Del Webb Chateau Elan Introduction

Yesterday Mary Ann and I went to Chateau Elan for Del Webb’s  presentation of their newest Georgia community “Del Webb Chateau Elan”.  There were presentations every hour from 9AM to our 2PM meeting to groups of 100 invited folks who were on their VIP list. Today, Saturday, they will do the same schedule giving another 600 folks  an insight into their newest community.

The overview gave an interesting glimpse of the new community which I am sharing here.

Location and Size

Del Webb Chateau Elan is located off Friendship Parkway about a mile from Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community of 1140 homes where we live, that was built out last year.  The new community will be located both in Gwinnett and Hall Counties, with Gwinnett lots being sold first. There are 782 lots on rolling land that will house three collections of home styles ranging in size from 1,109 sf to 3,469 sf.  Introductory prices are from  $200s to mid $400s. Additional for build outs and upgrades.

Vineyard Theme

The main entrance off Friendship Road has a monument building that some of us though was a chateau, but come to find out it represents a grape keeper’s cottage and the community will have planting of trees in  rows representing wine vineyards, in keeping with the Chateau Elan theme.

The entrance has a guard house.

Unique Sales Center

The Sales Center has a special stylish design with herringbone floors. But the unique part is it has a large meeting room with huge glass walls like an atrium,  which will be an “Activities Area” that the first residents can start using before the Clubhouse is built.  When the community sells out, the Sales Center building will not be torn down but will remain and be used by the residents in addition to the Clubhouse. That sounds like a good idea! The model home park is, of course, located back of the Sales Center and will have models from each collection.

Sales Center Del Webb Chateau Elan
Sales Center

Lifestyle Activities Clubhouse and Outdoor Recreation Together

All the outdoor amenities are located around the clubhouse, all together in the middle of the community. So across the street from the Sales Office, are three bocce courts, an Event Lawn including an outdoor amphitheater theater, the Grand-kids playground, the Clubhouse with indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, 6 pickleball courts, 4 tennis courts and a dog park. There is a pretty large parking lot on the right side of the clubhouse and the Sales Center across the street has a parking lot also.  Some residents could just walk to this area, rather than drive.

There will be a mail kiosk in the parking lot by the sales center.  All new homes these days do not have a mailbox, but you go to the mail kiosk to get your mail. I am sure Amazon Prime and FedEx will deliver to your door.

site plan del webb chateau elan
Site Plan

Roy Becker Is Lifestyle Director

Roy Becker, is now the Lifestyle Director at the new community.

Roy gave a presentation saying there would probably be about 50 or 60 clubs at a community this size, but it would depend on the residents.

Roy said most people are looking for a lifestyle change, using the amenities and making new friends. Amen to that!

He also said that activities will start as soon as the first sales happen and there will be get togethers at area restaurants to meet your new neighbors.

New Floor Plans

There are new floor plans available. It seems these days the stairway to either the loft or the basement are better located and suited to the layout of the house. They mentioned the Abbeyville model which is being introduced to Georgia  for the first time, is a very popular model. The monthly HOA dues will be $250 per month.

What’s Next?

Those people who put down a $1,000 deposit will be scheduled a personal appointment for January 14th to continue the home buying process to review floor plans, options, site selection and to cover the move in time frame.

On Feb 14th, the first contracts will be done and on Feb 17th the first homes in Del Webb Chateau Elan will be sold.

For more information about Del Webb Chateau Elan
Phone 866-204-2324

Or for an independent agent, we recommend Shelly Bloom who is the resident expert in this area, having sold many homes in Village at Deaton Creek. Shelly will be glad to assist in getting you information on new homes in Del Webb Chateau Elan.  Shelly’s website has her contact information.

Phone: 404-788-6186
Office: 770-495-5050
Cell: 404-788-6186

Passion For Walking

Saturday, I did my race walking in the Lifepath 5K and ended up with this trophy that looks like an Academy Award plus a $25 gift certificate.

Sitting in the awards presentation room after the race, I didn’t expect to get an award because I was walking, not running, but it looks like I beat out two runners in my age bracket and maybe had the best age adjusted time for all age 60+ male participants. I am not really sure how they determined the Overall Senior Grand Master.

