A 55+ Community in Laguna Beach, California

January - February 2018

Edition No. 12

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JoAnn's Corner
 

JoAnn

Greetings! We had an awesome 2017. Let’s head into 2018 with a positive spirit and the mission to spread kindness in our everyday activities. A new year brings new things, and at Laguna Terrace that means added parking spaces, new home construction, and much more.

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JoAnn's Corner

JoAnn

Greetings! We had an awesome 2017. Let’s head into 2018 with a positive spirit and the mission to spread kindness in our everyday activities. A new year brings new things, and at Laguna Terrace, that means added parking spaces, new home construction, and much more.

Are you looking for extra parking? We now have seven parking spaces available for your guests. Find our new signs by the Ruby’s parking lot, and bring on the visitors. This year, I’m looking forward to the completion of new home inventory construction and welcoming all new homeowners to Laguna Terrace.

Announcements will be electronically delivered on any ongoing, scheduled projects, so stay tuned!

-JoAnn

It's the Final Countdown

House

Happy New Year! After more than two years of ongoing construction to fill our empty homesites, we are completing our final three homes. Once finished, the new home construction phase will be over. Click below to learn about the latest property additions.

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It's the Final Countdown

House

Happy New Year! After more than two years of ongoing construction to fill our empty homesites, we are completing our final three homes. Once finished, the new home construction phase will be officially over. Check out the latest property additions:

  • K-21: A 3-bed, 2-bath home with a rooftop deck offering peek-a-boo ocean views.
  • F-16: A 2-bed, 2-bath home with ocean views from the living room.
  • F-20: A 3-bed, 2-bath home with more than 1,400 sq. ft. and a large open floorplan with covered parking.

Keep an eye out for our resident preview night, when these homes will be ready for your to tour. If you have questions or know an interested buyer, call Kristin at (949) 499-3021.

Food

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Shine at the Next Potluck

With an active social life and resident events year-round, you may have already cooked all of your signature dishes. Go ahead and try something new at the next community potluck using one of these easy recipe ideas from Martha Stewart Living. They have recipes of plenty- from slow cooker jams, and unique salads to quick desserts and savory pies. Maybe you’ll find a new fan favorite to add to your repertoire.

You're Invited!
 

Invite

You’re invited to preview our new homes every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests are always welcome! If you bring an interested buyer or send a referral to the sales office, you’ll receive a ‘thank you’ referral reward when they buy a home. See more details below.

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You're Invited!

Invite

You’re invited to sip champagne and enjoy beautiful beach weather on the deck of our newest homes! Open house events are every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guests are always welcome, and we love when friends and family view our new homes with you.

Bring an interested buyer to an open house or send a referral to the sales office, and you’ll receive a ‘thank you’ referral gift when they buy a new or HTA-owned home. Our sales office is open Tuesday through Friday for appointments.

All of our new homes are designed and staged by local interior designer Casa Cristina, and have the option to be sold fully furnished. For select homes available for a Saturday open house, look out for our signage regarding location or call Kristin at (949) 499-3021.

Tip of the Month
 

Cleaning supplies

Everyone loves a spotless home, but not everyone loves the process it requires. After all, the difference between an adequately clean house and a spotless one is hours of elbow grease and attention to detail. Click to see some great cleaning tips from Boredom Therapy.

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Tip of the Month

Cleaning supplies

Everyone loves a spotless home, but not everyone loves the process it requires. After all, the difference between an adequately clean house and a spotless one is hours of elbow grease and attention to detail.

Thanks to the expert tips below, those little details (and your elbows) won’t require nearly as much effort. All you need are some everyday items you probably have hanging around your home.

1. Rub faucets with wax paper to prevent grime and smudges.

2. A binder clip makes a great sponge holder and helps it air dry.

3. Clean your vacuum filters in the dishwasher.

4. Cream of tartar and a sponge are all you need to shine up your toaster.

5. Remove grime between oven glass with a cleaning wipe attached to a straightened, wire hanger.

6. Salt is ideal for scrubbing cast iron without losing the cure.

7. A toothbrush and lemons are clever tools to freshen up the drain in your sink.

8. Wash your hard-working washing machine with a bit of bleach and hot water.

9. Clean your dryer vent with a bottle cleaner and use a vacuum to make it spotless.

10. A cotton swab dipped in vinegar is a natural way to wipe down window tracks.

Click here to check out more great tips from Boredom Therapy.

Happy Living in Laguna Terrace

Laguna Terrace

Practicing gratitude has been taught as the key to a successful and happy life. Click below to read an excerpt of a few tips on practicing gratitude from Kumari Mullin at SelfGrowth.com.

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Happy Living in Laguna Terrace

Laguna Terrace

Practicing gratitude has been taught as the key to a successful and happy life. Read below for an excerpt of a few tips on practicing gratitude from Kumari Mullin at SelfGrowth.com.

1) Keep a gratitude journal or jar

Create a gratitude journal or a jar and write down things each day you are grateful for. They can be very simple and not always personal, like the sunset or a hummingbird outside your window. Choose anything that lifts your spirit and therefore raises your frequency.

2) Begin meetings with celebrations

Many gatherings always begin by first sharing "celebrations" to help reset and focus on what is working. It is always amazing to see how that list is usually so much longer than the "challenges." This can be applied to many settings, such as business meetings, therapy and healing sessions.

3) Find three things daily to be grateful for

Even if you don’t write them down, it is still very helpful to set a daily goal. For example, you can list three things in your life to be grateful for. Better yet, speak them to someone. It is also a wonderful way to go to bed and set your sleep space on a more positive note, and begin creating your frequency for a better tomorrow!

