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A look inside the hype of Reata Glen – voted best retirement community in Orange County

The splash of water and rhythm of the freestyle stroke are like music to Jeanne Little’s ears.

This 86-year-old powerhouse of a swimmer is considered one of the best senior swimmers in the country. This year, she took home two first-place medals at the U.S. Masters Spring 2023 Nationals in Irvine in the 85 to 89-year-old age range.

Voted the best retirement
community in Orange County for
three years in a row!

“Swimming has been a big part of my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it,” Jeanne said.

Knowing that feeling of being the best, it’s only fitting Jeanne has chosen the best retirement option for her golden years: Reata Glen retirement community in San Juan Capistrano.

Don’t just take Jeanne’s word for it. The community is celebrating its third year in a row being named by the readers of The Orange County Register as the No. 1 retirement community in Orange County.

The Best in Senior Achievement

In front of a crowded room at Reata Glen, Jeanne stood presenting photos and memories of Reata Glen is home to seniors from all over the world with diverse backgrounds and nationalities. From inventors to artists to women’s rights advocates, Reata Glen is proud to represent the best community culture and showcase residents’ past and present achievements.

We have multiple opportunities to learn from one another and hear each other’s stories. That’s important as you get older.

“One of my favorite parts about living here is that there are so many fascinating Reata Glen residents,” Jeanne said. “We have multiple opportunities to learn from one another and hear each other’s stories. That’s important as you get older.”

Jeanne’s husband, Gary Findlay, who was a fighter pilot who attended TOPGUN, has also done many presentations at Reata Glen. The leadership team is always promoting resident feedback and options to enhance seniors’ mental and physical health.

“This is the residents’ home, and they decide what they want to see and what events and activities they want to be a part of,” said Reata Glen Activities Director Jayne Austin. “We currently offer more than 200 activities and amenities for residents to enjoy.

Their schedules are as full or as laid-back as they want them to be.”

The 60-acre campus provides a maintenance-free lifestyle for residents and includes a movie theater, performing arts theatre, a fitness center and spa, an open-air pool, multiple dining venues, billiards and card rooms, gardening areas, pickleball courts, and walking and cycling trails with access to San Juan Creek Trail, leading directly to Doheny State Beach.

The Best for Peace of Mind for Your Future

Jeanne and Gary moved into the Rancho Mission Viejo community almost three years ago.

The decision became easier following conversations with their family. Reata Glen’s location and the financial predictability of the community’s long-term care costs were top of mind for the couple.

By choosing a Life Plan Community like Reata Glen, they know they have access to a full continuum of quality care at the adjacent health center, The Orchards. They have priority access to assisted living, memory care and long-term care in a skilled nursing center available if they ever need it.

“We feel peace of mind knowing our families won’t have to scramble for solutions if the need ever arises,” said Jeanne. “The move can feel daunting at first, but I feel comfortable knowing we made it now rather than waiting until something happened and the decision was made for us.”

Experience the Best for Yourself

Jeanne is still training for her next competition in several local meets.

“I plan to continue swimming for as long as possible,” she proudly states.

Reata Glen has given residents like Jeanne the opportunity to worry less and expect the best out of their retirement nest egg that they worked so hard to enjoy. Reata Glen offers a wide variety of floor plans to accommodate layout preferences and bring financial predictability and simple living to the lifestyle so many retirees desire.

Come experience the best senior living in Orange County by scheduling a complimentary tour, and meet the residents, like Jeanne, who call the community home. Visit or call 1-949-779-6925 today.


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