California retirement communities...the Bear republic
Retiing to California? For some nothing else will do. Why?
Say what you will...for those accustomed to California there is no better place to retire.
The combination of good weather and the vibrancy of the world's fifth largest economy...can be found in no other state.
Folks that feel if you are not living in California, you are just camping out...will accept no other retirement state.
No one knows what will happen to a state with a multi billion dollar budget shortfall. If the banks are too big to fail surely California...whose GNP is larger than all but five countires ...will not go belly-up.
If you are the queasy type you may want to look elsewhere.
However, California has something for everyone… From beaches to ski slopes… Incredible coastline beauty… And my personal favorite the wine growing regions along 101.
We are biased because we have very good friends that live in that wine country and we look forward to an annual visit, and them visiting us.
You can have hustle and bustle in the cities… I live in San Francisco itself when I met my soulmate, whom I married in 1975.
So Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco but I put an angel from California in my heart So he will always have special meaning to Julie and I.
There is something cool about being in the middle of the entertainment capital of the world. It is glamorous to those who must see the latest from Tinseltown.
San Diego has the best climate in the state...maybe the nation...it is a matter of taste. It is very popular with military retirees from the Navy, due to the availabilty of military bases and their medical facilities.
For the writer however, nothing beats the wine country above San Fancisco...there are other wine producing areas in Califronia I just do not have not spent much time there.
Give me the Healdsburg, Geyserville area anyday. There is a romance about the wine industry that is palpable...and the wine is not bad either.
Be careful driving when wine tasting at the many wineries that have tatsing rooms...some free, some not. Cheers.
Not for everyone but for some the California retirement communities offer it all for a vibrant retirement.