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Valter’s Osteria

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If you have followed my blog page you might remember I wrote
a paper on my experience at a wonderful Osteria in Salt Lake City
last year.  Well I had an opportunity to be in Salt Lake City last week
and couldn’t resist dinner at one of the best Italian Restaurants
(Osteria) west of the North End Italian district in Boston.
Well Valter, the Chef and Owner of Valter’e Osteria, created another
of his magnificent dishes, which was no surprise because Valter is
one of those chef’s who cooks and creates his masterpieces from the heart.
This one was a Portobello Mushroom to die for.

Start with a Portebello mushroom at least 5-6″ in diameter.  Slice horizontally
making a top and a bottom.  Fill with one thin slice of Prosciutto, 3 light slices
of Fontina Cheese and add a pinch of salt.  Cook in the oven using a pan with
fresh olive oil, and 3 cloves of garlic, 1 bunch of Rosemary and 1 bunch of Sage.
Cook in a 350 degrees oven for 15 minutes.  Be sure the mushroom has enough
olive oil so it will not dry out.

I have to say part of the excitement is having Valter serve you.  Not only a genius
in the kitchen but an entertainer in the dinning room when he presents you with
his creations.  A labor of love there is none greater.

If you travel to Salt Lake City a visit there would be incomplete if you fail to make
the time to experience one of the great dinning experiences.  Tell Valter, Puglisi
sent you. Buon Appetite!

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Sal’s tips to keep your Vacation Home safe!

Among the fastest ways to kill a post-vacation buzz is returning home and discovering your house is in shambles. Maybe a water pipe broke and now you’re trudging through ankle-deep sludge. Perhaps a burglar slipped inside, ransacked the place and gallivanted away with your most valued possessions. Or it could be that you forgot to clean out the fridge before leaving, and now mold has infested every nook and cranny. Just like it’s important to shop for an excellent vacation deal, it’s crucial to make sure returning from that well-earned trip isn’t a headache or disaster. Here are six easily-skipped steps to keep in mind while you’re planning that enticing itinerary.

Of Course Somebody is Home

Hiring a house or pet sitter is the best – albeit costly – method to ensure your home stays just like you left it. House sitters can vary from a trusted friend or family member, to somebody who is a professional. Typically a house sitter will take care of any pets you’re leaving behind, water plants, collect the mail and sometimes other small tasks. It’s challenging to trust somebody enough to be in your home for days on end, but their presence ensures burglars avoid your place and that your appliances and utilities don’t decide to take a vacation of their own.

Celebrate on Social Media After the Trip

Booking a vacation is exciting. It’s a break from the daily grind, and that’s often something we want to share with our friends, family and acquaintances via social media. But you should probably hold off on announcing to the whole Internet that your home is vacant and ripe for the picking. Websites like Facebook and Twitter make it easy for complete strangers to gather your personal information and then find out where you live with a quick online search.

If you can’t help yourself from announcing the trip and posting photos, then do yourself a favor and greatly restrict who can see and share the information. The same plan of action holds true for automatic email responses and voicemail systems. The rule of thumb is that if you’re not comfortable with somebody being in your house when you’re not there, then don’t tell them – even indirectly – that you’re heading off on some sweet adventure. Scoundrels might seize that announcement as an open house invitation, and you might return to an open front door.

Burning the Midnight Oil

Casing a house is a common tactic for many home invaders. They spend days – sometimes even weeks – monitoring when you’re home, what rooms you’re in, what you’re doing and who you’re with. They’ll know your daily habits better than you do. The best way to thwart these folks is to make sure it genuinely looks like somebody is home. Set up an app-controlled light timer. You can even set up a timer-controlled power supply to stereos or TVs. But don’t keep the same timer settings day by day. Vary when lights come on, which rooms they pop on and for how long everything is running. Also be sure to use compact florescent light bulbs to save electricity and your energy bill.

Lock it Down, Regardless of Where You Live

It’s oddly common that in small, homely towns where “everybody knows each other” folks leave their homes and cars unlocked. If you’re involved with this mindset, then you may very well leave your door unlocked during an extended absence. And unlocked doors are the biggest “burglarize me” signals out there. More than 30 percent of home burglaries happen from an unlocked entrance. Don’t be the person who forgot to close and lock the windows or sliding glass door. Put a dowel rod behind any type of sliding entrance, and be sure to lock the deadbolt. It’s easy to prevent an easy crime.

