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Rancho Casa Blanca: 60 Activities Every Week

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A view of the Rancho Casa Blanca in Cathedral City, Calif.

Rancho Casa Blanca is a large 55-and-over RV resort in the north part of Cathedral City, Calif., with 801 spaces, that is a bustle of activity during the season, which includes the winter and spring months.

About 80% of the spaces are occupied by park models — structures that are movable in theory, but more permanent than RVs. The remainder of the spaces are occupied by large, and often state-of-the-art, RVs, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, reported.

The park models, like modular homes, look similar in design but are unique in their exterior paint colors and decor. Owners have used landscaping and art to add life to their units.

The models are approximately 400 square feet and can comfortably accommodate two people.

What they say

“If you want to be busy here all day, every day, you can be,” said Ken McEwen, 72, of the resort’s many social activities.

McEwen is the president of the homeowners’ association and has owned a space at Rancho Casa Blanca since 1997.

Another view of Rancho Casa Blanca

McEwen and his wife live in Canada for part of the year and at Rancho Casa Blanca from November to March, he said.

“The appearance of the park is attractive and the staff is wonderful,” said McEwen.

Paul Sellers, the general manager, said the volunteers make the resort a great place to live.

“There are about 1,500 to 1,700 people living here during the season,” Sellers said. “From that we have 400 to 500 volunteers. Part of the RV culture is one of participation and volunteerism.”

Features

Rancho Casa Blanca has six pools, seven spas, an 18-hole par-three golf course, a golf shop, craft room, four tennis courts and two clubhouses. The clubhouses have full kitchens and room for activities and events.

There are also four satellite buildings throughout the park that include showers and laundry facilities.

The resort hosts regular dinners, dances and entertainment.

“There are 60 things to do here every week,” said Sellers. “We have a very busy activity department.”

Background

Construction of Rancho Casa Blanca began in 1985 and was complete by 1986.

In March 2005 the homeowners voted to convert the resort into a 55-and-over community.

Any owners younger than 55 were able to stay, said Sellers.

 

 

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