Category Archives: Active Lifestyle

Creekside at Bethpage Is Living the Resort Life

For homes that look like an HGTV after photo, with a mile long schedule of exciting activities look no further than Creekside at Bethpage. This exciting 55+ community located within the highly desirable Raleigh-Durham metro area is a North Carolina charmer that combines an atmosphere of scenic beauty, and resort style living with urban amenities, and endless social opportunities. Home to 650 sites featuring four Ranch Editions, and beautiful single story townhomes, Creekside at Bethpage is like being on vacation every day of the week.

Home is where memories are made, and dreams are inspired which is why AV Homes designed each model to have an open, and airy layout filled with natural light, and elegant detailing from the crown molding, to the high-end countertops, and flooring. These gorgeous homes are available in 2-bedroom, and 2-2.5 bath floor plans each with spacious two car garages. Buyers will love walking into their open living, and dining spaces with options for elegant built-in shelving, breakfast bars, and retreat to their luxurious large master suites. Maintenance free landscaping, and spacious outdoor entertainment areas with options for covered patios, and fire pits give homeowners the freedom to entertain guests without the hassle of weekend yard-work.

Spokane Keeps the Winter Magic Alive

Warm weather retreats get all the attention this time of year, but some cities are so enchanting during the winter months that snowbirds may want to stay put. The Northwest city of Spokane Washington is one such destination known for its wintery charm and reputation for outdoor living. Named one of the best places to retire by Time Magazine, and a haven for active retirees, Spokane has the curb appeal of a big city yet maintains its small-town character. As Washington’s second largest city, 55+ residents don’t have to go far to find an abundance of amenities, entertainment, and affordable real estate. Northwest living is living as close to nature as possible, and from skiing to snowmobiling, winter in Spokane is an experience not to be missed.

Strolling along the tranquil riverbank, or witnessing the power of Spokane Falls, the natural beauty of Riverfront Park runs through the heart of the city, and when temperatures dip below freezing, a winter utopia awaits. The Ice Ribbon is a 650-foot paradise for ice skaters to meander in and out of frosted trees, take advantage of free skating lessons, and cozy up to a mug of hot chocolate around the fire pit. This iconic park is a postcard-worthy attraction home to the forty mile Centennial Trail, and Spokane River that turns a casual jog, or bike ride into a sensory experience.

Boomer Entrepreneurs Lead the Pack

Move over millennials, while fresh-faced college grads are getting their feet wet, business savvy baby boomers are moving full speed ahead to turn their favorite hobbies into flourishing careers. According to a 2014 publication of the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, 23% of new entrepreneurs were between 55, and 64 in 2013, compared to just over 18%  ten years prior. For anyone who’s spent a mundane day at the office asking themselves why they aren’t waking up to do what they love, well why not?  For many “retirees” the honeymoon phase after leaving the corporate grind is the perfect the time to start brainstorming ways to pursue passions instead of a paycheck.

The freedom of being one’s own boss opens up a world of possibilities. Baby boomers with their own start-ups have the advantage of channeling their creativity into something of their own making, creating their own schedules, and enjoying the flexibility that comes with business ownership. Whether someone’s spent years creating award-winning cuisine in their home, or fixed up vintage cars as a past-time, they’ve probably been asked at one time or another if they’ve considered making a living out of it. Transforming those interests into a potentially lucrative business opportunity is pushing the notion of retirement into the far distant horizon.

Ring In the New Year With an Encore

If you’re ready for a fresh start where the sun shines all year long, and lifelong friendships are made, AV Home’s newest 55+ community of Encore might be the perfect fit. Nestled within the beautiful master-planned community of Eastmark, this age-restricted enclave has everything active adults could ever dream up right at home. Located east of Phoenix in Mesa, Arizona, seasonal snowbirds, and year-round residents will find an all-inclusive resort style community designed to leave a lasting impression.

