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The Colony

40603 Colony Drive, Murrieta, California 92562

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Gated, Settled 55+ Community of The Colony in Southern California Has Pastel-Colored Homes, an 18 Hole Golf Course, a Nice Clubhouse and a Bounty of Groups and Activities

About 50 miles northeast of San Diego in Southern California, the growing city of Murrieta is primarily residential and home to the 55+ community of The Colony, a master-planned development with 1,500 one-story and two-story single family homes.

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The Colony was built between 1989 and 2005 and has 60 floorplans in various shapes and sizes. Most properties have a light-colored yellow, pink or tan stucco exterior and a red tile roof. Although homes are placed somewhat close together, each one backs to either the golf course or a greenbelt. All residences come with a landscaped yard with palm trees and a two car attached garage. Some dwellings have a courtyard or patio.

Prices begin in the high-$200,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is subject to change over time.

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Plenty of open spaces and wide streets give The Colony a quiet, understated ambiance. The clubhouse is the center of social life, and it offers plenty to keep residents busy. Billiards, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a spa, tennis courts, a theater, a beauty salon, an arts and crafts studio and a library are all available. The Colony Grill is the onsite restaurant.

The community winds its way around the David Rainville-designed, 18-hole golf course. With 4,681 yards, doglegs, lakes and challenging greens, it provides exciting play for all skill levels. Residents also enjoy an extensive network of walking and bicycling paths, as well as all kinds of clubs and groups, from a theater group and a poker group to a shopping group.

Southwest Healthcare System - Rancho Springs Medical Center is just down the road and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

The area has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (temperatures in the 80s and 90s) and mild winters (temperatures in the 40s and 50s).

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Visit www.thecolonymurrieta.com for more information.

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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

Alabama   Arizona   California   Colorado   Florida   Georgia   Nevada   North Carolina   Oregon   South Carolina   Tennessee   Texas   Virginia   Washington  

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