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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.

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!)

Where San Jose Goes For a Digital Detox

Where San Jose Goes For a Digital Detox

San Jose California is the original Silicon Valley, a high tech high rise jungle home to business giants like Apple Inc. and Google, but like any powerhouse, taking a timeout to recharge once in a while is essential. Amidst all the dot-com innovation and oppressive rush hour traffic, San Jose has a playful side that knows where to go for some serious downtime – trading in skyscraper views for a wide open sky, and water cooler chat for nature strolls shrouded in coastal fog.

The Majesty of Castle Rock
When someone says to “take a hike” San Jose has just the place. From daydreamers to daredevils, Castle Rock State Park is a backpackers paradise, an ever-popular favorite for any outdoor maven. Meandering through the breathtaking Santa Cruz Mountains, giving even the most seasoned rock climber a run for their money, the views of the San Lorenzo River Valley alone are nothing short of spectacular. An extensive 34-mile trail network including the  Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trail Loop winds in and out of fairytale forests and challenges trekkers of all skill levels to navigate the park’s rugged terrain. Of course many just come to relax and  soak in the magnificence of ancient redwood trees on horseback or experience sweeping views  from atop Castle Rock

Surfer Surfing at Huntington Beach

It’s Always Surf Season at Huntington Beach

Not ready to bid farewell to summer? Between Newport and Sunset Beach, one town is riding the wave one laid-back day at a time. Named one of Wallet Hub’s top 10 happiest cities, and fondly dubbed “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach has an irresistible carefree vibe, and a youthful, effervescent energy. As you wander around downtown – a refreshing frozen creation in hand, there’s something about the “retro California” feel that sets this city apart from Orange County’s fast-paced lifestyle. Whether you were born to surf, or just love a spectacular sunset, living in Huntington Beach is the Pacific Coast version of an island getaway – and just like a trip to Dubai, the weather is pretty fantastic all year round.

Park the Car Bring the Surfboard
With almost nine miles of sparkling coastline and offbeat palm-lined streets to explore, your best bet for soaking in the sea-breeze is perched atop a surfboard, or on two or four (as in double bike) wheels. No gear? No problem. Huntington Beach is dotted with quirky little surf and rental shops like privately owned, Zack’s Rentals offering every mode of beachside transportation you could imagine from beach cruisers, and tandem bikes to recreational gear including surf and bodyboards, volleyballs, footballs, and wetsuits. Additionally, many grocery stores and restaurants are within an easy walking distance from one another – with a flip-flop and shorts dress code of course.

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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.

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.

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.

South Monterey Bay in California

Discover the Beach Less Traveled In Marina California

The sounds of gulls, mild year-round weather, refreshing sea air hitting your face as you bike alongside sweeping views of Monterey Bay – Marina, California is a Pacific coast pearl. Located eight miles north of Monterey, this quiet suburb is a dream come true for cyclists, home to a vibrant college community, and popular with active retirees seeking a coastal lifestyle with fewer crowds. The area is a coveted location for real estate developers with builders like Shea Homes showcasing the best of what Central California has to offer, and a fantastic town for boomers, and empty nesters with an affinity for all things sun, surf, and outdoor recreation.

Home to the University of California at Monterey Bay, Marina is a relaxed town with a loyal following of recreational athletes from hikers to surfers, to paragliders, and hardcore cyclists. In fact, Monterey County has an extensive network of bike paths designed for all skill levels from weekend cruisers to Tour De France pros, with routes like the Monterey Coastal Recreation Trail linking Marina to Monterey attractions, and Fort Ord National Monument going the distance with 86 miles of scenic vistas. Marina’s secluded beaches are a highlight for any nature lover, offering an unobstructed view of what makes up 350 miles of central coastline. At Marina Dunes RV Park, camping gets a resort upgrade with easy access to serene, private beaches, fitness amenities, and a gorgeous lodge style clubhouse that takes this recreation area over the top.