This Needs Power, This Doesn’t

Imagine how devastating it feels to show up back home after your trip and discover a charred pile of rubble where your home once stood. Let that feeling sink in for a few moments, and then take a look around at what electronics and appliances you currently have plugged into the wall throughout your home. A power outage or surge could trip these devices and cause a fire if the device isn’t plugged into a surge protector or turned off. Now since you’re leaving certain electronics on timers to discourage home invasions, make sure what you do leave plugged in is plugged into a surge protector. You can group electronics and appliances close together to limit the number of protectors you’ll need to buy.

Otherwise, think about how much energy appliances like your refrigerator, water heater or climate control require and consume. If you don’t have plants, animals or open food, then you can pretty much turn off your climate control depending on what the outside weather is like. Set your water heater to vacation mode to reserve energy consumption. And last, either remove perishables from the fridge, turn it off and open the door to prevent mildew, or make sure the appliance is completely full of non-perishable items. If you have empty space then fill jugs of water there to insulate your fridge and lower energy consumption.

Finally, if you’re off on an adventure during the winter, ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to come by and run the facet for about 5 minutes every day or two. If your pipes are properly insulated, this should help prevent them from freezing over or breaking.

A Tidy Home is a Lived in Home

The final step that is extremely easy to skip on longer or seasonal trips is how your home looks. Sure, you have lights popping on and off at random times, but is your yard unkempt? Are mail flyers, newspapers and packages creating the next great pyramid on your doorstep? These are signals to anybody paying attention that you’re not home. Either stop packages, the newspaper and your mail from being deposited, or get somebody you trust to pick everything up for you. Plus if you’re leaving in the winter and it snows, make sure they shovel your driveway or sidewalk.

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HOUSE HUNTING TIPS

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Sal Puglisi offers tips on house hunting tips

When it comes to buying a home there is nothing like the search for that perfect piece of property. Once you have your lending secured, then its time to partner with me your Realtor® to finally move forward and begin viewing homes. For most people this the greatest part of the processes of buying a home but in order to avoid being overwhelmed or frustrated there are some key points I would like you to keep in mind.

One of the best things you can do before you begin a search for a home is to have an in depth meeting with me. You know what you want, and I know the market. Together we can come up with a plan that includes a list of needs and features you want to find. The more information you give me the more I can help you. For example, if you are looking for a golf property to live in during the winter, you have probably thought a lot about which neighborhoods you like, but what about your other lifestyle needs and activities. There are specific communities that cater to what you find important in a community and location. I can help you tremendously by narrowing down your search options to properties that will truly fit your needs.

HOUSE HUNTING TIPS

Giving yourself plenty of time will also make a big difference in the search for a new home. Unless you have a specific time deadline to keep to, such as a relocation time frame, by allowing yourself the time to search for the right home, you can avoid feeling rushed to make a decision, which can lead to a hasty one you may regret. If you want to live in a specific neighborhood there may only be a couple of listings at first. If none of the properties are what you want in a home, don’t pick one just to be in the neighborhood. Wait for a while instead. With fluctuations in the housing market, new listings come available regularly, so your dream home could be just around the corner. The bottom line is don’t put yourself on an exact schedule if you don’t have to.

When you look at a lot of different houses you will see things you don’t like, especially regarding decor. It can also be difficult to recall which house had the great kitchen space but worn carpet, or the property with the great pool, and Casita but ugly exterior paint. First, keep in mind that cosmetic aspects of a home can often be readily changed. Remember to look beyond the dated furniture, or ultra-modern living room that looks like it belongs in the pages of Wired Magazine. When you go beyond what clashes with your own tastes, you can note what you can do within a home to make it yours once you have the keys. One way to easily remember the pros and cons of any home you view is by taking photos of each room whenever you view a listing.

Ultimately the right home for you will feel exactly so, just right. You may be surprised to find the house that calls to you the most is not the Spanish traditional style home you long dreamed about finding, but the newly renovated PGA West home that I showed you, which has the majority of the features you need and want in a home. Give me a call when your ready to start and keep these house hunting tips in mind and before you know it you will be asking me to submit an offer on the perfect home that is just right for you.  – Sal Puglisi

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Assembly Bill 139

What Is Assembly Bill 139?

