What We Do at SC Villas

I am a person who rarely sits in complacency, and my San Clemente Villas is a reflection of who Paul and I are as people. We love to entertain and to make people happy. Whenever we can, we bring that joy of living to our residents and their families, and we throw some great parties at San Clemente Villas.

One of everyone’s favorites is the group the Kelly Boys. We recently had a great country how down, the band and the Kelly Boyz helped take our dance to  a whole other level. A great time was had by all!!

My favorite photographer, Mark Montgomery was once again on hand to snap some great photos of the festivities. He always makes us look good, but beyond that, he is able to capture the joy we all feel when we host, and participate in these events..

Take a look for yourself:

Aileen Brazeau


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Fun at the Villas

Some people have the perception that living in a retirement community is boring. I don’t know about other communities, but at my San Clemente Villas, we have a good time.

There is always something going on. We hold Charity events, Chamber Mixers, celebrations and we even have Poker and Casino nights for our residents, and often times other members of our San Clemente Community and families of our residents attend our events.

We also take field trips to various landmarks around Southern California, and hold classes, exercise sessions and best of all, dances with good music. No one is required to attend, but all who live here are welcome, and most people love our events.

Aileen Brazeau

San Clemente Villas


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Fall Is Coming

fall wardrobe choices for Aileen Brazeau

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Our weather is still warm, and thank goodness we have finally had a few rain storms, but I am getting excited about putting some new fall outfits together. We don’t get much of a change of season here in South Orange County. But the leaves will turn, the evenings and early mornings will get cooler. The air smells fresher and more crisp. Fall is kind of the best of both worlds for me. Warm, breezy afternoons, cool evenings, and a chance to switch to warmer fall colors for a few months.

Of course Fall also means that another year has gone by all too quickly, and that part bothers me a bit. It seems each passing year goes by more quickly. I wish I could make things slow down just a little. The other side of Fall season means the Holidays are coming, and I love them. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years..the best time of the year.


Aileen Brazeau

Aileen At Del Mar Racetrack Opening Day 2012

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Aileen Networking

As Co-Owner of San Clemente Villas part of my job is to be out in the community talking about our beautiful Villas by the Sea. We sponsor Chamber of Commerce mixers at San Clemente Villas, and whenever possible attend local charity and networking events. Back in July I attended a local business networking event. Not only was it enjoyable, I got to see some friends that I hadn’t seen for a while, and to top it off, I made some new friends. Networking is an important and enjoyable part of being a business owner!!

If you are invited to local events in your community, take the time to go. Clear a little space in your busy day and get out, meet new people, connect with old friends.


Aileen Brazeau

Supporting families, supprting Camp Pendleton Marines and Navy, Charities, Sponsor, giving, Aileen Brazeau in Action

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Setting and Achieving Goals

Aileen & Paul Brazeau

Aileen & Paul Brazeau

My husband and I own two businesses, I work out regularly, exercise and watch how we eat. To keep things running smoothly and profitably, we both set goals. I set goals for my personal health, I set goals for San Clemente Villas, and Paul and I set goals for Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms. It is a process, and although it’s not always our favorite thing to do, we know that it is important to have goals, and to meet those goals.  The saying goes, “fail to plan and plan to fail.”

When I make a plan for San Clemente Villas or the Horse Farm, or my personal goals, I start at the beginning. What is our optimal occupancy rate for the Villas? What will it take for our horses to win races? How much working out should I do to achieve the desired level of fitness? Which weight loss plan best suits my temperment?

Those are all the starting points I use in order to begin building my list of things I must do, each and every day to meet those goals. If I want to keep all of the apartments at San Clemente Villas full, what is it that I must do to achieve that? I write down everything, and then build a plan. If part of the plan isn’t working, I replace it with something else until I get just the right balance. Sometimes the entire plan has to be scrapped and I start over. But I never, ever give up.

When something unexpected or unpleasant happens, I can get a little upset, but only for a short time. Then I sit back , analyze what went wrong, and try to take something from that experience that I can use to be successful going forward. Remember, I am in a people business. If  I  don’t believe, and show that I care just as much about the people in my business as I do about the business itself, it won’t work.

Last of all, in business, and in life, you have to be willing to take risks. Not foolish, reckless risk, but risks nonetheless. You cannot be afraid to fail. That fear will keep you from ever achieving any of your life’s goals. So do your research, make a best case scenario, then a worse case scenario, and go for it.

Aileen Brazeau

Co-Owner of Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms

Co-Owner of Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms

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Today, A Poem

Today I only wish to share something which warms my heart. It is a poem by Shel Silverstein:

“Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

There is a place where the sidewalk ends                                                       loving spring san c kwatson
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.”

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December Events with Aileen and SC Villas !

December is a very busy month for myself, my San Clemente Villas and my family. I love to entertain,  Paul and I feel very strongly about contributing to charities in our local community. It’s not enough simply to donate, we like to create events. This way people get something special out of it, and our local charities get donations!!

