New Florida Homes at the Villages of Seloy

Villages of Seloy in the “ancient city” of St. Augustine, Florida, is a beautiful 55+ community set against a historic backdrop of old world ambience, From the moment residents approach the artfully designed gated entrance surrounded by waving palms, and a bubbling fountain, The Villages promises a low maintenance lifestyle rich in amenities, pride of ownership, and the incredible climate Florida is known for. Buyers will find modern condo designs with high end features in a natural setting for a truly carefree way of life.

Located just 30 minutes from Jacksonville, The Villages of Seloy boasts low maintenance homes, and immaculate landscaping. Residents have a the choice of four open floor plans with idyllic layouts for entertaining. Homes start at $254,900 offering 2-3 bedrooms, and 2 baths with spacious two car garages. For an additional cost, 55+ homebuyers can enjoy serene lakefront, or nature preserve views. Geared towards outdoor living, screened patios, and sunrooms are perfect for hosting gatherings, or leisurely evenings taking in a Florida sunset. Classic design features including crown molding, granite countertops, walk in closets, and stainless appliances have a luxurious feel with the practicality of full security systems, energy efficient heating, and cooling, and innovative sun tunnels.

Coming Soon Late 2017 The Grand Monarch Senior Living

Thought single family dwellers had all the fun? Apartment communities have moved up the ladder as a popular housing option for baby boomers, and retirees looking to downsize, or seeking a maintenance free lifestyle. The lock up and leave aspect of apartment living is attractive to snowbirds on the move, and busy 55+ executives who just want to come home, and relax. Six miles from downtown Denver, The Grand Monarch Senior Living in Lakewood, Colorado is gearing up to unveil an amenity rich luxury lifestyle, where Rocky Mountain Views, and limitless activities have prospective residents clamoring to get on the list.

Avenida Partners, the developer behind this exciting 55+ community puts seniors in control of their finances by allowing tenants to choose which services they pay for rather than stretching their budgets for those they don’t. Not your average apartment community, The Grand Monarch boasts luxurious amenities, beautiful modern floor plans, and immaculate garden courtyards. Residents will find high end apartment homes that feature stainless steel appliances, granite counters, and the convenience of a full size washer, and dryer. Thoughtful design details from the flooring, and cabinetry to a private balcony for morning coffee, offer a life of style, and ease of maintenance.

Coming Soon 2018 The Crest of Alexandria

Alexandria, Virginia brings vibrant energy to a historic stage, attracting visitors, and 55+ residents alike to experience a lifestyle where the ghosts of yesteryear, and modern amenities coexist. Founded in 1749, this charming waterfront destination on the Potomac River, is just minutes from D.C, and where the beautiful active adult community The Crest of Alexandria will debut in 2018. Named one of the 10 most walkable cities by AAA, and boasting a European ambience with its cobblestone streets, and vintage flair, The Crest defines a 55+ lifestyle surrounded by lush natural beauty, with an urban appeal.

Three premier builders were selected to create a community set apart from the congestion of the city, yet within close distance to services, and entertainment. This peaceful community is located five miles from the Capital Beltway, and will bring active adults closer to nature with tree lined walking trails, gardens, ponds, and outdoor entertaining areas. With home sales expected to start this spring, The Crest will feature single family homes, condominiums, and town-homes that offer the convenience of an elevator system. Single family floor plans will offer a first floor owner suite, two car garages, and private patios. For 55+ boomers, and empty nesters looking to downsize, town-home, and condominiums will offer garage parking, a patio or deck, and option for private storage spaces.

group of senior friends enjoying meal in outdoor restaurant

CoHousing : Seniors Find Independence Aging in Community

Remember the days when asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar, or ride to the market was a day in the life? The support of neighbors especially as we age is priceless particularly for those without family nearby, or who live alone. For the residents of Glacier Circle in Davis, California, the concept of senior co-housing has created a commune of active adults living independent lives, with fellow age peers nearby to lend a helping hand. As the country’s first “aging in community” neighborhood, the value of knowing someone is there when you need them has led to the development of numerous co-housing communities across the nation.

According to the Cohousing Association of the United States, residents of these neighborhoods commit to promoting a sense of community, engaging themselves, and others in the practice of sharing. Sometimes considered a senior commune, co-housing developments are made up of individual homes that surround a shared space such as a clubhouse with a kitchen, laundry area, or dining space. Outdoor walking trails, and community gardens are common features in these neighborhoods focusing on bringing like minded active adults together for group activities. What makes these communes so unique is they allow residents to enjoy the privacy of their home, while taking part in social events like potlucks, movie nights, and the sharing of resources.

