Last week I got the chance to speak with Mr. Brice Harris, a retired man living in Pasadena, California. Harris is a resident of the Villa Gardens Retirement Community, where people live independently or with assisted living. Before retiring, Harris worked as a college professor, teaching at Occidental College, and is now an active and enthusiastic member within the Villa Gardens community.
You'll still find a few missed corners, and right up against the pounding Pacific surf, too -- places that have yet to succumb completely to stereotype. Here are four terrific SoCal beach communities that for various reasons have yet to lose their connection to the real world -- and why you should pay them a visit before it's all gone.