Summerset Brentwood – The Apex of affordable active adult living by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

Del Webb Homes is proud to present the Summerset Active Adult Living community, located in the residentially rural town of Brentwood.  The property consists of more than 2,000 single family homes, available to all qualified applicants age 55 and above. Established in 1994, this lovely community is a golfer’s paradise that rests on a thousand acres of mature landscaping and private parks, with low-maintenance, energy-efficient homes in a diversity of architectural styles.


Residents have full access to the beautiful 18-hole golf course located nearby. The grounds also contain well lit tennis courts, bocce ball courts, and dance studios. There’s even a ballroom and pavilion available for large community events. Home prices at Summerset Brentwood range from about $300,000 to around $600,000.


Summerset Brentwood is pretty much a town in its own right, made up of four distinct neighborhoods, each with its own gated entry, private clubhouse, heated swimming pool, and upscale amenities. Among the many special perks offered to Summerset residents are regularly planned activities and numerous social clubs, designed to create optimal active adult living experience.


While still maintaining its rural charm, the Summerset Brentwood community is very conveniently located only minutes from the local shopping district, and is only a one-hour trip by car to San Francisco.

Trilogy Rio Vista Senior Community by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

Established in 1996, Trilogy at Rio Vista is a golf lover’s wonderland, featuring a nationally acclaimed 18-hole championship golf course and two upscale clubhouses. This peaceful, rural, gated senior community is a town of about 3,000 single family homes featuring 27 different floor plans, and designed especially for active seniors who enjoy fishing, hiking, windsurfing, sailing, golf, and other fun outdoor recreational activities.


Amenities include a fine neighborhood restaurant, a cyber cafe, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, and easy access to all the commercial venues of down town Rio Vista. The thriving city of Sacramento is only 30 minutes away by car.


Home prices start at a breathe-easy $200,000 for smaller, older homes. Pricier models can cost up to $450,000. Shea Homes currently offers units ranging in sizes from about 1,150 to more than 2,500 square feet. Many of these homes feature dens, formal dining rooms, and three-car garages. Some are situated on oversized lots.


Among the many unique perks of Trilogy Rio Vista are weekly barbecues with live music and cocktails, ballroom dancing, and a Center for Higher Learning, where invited experts give interesting talks on many different topics.  What’s more, a full-time activities director schedules Club Med trips to Mexico and the Caribbean.

The Villages Golf & Country Club for California Seniors by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

California seniors seeking affordable real estate have numerous popular options these days. Among the best of these is The Villages Golf & Country Club in the Santa Clara foothills near  San Jose. Luxury-style town homes at The Villages start at under $300,000, although quite a few million-dollar houses also dot the meticulously manicured landscape of this 1,200-acre town.


The Villages is actually a collection of twelve villages. Home buyers age 55 and up have more than 2,500 single family living spaces and many architectural styles to choose from in this vast, well established, gated community. Homes at The Villages were built between 1967 and 2000.


Choose from more than a hundred on site social clubs and community organizations. Enjoy a full range of posh amenities, which include fitness centers, libraries, game rooms, meeting rooms, business centers, hobby studios, and even a boutique that sells hand crafted items made by talented resident artists. The Villages also has a very fine restaurant.


The beautiful grounds contain bridle paths for equestrian riders, a spectacular championship golf course with a driving range and pro shop, more than 500 acres of open space, and many placid, sky-blue lakes. All this rural loveliness is sublimely situated only six miles from the Eastridge Shopping Mall, and only ten miles from downtown San Jose. Needless to say, The Villages Golf & Country Club is a prime residential community for California seniors buying real estate.

Cardinal Point at Mariner Square – Continuing Care Retirement by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

Cardinal Point at Mariner Square is a Continuing Care Retirement community located in sunny Alameda, also known as The Island City. Residents enjoy the cool sea breezes that wash across the landscape, with an ongoing parade of catamarans, cruise ships and fishing boats on the Marina. Choose from several comfortable apartment-style homes, featuring several different floor plans.


Cardinal Point is a popular, resort-style, continuing care retirement community for active seniors, but also provides for people in need of assisted living.  Included in the monthly fee are weekly housekeeping service, concierge service, grounds maintenance, and 24-hour professional staffing.


