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Smith Ranch

400 Deer Valley Road, San Rafael, California 94903

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Upscale 55+ Condominium and Town Home Development North of San Francisco Offers Security, Beautiful Surroundings and a Wellness Program

Located just 15 miles north of San Francisco, California, Smith Ranch Homes is an elegant, gated 55+ community with 219 luxury condominiums and 25 villas (town homes) on 30 beautifully landscaped acres. It dates from the early 1990s.

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The condominiums have either one or two bedrooms and one or two baths, 750 to 2,200 sq. ft. and 15 different floor plans. All have a spacious entry foyer, a fireplace, a private patio or balcony, plenty of extra storage, enclosed parking, an entry door with an electronic security system, a stacked washer and dryer and fully equipped kitchens.

The villas come in two floor plans and have 1,890 to 2,200 sq. ft., two or three bedrooms, two baths, a family room, an attached 2-car garage, French doors on the terrace, 11-ft. ceilings, a wet bar, heated floors in the master bath, a laundry room with a full-size washer and dryer and a 24-hour emergency call system.

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Prices start in the high-$400,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

The HOA fee includes maintenance and insurance on common areas, weekly housekeeping, all utilities and basic cable, on site valet services, underground parking (condos), top-notch security (24-hour patrols, a manned entry gate and closed circuit TV cameras throughout the community), a concierge, scheduled group activities, dining services (20 meals per month, a continental breakfast on weekdays and brunches on weekends), individual transportation services and group transportation to San Rafael and San Francisco, and perhaps most importantly, participation in the Wellness Program.

Located in the Clubhouse, the centerpiece of Smith Ranch Homes, the Wellness Program provides peace of mind by employing health providers on site. Residents can schedule regular visits with physicians and find assistance with hiring private duty home nurses. A nearby pharmacy works in conjunction with the community to offer consultations and free delivery of medications.

Smith Ranch residents also enjoy standard wellness staples such as a lap pool, a therapy pool, a sauna and personalized fitness programs. A skilled nursing facility is a mile from the community, and homeowners are given priority admittance.

The Clubhouse, in addition to housing the Wellness Program, is home to a grand fireplace, library, a gift boutique, a game room, a post office and an elegant cocktail lounge. There are two restaurants, one for formal dining and one for more more casual dining; an extensive wine cellar is an added perk.

The grounds are professionally landscaped, and there are ponds, waterfalls and meandering walking paths throughout the development. Bocci ball courts, putting greens, gardening plots give residents plenty to do on their own, and a social director schedules events and outings for those whom enjoy group activities. Pets are welcome.

San Rafael is a pretty place with wooded, green hillsides and the San Pablo Bay in the distance. Residents also enjoy 14 parks and large swaths of open space. The local library is in the Marin Civic Center, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. San Francisco and the wine country are both within a short drive.

Marin General Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

This area of the county has a moderate climate. Summer temperatures top out in the high 70s and low 80s, and winter temperatures usually stay in the 40s, 50s and occasional 60s. On average, San Rafael receives 36 inches of rain per year. Winters are overcast but summers bring plenty of sun.

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Visit www.smithranchhomes.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/y8lglfgm for more listings.

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California:

California is the most populous state in the United States, and it is the sixth largest economy in the world.

Because it is so long, the 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.

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Stats:

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

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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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Communities by State

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