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10/10/2014 10 Most Luxurious Active Adult Communities in the U.S.

With three world-class amenity centers, amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip and over 7,000 luxurious homes, Sun City Anthem is one of the most luxurious active adult communities in the U.S.

Active adult communities are available in many styles and sizes, making it possible to find an ideal home for nearly any budget. For those who can afford a more luxurious lifestyle, the following resort-style communities offer elegant homes, beautifully appointed clubhouses, diverse recreations and social clubs which support a variety of interests. Here is a list of our 10 favorite luxurious active adult communities in the United States.

1. Sun City Anthem (Henderson, NV) — Located in Henderson, Nevada, Sun City Anthem boasts over 7,000 luxury homes, three amenity-rich clubhouses, 36 holes of on-site golf at The Revere Golf Club and much more. Close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip furthers the community appeal with countless additional entertainment opportunities.

2. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes (Nipomo, CA) — While this Shea Homes community does not have an age restriction, active adults will love Trilogy at Monarch Dunes’ recreational and social activities. Attractive amenities include The Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Sandalwood Spa and The Monarch Club, a 31,000 square foot clubhouse.

3. Lely Resort Golf & Country Club (Naples, FL) — With plans to one day include over 4,500 homes, Lely Resort welcomes discerning active adults of all ages. This luxurious community is located in the heart of Naples, letting residents enjoy the numerous amenities within the community as well as a prime Southwest Florida location.

4. Sun City Lincoln Hills (Lincoln, CA) — Spread across nearly 3,000 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain, Sun City Lincoln Hills offers a wide range of resort-style amenities through two recreation centers: Orchard Creek Lodge and Kilaga Springs Lodge. Many outdoor recreations include two 18-hole golf courses, as well as facilities for tennis and other sports.

5. SaddleBrooke (Tucson, AZ) — Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, SaddleBrooke offers numerous resort-style amenities through three spacious clubhouses. Golf enthusiasts will love that the community also has two 18-hole semi-private courses and a private 27-hole course.

6. Valencia Reserve (Boynton Beach, FL) — Florida’s Boynton Beach is a popular retirement destination, and those who long to settle in the area will adore Valencia Reserve by GL Homes. In addition to its amenity-rich clubhouse and beautifully landscaped grounds, Valencia Reserve offers high-end single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes.

7. Sun City Grand (Surprise, AZ) — As Del Webb’s third active adult community in the Phoenix’s northwest valley, Sun City Grand continues the tradition of resort-style living with a vast range of recreation and social opportunities. There are three championship golf courses, three clubhouses and much more.
Shea Homes' popular Trilogy communities are built for those who want the finest in luxurious homes and amenities. Trilogy at Encanterra is their latest creation and arguably one of their best.

8. Trilogy at Encanterra (Queen Creek, AZ) — Tucked in the larger all-age Encanterra golf community, Shea Homes’ Trilogy at Encanterra is an enclave which welcomes residents aged 55 or better. The community’s country club amenities include access to Encanterra’s private championship golf course.

9. Sun City Hilton Head (Bluffton, SC) — Since opening in 1995, Sun City Hilton Head has become the largest active adult community in South Carolina and one of the most acclaimed active adult communities in the country. Just a few of the amenities include a 45-acre Town Center, 54 holes of golf, sports courts, swimming pools, and a variety of hobby and game rooms.

10. Frenchman’s Reserve (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) — Built by Toll Brothers, Frenchman’s Reserve is a luxurious all-age community which has amenities which will appeal to active adults, including an elaborate clubhouse and a championship golf course. The community’s planned 392 single-family homes begin at 3,400 square feet, offering spacious floor plans and high-end design features.




9/23/2014 SLO is No. 1 for Young Tech Workers

Move over, Silicon Valley. San Luis Obispo County is quicly becoming a hub for young professionals working in the tech industry.

According to a CareerBuilder/Economic Modeling Sepcialists study, not only did SLO have the second-fastest growth rate in coupter and methematics-related jobs in the coutry, it also boasted the highest percentage of millennials in those jobs. Fourty-one percent of math and computer ralted jobs in San Luis Obispo are filled by millennials. Between 2007 and 2013, these jobs grew 39.1 percent.

"This objective data underscores the strength of our region's technology industry and the opportunities here for a younger workforce to thrive." San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce CEO Ermina Karim said in a statement. "This analysis demonstrates the growing opportunities for those building their careers in San Luis Obispo."

The study looked at differences between the grwth of the millennial and baby boomer work force in the 175 most populated mtro areas in the country. Mullennials were defined as those between ages of 22 and 34, and boomers between 55 and 64 years old.

Almost 30 percent of the workforce in the Paso Robles to San Luis Obispo metro area is made up of millennials, marking the 20th highest proportion in the nation. The area also experienced high growth for millennial jobs in both sales and food preparation jobs.

Mellenials lost almost 500 jobs in construction and mining in the county, while baby boomers gained 500 jobs in administrative support roles.

Source: CareerBuilder/ Economic Modeling Specialists




7/11/2014 SLO County among top 10 areas in U.S. for millennial job growth
By Kaytlyn Leslie

San Luis Obispo County ranked among the top 10 in the nation for job growth for millennial workers aged 22 to 34, according to a recent analysis of 175 metro areas across the country.

The study examined average job growth across 23 industries and compared discrepancies between baby boomers (age 55-64) and millennials (age 22-34) in those industries.

Between 2007 and 2013, the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles metro area saw an 8.9 percent growth in the overall number of millennials in the workforce, according to data published in a study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. This ranks it as sixth best for millennial job growth among the nation’s metro areas, and brought the total number of millennial workers in the county up to 37,437.

Because of discrepancies between the size of the metro areas compared — for example, the San Luis Obispo area versus the significantly larger Los Angeles population — some of the percentages in small metro areas are subject to large fluctuations, where bigger metro areas stay stagnant.

In individual industries, SLO County performed best in mathematics and computer occupations and production and manufacturing occupations, posting the second highest growth rate for millennials in both industries.

According to the data, the number of millennials in computer and mathematical occupations in the county grew by 39.1 percent. Only one other metro area — Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, S.C. — had more growth, adding 39.7 percent more millennials in the computer and mathematics industry.

The number of millennials in production and manufacturing occupations increased by 17.3 percent, and was only beat by the 21.5 percent growth among millennials in that industry in Greeley, Colo.

San Luis Obispo County placed among the top 10 for millennial job growth in three other industries as well, ranking third in transportation and material moving (12.4 percent), fourth in office and administrative services (7.1 percent) and fifth in sales (13.8 percent).

The county had one of the smallest numbers of baby boomers in the workforce, compared with other metro areas, with only 19,344 people between the ages of 55 and 64 being employed locally. This put it at 167th size-wise among the 175 metro areas examined in the study.

Despite this, the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles metro area ranked among the top 10 for baby boomer job growth in two industries: ninth for both personal care and service occupations (32.9 percent) and production and manufacturing occupations (23.6 percent).
Besides job growth, the study also compared the share of millennials and baby boomers in the same industries.

San Luis Obispo County ranked 20th overall for share of millennials in the workforce, with roughly 29.5 percent of the total workforce being between the ages of 22 and 34. It ranked 102nd nationally for the share of baby boomers in the workforce, with 15.2 percent.

The area also saw the third highest share of millennials in computer and mathematics occupations, with 41 percent of that industry’s workforce, and the fourth highest share of Baby Boomers in the legal profession, with 23.2 percent of that industry’s workforce. 

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