Nipomo, CA (Oct. 14, 2013) - Trilogy at Monarch Dunes resident, Marna Lombardi, had one dream — to live life on her own terms. It all started with an Albert Brooks movie, Lost in America, and the rest is history. Marna will tell you there isn’t a day she regrets moving to Monarch Dunes. Here her and her husband have had the chance to life they always imagined in a resort community that has far exceeded their expectations.

After watching the Albert Brooks movie, “Lost in America” together in the mid-1980’s the idea of quitting our jobs to cruise around the U.S. in a Winnebago became a fantasy life that was discussed often. As others read this, we are sure that many can relate: the thought of leaving the rat race, traveling with your true love and adding adventure through new experiences, sounds like the American Dream, except jobs, children and mortgages all take priority.

Holding on to that thought, we were able to modify that American Dream. Instead of leaving our jobs in our 30’s as Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty did, we did so in our 50’s. After raising our daughter while living in a close knit small town community in the mid-west, we decided to move west and Trilogy at Monarch Dunes was the perfect place for us to land. It wasn’t easy and required lots of planning. We began our search to relocate when our daughter started high school, knowing she would be leaving for college in four years. We vacationed in many areas and narrowed our search.

When we toured the beginning stages of the Trilogy development on Christmas Day in 2005, we found one lone salesperson working. Since we were the only customers that day we were treated to the grand tour and shown the development plans, which at that time was mostly on paper. The sand lot that our sales representative took us to with the promise of the 14th fairway (the signature hole of the Monarch Old Course) from our backyard sealed the deal. We signed the papers, began the planning stages of building our house long distance and went back to Ohio to sell our home, quit our jobs and move across country, exactly twenty years after first seeing the movie, “Lost in America.”

The staff at Trilogy made everything possible. We had excellent communication between the design and construction teams. The promise of a clubhouse not yet built when we bought, exceeded our expectations. Although our home was empty for the 2.5 years it took to sell our house and leave our jobs, we still felt part of the community each time we visited.

Our adventure in moving included two separate trips across the U.S. with Penske trucks along I-70 (2007) and Route 66 (2008). We have been living on the Central Coast full-time since April 2008 and have no regrets. Fortunately, we did not lose our fortunes in Las Vegas on the way nor did we have to get fast food jobs or school crossing guard jobs as the couple in “Lost in America” did.

What we did find was a community of welcoming, friendly, fun and extremely active people with very diverse careers and backgrounds. Simple, this is resort living at its best. We miss our small mid-western town of friends of 30 years, but we have found our own small town community with Trilogy at Monarch Dunes. We have challenging work, great social lives, spend most of our time outdoors and are grateful everyday for the opportunity to live the life we envisioned after viewing the film, “Lost in America.”

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About Trilogy at Monarch Dunes
Located in San Luis Obispo County, named one of the 25 best places to retire by CNN Money, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes is an active, golf resort community where residents have access to two links-style golf courses and a clubhouse with tennis and fitness facilities, a resort pool, dining and other amenities. New one- and two-story green homes with solar power systems and a state-of-the-art energy efficiency package are priced priced from the low $400,000s to over $1 million.

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