Category Archives: Washington

Using Your Pension Funds Wisely

As you approach retirement, your thoughts will automatically shift from saving your pension to how you will utilize it.  Retirement funds need to be utilized wisely as, unless you have a part-time job, this will be your main source of income for a long time.  This requires you to pay special attention to drawing up a spending plan.  This plan depends on your lifestyle.  How do we wish to live?  Lavishly or frugally?  The best way to utilize your pension is to live within your means without too much overspending and considering proper options.  This does not mean you should compromise on various aspects of good living.  Below are a few methods that can be considered in using your pension funds wisely, so that it lasts a long time.

Two smiling seniors walking with their dog in a forest in summer

55+ Healthy Living – Walking That Extra Mile

Exercise is a major health booster and essential for seniors who wish to lead a healthy life. Yes, it’s true that exercise is good for you whether you are 8 or 80, but at 80 you will realize the benefits it brings to you while when we are young, we hardly realize the need for it. One of the best methods of exercising is walking. Walking, at a brisk pace, for at least half an hour a day has significant health improvements. It is an ideal form of cardio exercise that can be engaged in, even when you have various health concerns. For you, as an active adult, the health benefits of walking are immense.

Attractions You’ll Only Find in Everett

With the beauty of Puget Sound, and enchantment of the San Juan Islands just a ferry ride away, Everett sits at the doorstep of the natural wonderland that epitomizes the Pacific Northwest. Less than an hour from the espresso-infused streets of Seattle, Everett has become the go-to city for those wanting to steer clear of heavy congestion, and be within reach of big attractions, and entertainment. Rolling out the adventure since 1893, it’s the kind of place where shopping for outdoor gear is a favorite pastime, military roots run deep, and a myriad of activities cater to any and every hobby.

Watch History Take Flight – No-one takes to the sky like Everett. Home to legendary aviation museums including the Flying Heritage Collection – dedicated to the restoration of WWII aircrafts since 1998, the Historic Flight at Kilo-7 located within Pain Field Airport, showcasing a vintage display of aviation history spanning from 1927 to 1957, and of course the highlight for anyone with high flying dreams, the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour. Watch the precision of a 747 being crafted before your eyes, learn what the future of aircraft innovation holds, and what it takes to soar on a 90-minute tour of this operational Boeing plant.

Shea Homes Trilogy

Trilogy’s Seven Summits Lodge Defines Luxury

With Mt. Rainier soaring majestically in the distance, The Seven Summits Lodge at Trilogy pairs the rustic ambiance of an alpine lodge with the upscale sophistication of a resort. Gleaming wooden beams adorn the ceilings while contemporary lines and artistic design elements complete the modern yet cozy look of this architectural masterpiece. Brimming with high-end amenities, the lodge sits amidst a quintessentially Pacific Northwest setting of towering evergreens, immaculate native landscaping, and boasts a tranquil waterfront view.

Nestled within the master-planned community of Tehaleh, The Seven Summits Lodge is a luxurious addition to Shea’s stunning 55+ Trilogy community and brings the mountain resort getaway to resident’s own backyards. As the central hub for a multitude of social, and physical activities, this is where active adults can gather together and relax, channel their creativity, and pursue fitness goals. Inside the lodge, floor to ceiling windows showcases serene views of the surrounding trees along with expansive doors that lead to an intimate outdoor living space featuring a comfortable seating area, and an ambient fireplace as the centerpiece.

Spokane Keeps the Winter Magic Alive

Warm weather retreats get all the attention this time of year, but some cities are so enchanting during the winter months that snowbirds may want to stay put. The Northwest city of Spokane Washington is one such destination known for its wintery charm and reputation for outdoor living. Named one of the best places to retire by Time Magazine, and a haven for active retirees, Spokane has the curb appeal of a big city yet maintains its small-town character. As Washington’s second largest city, 55+ residents don’t have to go far to find an abundance of amenities, entertainment, and affordable real estate. Northwest living is living as close to nature as possible, and from skiing to snowmobiling, winter in Spokane is an experience not to be missed.

Strolling along the tranquil riverbank, or witnessing the power of Spokane Falls, the natural beauty of Riverfront Park runs through the heart of the city, and when temperatures dip below freezing, a winter utopia awaits. The Ice Ribbon is a 650-foot paradise for ice skaters to meander in and out of frosted trees, take advantage of free skating lessons, and cozy up to a mug of hot chocolate around the fire pit. This iconic park is a postcard-worthy attraction home to the forty mile Centennial Trail, and Spokane River that turns a casual jog, or bike ride into a sensory experience.

