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Trilogy Orlando by Shea Homes

Find Out What’s New at Trilogy Orlando

If you’ve ever been to one of those all-inclusive resorts with the spa bathrooms and endless counter space, then welcome home to Trilogy’s ultra luxurious neighborhood. Celebrating the opening of its new Capri and Connect models, Trilogy Orlando has turned up the volume on one of Florida’s most upscale 55+ communities. Age is all relative around here as you find yourself so actively engaged that downtime is planning your next social event, and with a home exquisitely designed for entertaining, you’ll be in vacation mode all year long.

If you’re a Florida transplant you’ll soon discover how much house the Sunshine State offers for your money, and these homes are priced to sell. Part of the Freedom 40 collection, the 1,862 square foot Connect floor plan starts at $252,990 with ample space for entertaining. Holiday visitors and weekend guests have plenty of elbow room with 3-bedrooms, 2-baths, and a spacious 2 car garage. The beautiful 1,540 square foot Capri model part of the Villa Cortile Collection, boasts a 2-bedroom, 2-bath layout, and is also affordably priced at $224,990 with an opportunity to transform the extra space into a home office, workout studio or a cozy retreat for family and friends. Both the Capri and Connect have a timeless appeal with vast island kitchens that flow into airy great rooms, luxurious private baths, designer finishes and copious amounts of storage. The standout feature in each home is secluded outdoor living space including tranquil covered lanais, and patios that look out onto lush landscaping and blue skies.

3 Reasons to Love Wilsonville

Whether or not you’re an Oregon native, it’s impossible to not get swept away by forests so thick you can scarcely see the sun glimmering between the trees, and coastlines as wildly rugged as they are pristine – in fact, the further north you go the more stunning it gets. In all its metropolitan vastness, the greater Portland area is undeniably picturesque but the pockets of treasure that surround it are what make it so magnetic. With a population of about 21,000, Wilsonville is a suburban gem that indulges both city dwellers and small-town folks alike. Closely connected to its rural Oregon roots, Wilsonville’s proximity to just about everything is just one of the many reasons the grass here is a little bit greener.

It’s At the Center Of All

Surrounded by over a dozen neighboring towns including Beaverton, and Hillsboro, Wilsonville sits charmingly in the heart of the Tualatin Valley just 18-miles from downtown Portland, and close to all the action. Idyllic for active adults who can’t decide whether a bustling urban center or rolling farmland is their idea of settling down, Wilsonville offers the best of both worlds. Portland may have all the nightlife and cosmopolitan intrigue, but Wilsonville’s residents know that at the end of the day, an intimate community of friendly neighbors with everything at their fingertips is worth coming home to.

Kickstart Your Health Goals in Brea California

Kickstart Your Health Goals in Brea California

When it comes to health-minded cities, Brea is California’s premium brand athletic shoe.

Sophisticated, and outdoorsy, with green juice running through its veins, it’s no surprise that Orange County earned major kudos as Architectural Digest’s 3rd healthiest destination in the country.  With sprawling hotspots like LA and San Diego California stealing the wellness spotlight, Brea’s small-town atmosphere and trendy energy is a breath of fresh air.  It’s common knowledge that eating right, and exercising are the building blocks for overall wellbeing, but cities like Brea with its breathtaking canyons, sports venues, and proximity to the coast make it easy to cultivate a healthy lifestyle

The best part about living in the Brea is having nature as a backyard. Less than half an hour from the sparkling Pacific shoreline, and home to more than a dozen beautifully maintained city parks, fitness fanatics from 5-55 (or better) have fallen in love with Brea’s abundance of outdoor recreation. A place to unwind, and take a break from the city bustle, Carbon Canyon Regional Park is a serene, 131-acre refuge of uncrowded trails and hidden treasures from its Redwood Groves to lakefront fishing piers. Named one of Orange County’s safest cities by Niche.com, active adult residents can enjoy twilight strolls, bike rides, and early morning runs with greater peace of mind.

South Jordan is the Perfect Move

Locals call it “SoJo”, outdoor types call it a playground, active adults love to call it home.

According to the World Health Organization, age-friendly cities like South Jordan promote “active” aging – in other words, a thriving community designed to keep up with today’s high energy baby boomers. Located 20-minutes from Salt Lake City, this once sleepy farming town has quickly grown to become CNN Money’s #18 best place to live in the U.S. Surrounded by the Wasatch and the Oquirrh Mountains, South Jordan makes suburbia uber trendy with abundant opportunities for retirees, and an intellectual reputation backed by top-rated schools, and some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

It’s All Part of the Master Plan

There’s a good reason why 55+ neighborhoods like Springhouse Village flock to the suburbs, and the master-planned community of Daybreak is the perfect example. With various home styles including craftsman, Victorian, and the duet homes of Springhouse Village, Daybreak is not only Utah’s largest, but the only community where every home is energy star certified. The diverse yet cohesive beauty of Daybreak is a city within a city with incredible amenities including a 10,000 square foot community center for active adults, shopping centers, restaurants, and hosts live events. From empty nesters to young families, South Jordan’s reputation for affordability also means buyers are getting more square footage for their money, and a lifestyle that’s priceless.

