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The Suburbs Are Sweeter in Midlothian Virginia

What was once a rural coal mining town has evolved into what Virginians consider upscale suburbia. Located just over ten miles west of Richmond, Midlothian is a quiet, and peaceful city made up of cozy neighborhoods, a burgeoning economy, and a growing population of retirees, and empty nesters seeking the balance between rural, and urban living. Modestly sized without feeling too compact, Midlothian has an upper class feel softened with plenty of Southern hospitality. This family-oriented Chesterfield County suburb was named one of the best cities to live by Money Magazine, boasting a wealth of services, and a strong job market for boomers putting retirement on the back burner.

Since its influx of residential growth in the 70’s when the city gained popularity with developers and homebuyers, Midlothian has continued to prosper as an age-friendly, and safe community that offers an amenity-rich alternative to the big city. Said to be home to the first coal mines in the country, this modern town still houses fragments of its mining past from the Mid-Lothian Coal Mining Company to the stone ruins found at Mid-Lothian Mines Park which is now surrounded by dense nature preserve. Big name builders like Schell Brothers know active adults want more Southern charm for their money, and cities like Midlothian are hand-picked to give discerning 55+ buyers outstanding quality of life, access to major businesses, and a selection of exceptionally crafted, affordable homes.

Forget the Car – This is Golf Cart Country

Peachtree City, Georgia is the Leave It To Beaver town complete with manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and tree-lined sidewalks, but what sets this charming community apart is its reputation as the “golf cart city.” With over 90 miles of the paved pathway linking residents to shops, restaurants, and green-spaces, it’s not unusual to see people pulling into their driveways in golf carts filled with groceries instead of clubs, or taking open-air joy-rides through nature. Named one of the best places to retire by U.S News & Money Magazine, Peachtree City has the kind of sweet tea on the porch Southern lifestyle that active adults can sink their roots into.

Peachtree is an age-friendly master-planned community located less than 30 minutes south of Atlanta, and just 18 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. While a trip to the big city promises a high energy metropolitan fix, retirees agree there’s nothing like returning to their resort town where the grass is always greener, and recreation is right outside their door. This all-inclusive town is a throwback to the days where neighbors were like family, and with all, there is to do in Peachtree City, this kind of nostalgia is part of modern-day life. From live events including concerts held at the Frederick Brown Amphitheater, outdoor movies, and sports tournaments, 55+ residents have plenty of opportunities to fill their social calendar.

Rehoboth Beach DE

Life on the Rehoboth Shore

Rehoboth Beach – salty sea air, touristy souvenir shops, and grown-ups carrying drippy ice cream cones with the same delight as Coppertone slathered youngsters. Laid back, and bustling with activity, Delaware’s retro beach town has a “cool vibes only” persona that retirees find hard to resist. Home to Schell Brother’s 55+ community of Truitt Homestead, and wide-open beaches dotted with a rainbow of oversized umbrellas, this resort community reminds people of their childhood family vacations – and yes, cotton candy is for adults too.

Native Americans were the first to acknowledge Rehoboth Beach as a leisure travel destination, taking advantage of its fresh seafood, and Atlantic sea breezes. Fast forward to the present, and this sun-loving haven is still one of the most popular beach towns in the country for both seasonal beach-goers, and year-round residents. On any given day, Rehoboth’s one-mile boardwalk is teaming with tourists toting bags of Dolle’s iconic saltwater taffy or getting an aerial view from the Ferris wheel, but amidst the lazy hazy flurry of summer activity, 55+ residents will find that Rehoboth Beach is a fantastic place to live, and thrive.

Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve

Trilogy at Ocala Preserve Introduces Oak House

Ready To Join The VIP Club?

How much do we love those vacations where spa days, great food, and plenty of play and leisure are right at our fingertips? Luckily if you’re 55 or better, that five-star resort experience doesn’t have to be a memory in a scrapbook because Trilogy at Ocala Preserve is the luxury getaway you won’t be leaving behind. This expansive Central Florida community proves that life can be fun, and games with the debut of its newest club, Oak House. The stately 15,000 square foot clubhouse is already getting rave reviews for its outstanding service, and modern architectural design, not to mention the endless array of A-Lister amenities.

This upscale, age-restricted community is nestled in the lush green hills of Ocala, so of course, every view from Oak House whether you’re enjoying cocktails, playing pool, or swimming laps is pretty spectacular. The concept behind this kind of all-inclusive community is creating the perfect trifecta of social engagement, wellness, and pleasure without ever leaving the comfort of home, and with Oak House at the center of it all why would anyone want to? The club has a timeless, contemporary design that makes it easy to get right in and discover what all the buzz is about. If you’ve ever imagined what the perfect day would look like, Oak House is a great place to start. From getting an endorphin-boosting workout at Afterburn, and pampering yourself with a massage at Alvea Spa, to savoring culinary delights at the Salted Brick, or hosting a private party at the Chef’s Table, the only way cap off all this indulgence is with a sunset on Lakeview Veranda sipping a glass of wine while surrounded by great friends.

