the opportunity to experience a rich tapestry of ethnicities and embrace traditions outside of our own. Located 20 miles south of San Francisco, San Mateo is a respite from the Silicon Valley jungle and has a cherished suburban feel that attracts a community focused crowd of young families, and active retirees.

Set upon the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo is a slightly more compact version of its Bay Area neighbors and is equally influenced by technology, higher education, and global diversity. According to Livability.com, foreign-born residents make up more than 30 percent of its fast-growing population – creating a dynamic fusion of language, art, and collective coexistence. From the modern, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes found in the San Mateo Highlands, authentic Spanish architecture circa the 1930’s, and the sleek sophistication of its downtown high rises, San Mateo’s blend of styles is as varied as the community itself. It’s the kind of city where people still look out for one another, and with more than 800 shops, and restaurants, an efficient public transit system, and easy access to San Francisco International Airport, one doesn’t have to travel far to meet with friends, plan a weekend getaway, and savor everything from Peruvian, and Cuban fare to authentic Chicago style pizza.

Downtown DeLand Hist Dist -Athens Theatre

DeLand Lives Up To Its Artistic Reputation

With summer winding down, why not spend the last stretch in Athens? Known as the “Athens of Florida”, Deland is an artistically driven town nestled in the Daytona-Orlando Beach area and guaranteed to change everything you thought about the Sunshine State. Founded in 1876 by Henry DeLand, and winner of “America’s Best Main Street” – you won’t find crowds of sun-tan oiled beach bums, but rather a melting pot of local artisans, a global architecture, and historic relics on every street corner. From the Corinthian columns of Volusia County Courthouse, and lifelike depictions of DeLand’s past painted across the city, to the well-preserved charm of turn-of-the-century homes, this slow-paced town has a story to tell.

Surrounded by a canopy of magnificent oak trees, this former persimmon grove is a slice of “old Florida.” Home to more than 70 historic buildings, including The DeLand House built in 1886, and Stetson University, a replica of New England’s ivy leagues, and the heartbeat of the city, the city has been preserved, and revitalized to its former glory. Like most college towns, Deland takes pride in education and draws a diverse crowd to its charming downtown vicinity where old meets new. Markets from a century ago are now home to thriving local businesses from quaint boutiques, and restaurants, to specialty shops tucked behind vintage storefronts.

Pismo Beach California

Pismo Beach is a California Classic

Coastal life never gets old, and neither does the sun-loving Pismo Beach crowd. Tucked between San Francisco, and Los Angeles, California’s central coast is a coveted stretch of pristine beaches, fertile wine country, and a laid-back lifestyle that rolls with the tide. Stunning vistas, rugged cliffs, Pismo is a piece of paradise – a place to slow down and smell the salty breezes. Sharing this treasured stretch of coastline with nearby Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara less than two hours away, this offbeat San Louis Obispo County gem is fantastic for snowbirds and retirees – whether they’re into romantic sunsets or wild rides through the dunes.

Beneath a misty marine layer or clear blue sky, Pismo Beach is an undeniably charming, low-key beach town scattered with hidden coves, unique restaurants, and incredible wine tasting. Unlike many coastal cities with their bumper to bumper crowds, active adults will find an intimate community with miles of secluded beaches, and room to roam. A favorite for fishing, strolling or witnessing migratory whales, Pismo’s famed 1,200-foot pier is currently undergoing restoration, but there are still plenty of breathtaking detours to be had. Perhaps the most well-known attraction, and why droves of tourists flock to this town every year, is to visit the spectacular Monarch Butterfly Grove. From October to February, eucalyptus trees come alive in a mesmerizing blaze of color as tens of thousands of Monarch’s can be seen cascading down the branches – seeking winter refuge in Pismo’s idyllic climate.

SpringHouse Village Utah

SpringHouse Village by OakwoodLife

If you’re looking for a new home where you can scale down but not slow down, SpringHouse Village is worth a visit. It’s a resort-style living community for the 55 and better homeowner and is now selling homesites in Utah. Located in South Jordan, within the master-planned community of Daybreak, SpringHouse Village offers an active and healthy lifestyle with a long list of amenities.

