1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, California 94595
Rossmoor, a Gated 55+ Community in Northern California, Boasts a Wide Variety of Home Styles, Wooded Grounds, Two Golf Courses, Five Clubhouses and More
Walnut Creek is a beautiful city in the foothills of Mount Diablo, just 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in northern California. It is the site of Rossmoor, a gated, wooded 55+ community with 6,700 co-ops, congregates, condos, and single-family homes.
The community spreads across 1,800 acres, land once owned by the Dollar family of early-20th century Dollar Steamship fame, and was conceived by Ross Cortese, one of the first people to see the potential of active adult developments. Rossmoor opened as Leisure World in 1964, but construction did not end until 1995, so the community has a settled, soothing quality.
Condominium floor plans begin at around 700 square feet and are single story, although they have short flights of exterior stairs, one flight going up and one flight going down.
The co-ops start at about 725 square feet and are either duplexes, fourplexes or in mid-rise buildings. Co-op owners are stockholders and members of a housing corporation. They hold renewable and resale rights. Most of the attached dwellings have a ranch rambler appearance and a light exterior color.
Single family homes have 1,850 square feet and up and are located in one neighborhood. There is also a continuing care condo building.
Prices start in the low-$200,000s. This is California, so HOA fees are high, starting at around $800 per month and reaching as high as $2,270 per month. Please verify all prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.
Rossmoor has 18 HOAs that work together under the umbrella of a mutual corporation. Homeowner fees help pay for exterior maintenance, common area landscaping, community bus service, cultural programs, a library, security, and a weekly newspaper.
There are five clubhouses, all of which boast appealing architecture, and two golf courses (residents pay a small fee for the use of golf facilities). The Creekside Complex has a golf shop and a grill, and sits next to the opening holes of both courses. The Del Valle fitness center has cardio equipment and a lap pool. The Gateway house is packed with studios and hobby shops. The community's event center has large dining rooms. Its theater can handle anything from an intimate piano concert to a full orchestra.
The community's recreation department plans a wide range of events and activities, everything from a community chorus to a masters swim team. Groups and clubs include a volunteer exchange, a visitors' club and bereavement support.
Walnut Creek has a mature, affluent population that enjoys a high quality of life. The city has a civic arts program, and it supports the California Symphony as well as the Center Repertory Company. The Lesher Center for the Arts encompasses several performance spaces. Considered the gateway to Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek manages more open space per person than any other city in California. The creek the after which the city is named runs under the pedestrian-friendly downtown where residents enjoy a wide selection of trendy restaurants and shopping venues.
John Muir Medical Center is accredited.
This area has a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Winters are moist with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 20 inches of rain per year.
Visit www.rossmoor.com for more information. Go to rossmoorrealty.com/search-homes for listings.
California is the most populous state in the United States, and it is the sixth largest economy in the world.
Because the state is so long, its climate varies greatly. Everything from deserts, forests and snow covered mountains to the world famous moderate temperatures of Southern California are here. Record temperatures have included a low of minus 35 degrees and a high of 134 degrees.
Missions placed within a day's walk from one another dot the length of the state and started appearing in 1769. Juan Cabrillo first sighted California in 1542 and inspired the missions. A few of the most famous ones are San Juan Capistrano (the swallows return every year at the same time), and San Diego (the first one).
A few of California's natural resources include petroleum, timber and natural gas. Industries are manufacturing (machinery, transportation equipment, electronics), aerospace and defense, biotechnology, and tourism. Of course, Hollywood and Disneyland are known around the world. Other famous attractions are Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco), Point Reyes National Seashore, Sequoia National Park and San Simeon State Park (Hearst Castle).
The lowest point in the U.S. is California's Death Valley at 282 feet below sea level, and the highest point in the Lower 48 is its Mt. Whitney at 14,491 feet above sea level. Outside of Hawaii and Alaska, the state's Lassen Peak is one of the two active volcanoes in the U.S. It last erupted in 1917.
More immigrants settle down in California than in any other state.
Population - 39,802,500
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, age 25+ - 81.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 32%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 39%
White persons, not Hispanic - 40%
Median household income - $64,500
Median home value - $399,000
Social Security Taxed - No
Source: U.S. Census
Which States Have the Most 55+ Communities?
More and more 55+ communities are popping up as baby boomers retire, but Florida is still king when it comes to retirement communities. Arizona runs a close second, and other southern and western states, including Georgia, Texas and the Carolinas, are gaining ground. Developers are discovering a huge market in retiring baby boomers, and they plan to keep building retirement communities, many of which are really mini-resorts.
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