The well-appointed, upscale property features posh amenities like spa treatments, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and even a private theater. Choose from a variety of elegant dining options. Visit the Cardinal Point cocktail lounge. Express your creativity at the on site art studio.


Or take a day trip away from Cardinal’s cozy crib of continuing care, and enjoy all that Alameda has to offer. A range of transportation options will get you to all of your favorite specialty shops, gourmet restaurants, theaters, vintage architecture, flower gardens and  beaches, to name just a few local attractions. Enjoy our stunning views of San Francisco, located a mere stone’s throw across the sparkling bay.  As tempting as it may seem, swimming to San Francisco is not recommended, but a bus will get you there in 25 minutes.

Best Retirement Villages – The Village at Ironwood in Pleasanton by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

The Village at Ironwood is regarded as one of the most popular 55-plus retirement villages in Northern California. This luxurious gated community features about a hundred spacious, newly built, single family Ponderosa homes, nestled in professional landscaping provided by the Home Owners Association. Residents enjoy a full range of energy-efficient, state-of-the-art amenities that help keep utility bills under control. Homes in The Village at Ironwood range from about 1,900 to 2,800 square feet, and are priced between $700,000 and $800,000.

Among Ironwood’s upscale amenities are hobby rooms, bocce ball courts, a fitness center, a fully equipped catering kitchen, an outdoor heated swimming pool, a patio with a barbecue grill, and a friendly activities director who arranges social gatherings and day trips. Other property features include several inviting community spaces and easy access to all types of stores, restaurants and professional services.

While you’re living the high life at Ironwood, enjoy all the pleasantries Pleasanton has to offer (aside from posh retirement villages). Walk to the Iron Horse Trail. Peruse the many shops and restaurants of Main Street. Located in the Amador-Livermore Valley, the city of Pleasanton exudes a quaint, small-town ambiance, combined with the convenience of city living. Ample public transportation provides all day service around town, as well as to and from San Francisco.

Rossmoor in Walnut Creek – Affordable Homes for Active Seniors by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

Rossmoor in Walnut Creek is a highly acclaimed gated community for active seniors 55 and above. It is comprised of 6,700 well-appointed living units on a 2,000-acre property in the Tice Valley. Rossmoor is conveniently situated a mere two miles from downtown Walnut Creek. Some residents call it walking distance. The location of this community allows easy access to fine dining, nearby shopping, local cultural attractions, and downtown San Francisco.


Homes at Rossmoor are available in a variety of architectural styles, from single family houses, to attached row homes, to quaint garden duplexes, to spacious condos that capture the urban vibe. Prices range from cute, cozy $100,000 apartments to sprawling multi million dollar mansions. All Rossmoor homes were constructed between 1963 and 1995.


Property features include mature trees and lush landscaping, surrounded by nearby natural open spaces and many miles of gorgeous hiking trails.  On site recreational amenities not to be missed include craft and hobby studios, heated swimming pools, tennis courts, a community fitness center, a 150-seat theater, and 27 holes of golf with an attached driving range and pro shop. Rossmoor’s rec department also organizes regular events and social functions for all active seniors. As an added convenience, the community even publishes its own newspaper, and provides daily delivery to every Rossmoor resident.

Active Retirement at Villa San Ramon by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

The Villa San Ramon is an active retirement community located in city of San Ramon. It’s a friendly, flexible senior living environment that recognizes the unique lifestyle of each resident.  This community features independent living spaces for seniors enjoying active retirement, as well as assisted living and short term recovery care. Assisted care includes prepared meals, daily activities and scheduled transportation in a safe, secure environment. A wonderful, caring, licensed and professionally trained staff works tirelessly to maintain the health and happiness of each resident.


Depending on availability, residents are offered a choice between four independent living floor plans and three assisted living floor plans. All living spaces at Villa San Ramon are rentals. Prices start at around $3,800 per month. Financial aid is available for seniors who qualify through the Affordable Senior Living Program and the Affordable Assisted Living Program.


Among the many property highlights at Villa San Ramon are panoramic views, cozy courtyards, a one-mile walk path, and a personal garden. The conveniently situated Villa San Ramon is ideally placed near a major shopping mall featuring upscale retailers, specialty shops, elegant dining options, numerous professional services, and super easy access to San Francisco. Also nearby is the San Ramon Regional Medical Center.