Mount Rainer

Your Passport to Scenic Adventure

Maybe it’s the rain washed air, serene, sparkling lakes, or the evergreen studded mountains, but when it comes to living in Lacey Washington, a bike rack for the car and a sturdy pair of hiking boots is how the Pacific Northwest is won. Located on the southern end of Puget Sound, Lacey is a dream come true for the adventurer seeking the ultimate outdoor experience. It’s quaint, yet modern, weaving small-town culture with big city amenities, and boasts a thriving art scene, an efficient public transit system, and exciting local events. With Mt. Rainier towering majestically in the backdrop, it’s easy to see why this region has been dubbed the Pacific Wonderland.

Lacey is just minutes from Washington’s capital of Olympia and is the gateway to nature with over 1,200 acres of open park spaces, and trails that seem to go on forever. When it comes to outdoor recreation, one is limited only by their imagination. Whether it’s taking a boat out onto one of the city’s five lakes, hiking through Olympia National Park, or bird watching at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Lacey, and its surrounding area is an outdoor lover’s utopia. Golf devotees have access to championship courses including The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie, and the 55+ golf resort community of Shea Homes at Jubilee. Home to local landmarks including Saint Martin’s University, and Lacey Historical Museum, this fitness minded city is irresistible, and best explored on foot or on a bike.

Eating, and drinking locally is what Lacey does best. Homegrown flavors can be experienced throughout the city from artisanal brews, and global cuisine, to the abundant farmer’s markets. The Northwest is blessed with an exceptional regional fare, and Lacey’s award-winning wines and spirits offer a sophisticated treat for the taste buds. Jazz festivals, county fairs, and seasonal events showcase local talent and bring the community together to enjoy family-friendly entertainment.

This picturesque Thurston County gem is located an hour from Seattle, and just next door to Olympia where historic attractions including the State Capitol, and the regal elegance of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion bring the town’s past to life. Residents have access to a selection of big-name retailers, everyday services, and spectacular mountain views that make this part of the country an outdoor lovers paradise.

New Home Community at Woodside

The Pacific Northwest is touted for all things green from its lush landscape to its commitment to sustainability. Washington state has it all. Evergreens as far as the eye can see, breathtaking rugged coastline, and for outdoor enthusiasts, it’s absolute heaven. Located in historic Mount Vernon, the 55+ community of Woodside is quintessentially Northwest. Nestled between Seattle, and Vancouver BC, Woodside is just minutes from the beautiful Skagit Valley where residents will find shopping, medical services, and eateries with a majestic Cascade Mountain view.

Starting at $328,900, this beautiful active adult community features detached craftsman style homes ranging in size from 1,299-2,256 square feet. Family owned since 1979, Landed Gentry has built a lifestyle brand focusing on what buyers really want in a home, and what they expect out of their communities. Construction has commenced on this highly anticipated neighborhood and will have six design models to choose from, with 2- 3 bedrooms, and baths along with attached two car garages. Craftsman style is a popular Pacific Northwest design, and the homes at Woodside exceed expectation with elegant layouts, and signature exterior details. Quality materials are found throughout from the hardwood flooring, granite counter-tops, and cabinetry, to the innovative interior features including step-in showers, and models with main floor master bedrooms.

Coming Soon: Ovation at Oak Tree

Be closer to what you love, have an intimate connection with those around you, and find your personal sanctuary in an artfully crafted home. Spending your golden years fully engaged. and fulfilling dreams of owning a home is truly worthy of an Ovation. Coming soon to the beautiful city of Lacey Washington, Polygon Northwest will debut their 55+ community of Ovation at Oak Tree. A division of William Lyon Homes, Polygon Northwest is bringing the natural beauty of the Evergreen State into the backyards of baby boomers, and retirees ready to be inspired, and savor a carefree lifestyle.

Ovation at Oak Tree will feature brand new single family homes with 2-3 bedrooms, and 2 car attached garages. This premier builder is known for designing beautifully crafted, contemporary homes filled with natural lighting, single story layouts, and private outdoor spaces for hosting gatherings or watching the sun rise with an espresso. Unlike most expansive, and densely populated communities, Ovation developers have designed their communities to reflect a small town ambiance where new friendships can be made, and connecting with neighbors is a way of life. While these neighborhoods are smaller scale, the amenities offered are abundant and exciting. Promoting a lifestyle of wellness, and vitality is at the heart of Ovation, to engage active adult residents on a social, and physical level. From its fitness amenities including a yoga studio, gym, sporting courts, and swimming pool, to leisurely outdoor walking trails, and areas to gather for potlucks, or club meetings, everything about this community says “welcome home.”