On September 21 of 2015, Assembly Bill number 139 was approved by the Governor of California and filed with the Secretary of State with regards to the creation of “revocable transfer upon death deeds” (RTDD) that would facilitate the non-probate transfer of real estate. Effectively, the bill provides a method for the owners of real estate to ensure that a piece of property is expeditiously transferred to the intended beneficiary without the review of a probate court. The bill is in place until January 1 of 2021, after which the creation of new RTDDs will depend on an extension of the bill. All RTDDs created during the bill’s tenure will last until otherwise revoked.

Why the Need for a Change?

While probate courts serve the purpose of resolving the complicated affairs of large estates upon a person’s passing, they are primarily intended for superfluous assets that have a high value. Normally, you can bypass the probate courts for pay-on-death accounts, estates whose total value is less than $150,000, or items valuing less than $100,000 if you so choose, but most pieces of real estate will have values far exceeding the limit of the simplified procedures. The courts can be held up for as long as a year under normal circumstances if there are legal concerns, holding the real estate in limbo until the matter is resolved. If there are more complicated issues and concerted legal efforts on multiple sides, it can go on indefinitely. The legal fees associated with a probate court average at $26,000.

When the property is a family home, this mire of time and money creates a staggering upheaval in the lives of survivors that is unneeded.

What Protections Are in Place Against Abuses of the RTDD?

At any time, issuing a new RTDD will override any previously issued RTDDs.

If a person is found to have committed a felony resulting in the death of the decedent or intentionally brought about their death through any means, then the terms of the RTDD are nullified. This is the same as any other form of transfer upon death, including those that normally go through the probate courts, as a basic legal precaution against rewarding people for murder. There is also a 120-day moratorium on selling a home after receiving it due to an RTDD to limit its potential usefulness in confidence schemes.

Should You Consider an RTDD?

An RTDD will be a valuable tool for leaving property to those who may occupy a special place in your life yet not fall under the definition of family. If you have a lifelong romantic partner, a friend, or another person you find deserving for your own reasons, then you can leave have the notarized deed guarantee that they will receive the real estate.

The deed is also a way to reduce some of the estate costs that will cut into your legacy without the legal complication of estate planning or forming a trust.

Ultimately, the RTDD is a new tool that homeowners can use to ensure that their property moves as intended after their death with low costs and relative ease. You should keep the possibility of using a revocable transfer upon death deed made possible by Assembly Bill 139 in mind when purchasing a new home or planning your estate.

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New Home Construction @ PGA West

Yes, New Homes are now available at PGA West. In fact, there are 2 projects currently underway. 

One project is called “Signature @ PGA West” This one is a cluster of 230 homes offering 1 and 2 story attached and some unattached homes. Ranging in size from 1471 sq ft to 3471 sq ft Models for these homes, are now open for inspection. The “Signature” homes have an onsite sales office with agents and a decorating staff to assist you. Myself, or any other agent can show you these homes and represent you in the transaction.  Price for these homes range from the low $4’s to high $9’s

Second, a cluster of new homes under construction, 39 to be exact, are all free standing unattached homes located inside the Greg Norman Residential Gate.  The models for these homes will be ready mid to late January.  These homes will be between 2600 sq ft and 3300 sq ft. They will be well appointed with pools, etc.  Price for these homes are estimated to be between $700,000 and $900,000, yet to be determined. If you wish to be kept informed on their progress, send me a message. 

Best Regards,SAL PUGLISI
California Lifestyle Realty
SalPuglisi.com
Email: spug0408@aol.com
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Truly Authentic Italian Cuisine

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Trattoria.  Recently I wrote about the different types of Italian Restaurants
and how the restaurants name usually defines the restaurants style and
presentation.

Last week I had the opportunity to be in Boston to attend a Red Sox
game at Fenway Park.  This was after we had visited our ancestral
city of Manchester New Hampshire a place we had not been for 40 years.
While in Boston I could not resist a trip to the “North End” home of
some of this countries best Italian restaurants, an area I had frequented
while living in the Boston area in the mid 60’s.

