Monthly Archives: September 2013

6 Calorie-Burning Activities to Do as a Shores Resident

You know what’s fantastic about living at Shores (aside from the simple fact that you’re residing at one of the coolest communities in Marina del Rey)? We have so many easy ways for our residents to stay in shape! The reason we’ve made it easy is pretty clear: healthy living is important to us. That’s why our community is filled with so many different fitness opportunities. Here’s a sampling of what you can do at Shores to burn off those every day calories…and we guarantee you’ll love the convenience and the results!

1. Take a Spin Class or Boot Camp

According to our Fitness Concierge, Shores’ 45-minute spinning and boot camp classes can burn between 400 and 600 calories! The community plan is to start with weekly classes (spin classes are already underway) and then offerings will grow as more participants join up…so get your neighbors together and spin (or boot camp) your way to a killer body.

 2. Walk on the Treadmill
No one says you have to run a 10-minute mile to be in shape. The Mayo Clinic calculates that for a 160-pound person, walking at a speed of 3.5 mph will burn off 314 calories in an hour. If you walk on an incline, you’ll burn even more! It’s all about building up that endurance and feeling great.

3. Work Out in the Courtyard or Swim in the Pool

Shores has a gorgeous two-acre courtyard at your disposal for a quick run, an open-air yoga session or a brisk walk. Or you could walk in the courtyard and then swim some laps in the sparkling pool! Whatever you choose to do, there’s nothing like exercising in the fresh Marina del Rey air to revitalize you and burn calories at the same time.

 4. Work Out with a Personal Trainer
One of the best perks of Shores is the access to highly skilled Personal Trainers. Gretchen Ritter of The Results Factory (which represents over 150 trainers in L.A.) heads up the Fitness Concierge Services at Shores—so you can be sure the community’s personal trainers will be able to customize just the right training session for every interested Shores resident.

5. Take Yoga Classes

Yoga may not seem like a hard-hitting exercise activity but ask any devout yogis and they’ll tell you—they’re in the best shape of their lives. Shores will offer Yoga classes as part of the Fitness Concierge offerings—or you can always go out in the courtyard and practice yoga on your own time! Namaste.

6. Kayak on the Ocean
Paddle Board

Shores residents can also get their body moving out on the ocean (which—if we haven’t mentioned lately—is right across the street). Head up to Phins Watersports Club on Panay Way and rent a kayak, rowboat or paddleboard for a fun, open-air workout.

Now that you know how you can work off those calories, go ahead and splurge on that Chocolate Lava Cake at the Chart House—you can spin it off (or run, walk, etc.) tomorrow! What will your favorite fitness regimen be at Shores? Let us know in the comments section below.






Living at Shores: Enjoy the Venice Beach Music Festival on September 21-22

Without a doubt, one of the coolest perks of being a Shores resident is your location: you’re close to all of the action in Marina del Rey, Venice Beach, and Abbot Kinney. Tasty Thursdays. Boat parades. Body building contests. Music festivals. The best beaches in the world. All of it is just a short walk or bike ride away from Shores!


On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, residents will get another taste of the cool and coastal lifestyle with the annual Venice Beach Music Festival—just a short, 8-minute bike ride away from Shores.  From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can join hundreds of Venice locals—for FREE at Windward Plaza Park at 1 Windward Avenue—to tribute to the music, art, dance, and cultural milestones of this famous, yet eccentric community. As the sister festival to the Venice Spring Fling, the festival will include lively performances from Willie Chambers, Meet Me at the Pub, LOONER, The Familyhood Nextperience, Ya Harissa Bellydance Theater, Jet West, Michael Jost, ATS Bellydance and Drums, Champa 51, Stevie Starlight,  Samba Da Mundaca and more. There will also be food, vendor booths, and a whole lot more.

The Venice Beach Mustic Festival is one of many fun annual festivals and events that happen close to home at Shores.  Make sure to check it out!


Four Reasons to Choose Courtyard Views at Shores

When it comes to choosing a place to live at Shores, there are plenty of apartments—but one of the coolest spots to set down roots are those units with courtyard views. At $2,361 to $3,644 per month, the courtyard view units have their own unique advantages. For example, you have a great vantage point for watching everything that happens at Shores…yet you don’t ever need to leave your balcony! Here are four reasons to choose a courtyard view at Shores.

Night Shot

1. You’re in the center of the action…but not.

As a casual observer, you may not always want to be in the midst of the activity happening in the courtyard—but that doesn’t mean you want to live like a hermit either. When you’re centered around a two-acre park-like courtyard, you’ll always have free entertainment from a distance—whether it’s your neighbors splashing around in the pool, barbecuing with their buddies, playing a serious game of bocce ball or relaxing in one of the spas.

2. You can be first in and first out of the pool. 

Remember the last time you went to Vegas and all of the lounge chairs at your hotel were taken by the time you reach the pool? Well, if you have a courtyard view and you’re in Building H, J or K, you’ll avoid that scenario completely. In fact, you could be the first to know when you stake out your sunbathing territory when temps hit the 80s in the Marina. (See: Indian Summer).

3. You’ll get first dibs on the BBQs because you’re pretty close to them.

When the developers at Shores planned out their community, they made sure to specify brand new amenities that residents would enjoy. The top-of-the-line BBQs by Weber and outdoor seating areas are one example of their commitment to creating a center of social connection. If you happen to live in Buildings A, B or C facing the courtyard, you’ll have a bird’s eye view on all the fun parties, reunions and casual get-togethers happening at the community—plus you’ll have a pretty good idea of exactly when those state-of-the-art grilling machines are available for your cooking pleasure.

4. Unlike most courtyards, you won’t live in complete darkness.

Ok, everyone has seen those apartment courtyards with so much shade that a flower garden (much less a mid-afternoon Vitamin D nap) is a virtual impossibility. That’s not the case at Shores. The courtyard itself is filled with sunlight, plus, the architects of Shores made sure to orient the courtyard-facing apartments to take advantage of as much natural light as possible at varying times of day.  Just trust us when we say: “These are not your ordinary courtyard apartments.”

Can you think of any other reasons to choose a courtyard view apartment?  Let us know in the comments below!