Construction of Encore began in 2015 with the goal of 973 homes upon completion. Earning nine awards from the National Association of Home Builders, AV Home’s commitment to excellence is evident from the moment you walk in the door. Encore features a four series design concept the Composer, Director, Producer, and Executive collections each featuring beautiful floor-plans starting in the $200’s, and boasting generous square footage. Low maintenance landscaping compliments Arizona’s desert climate, and options for Spanish-Colonial, Tuscan, Craftsman, and ranch style exteriors cater to every taste. Today’s 55 or better homebuyers desire homes that are built to evolve with them, and these modern, yet classic layouts feature age-friendly innovations that blend seamlessly into the overall design and offer timeless finishes. Flex spaces provide convenient functionality as home offices, or hobby areas, and spacious great rooms, and open kitchens are the ideal setting to host gatherings

Del Webb Brings Resort Living to Tampa Bay

What Florida bound snowbirds, and sun-loving baby boomers are putting on their must-have lists is affordability, quality of living, and a 55+ community that hits the mark in terms of style, and outstanding amenities. 2018 will be an exciting year for these active adults in the market for their dream home with the anticipated construction of Del Webb Bexley coming to Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Located northwest of Tampa named the 7th top city to retire by Bankrate.com, and within driving distance to Florida’s Gulf Coast shoreline, this Pasco County community will provide an unbeatable, all-inclusive lifestyle. With an expected 850 homes upon completion, and taking its design cues from discerning 55+ buyers, Del Webb has once again exceeded expectation.

Active adult buyers will find 489 acres of resort style living, and a community that caters to their every whim from hobby clubs, and sports activities, to access to one of Florida’s most desirable metro areas. This serene, gated community will feature a three series home design concept, Gardens, Estates, and Classics with each model showcasing modern, luxurious floor-plans, and energy-saving innovations. This beautiful age-restricted neighborhood will be a welcome addition to the 1,200-acre master-planned community of Bexley and be well suited to the boomers, and retirees that crave an engaging, on the go lifestyle. 55+ residents can hike, or bike along ten miles of scenic trails, explore tranquil nature preserves, and plans for a community garden and 17,000 square foot clubhouse will be the icing on this resort-style experience.

Tips For Your Healthiest Holiday Yet

If the holiday season has thrown a wrench in your daily routine, you’re not alone. Never has the term burning daylight been more fitting as we try and fit wellness in between gift shopping, spending time with family, and attending social engagements. Making your health a priority this time of year sounds easier said than done, but putting your best foot forward means putting yourself first. Nowadays healthy living is associated with fancy tonics, trendy superfoods, and endless spin classes, but creating realistic health goals you’ll WANT to stick with can be simple to do with these everyday tips

Practice Good Hydration
Just because it’s cold out, doesn’t mean we still don’t require ample amounts of water. Between running the heater, and day to day exertion, it’s easy to become dehydrated even during winter. The recommended 8-10 glasses is ideal, but other ways to boost your fluid intake can include brothy soups, fresh fruits, and herbal teas.

Budget Friendly Travel Hacks

Whether you plan to travel for the holidays, or you’re daydreaming about a summer getaway, traveling in your 50’s and beyond is an exciting time for adventure. Maybe you’re an empty nester, or recently retired, but wherever you find yourself, now is the perfect time to pull out the map, and start setting some goals. While jet-setting to Tahiti, might be a little extravagant, there are a few savvy strategies to get you out and exploring the world, or maybe your home state that won’t exhaust your resources.

Take Advantage of Senior Discounts
Becoming eligible for senior discounts may not always feel like a privilege, but when it comes to scoring deals on travel, dining, and shopping, you might find your boomer status can really work in your favor. Beyond just getting the “early bird special”, Many airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies offer reduced rates, and incentives for those 55+, and if you’re a retired veteran, additional discounts may also apply.

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Millsboro Captures Old Fashioned Values

As much as we love the bright lights, and vibrant energy of the big city, it’s the simple, small-town ambiance many of us associate with “home.” One Delaware city has the best of both worlds, being close enough to the action, yet still retains that Ozzie & Harriet sense of community. Rural, and progressive, Millsboro is a small gem of a town that everyone needs to know about. It’s one of those places you can pop into the hardware store or the grocery market, and people know you by name versus just one in a crowd. It’s a quiet city, but the locals consider it an ideal place to put down roots.

Founded in 1792, Millsboro’s agricultural industry thrived for more than century and continues to be a major economic contributor to this day. This Sussex County charmer is located in Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City, Maryland with U.S Route 113 providing easy access to all the cities in between. Boasting no sales tax, low property taxes, and overall affordability, it comes as no surprise Millsboro is a fantastic destination for boomers and retirees. For someone seeking an exciting all-inclusive lifestyle, the 55+ community of Independence by Schell Brothers is just one of the many reasons why active adults love living here. With a 24,000 square foot clubhouse, exciting amenities, and lively happy hours, this community is a prime example of the quality of life that awaits in Millsboro.