Casta del Sol
27651 Casta del Sol, Mission Viejo, California 92692
Large, Well Established 55+ Community of Casta del Sol in Southern California Has a Lake, a Golf Course, Two Rec Centers and Homes on Lush, Nicely Manicured Lanes
Built between 1972 and 1987, the 55+ community of Casta del Sol is Mission Viejo, one of the largest master planned developments in the United States. The city is south of Los Angeles, and Casta del Sol is next to Interstate 5 and 405. Pacific Ocean beaches, the John Wayne National Airport, and the Irvine Amtrak Station are all within reach.
The community has 1,920 single-family and attached houses that sit on lush, well-manicured lanes. The dominant floor plans are part of the Fiesta series. Most dwellings have two to three bedrooms, a one to two car garage, fireplaces, a private patio and a loft. Upgrades to existing resales might include new HVAC, triple pane windows, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and Kohler commodes. Mediterranean architecture exemplified by tan/beige exteriors and red tile roofs is the norm.
Prices sometimes start in the high-$400,000s, but are currently in the mid-$500,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. Association dues and monthly assessments help pay for greenbelt maintenance, gate guards, trash pick up, and amenities.
Casta del Sol has two recreation centers. Both have meeting rooms. Rec Center 1 also has arts and crafts rooms, a gym, a shuffleboard building, a spa, and a newly renovated outdoor pool. Rec Center 2 contains handball courts, a pitching range, and a pool. Walking paths lead to garden plots and Mission Viejo Lake. The 18-hole Casta del Sol golf course offers a pro shop, restaurant, and senior discounts.
The greater Mission Viejo community averages two parks per square mile. Its Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center is a hub of activity. Saddleback College maintains a full slate of community education courses. The nearby Cleveland National Forest features gorgeous mountain views as well as campgrounds and trails.
Mission Hospital, one of the country's largest, has had some problems in the past but is accredited by the Joint Commission. It is cited as an example of how hospitals can improve in certain areas.
Year round temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, sometimes dipping into the 40s at night. On average, the area receives 10 inches of rain per year.
Casta del Sol does not have a dedicated website. Go to http://tinyurl.com/gvme6sm%20for%20listings.
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.
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
Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?
Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.
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