Ways to Share the Love This Valentine’s Day

While the lines at See’s Candy are wrapped around the block, and local florists are in a frenzy of ribbon, and rose petals, this very loving time of year could be spent giving back, and spending time with friends. You don’t have to be hitched to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in fact not being committed to a dinner reservation gives you the freedom to use your talents, and connect with those around you. Get creative this year with some heartfelt ways to show you care.

Start a Singles Group

Live in a 55+ neighborhood? With all the social clubs many offer, why not start a group for singles? It’s an amazing way to meet new people, and share exciting activities. Mix it up once and a while and get together for a dance class, wine tasting, or try a new restaurant. Even if sparks don’t fly, socializing with fellow singles is the perfect opportunity to make lifelong friends, and share something in common.

Beautiful Manufactured Homes at Monte Cristo

Manufactured homes, can make buying a home an affordable reality for baby boomers dreaming of homeownership but may not be able to afford the burden of a site built home. Many manufactured communities provide residents with the same amenities, quality craftsmanship, and feel of a traditional neighborhood at a budget friendly price. The quaint, agricultural town of Livingston, California is home to the peaceful manufactured community of Monte Cristo in Merced County. 55+ homebuyers will find spacious, beautiful floor plans designed by Sterling Home Showcase named Retailer of the Year by the California Manufactured Housing Institute, with a reputation for integrity, and high quality construction.

Sterling Homes offers a variety of home models, and offers active adults an array of options to customize their dream home from granite countertops, to high end finishes, and fixtures. Love to entertain? Open floor plans with up to 1,782 square feet of space, buyers have the choice between 1-3 bedrooms, and 1-2 baths with plenty of room to host family, and friends. These homes feature large kitchens with some boasting a center island, stainless steel appliances, plenty of counter space, and gleaming cherry finish cabinetry. For a spa like feel, home owners will find models with beautiful tiled showers, double vanities, and a private water closet. California living is all about enjoying the sunshine, and with large windows, and open living areas, natural lighting makes these homes feel light, and airy.

Brand New In 2016: Del Webb The Woodlands

A destination where nearly 8,000 acres of green space, wildlife, and an abundant lifestyle come together to create the idyllic setting is what 55+ retirees will find at The Woodlands. This new Del Webb community is near the township of Woodlands, Texas, a 28,000 acre master planned community that weaves its natural forested environment with high end homes, exciting attractions, and convenient access to services, and entertainment. This beautiful gated community is located just 30 miles north of downtown Houston, and offers everything active adults desire in a home, with an array of incredible amenities at their fingertips.

The Woodlands features seven single family home designs ranging in size from 1,710 to 2,593 square feet, with spacious two car garages, and options for 2-4 bedrooms, and up to 4 baths. Del Webb is known for building homes with innovative details, and design concepts, and this vibrant community is no exception. 55+ homebuyers will find floor plan options with gorgeous cook’s kitchens, formal dining areas, spacious open living rooms, and flex spaces perfect for a home office, or hobby area. Homeowners can also enjoy customization options depending on the model from sun rooms, and fireplaces, to covered patios, and lofts. Architectural details such as tray ceilings, wainscoting, and the brilliantly designed Everyday Entry to keep things organized, and clutter free.

Mentoring Helps Seniors Find Purpose

A mentor helps you see the beauty in your dreams~ As a kid, my greatest source of wisdom was my grandmother. She was a fountain of knowledge, inspiration, and in some instances a healthy dose of tough love. To this day her legacy, and words live on in my heart, and I continue to use her life lessons each and every day. If I had advice to give to our younger generation, it would be to find a mentor. Every child needs someone to confide in, to gain advice from, and feel inspired by, and seniors can benefit equally by imparting their years of knowledge, and provide a listening ear. How many times do we hear older adults wishing they wish they could teach today’s youth a thing or two? Well why not get involved?

Volunteer work gives seniors the opportunity to use their time serving others, provides a sense of purpose, and improves self esteem. Working with youth is particularly impactive for older adults who may not have grandchildren nearby, and for those blessed with a heart of service. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Foster Grandparent Program through Senior Corps, gets 55+ adults involved in their community by becoming mentors, and friends to young people struggling academically, who may be going down the wrong path in life, and assisting those with disabilities.