Category Archives: California

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.

TruLiving Reinvents Wellness

When Pablo Picasso said, “youth has no age,” he had baby boomers in mind. This generation has proven that the secret to vitality is good health, and determination and while the majority of other 55+ communities offer the basic tools to live a healthy, and active lifestyle, Trumark companies are making it the focal point. Coming soon to Manteca, California, construction is currently underway for TruLiving, a one-of-a-kind 55+ community taking an entirely unique approach to wellness.

TruLiving will be the site of 490 single family homes, and the first to incorporate a WELL certified facility into its list of amenities. The 10,000 square foot clubhouse will include the seven fundamentals of the Well Building Standard; (air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind) to integrate both physical, and mental well being. WELL certified communities are designed to meet strict standards of air, and water quality, use green materials, and maximize energy efficiency. This community recognizes that there’s more to health than just diet, and exercise by creating a living environment that nurtures the body, and feeds the soul.

Boomers are a discerning group of wellness influencers who have created the gold standard for healthy living. From alternative medicine to eco-friendly homes, health is being approached from a holistic perspective. TruLiving will offer a multi faceted lifestyle with numerous amenities to stay active including exercise classes, bocce, and tennis courts, as well a swimming pool, and phone app that allows 55+ residents to schedule activities, and stay informed of upcoming community events. Social connectivity has been linked to longevity more-so than an apple a day, and this highly anticipated community will keep active adults endlessly engaged. TruLiving will feature everything from group activities to volunteer opportunities, along with mind enhancing classes.

The Bay Area is synonymous with wellness culture making it the ideal location for this innovative community. Located just over an hour from San Francisco, the growing city of Manteca is nestled in the Joaquin Valley between Modesto, and Stockton, and maintains its safe, small town integrity. Residents of TruLiving will have access to shopping, and dining, as well as having plenty of room for a bike ride, or enjoying a walk. Wellness doesn’t come in a bottle, and potential homebuyers will find this community has set some pretty high standards to ensure that in order for them to feel their best, they have to live their best.


Trumark Companies To Redefine Age-Qualified Communities With New TruLiving Division. (2018, March 07). Retrieved March 15, 2018, from https://www.prnewswire.com/

Carlsbad Inspires a Life of Leisure

Just under 40 minutes from San Diego, the Village By the Sea is one of those places you can’t help but fall for. It’s the perfect mix of everything a Southern California town should be, boasting youthful vibes, a touch of European class, and pristine coastal scenery. For many it’s just a vacation spot to visit popular attractions like Legoland, and the Sea Life Aquarium, but for long time residents of Carlsbad, this beachfront charmer is a safe, and friendly community with an affinity for wellness, and culture. Carlsbad made Kiplinger’s list of top retirement destinations, offering a variety of home options, reputable medical facilities, and a passion for the good life.

Carlsbad earned its namesake from the famous 19th century Czech Republic mineral water spa in Karlsbad, Bohemia, and is reminiscent of those beach vacations you never wanted to end. The entire stretch of Pacific coastline is pretty breathtaking, but the 7 miles of sand, surf, and sun that runs along the city’s edge is what converts so many snowbirds into permanent coastal dreamers. Whether you’re walking along the Carlsbad Sea Wall, or sinking your toes in the sand at Tamarack, and Carlsbad State Beach, the lifestyle is like a virtual postcard, where near perfect year round temps make it hard to want to stay indoors.