I’m guessing that the year 2020 will bring a new chapter to the lives of many of us. For the past 5+ months, we have enjoyed the hospitality of our friends Steve and Wende by living in their house on Lake Tahoe. Summer in that particular part of the Sierra Mountains is delightful with mild weather and bountiful natural beauty.
However, since we can reasonably expect to be living with some level of the Covid-19 pandemic for the next year (at least), we felt that we needed to make a change. We’re not quite at the point to make a decision on a “permanent” living arrangement, either the location or the type of accommodation. But, for the next year we felt that we should be closer to our existing sources for health care as well as closer to Valerie’s kids and grandkids.
One of the types of housing we have been considering is a simple small home in a 55+ resort community. To the extent that we may be able to continue traveling, this type of housing offers some benefits. It’s extremely low maintenance and could be left un-occupied for long periods of time. This type of community generally offers a good variety of facilities and activities which aid the residents in maintaining an active lifestyle. During our time traveling in a motorhome, we stayed in some of these types of resorts, many of which rent RV sites in addition to having permanent homes.
One such resort is Caliente Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA. We stayed there for a couple of weeks in January 2018 and found it to be a comfortable place. They have nice facilities featuring natural hot springs pools and it’s located approximately 2 hours from Los Angeles. When we found that they offer a 12 month lease on some of the homes, we felt that this would be a good solution for us.
So, on September 1, we began our 1 year lease on a “tiny home” at Caliente Springs. As luck would have it, we arrived just in time to experience what is expected to be record heat over the Labor Day weekend. This could cause us to doubt our decision but, we’re committed now so we’ll just have to get through it.