348sAll that said, I want to tell you about one of the most authentic and unusual
restaurants anywhere.  Trattoria Il Panino, specializing in Mediterranean
Cuisine of the Amalfi Coast, Italy.  Panino’s, a small restaurant serving
lunch and dinner.  Since our time was limited we decided to be there for lunch.
Friends, Vinnie and Rose LaBonia, from New Haven Connecticut came up
to Boston on the train and we meet for lunch.  Everything on the menu
is awesome with each dish served fresh, i.e., prepared on the spot.  Now
the unusual way the pasta dishes are served is what is special.  Each
pasta dish is served to you in the sauce pan it was prepared in.  That’s
right, not on a dish, the actual sauce pan the pasta and sauce choice was
prepared in comes from the fire and placed before you.  All Pasta and meat or
fish dishes are all prepared individually and served the same way.  Such a treat.

Any trip to Boston has to include a stop at Panino’s.  Don’t expect much
in terms of atmosphere or grandeur, just truly authentic Italian cuisine.

 

Best Regards,SAL PUGLISI
California Lifestyle Realty

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Ever wonder why some restaurants are called Bistro?

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Ever wonder why some restaurants are called Bistro, others Bar & Grill
and/or simply Restaurant. In Italy, Restaurants are usually called, Ristorante,
Trattoria and sometimes Osteria. In Italy, the name defines the service and
type of restaurant you are considering.

A Ristorante in Italy offers a more formal presentation. Food is served in
a very special way with table cloths, napkins and a full table setting of plates
and silverware. Usually higher priced and several courses served.

On the other hand the Trattoria, is a more casual setting and represents
an eating establishment which one would visit for a good meal at a fair
price and is perhaps a regular locals spot. No frills, good food at reasonable
prices.

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Now, the Osteria, which you would not see here in America, is the oldest
form of restaurant in Italy and stems from the days of horse and carriage
travel where hungry folks would stop along the wayside at an Inn for food
and lodging. As time went on over night lodging gave way to serving local
food specialties and locally made wines. You might say it was like our pubs.

I know of one restaurant which calls itself an Osteria. It is in Salt Lake
City, Utah. I will write about it in my next blog post. It is outstanding!

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Which Retirement Community is right for you?

Not sure which Retirement Community is right for you Sal Puglisi talks about the top 9

With breathtaking landscapes and abundant activities, La Quinta is an obvious choice as a retirement destination. The area offers a selection of upscale communities, perfect for exploring the area and soaking in everything La Quinta has to offer. This article will show you the 9 best luxury retirement communities in La Quinta, CA.

Each community offers its own personality and unique set of amenities. With so many excellent choices, narrowing down the options calls for the help of a local area expert. Your friend Sal Puglisi has the scoop on each of these top retirement communities and can serve as your guide in finding the one that best suites your lifestyle.

PGA West

 

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For golf fanatics, there’s no place better than PGA West. The 20,000-acre community features six world-class golf courses for a total of 106 challenging holes. But, golf isn’t the only game in town. PGA West residents have access to a fully-equipped fitness facility and 19 tennis courts. Homes in the community feature open floors plans and elegant, resort-style living and come complete with a social membership at the exclusive PGA West Club.

Go to PGA West’s Retirement Community Website Now

Trilogy at the Polo Club

With construction beginning in just 2013, Trilogy is a brand new luxury gated community developed by Shea Homes. While Trilogy is an all-ages community, there are several neighborhood reserved for adults over the age of 55. Residents of the 800 homes will enjoy access to a 25,000 square-foot resort club, expected to be completed in 2015. Catering to an active lifestyle, the club will feature a fitness center, yoga studio, demonstration kitchen, market and an upscale restaurant and bar. Conveniently located near the best art galleries and restaurants in the area, this exclusive community is also far enough from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and congestion to provide a peaceful escape.

Go to Trilogy at the Polo Club’s Retirement Community Website Now

Rancho La Quinta

Rancho La Quinta Retirement Community

This all-ages community combines beautiful homes with ample amenities and a carefree, laid back lifestyle. Over 900 homes are sprinkled around two meticulously manicured golf courses. When residents aren’t golfing or taking in sweeping views of the Santa Rosa mountains, the Racquet Club offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and a tennis pro shop. A 23,000 square-foot clubhouse boasts several dining options ranging with spaces for everything from intimate meals to large events.

