Within five miles of the community, retirees can find restaurants, department stores, dry cleaners and other helpful businesses in and around the town of Canton. The town also has a weekly Farmer's Market from spring to fall, live performances in the Canton Theatre, and fun festivals. You'll love the charming town square, shown in the photo at the top of this article.
Since Canton is only located about 40 miles north of Atlanta, you have all the advantages of living near that major metropolitan area, as well. Whether you want shopping, entertainment, sporting events or fine dining, Atlanta has it all. In addition, Canton is only about a one hour drive from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which makes it easy for people who love to travel.
There are tax advantages for people who choose to retire in the state of Georgia. Retirement income for residents over the age of 62 is exempt from state income taxes up to $35,000 per person. Social security income is also exempt from state income taxes. Property taxes are quite reasonable compared to many other states. For an average home priced at $340,000 in Soleil Laurel Canyon, the property taxes for residents over the age of 62 would currently be less than $1000 a year (in 2013).
The weather in this region of Georgia is also very pleasant. The temperate climate has an average high temperature of 87 degrees in July and 49 degrees in January.
If Georgia is your top choice for retirement, there are numerous reasons why you may want to consider living in Soleil Laurel Canyon:
This beautiful retirement community boasts a number of appealing amenities that are centered around the beautiful 28,000 sq. ft. Craftsman-style clubhouse. Here are some of the opportunities that await you:
Arts and Crafts Center
Gourmet Teaching Kitchen
Theatre and Performing Arts Center
Tennis and pickle ball courts
Heated indoor saline lap pool
Heated Lagoon-style outdoor pool
Community garden and greenhouse
3.5 acre fishing lake (this lake is, perhaps, one of the most appealing features of this charming community)
There are also two lifestyle directors on staff who plan a wide variety of opportunities for residents to attend special activities such as social events, trips to area attractions, and movie nights.
Golfers need to be aware that this is not a golf community, which many retirees have come to expect in other master planned retirement neighborhoods. However, golf is available nearby at the Fairways of Canton golf course that is adjacent to the community. There are also several additional golf courses in the town of Canton, so there is no reason to give up golf or to ever be bored with your golf choices.
If you are interested in taking classes, including in subjects like art or computers, nearby Kennesaw State University has a Lifelong Learning Institute for adults age 50 and over.
Another amenity that is very appealing to many retirees are all the services that are included in your HOA dues, including complete lawn maintenance, a sprinkler system, home security systems with monitoring and Comcast cable television. It is important to consider these included services when you are comparing the dues of various master planned communities.
Housing Prices in Soleil Laurel Canyon
The well designed homes in this community are energy efficient and have a number of special features that make it easy to age-in-place, including wide doorways, stepless entries and wheelchair accessible showers.
Home prices range from the low $200,000 range to the upper $400,000's for single family homes in this new home community. As of mid 2013, less than 350 of the 728 planned homes have been built.
Homeowner's Association Fees in mid-2013 are $265 a month. This is much less expensive than some other retirement communities, and may be partially explained by the fact that there is not a golf course on the premises.
Soleil Laurel Canyon
102 High Mountain Trace
Canton, Georgia 30114
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For readers who are busy with their retirement planning, check out the index articles listed below. Each one contains an introduction as well as links to a number of articles on that topic. You should find the information very helpful:
Gifts, Travel and Family Relationships
Great Places for Boomers to Retire Overseas
Great Places to Retire in the United States
Health and Medical Topics for Baby Boomers
Money and Financial Planning for Retirement
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Photo of the Canton, Georgia town square is courtesy of www.en.wikipedia.org/commons