Southern California is known for its laid-back lifestyle and scenic charms. Today, we're looking at a pristine community where active adults can pursue their favorite outdoor activities in a low-maintenance environment under the sun.
Palmia in Mission Viejo, California, is a 55+ gated community set on 211 lush acres of land. The 900 homes in the Orange County area neighborhood are divided into five areas, four of which consist of one- and two-story detached, single-family homes. The houses were built by the Mission Viejo Company between 1990 and 1995. The smallest homes feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the largest floor plans include four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. Many plans include family rooms, and some have additional features such as dens or cathedral ceilings.
Many of Palmia's favored activities take place in the community's 12,500-square-foot clubhouse. It includes a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, a card room, a ceramics studio, an arts and crafts studio, and a grand ballroom. Outside the clubhouse are shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, a resort-style swimming pool and spa area, an 18-hole golf course, two regulation tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts, and a second pool. Nearby are several fine public golf courses, including Casta del Sol, Tijeras Creek, San Juan Hills Golf Course, and the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. Palmia has a full-time activities director to help coordinate community events, organize social clubs, and plan excursions.
Larry Rygalski, a local real estate professional with Century 21 Rainbow Realty, speaks enthusiastically about Palmia in Mission Viejo. He says, “The Villages of Palmia were developed in the mid 1990’s. This gated Mission Viejo community consists of 900 detached and attached homes designed to meet almost every lifestyle with a variety of floor plans available. It’s a great place to thrive after 55. Palmia residents enjoy a 12,500-square-foot clubhouse, pool, spa, tennis courts, clubs, and other amenities for the active senior lifestyle. Palmia residents also enjoy membership at beautiful Lake Mission Viejo. The Lake includes boating, swimming, and fishing activities as well as summer concerts and other programs.”
Nearby Palmia’s entrance gate, Portola Plaza, contains a supermarket, restaurants, boutique shops, and other conveniences. The Laguna Hills Mall is fifteen minutes away. Lake Mission Viejo is only a mile-and-a -half from Palmia.
Located in Orange County, this area of Southern California has moderate weather all year. Disneyland, the Mission at San Juan Capistrano, beautiful ocean beaches, and the bustling cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Palm Springs are all within an hour's drive.