Go to Rancho La Quinta’s Retirement Community Website Now

Andalusia at Coral Mountain

Andalusia Luxury Retirement

For blending luxury living with an active lifestyle, Andalusia is the place to be. There are plenty of ways to get moving with an 18-hole golf course, nine tennis courts and a massive fitness center. Ample hiking and biking trails wind through the community to provide a unique way to experience the scenery of the Santa Rosa Mountains. A resort-style pool and spa offer a chance to relax and unwind. Andalusia takes pride in a friendly, welcoming vibe that makes residents and guests feel right at home.

Go to Andalusia at Coral Mountain’s Retirement Community Website Now

The Citrus Club

The Citrus Club Luxury Retirement

This charming community combines old-world architecture with modern amenities. Located at the prestigious La Quinta Resort, residents have the added benefit of preferred pricing on spa, salon and food services and may take advantage of the fitness facilities and pools at the resort. There’s no shortage of activities, thanks to 23 tennis counts at the resort, an 18-hole golf course, two lap pools plus an additional 42 pools at the resort, and a full fitness center offering classes ranging from Zumba to power walking.

Go to The Citrus Club’s Retirement Community Website Now

The Hideaway

The Hideaway - Luxury Retirement Community

With just 446 residences, The Hideaway is a quaint community perfect for indulging in upscale ambiance and luxury living. The Hideaway Club features a full-service salon and spa, a resort-style pool complete with cabanas, a wine cellar, tennis courts and a dining room with stunning views of the mountains. Fitness lovers will enjoy the modern facility with personal trainers as well as cardio, Pilates and yoga classes.

Go to The Hideaway’s Retirement Community Website Now

Tradition

Tradition Luxury Retirement Properties

This 450-acre mountainside community places golf front and center. Sprinkled around an 18-hold course, homes in the exclusive Traditions community feature Spanish Revival and Mediterranean architecture wrapped in understated elegance. Homeowners enjoy a social membership at the grand Tradition Golf Club, perfect for indulging in fine dining and taking advantage of the 9-hole short course and the up-to-date fitness center.

Go to Tradition’s Retirement Community Website Now

Mountain View

Lush surroundings and superb amenities mean that Mountain View Country Club is not to be missed. Spanish-style homes feature sweeping views of the community’s lakes, golf course as well as the Santa Rosa Mountains. Golfers flock to the 18-hole course designed by none other than Arnold Palmer. The community also offers an upscale spa, fitness center and a clubhouse with fine and casual dining. With so many at your fingertip, you’ll scarcely need to leave the gates, but Old Town La Quinta, with its shops and restaurants, is just around the corner.

Go to Mountain View’s Retirement Community Website Now

The Palms

This small community is big on luxury and landscape. With over 1,000 mesquite trees and 2,000 date palms, the scenery is some of the lushest the desert has to offer. Just over 100 homes are scattered around the perimeter of an 18-hole golf course so that everyone has an outstanding view of the greens as well as the mountains. A private dog park with a bubbling fountain means that furry friends also have a place to play.

Go to The Palms’ Retirement Community Website Now

Learn More About Luxury Retirement Communities in La Quinta, CA

With abundant choices in luxury retirement communities, each featuring exquisite settings, ample recreation activities and luxury amenities, there is something to make every retirement dream a reality. The Sal Puglisi has the knowledge to help you identify the luxury retirement community that suits your taste and lifestyle.

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Sal knows where to dine in La Quinta 

Where to Dine in La Quinta - La Brasserie Bistro and Bar

Where to dine in La Quinta 

Whether you are considering a new home in the La Quinta area, or you have lived here for years, finding a great place to grab a bite to eat is always fun. As long time residents of the desert, we have had the chance to try out many restaurants in the area. Here are our favorites.

Sal’s Top Picks

•         La Brasserie Bistro, 78-477 Highway 111, La Quinta. (760) 771-4400

•         If you are looking for the perfect French bistro, this is it. Light, simple dishes are beautifully presented to make this restaurant a delight. Enjoy bistro-style seating indoors or consider sitting outside in the courtyard. Start with appetizers or salads in the $9 to $14 range–I recommend the Steamed Mussels Mariniere and Duck Confit Tacos. Entrees start at $25 and wine by the glass starts at $8.