4) Take a beauty walk

Go for a walk and begin to notice the beauty all around you. Do this by focusing on the four directions saying, “Beauty in front of me, beauty behind me, beauty to the left, beauty to the right.” Choose a focus in each direction. Notice how quickly you change to feeling happier and happier.

To read Kumari’s full article, click here.

Your Health

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Health Myths: Fact Versus Fiction

Which of these are unhealthy: wine, chocolate, coffee, or eggs? With so many health myths circling each one, it’s hard to tell. This article on SeniorPlanet.org aims to debunk common health misconceptions like if wine is good for your heart or if chocolate is actually bad for you. It’s worth the read if you want to enjoy your glass of wine or box of chocolates guilt-free!

Love is in the Air
 

Love is in the air

Let a neighbor know how much you care this Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine Grams were such a hit in 2017 that we are doing it again this year. Call the office at (949) 558-2768 and let us know by Friday, February 9 to whom you would like to send this special greeting. We will deliver a sweet treat and lovely message for you.

Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral! Please contact Kristin Espinosa directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

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Resident Reward of $1,000

Refer a friend

Invite your friends to join the community! If they purchase a new home, you’ll receive up to $1,000 for the sales referral! Please contact Kristin Espinosa directly for questions at (949) 397-6287.

*Please note: The offer is restricted to Hometown America-owned, new-inventory homes. Residents who refer a potential buyer will receive money at closing of escrow. Other terms may apply.

Capital Improvements

Upgrade

Upgrades for 2018 will focus on landscaping. Our irrigation will continue to improve so that we stay within the water restriction compliance while keeping our community beautifully lush. We will also be adding new, resort-style, outdoor furniture that will look fantastic next to our sparkling pool. Stay tuned for updates on when to expect these great additions.

Home & Garden

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It's Not Easy Being Green

Bring some of that outdoor greenery into your living space and breathe a little deeper when you’re indoors this winter. Plus, they are good for your health and brighten your day when you can’t work in your garden outside. This article gives you some recommendations to keep them alive and well, while this article warns how you might kill them with kindness. Good luck!

Go Volunteer!
 

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month? Click below to get ideas of volunteer opportunities you can partake in.

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Go Volunteer!

Volunteer

Volunteering your time to a good cause provides countless rewards. It’s your chance to make the world a better place, even if only a little bit. So, what’s your hidden talent? How can you help others this month?

· The Arts - Volunteers are always needed to help at art galleries, theatres, and concert halls. You can work as an usher or stagehand, help with costuming, or welcome patrons in the ticket office. Some organizations also need photographers or artists as creative help. Don’t miss an opportunity to let your artistic side run wild.

· Hospitals - Most hospitals rely on the kindness of volunteer staff to keep things running smoothly. You can help do paperwork, run gift shops, and cheer up sick patients. Some hospitals even need volunteers to help in the NICU and rock babies to sleep! Not only is this a great way to help people in need, but it also provides a satisfaction like no other.

· Animals - Animal shelters are always in need of someone to lend a hand. Other animal-based volunteer opportunities include pet sitting or dog walking. If you have a way with pets, there are plenty who need the love and attention of a caring person.

· Trade Skills - Quality services such as carpentry, electrical work, and other contracting skills are hard to find. If you have these trade skills, seek out nonprofits that build homes or help folks in financial trouble. You can also contribute wherever our own community may need some sprucing up. Handy-man skills are hard to come by and in high-demand, so let people know you are willing and ready to help.

· Outdoors - Opportunities in the great outdoors are plentiful. Many parks and recreational facilities use volunteer help for routine maintenance, for class instruction, as nature walks guides, and at information desks. If you love the outdoors, volunteering at your local park may be the activity for you.

This is only the beginning of service options available. If you see someone that can use your help, all you have to do is offer! For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out these helpful links:

· 60 Ways to Better Your Community

· Community Service Ideas for Families

The Graduate at Laguna Beach

Playbill

The Broadway version of the Oscar-winning film, The Graduate, is at Laguna Playhouse from Wednesday, February 21 to Sunday, March 11. The coming-of-age classic boldly celebrates a May-December romance in 1960’s California, now starring Melanie Griffith.

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The Graduate at Laguna Beach

Playbill

The Broadway version of the Oscar-winning film, The Graduate, is at Laguna Playhouse from Wednesday, February 21 to Sunday, March 11. The coming-of-age classic boldly celebrates a May-December romance in 1960’s California, in which the future can be summed up in one word: Plastics.

Tickets only available with Subscription packages. Subscribers should call the box office to find out about purchasing additional tickets before they go on sale to the public.

The Graduate

Adapted by Terry Johnston

Based on the novel by Charles Webb

Screenplay by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham

Directed by Michael Matthews

And just announced… Golden Globe winner and Academy Award Nominee Melanie Griffith joins the cast of The Graduate!

For more information on this show, click here.

Come Socialize
 

Social

Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Entertainment & Leisure

Arts

The Magazine Appeal

There’s something special about curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a great read. If you’re tired of reading the same thing, then rediscover the appeal of magazines. Whether in-hand or on your tablet, these periodicals expose you to a wide range of topics, authors, and writing styles. Here’s a list of the top nine magazines for seniors catering to a broad range of interests.

SafeHaven Insurance

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Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SaveHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

E-Z Pay
 

EZ Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

 

Travel

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Improve Your Cruising Technique

Ahoy! Cruising season is upon us, so there’s no better time to plan your experience than now. (And we’re not talking about your buffet line technique.) Travel channel lists seven ways you can improve your cruise, from trying new amenities on-board to extending your fun off-shore. Based on your port calls, these tips can set you sailing toward a fabulous vacation!