Leisure World

Leisure world
photo  ©  Debbie Stock 
    Leisure World is a guard gated retirement community for adults 55 and older. It is located one and a half miles from the beach in Seal Beach.  Pictured above is the famous Leisure World globe located at the entrance to the community.


    This beautiful guard gated community spans a square mile and is home to 9,000 residents or one-third of the population of the City of Seal Beach. With over 200 buses stopping there, access to Disneyland (11 miles), shopping and attractions does not require driving a car. Within its gates are great things to do such as tennis, swimming, lawn bowling, dances and more.

    When construction began on Seal Beach Leisure World in 1960, it was the first major planned  retirement community of its type in the nation. The first residents moved in on June 6, 1962.


    The Federal Housing Administration, now called HUD, guaranteed the original 40 year mortgages on the development. Because of this involvement, many fiscal and structural regulations still exist and are monitored by HUD. 

    The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), a non-profit corporation, was established as the sponsoring body of Seal Beach Leisure World. The GRF engages primarily and  specifically in furnishing community facilities and providing services to housing operated on a cooperative or other basis and to the occupants thereof. The GRF acts as a trustee for the Mutual Corporations who are the "landlords" of the residential property and housing.


    Seal Beach Leisure World is comprised of two types of property ownership: the  cooperative unit, in which the owner is a shareholder in the housing corporation, and whose ownership is evidenced by one share of stock and the right to occupy the apartment; and the condominium, in which the owner has a deed to the apartment and an undivided interest in the Mutual's assets. In both cases, the Mutual  Corporation maintains the structure and related grounds.


    There's a fare-free mini-bus transportation system which services  all areas of the planned community and the nearby shopping Enormous swimming pool heated to 84 degrees and hot pool. Full-time life guards  and shower/dressing rooms.  Nine hole, three par golf course with putting greens and pro shop.  Four convenient club houses with 12 fully equipped kitchens, 17 meeting rooms and  lounges with fireplaces. Popular movies on theater size screens.  2500 seat amphitheater with fully equipped stage. Summer entertainment series features well-known professional entertainers. 


    A wide variety of religious, political, fraternal, service, self-improvement and hobby organizations.   Five woodworking and art studios for painting, ceramics, lapidary, and jewelry making, plus two well equipped sewing rooms. Courses and workshops offered by local community college. Lawn bowling courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, ping pong tables, pool  and snooker rooms. Seasonal Saturday night dances with live dance bands. Annual arts and crafts festival.   Gardening plots for vegetable gardeners.  Professionally equipped library.  Full-service post office.   Information - 562.431.6586

     Leisure World Real Estate, On-Site Sales Office, 1901 Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, CA 90740


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