•         Cunard’s Sandbar, 78120 Calle Tampico, La Quinta. (760) 564-3660

When you want to go where everybody knows your name, Cunard’s is where you want to be. The food is simple and consistently delicious every day. The menu includes Italian dishes, beef choices, and a few fish plates. I recommend the Charred Roasted Anaheim Chile stuffed with four cheeses, especially as part of Happy Hour.

Have you had the chance to stop in to any of these locations? Do you have any favorites that you think should have made it to the list? Let us know in the comments below.

Bon Apetit!

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Sal Puglisi’s Guide to Buying a Retirement Home

With your days of staff meetings, traffic-packed commutes and parent teacher conferences behind you, retirement is full of possibility and promises for days of relaxing by the pool and working on your golf game.  Now it’s time to find a home to fulfill those retirement dreams in. The market is crowded with homes at every price point, so how do you know which one is right for you?  But before you start searching property listing and dreaming of gourmet kitchens, you need a plan.

Set your budget for buying a retirement home

Your working years may have held the possibility of bonuses and overtime. However, many retired people need to live within a finite amount of money already in their retirement plans and savings. Setting and sticking to a monthly budget for your retirement home is critical, especially if you plan to finance. The price in the listing for your dream home might not give you sticker shock, but there are always other costs of homeownership to consider, including maintenance, insurance, home owner association fees, repairs and eventually upgrades.

Choose your community

When you bought the home you raised your family in, you probably considered its proximity to schools and the commute to work.  Location is no less important when it comes to buying a retirement home, but the qualifications are a little different.

Whether you are buying your retirement home at 55 or 75, you are probably hoping to spend the rest of your years there, happy and healthy. However, there may come a day when proximity to hospitals and doctors becomes very important. When looking at communities, carefully consider what health care facilities are nearby.

After long years working late at the office and chasing after children, retirement is the time to indulge in the hobbies and activities you enjoy most. Retirement communities are much more than collections of houses; each one offers a unique set of amenities and recreation opportunities. You’ve traded in your daily commute to work, so forget driving too far to play a round of golf or get to the fitness center. There are plenty of communities that offer all that and more. Popular facilities include tennis courts, fitness centers, clubhouses with social activities and dining, pools, hiking trails and golf courses. However you hope to fill your days, be sure to choose community that has it onsite. But, keep in mind that some communities come with additional price tags, such as golf and club memberships, so be sure to build those into the budget it they are important to you.

Consider the location within the community

Don’t assume that just because you love the community you will love every location within it. Every neighborhood, no matter the amenities offered, will have some home sites that are more suited to you and your lifestyle than others.

Our area boasts plenty of golf communities, which can make perfect retirement locales, whether you like to hit a few balls on the weekend or are serious about your game. Homes situated along the course offer beautiful views of the fairways. For some, it is living among that landscape that calls them to golf community. However, sitting on your patio, sipping your morning coffee and enjoying the view might be nice, until a stray ball plops into your latte. Not all golfers make par, so homes next to the course often have balls launched into their lawns. That makes a difference to some people, while others don’t mind.

The other downside to a home that rests along a golf course is limited privacy. With golfers playing through all day and whizzing by on carts, some homeowners become uncomfortable using their yards as they would otherwise. While some people feel right at home along the course, if you like to leave the blinds open all day and walk the dog in your PJs, it’s something to consider.

Select the size

Many people assume that, with the kids grown and it their own homes, retirement is the time to downsize. That may or may not hold true for you. While the number of bedrooms may have been a primary factor in considering previous homes, many retired people opt for more flexible spaces. It all comes down to lifestyle, so if you like to cook gourmet meals, tinker in the garage, work on hobbies or entertain and host parties, look for a home with space for the things that make you happy.

Remember, larger homes are not only more expensive upfront, they are also more costly to maintain, so look for options that are realistic on your budget.

Get started

Planning for the purchase of any home comes with plenty of questions. With home values and prices ranging widely, even between different communities in the same area, the process of finding the right fit can feel confusing. Knowledge is power and there are plenty of online tools to help you browse properties to get a feel for what is available in your price range.  A realtor, who is an expert in the local area, will be your most valuable tool in finding your perfect retirement home.