19345 Avenue Of The Oaks, Santa Clarita, California 91321
Outside of Los Angeles in Southern California, Friendly Valley is an Established, Gated 55+ Community with Condos, Town Homes, Single Family Homes and Two Golf Courses
Just 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Clarita is the setting for Friendly Valley, a 55+ community with nearly 1,300 condominiums, town homes and single family homes. Building started in 1963 and did not end until 2004. The first home was built on property owned by Bob Hope.
The condos are arranged in fourplexes, while the town homes are duplexes and fourplexes. Over the years, architectural styles have changed, but all properties are single story. Sizes range from modest one bedrooms with a carport to three bedrooms with a two car garage. Some designs feature hardwood flooring, a glassed-in sunroom and stainless steel appliances. Many homes have a nice view. Neighborhoods are governed by a plethora of volunteer HOAs, and an umbrella association of neighbors manages common areas.
Prices begin in the high-$200,000s. HOA fees are about $350 to $495 per month. A one time $5,000 application fee is required, as is an interview with the community board before purchasing a home. Please verify all this with a Realtor as prices and requirements may change.
Residents have access to a 9-hole executive golf course as well as an 18-hole pitch and putt course. The clubhouse has a library, a fitness center, a billiards room, a ballroom, and studios for word working, sewing, and ceramics.
Outside, a swimming pool and courts for shuffleboard, bocce, and horse shoes await. Neighbors and clubs meet for line dancing, tai chi, theater outings, travel excursions, and book discussions. RV parking is available. Friendly Valley is also guard-gated.
The city of Santa Clarita is essentially one big suburb and is proud of its 3,000 acres of open space, community gardens and 32 miles of trails. The city sponsors public art, manages art galleries and hosts a concert series. The California Institute of the Arts also has galleries, theaters, and outreach programs. To the north, the Castaic Lake Park beckons with ample opportunities to fish and picnic.
The nearest hospital is Henry Mayo Newhall, just six miles away in Valencia. It is accredited by the Joint Comisssion.
The climate is nearly perfect, with summer temperatures in the 70s and 80s and winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 10 inches of rain each year.
Visit www.friendlyvalleyhomesforsale.com for more information. Please note that most real estate sites have Friendly Valley homes listed with a Newhall street address. Newhall is a part of the city of Santa Clarita.
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.
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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