In any case the trophy did it’s magic. I posted the above photo on facebook and got a lot of likes and comments. It was nice bringing it home to show Mary Ann, especially telling her about the $25 gift certificate to Recess Gastro Pub. We just lunched there last week and loved it.

Robert and Bob

Developing A Passion For Walking

Don sent me a congratulations and it triggered memories of when I started walking.  It was with Don, Lamont and myself at Park Place Active Adult Center in Johns Creek. We would walk the little over a mile loop of Newtown Park three times, a feat we accomplished a couple or three times a week for two years.

We would start out as social walkers and we always look forward to seeing each other and catching up. We talked about everything under the sun from cars,sports, old jobs, moving, travel,  family, medical, current news, etc. Three guys sitting around a table would probably never talk about all the things we did, but there is something about walking and talking that makes it easier.

Walking as much as we did, we got pretty good shape.  We were all about equal speed walkers but after the talking started to die down at the end of lap two, then Don would push us a little faster about the pond and we were off to the races.

Senior Centers and Retirement Communities are excellent places to walk with people.

So when the North Fulton Golden Games came along I though we should be a shoe in to win the walking contests. When the guy who was 10 years older than I was beat me by 20 yards in the half mile walk, well I was stunned.  He was a little short guy that was 77!

Come to find out that he was race walking, which is a more efficient technique for walking fast.  I did a little investing in to race walking.

I convinced race walking coach and judge Jim Norvill to come over to Ocee Park a few Sundays to teach me how to race walk. It seemed complicated. It took me a while to learn, in fact I am still learning!

Race walking demands your full attention. You are always checking your walking technique. Are you looking straight ahead, shoulders down, arms swinging naturally at almost 45 degree angle, toes up at the heel strike, not over striding, rolling to a toe push off. You develop a cadence. Your body remembers the routine but you have to constantly check yourself.

With time you get better. You know your personal best and try to do better next time.

Fitness Walking Competitions

A competition is when you find out how you are doing.  It’s something to look forward to and is motivation for your hours of practice.  Competitions can  be local, regional, national or international.  Fitness Walking Competitions are given by local track clubs, the USATF (USA Track & Field), Senior Games (National Senior Games) and several other organizations. Race walking is an Olympic sport.

You hear people say they don’t like to compete anymore. I say give it a try. You always look from the perspective of competing with yourself (remember personal best).  You are a winner for just getting out there and joining in.

But if you are lucky enough to feel the thrill of competing with others, you will experience something you thought you would never feel again, and it’s exhilarating. Some improve themselves to a level  that they though was impossible.

Competitions  also  give you an opportunity to travel to the event and spend a few days in the area while you are there.  Last year or two, I was  in walking competitions in  Minnesota,  Albuquerque,  Birmingham AL, Greensboro NC as well as many around the state of Georgia. My friend Michael has been to walking completions in almost 50 states!

And finally when the competition is finished you will be happy that you gave it your best and motivated to do even better next time.

Remember, exercise is a habit.  Develop a workout routine to make it work.  There are many benefits of fitness walking and I would encourage you to give it a try.

Robert Fowler

My walking competition schedule for the first half of 2018 is:

Jan 6 – Sat Braselton  LifePath 5K – Done. 35:36

Jan 21 USATF SE Region Masters Indoor Race Walk Championship in Winston Salem NC.   Registered for both 1mile and 3K.

Jan 26? Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville – Indoor Race Walk – Dates not confirmed

Feb 11   Sunday Indoor Race Walk 1500M Indoor Race Walk at Lakepoint in Emerson GA.

March – need event

April 7  Track Lab Series Lawrenceville GA  1500M RW in AM
Discovery HS

April 14  Track Lab Series events in Lawrenceville GA  1500M RW in PM
Discovery HS

April 21, 2018 ***Either the 5K or 10K in our 41st annual TD Bank Reedy River Run on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Greenville SC.

