by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Spark Photography

Finding the perfect place to retire is no easy task, but the residents of Casa de las Campanas make it sound simple.

“If I designed a senior community it would be Casa de las Campanas,” declared resident and artist Julius Schwartz. “I can’t think of any other place I would like to live.”

Casa de las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo has been welcoming residents to its scenic retirement community since 1989. The 23-acre grounds accommodate 380 apartment homes and overlook Lake Hodges to the north and the 170-acre Rancho Bernardo Community Park to the south. A type A, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, Casa provides independent living with unlimited access to four levels of continuing healthcare.

“Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle in a casually elegant environment,” described Marge Pronovost, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The fine dining, services, and amenities are among the outstanding features Casa provides and the staff’s tenure is a testament to the expert onsite management provided by Life Care Services.”

[quote]If I designed a senior community it would be Casa de las Campanas.
~Julius Schwartz
Resident & Artist[/quote]

But it is the residents who make Casa home, comprising the welcoming community that greets new residents, sharing their own interests. “It was comforting to experience an immediate warm welcome,” reported resident Lucie Grauf. “I am at Casa de las Campanas with a grateful heart, wishing I had moved in sooner.”

Among the many organized activities residents can enjoy are cultural events including concerts, theater, and restaurant outings, classes such as Spanish, art, Bonsai, and Ikebana, as well as dances, hiking, yoga, tai chi, bridge clubs, golf and fantasy football. Residents also spearhead activities themselves. An example is Casa Residents for Education, run by resident Adrienne Kronenberger. More than 250 Casa residents volunteer their time to the organization which provides scholarships and outreach programs to local school children.

We looked into several other retirement communities in the San Diego area but we didn’t find one that appealed to us as well as Casa de las Campanas,” shared Maxine and Bob Anttila, who moved to Casa from Scripps Ranch. “The dining is outstanding and the staff is very friendly and helpful,” they continued. “Everything we need is right here and we remain confident that we made the right decision to come to Casa de las Campanas.”

See all that Casa has to offer by visiting their website at, or schedule a tour and complimentary lunch by calling Marge Pronovost, Director of Marketing
at(858) 592-1811.