Unlocking Charlotte’s “Spirited” Past

You have to admit the older the city the more it inspires romance, intrigue, and of course, plenty of haunted history. Despite its modern exterior, when it comes to Southern allure, Charlotte has it all. The horse-drawn carriages, the stately colonial mansions, and a royal history that dates all the way back to the 1700’s, hence the nickname “Queen City.” Founded by European settlers in 1768, Charlotte’s Old South roots run so deep, that some would say the original inhabitants are still watching over the city today. Even if the idea of things going bump in the night seems a fanciful tale, most of us can’t resist a little dark folklore

Over the years, Carolina Theatre has brought new meaning to the saying “the show must go on”, and depending on who you talk to, it seems like perhaps it has. Built in 1927, the theatre was old Hollywood glamour at its opulent finest. Palatial architecture, richly painted wall murals, luxurious brocade drapery, the theatre began as a vaudeville and silent film venue and later went on to host its fair share of talent including the likes of Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. After the curtain fell for the final time in November of 1978, this Tryon Street landmark became the abandoned stuff of haunted legend. Currently being restored to its former glory by the Foundation for the Carolina’s, it’s hard to say whether or not the theatre’s “late” patrons will be hanging around for a second act.

Plan Your Next Staycation at Verandah

The Danes call it ‘hygge’ some call it a stay-cation, but whatever defines the feeling of home, we can all agree that “staying in” is the new “going out” – or at least that’s how the residents of Verandah see it. An active adult community nestled up against Southwest Florida’s Orange River just fifteen minutes from Fort Myers, Verandah by Kolter can be summed up in two words – all-inclusive. Even the poshest resort can’t match the convenience of having it all at your fingertips whether it’s water sports, going out to lunch or meeting friends on an award-winning 36-hole golf course. Nightlife and spin classes? It’s all on-site.

Planned communities like Verandah focus on building not just beautiful homes, but a lifestyle that nurtures the health and social vitality of residents. With all the sports activities, fitness classes and outdoor recreation offered, staying active has never been this fun. River Village, otherwise known as the neighborhood retreat, goes from cardio to cocktails on the dance floor with everything from on-trend spin classes to spa services to innovations like Har-Tru tennis courts featuring unique clay surfaces that are both joint friendly and slow the ball for precise game-play. Outdoorsy types can grab a paddle and a kayak and head out to the Orange River boat launch, or experience what it feels like to drive it like an A-Lister with members only tee times at Old Orange or Whispering Oak golf courses- both rated in the top 25 by Golf Advisor, and voted #1 by Veranda’s golf pros.

Uncover the Old West in the Heart of California Wine Country

Anyone who’s been to Santa Barbara County knows it’s impossible not to be entranced in Central Coast grandeur – or stop every few moments to snap a picture of the sea and capture the elegance of its Spanish style architecture and rolling hills. Minutes from Santa Maria, and an easy drive from the beloved village of Solvang, and surf town of San Luis Obispo, Orcutt is a hidden, and fast-growing gem. Settled in the heart of California’s heavenly wine country just an hour from Santa Barbara, the charm and unbeatable location of this suburb have made it the darling of the real estate world- home to high-end neighborhoods like Shea Homes at Rice Ranch, and popular with leisure seeking active adults.

A former oil boom town, Orcutt is an intimate community in every way – filled with quaint shops and restaurants, and tourist hubs like Old Town harkening back to California’s wild west circa the early 1900’s, but the best part? It’s a quick jaunt to just about anywhere. From the major retailers, and everyday amenities available in nearby Santa Maria, and oceanside recreation located just 30-minutes away, to journeying the historic California Mission trail, Orcutt offers the nostalgia of a small town with the accessibility of a much larger city (without the traffic!)

carefree happy sailing man portrait of mature retired man on ocean boat at sunrise

Florida’s Most Acclaimed Snowbird Haven

Florida – the benchmark destination for sun-loving travelers all over the world, the spring break mecca for exam weary collegiates, and although many of its cities vie for the attention of paradise-seeking baby boomers, Fort Myers truly has the makings of a sublime retirement town. Perennially blissful weather, white gulf beaches, and voted the second best city to retire by U.S. News & World Report, the City of Palms is considered one of the hottest winter resort cities for cabin-fevered snowbirds (including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford) and offers plenty of reasons to want to call it home.

A Home Run for Baseball Fans
Diamonds are a baseball fan’s best friend, but when it comes to throwing the perfect pitch, Fort Myers is in a league of its own. Home to the minor league team the Fort Myers Miracle, this town doesn’t just play baseball, it lives baseball, and with landmark ball fields like City of Palms Ball Park, and Jet Blue Park at Fenway South as well as the recently renovated Hammond Stadium seating VIP’s just a few feet from the action, the act of stepping up to the plate is as ubiquitous to Fort Meyers as deep dish is to Chicago.