Category Archives: Washington

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.”

Seattle Age Friendly Community

Seattle, Washington reminds me of rainy days, cozy coffee shops, and lively city life. A member of AARP’s age friendly community initiative, and a Pacific Northwest haven for 55+ active adults, the city offers all things metropolitan while being surrounded by lush green, hence its namesake the Emerald City. Senior living in this corner of the world offers walkable downtown areas, with convenient public transit, and state of the art healthcare facilities. As the baby boomer demographic continues to dominate our population, creating a city to age in place is a top priority for Seattle’s city planners.

Seattle’s notoriety lies beneath its gray skies, but there is something about the bright lights, and city vibe that draws boomers, and retirees to this amenity rich destination. The fact that Seattle is the birthplace of Starbucks, you can see Mt. Rainier from downtown, and the stunning San Juan Islands are just a ferry ride away, are reasons enough to consider relocating. Located along Puget Sound, towering skyscrapers, and evergreen mountain trails, offer a diverse landscape for nature lovers, and urbanites alike. Kiplinger listed Seattle as one of the nation’s healthiest cities, and active adults regardless of fitness level have access to outdoor recreation, gym facilities, and a chance to get fresh at one of the local farmers markets.

Shea Homes at Jubilee – A Resort-Style Active Adult Community for over 55 Seniors

Shea Homes at Jubilee is a senior living community located in Lacey, Washington. The community is approximately an hour away from Seattle, yet provides its residents plenty of opportunity for shopping, dining and recreation. A move to Lacey, Washington is definitely a good idea, if you are considering resort-style living at Jubilee.

Trilogy at Redmond Ridge; One of the Best Active Retirement Communities in USA

55+ seniors retiring in Washington can consider one of the best active retirement communities in the area, Trilogy at Redmond Ridge. This retirement community is located just minutes outside Seattle between the Cascade Mountain Range and Puget Sound. This is a resort-style community where you get the choice of enjoying the beauty of a tranquil setting and the conveniences of modern amenities. Let’s take a closer look at this excellent 55+ retirement community….

Montreaux Active Adult Community – For Active Adults who Like the Finer Things in Life

Located approximately 3 miles off I-5 Exit No 227, in the desirable neighborhood of Mount Vernon, Washington, is a lovely active adult community that offers homeowners breathtaking views of Mount Baker. This is none other than one of Landed Gentry’s newest additions to their family of communities, Montreaux Community. This is an active adult community where all 55+ active adults get to enjoy the finer things in retired living.