One major amenity is the private Spring House – a 10,000-square-foot community center that will soon feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, movement studio, locker rooms, several multi-purpose rooms for classes and gatherings, and a large entertainment kitchen. Schedule to open in 2019, homeowners will also find an outdoor pool and spa, covered patios, a fire pit, and bocce ball and pickleball courts. There are miles of walking, hiking and biking trails to enjoy and Daybreak’s own Oquirrh Lake.

Barley Woods, The Villas of Fredericksburg

Barley Woods Makes New Introductions

Barley Woods – The Villas of Fredericksburg by Cornerstone, has recently introduced exciting additions to an already vibrant, boutique community. Located in historic Fredericksburg, Barley Woods represents quintessential Virginia – warm, inviting, and the social heartbeat of the city – the perfect place to pour a glass of southern hospitality. Maintenance free, and surrounded by natural beauty, this 55+ community is home to a new paired-home model, thoughtful outdoor amenities, and a newly opened clubhouse. Steeped in rich history, and brimming with culture, and activity, the city of Fredericksburg is a textbook example of location location location.

Part of Barley Wood’s paired-home collection, the new Caroline model epitomizes elegance. This gorgeous single-story design is generously sized around 1,748 square feet and exudes warmth and charm. Practicality meets high end aesthetic as an inviting great room with fireplace, large island kitchen, flex room, and generous storage blends seamlessly with age-in-place features that include step-free thresholds, seated showers, and raised vanities. Of course, nothing says southern living like outdoor entertaining, and this home has it all. An expression of European elegance, homebuyers will have their own private courtyard to host parties or unwind after a busy day, along with a covered outdoor patio, and a sunroom to soak in all those warm summer evenings.

Lennar 55 plus active adult community

Lennar’s Heritage Solaire Reinvents Age Friendly Living

Who wouldn’t want to live in a home where Everything’s Included? Making sure every last detail is as flawless and innovative as it gets is the Lennar gold standard, and exactly what 55+ buyers will discover about its newest community, Heritage Solaire. Located in the historic town of Roseville, less than 20 miles outside of Sacramento, this dynamic master-planned community has incorporated Lennar’s recent Thoughtful Design program to combine aging in place functionality with the latest interior design trends – promoting carefree, active living.

Heritage Solaire is a resort-inspired community with three beautiful neighborhoods, Eclipse, Larissa and Meridian, each featuring four single-story designs that range in size from 1,246 to 2,766 square feet, and are priced from the low $400’s to mid $500’s. In addition to timeless elegance, every home is turn-key and updated with Everything’s Included features, from energy efficient appliances, and fixtures, hands-free home automation, and green building standards, to high-quality flooring options and beautiful quartz, or granite countertops.

How College Town Life Can Turn Back the Clock

Even when your frat party, pulling an all-nighter days are over, there’s something rejuvenating about living in a college town. Most retirees agree that the cool university vibe inspires youth by osmosis – keeping them active and engaged in a setting that typically offers more than the average city in terms of amenities and culture. Driving through towns like Eugene Oregon, home to Oregon State University, and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, you’ll often see an equal number of older adults, and backpacking collegiates riding around on bikes, and mingling at the local coffee shop. Whether or not it makes you miss your days in academia, college towns have a knack for exuding youthful energy.

There’s Always Something To Do – Most college towns are as entertaining as they are studious. Galleries, shops, and performing arts venues are usually within walking distance and typically stay open late. Step outside campuses like Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and you’re next door to the local Shakespeare Festival, and First Friday Art Walk, or the University of Wisconsin in Madison where you’ll find live music every day of the week. In addition to walkable downtown areas, and exciting cultural events, college kids know where to find the best food in town. From the local watering hole to upscale dining, university towns are usually packed with great restaurants and offer an array of options that cater to current diet trends.