These events aren’t  simply for myself and the charities, though, they are  for my residents as well. The Holidays can be a wonderful time of the year, but for elder family members whose sons and daughters live far away, it can be a tough time as well.  We try to make certain they have plenty of events to look forward to. On top of that we open many of those events to our local community. It’s not just the same people they see every day.

On December 8th, the Pet Photos Day with Santa was a great success. The Families who came to have their photos done loved it, and our residents got a  big kick out of it as well.


Photos with Santa aren’t just for kids and Pets !!


  1. Photos with Santa aren’t just for kids and pets, we grown ups like our time with Santa as well. Here is one of our people getting her Christmas wish list in with Santa Clause. You are never too old for Santa!!





What else is on the schedule at San Clemente Villas?

 On Dec. 11th, I am hosting an Alzheimer Family dinner for the residents and their families.

  1. Dec. 17th,  San Clemente Villas will have a  Lasagne Dinner with  Entertainment by a someone who has entertained for us before, with great success. He is called  “The OC Elvis”
  2. Dec. 18th, I am hosting a Family  Casino Night, Crap Tables, Roulette Table, 4 Black Jack tables, 1 Texas Hold em Poker table.

These are the events we already hosted in December: the most successful one was our Pet Photo Day: it was featured in the OC Register, and our activities director Barbara did a really sweet video for us; click here to see it

To see the article in the OC Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/santa-380099-clemente-shelter.html

  • Dec. 1st, San Clemente Villas hosted Kids with Santa Photos for the residents and local children:



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SC Villas Hosts Pet Photos With Santa

This year instead of just getting a photo of the kids taken with Santa, why not have one of your four legged family member? Those of us who own dogs know firsthand the love they bring to our lives. I know that in my home my dog is a cherished member of our family.

Here is my quote in the local news paper, please stop by and get your pet’s photo taken, and sure, you can bring the kids too!!


“The public is invited to bring the pets (and of course the kids) for professionally-taken pet photos with Santa, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:30 am to 3 pm, at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. Aileen Brazeau, co-owner of the Villas, says, “In most homes, pets are beloved creatures that elevate moods, calm holiday frustrations and deliver untold hours of fun and frolic for both kids and adults. So we decided to offer families a chance to commemorate the contributions of their pets by immortalizing them with the help of a professional photographer. It is suggested that attendees tender a $20 donation for the Pet Project Foundation, a most valuable part of our community which benefits the animals of the San Clemente – Dana Point Animal Shelter. For a $20 donation participants receive 2 photos at the event, or you can download them.”

It’s a classic win win event, something precious for you to remember your pet and a gift to help other pets!!

Aileen Brazeau

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Long Term Care Insurance Seminar at SC Villas

San Clemente Villas will be hosting a Long Term Care planning seminar at our Villas on November 28th. It is important for men and women to begin planning early for their retirement years, but no matter what your age, you should begin to learn what your options are.

So today, I would like to share with you some hints I have gathered from different Web sites.

Retirement Planning–Five Beginning Steps to Take

Step One: Define Your Retirement

Sometimes a couple reaches 65 and the husband is ready to sell the family home and buy a condo on the golf course or a cabin in the woods. All the while the wife is dreaming of remodeling the family home and traveling the world. It’s important for you to have a conversation about what you each want, and to find a compromise that will suit you both.

Step Two: Count Your Money

How much money is in your savings? What investments do you have? What type of dividends will they pay on an annual basis? Are you going to sell your home to help fund retirement? You may want to re-think that. It might be better to pay it off, fix it up and stay put. Rents can rise, and if your home is paid off, all you have are taxes, maintenance and insurance. Or maybe you sell the big home and get a smaller, more manageable place. Remember, retirement can actually cost less than working for most people. The everyday expenses of lunches, gas and work clothing are no longer a concern at retirement.

Step Three:  Get a Thorough Check-Up.

Your health is going to have a very big effect on your retirement years. If you are overweight, it might be time to begin changing your eating habits. You don’t have to go all radical, but make easy substitutions: eat more fruit and less candy. Have low-fat butter, milk and ice cream instead of the fat-laden type. Use less mayonnaise. Maybe even substitute a nice glass of red wine for hard liquor. And gradually step up your exercise. If your goal is to take a cruise and walk around those world-famous cities you always see on TV, and if you have never walked much before, then the trip won’t be as much fun. So get on an easy- to-follow health plan now!!

Step Four: Determine Social Security Status.

If you are only 62 or 63 when you retire, should you collect Social Security right away? There are two schools of thought on that one. The government and many financial planners will tell you the longer you wait, the more money you will receive in your monthly allotment. However, some people say, I never know for certain how long I will live, and I want to use the money now. It’s up to you. Most people these days say take it as soon as you can get it. That is up to you and your financial planner to decide.

Step Five: Start Widening Your Circle of Friends

Sometimes most of our friendships revolve around the people in our neighborhoods or our childrens’ friends and family. But if you are moving, or you want to do things these current friends aren’t so much interested in, you are going to have more fun if you have cultivated some friendships based upon mutual interests. The sooner you do that, the more possible it is that you will have everything in place for a great retirement.

Follow these five steps and you will be off to a fine start!



Aileen Brazeau




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