Focus on California

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Active seniors looking to settle down in the “Golden State” are in luck as there are over 905 top retirement communities in California. However, settling down in California means you should know a little bit about the State. So, we suggest you sit back and read on some of the useful information on this lovely State, so to be sure that this is a great place to invest in retirement properties. Chances are that more you read on this State, more you will be lured into making it the state you decide to settle down in an active adult community during your 55+ life.

About California

California is located on the West Coast and is the most populous state. California is bordered by Nevada to the east, Oregon to the north, Arizona to the southeast and the Mexican State of Baja California to the south and the Pacific Coast to the west. The center of California is a major agriculture area. It has the 3rd longest US coastline. As California is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, earthquakes are quite common to the State. The gold rush of California began in 1848, hence the nickname for the State, and this led to a major social and demographic change. However, the nickname “Golden State” is also because of the beautiful golden poppy flowers and the brilliant sunshine the State is famous for.

California has beautiful landscapes that take one’s breath away. Whether it is mountains, valleys or waterfalls, fantastic rock formations, California has it all. For example, California shares the highest mountain range in the southwest, the Sierra Nevada. Then there is the highest mountain peak in the US, Mount Whitney and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Death Valley. This is the only state that has both the highest and lowest points in one State. With all these wondrous natural beauties, California is an ideal place for those looking for a 55 and over communities to retire into.

The temperature in California is ideal for 55+ adults. A majority of the State has a Mediterranean climate with cool, rainy winters and dry summers. Endemic species thrive in this State because of the diverse ecological conditions. California has the most collection of largest, tallest and oldest trees. The redwood and the giant sequoia are among the oldest living things on earth, and YES, you can find it in California. Apart from this, you will find the Douglas fir, Sugar Pine, Tanbark oak and the broad-leafed maple, huckleberry, alpine buttercup, mariposa, tulip, etc. in this State. The Joshua tree is native to the Mojave Desert.

What to See and Do in California

The question should be what CAN’T you see and do in California. California offers you a myriad of things to see and do. First, there is Disneyland and the beaches. Then there is wine tasting in Napa Valley, the beauty of the Yosemite Falls in winter, the awesome sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, the heart-stopping coastline drive to Big Sur, the awe-inspiring experience of standing at the foot of the General Sherman Tree and, of course, the Hollywood sign… Then you can visit the San Diego Zoo, ride a cable car, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, and take a trip into Alcatraz and much, much more.

So, if you were thinking California does not have much to offer you, think again. This is a State that has more than enough to keep you entertained.

There are 904 active adult retirement communities from California listed on our site. Below are just a handful of these 55+ communities to give you an idea of what awaits you in these wonderful 55+ places in the Golden State.

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