Explore the Wild Beauty of the Adirondacks

Maybe your summer plans include a tent under the stars, embarking on a heart-stopping whitewater excursion, or surrounding yourself with six million acres of unspoiled nature, but if you had to choose one place to fulfill everything on your itinerary, witnessing the sheer magnitude of the Adirondacks will leave you speechless. While your kayak glides through the glassy waters of Lake George as eagles soar gracefully above you, and the cool spray of a cascading waterfall refreshes your senses, you’ll wonder how it’s possible to be so close yet feel so far from the city. Videos and travel brochures can only skim the surface of what the experience is truly like because the wild Adirondack spirit likes to tell its own story.

Adirondack State Park is not only the largest in the U.S, surpassing both Yosemite, and The Grand Canyon, its infinite size could easily make it a state all its own. Part of untamed protected wilderness, and the other a community of year-round outdoor enthusiasts, this is where New York’s high rise reputation takes a restorative hiatus. With 3,000 lakes, 12 diverse regions, and Mayberry-esque towns that know you by name, civilization, and the forces of nature converge in a perfect symphony. Whether you’re in the mood for something touristy like exploring Lake Placid’s Olympic history, and visiting coastal wineries, or escaping into the shaded forest of Kane Mountain, the opportunities for leisure, or adventure are virtually endless.

Venice, Florida: The Gulf City With Old World Charm

Enveloped by balmy Mexican Gulf breezes, this Southwest Florida oasis combines Mediterranean ambiance with an island getaway to Bermuda. Voted one of the top cities to retire by Forbes, Venice is a pedestrian-friendly, warm weather paradise where everything from shopping the farmers market to surfing can be enjoyed all year long. Home to more than a dozen active adult communities including Island Walk at West Village, and Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice offers retirees and empty nesters a wide range of beautiful homes, and an all-inclusive lifestyle that snowbirds will want to stick around for.

Located in Sarasota County about an hour south of Tampa, this “City on the Gulf” stretches along miles of pristine coastline, so whether or not a home has a waterfront view, glittering waves are just minutes from just about anywhere. With 30 miles of bike trails, public tennis courts, and beautiful parks including Centennial Park, and the Venetian Waterway Park which runs along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s no wonder the majority of Venice’s sunblock toting fitness gurus are 55 or better. Thanks to temperatures that rarely dip below 70 degrees, Golf is played 365 days a year at some of the area’s top-rated courses also featured by Golf Advisor, from the Venetian Golf and River Club to the Lake Venice Public Golf Club.

Now Taking Reservations: The Ridge at Paradise Valley Estates

If you thought life after 50 couldn’t get any better, 60+ living is about to get even sweeter. Located in Fairfield, California, The Ridge will be the newest addition to the master-planned community of Paradise Valley Estates. This unique neighborhood is designed to take active adults 60 and bolder through every phase of life, by offering an all-inclusive lifestyle from on-site healthcare, and dining, to an exciting array of social clubs, classes, and fitness amenities. Construction of this eight-acre community is expected to commence fall of this year for its 2020 grand opening, but it’s never too soon to start planning your next chapter. The Ridge is currently in the pre-selling stages, so now is the time to reserve your own Paradise Valley retreat.

The Ridge at Paradise Valley will include 70 maintenance free cottage homes, and villa apartments ranging from 1-2 bedrooms, and 2-2.5 baths. Cottage homes are a timeless style with a casual, intimate feel, making them a popular choice for buyers wanting that cozy factor, along with an efficient, spacious floor-plan, whereas for someone looking to downsize or purchase a vacation home, apartments offer the worry-free security of a multi-unit dwelling. Whichever style of abode prospective buyers choose, both will feature the latest contemporary finishes including stainless appliances, and high-quality countertops.

Kansas City skyline

Make Kansas City Your Summer Destination

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts, twilight walks along the water, and sweet, smoky Kansas barbecue. Nicknamed the City of Fountains for its over 200 cascading displays, life in Kansas City, or as locals call it KC, is as warm and familiar as a cup of coffee with an old friend. Home to jazz legends like Big Joe Turner, and Mary Lou Williams, an art scene that ranges from contemporary to culinary, and more than 240 diverse neighborhoods to explore, most people forget that all this urban sophistication has a deep-rooted small town heritage.

If you’re looking for the quintessential summer vacation spot, or city to call home, Kansas City is a Midwestern gem. Divided between two states, Kansas City, Kansas to the west is the low key suburban sister to the effervescent metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri. Whichever side of the river you happen to be on, be prepared for friendly people, an abundance of things to do, and if you’re looking to buy property, affordable real estate options. Voted one of the top cities to live by Livability.com, Kansas City is an exuberant blend of urban high rises, timeless culture, and a soulful rhythm that resonates throughout the entire city.