May 16-19 South Carolina Senior Sports Classic 5K and 1500M Race Walks in Florence SC.  Afterwards will head over to Myrtle Beach SC for vacation

May 27 12th Annual Mark Trail Memorial Day Meet – 3K RW
Discovery High School Lawrenceville GA

June 2-3, 2018 USATF SE Region Masters Outdoor Championships – 3K Race Walk in Birmingham, Al

July 26-29 National Outdoor USATF Masters Championship 5K and 10K Race Walks in Spokane WA. This is an outdoor event with all the track and field events.  Afterwards taking a river boat cruise down the Snake and Columbia Rivers to Portland.



Party With Friends

The New Years Party at the clubhouse was from 9pm until after midnight with the Stage Fright Band performing.

Mary Ann and I had signed up for this event so we went down about 9:30pm, about a half hour before Mary Ann’s normal bedtime (lol). I thought it would be interesting to see if she could make it to midnight without going to sleep.

We arrived and put our “supplies” at our decorated table we had signed up for with our friends and then headed to get in line for the photo session.  New Years props were on a table for each guest to select something like a hat, glasses, signs, boas, etc for their photos. It was fun seeing neighbors pick out their decorations and preen for the camera.
New Year's Party

Friends All Around

During the night I must have greeted 30+ friends I knew from pickleball, bocce, walking, cardio class, and other activities here at Village at Deaton Creek. Spoke with a few of my neighbors also.  Enjoyed meeting and talking with Clyde and his wife at our table.
friends at Del Webb community


The band was good.  It was the kind of music we used to dance to (and still do!). I think I knew everyone on the dance floor and it was good to see them having a good time, just like we were.

Stage Fright Band
Stage Fright Band

Home By 12:30AM

After the big count down into 2018 and another song or two, we gathered our remaining “supplies” and headed out on the 1 mile trip back home. It was nice not having to worry about driving too far and avoiding the danger of getting out on any public roads after midnight on New Year’s.


It was a pleasant evening spent with friends. It was economical as the tickets were only $14 each. We enjoyed the band’s music and getting out on the dance floor. It was remarkable also in knowing so many people after living in our 55+ community for two years now. It’s nice also to be able to still meet new people among the 2,000 folks who live here.  Overall it was very comfortable and much better than going to bed at 10pm! This activity was just another advantage of active adult living in our 55+ Del Webb community.

Robert Fowler

Del Webb community residents
Mary Ann and Robert

Medical Travel For Seniors

Medical tourism, that is traveling to another country for affordable medical treatment is on the rise, particularly for us seniors. I know two of my friends who have traveled out of the country for medical procedures and there are probably several more, maybe who don’t talk about it.

My friend, David, who is in his early 70’s, traveled to Costa Rica to get many of his teeth capped. He told me it was actually an American Doctor from California who did the work and it cost him much less than he would have paid at home.  He was happy and recommended it.  He ended up liking Costa Rica as well and went back to visit several times, for additional dental work and for pleasure.

I read where dental implants are one of the most common medical travel procedures.

Some people take a long vacation when they travel abroad for medical treatments.   One friend when to Serbia for either a face lift or maybe it was just upper eye lid surgery and stayed for one month. Towards the end he could enjoy the trip as well.

Some people travel to Mexico, including Cancun, for procedures and I see Medical Travel companies that advertise they will take you there, arrange for post-op lodging and then get your back home.

Some countries specialize in different medical fields.  I guess Costa Rica may be dental since I have heard several people say that.  South Korea is supposed to be the place for plastic surgery, maybe Serbia also. Brazil is also known for their plastic surgeons.  Turkey has eye care.

Reportedly the cost savings for medical travel treatments is from 15% to 75% after deducting your travel expenses.

The benefits of medical travel include saving money, getting some traveling in and reducing the waiting time as it can be quicker.

There is even a Medical Tourism Association which a non profit association for medical travel. Their site has quite a bit of information.

I am sure there are plenty of downfalls from medical travel as well. The CDC had health warning for travelers to Mexico about the Zita Virus, Hepatitis A and unsanitary conditions.

To me, it sounds like the medical travel for dental work may be the best.  I would really have to be convinced to do anything else. But apparently many people are convinced medical travel is worth it.