Everyone has a different idea of what kind of home they’d like to live in when retirement comes a knockin’. Some may envision a spacious apartment in the city while others may opt for downsized ranch house (goodbye stairs!) on a suburban golf course. And, of course, there’s always the option of sharing a four-bedroom pad in Miami with two of your closest friends and a wisecracking octogenarian from Sicily. Me? I have a long ways to go, but I’m mighty intrigued by this ambitious eco-development in the California desert.
Los Angeles expats of a certain age Margy and Wayne Lutz took a decidedly unique route when selecting where exactly to hunker down after taking an early retirement from their careers in education. In 2001, they got the hell out of Southern California and relocated to coastal British Columbia’s Powell Lake, a pristine and somewhat remote (it’s only an hour or so northwest of Vancouver, but getting there is somewhat tricky and time-consuming) body of water famous for its abundance of float cabins, permanently anchored structures that float above the water on wooden platforms.