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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

3/19/14 - The Goodbyes Continue...
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We have only one more "Park Meeting" next Tuesday - and that will pretty well "end up" this season's activities ... where have the weeks and months gone? Our being gone for the entire month of December might have made our "year" here short, but many folks ask the same question.... it's been a fast season!

Our recent (this week) park meeting was highlighted by the celebration of our Activities chair person's birthday. Many residents provided flowers and/or balloons as well as cards as part of the surprise we had in store for Barbara.

Lots of laughter and a few tears from our fabulous team (Barbara and Judie).

Later in the day a group of us enjoyed one last bit of celebration with dinner at a fairly new eatery here in El Centro. We met at a place called "Italiano" where the pizzas seem to be the specialty. I had a Margarita Pizza and truly enjoyed it. Unlike every other Margarita Pizza we've had, this one had NO tomato sauce - I suspect some cheese replaced the tomato sauce, and the basil was put on once the pizza was cooked. It was nice to enjoy "fresh" basil on the pizza!

A bit of a surprise regarding the dinner .... Fran had ordered a birthday cake as a final surprise for Barb, and when Fran and Glen went to pick up the cake, guess what? The order was lost! No cake was waiting, in spite of the staff looking all over for the ordered birthday cake. Hummm, so guess what? The store offered another cake and charge nothing for the "replacement". Not quite what Fran and Glen had hoped for, but the cake was delicious and served as a good substitute!
Here's a picture of the 19 of us enjoying the occasion.

When we returned home we were surprised to find our neighbors still sitting around the campfire! One of the group left for home the following morning, and we suppose this was to give them one last campfire before they leave for the summer.

A week or so ago we celebrated the acquisition of two "new" places for two of the couples in our little neighborhood. Dean and Mary purchased and had installed, a Park Model (right next to us) - and Bill and Jo who purchased the 5th wheeler that Dean and Mary had replaced with their Park Model. We had a "pizza" party to celebrate their two new homes, and topped the celebration off with a delicious cake!
Dean and Mary .... Jo and Bill

Our Sunbeam Lake is closed - no fishing this week. The lake has been stocked with fish in preparation for this Saturday's Kids Fishing Contest! Prizes are awarded to the child who catches the largest fish, and other prizes reward other young ones who come out to fish!

Work is nearly finished on the enlargement of the old boat ramp and new parking lot - what a lot of work has gone into this project!

Due to that construction, residents have not been able to walk completely "around" the lake, so we have waked around as much as we could, then took an alternate route to the other part of Sunbeam Lake where we continued our walk. Here's a picture of the Sunbeam Lake along side of our RV Park.

Here's a picture of the other Sunbeam Lake just to the east of the park. A single road separated these two unconnected lakes. It makes for a nice walk.

Kathleen has determined to have a semblance of a "flower" garden - and with the good instruction of close neighbors, here's the results of her efforts:

Many residents are busy packing things away and getting ready for their trip back to their stick houses. We, on the other hand, will be here until early May. We have no excuse not to continue our daily walks, and now we've thrown in a trip up to the pool (and hot tub) as part of our daily routine.

Kathleen decided to join a few friends at Bingo this evening. (We have often remark to one another that Bingo is for "old people". Kathleen's grandmother was a lover of Bingo and visited every place where the game was played (she even went to Cleveland just to play Bingo.) That was a long time ago, and in those days, Cleveland (35 miles to the north) was a long, long way away! By the way, Kathleen won the last game of the night - beginners luck, but it was fun.

Weather here in El Centro has been absolutely perfect. If the weather was like this all year long, Kathleen would be happy to make this their permanent home ..... however, July and August will probably be in the three digits for most of those months, so I guess we'll head north before the hot weather comes for the summer......

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