We are excited to announce that both Trilogy at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, CA, and Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria, AZ, were both recently named one of the best 50 places to retire in the United States by Where to Retire magazine. The July/August edition is on newsstands now, and features the best retirement locations and communities from coast to coast, across 17 different states.

Research for on the top places to retire began nearly a year ago when Where to Retire editors gathered information on more than 150 communities across the nation and eventually zeroed in on those that are amenity-rich, with clubhouses, recreation and activities to help residents stay fully engaged.

Communities that made the list are described by their 55+ homeowners as offering a “sense of belonging” and “a wonderful lifestyle change” – two elements that Monarch Dunes and Vistancia are known for among residents and 55+ homebuyers alike.

Take it from Evi Alford, resident at Monarch Dunes, who could have lived anywhere in the world and choose Trilogy at Monarch Dunes .

“I didn’t have a single place in mind. My family is in Germany, so I had the freedom to really choose any location in the world. I looked in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. I looked everywhere, but I wasn’t finding my perfect house. Finally, I did a two-night Taste the Good Life stay, and the deal was done,” explained Evi. “The price was right, and the home was perfect. I chose the Corbett home plan, because it embodied what I was looking for. It had beautiful counter tops, cabinetry, tiles – everything I would have had to update myself, it already had! So, the decision to buy here was an easy one.”

For Trilogy resident Kathy Muszynski, she feels lucky that her and her husband found Vistancia.

The word trilogy is described as ‘three distinct elements that are closely related and develop into a single theme.’ For us, this is a fitting metaphor, since Trilogy at Vistancia features three distinct elements  — the people, the place and the perks — sharing a common theme of “gracious living,” said Kathy. “Since day one, the livability and appealing style of our home have exceeded our expectations. Shea homes are a cut above the rest. We’ve built four custom houses in the past 40 years. Our Shea home clearly surpasses the quality and craftsmanship of our previous houses.”

Read more about Evi’s and Kathy’s experiences at their 55+ resort-style community and come by our active lifestyle communities to see the Trilogy by Shea Homes difference. Call (800) 685-6494 now to make a reservation for a tour.