Category Archives: California

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.

Rancho Mirage by Del Webb

Del Webb at Rancho Mirage Redefines Luxury Living

A mirage is defined as a virtual reality, but for those basking in the warm breezes of California’s Coachella Valley, there’s nothing illusionary about its technicolor sunsets, and dramatic landscape. Located minutes from downtown Palm Springs near the Agua Caliente Resort Spa, Del Webb’s newest Rancho Mirage community has active adults feeling like celebrities. Turning onto Dinah Shore Drive, the palm-lined gated entrance, and panoramic views give a preview of the kind of luxury lifestyle boomers have come to expect from this award-winning builder.

Across from the Mission Hills Country Club, Del Webb at Rancho Mirage is an expansive age-restricted oasis expected to have 1,028 single family detached homes upon completion and the choice of 10 floor-plans. Beautiful, desert-inspired exteriors, low maintenance landscaping, and seamless transitions to outdoor living spaces compliment ambient surroundings. With names like Refuge, Haven, and Solitude, each design exudes tranquility for the ultimate retreat at home experience. Prices start at $366,900 giving 55+ buyers complete “fee simple” ownership (meaning the lot is owned vs. leased) along with the priceless peace of mind that comes with 24-hour gated security

Spend A Perfect Summer Weekend In California’s Danish Village

Spend a Perfect Summer Weekend in California’s Danish Village

Two hours north of Los Angeles, a statue of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid sits gracefully atop a trickling fountain as she watches over her charming little village. Founded in 1911 by three Danish immigrants, Solvang, California is a storybook town nestled in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley – an enchanting vision of old world Denmark, romantic B&B’s, and irresistible aromas wafting from the many restaurants and bakeries that line its brick-paved sidewalks.

If all you have time for is a quick weekend getaway, pack an overnight bag, and head to Central California’s bountiful wine country. As you veer off of Highway 101 and make your way into town, there’s something about being greeted by towering windmills, and authentic replicas of traditional Danish architecture that melts away the pressures of everyday life. Aside from the occasional marine layer which eventually dissipates into blue skies, the weather is fantastic all year long, so all you really need to bring is a pair of comfortable walking shoes, and maybe a light jacket.

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.