Category Archives: Retirement Guides

Experience the Heart of Exotic Central America

Crowned one of the top retirement destinations by U.S News and World Report, and AARP, Nicaragua is Central America’s best-kept secret for baby boomer expats.

This tropical paradise has evolved into one of the safest countries in Central America with a reputation for its display of breathtaking scenery, incredible weather, and rich cultural traditions. Retirees looking to spend their golden years watching the sun set over the horizon, explore untouched, rugged terrain, and enjoy a low cost of living will find Nicaragua to be an idyllic setting.

One might think moving to an exotic, oceanfront destination is far fetched, especially living on retirement income, but according to International Living, boomers, and retirees can live comfortably for a fraction of what they would pay in the states. Nicaragua is known for affordable home options, low property taxes, and quality healthcare with an attractive retirement incentive for prospective expats. Their Pensionada Program is available to folks as young as 45, and offers a five-year residency permit, requires a minimum income of $600, and does not impose taxes on foreign income. As an additional bonus, residents can bring their vehicles over with no import tax.

Alternative Medicine Popular With Baby Boomers

“Health Isn’t a Goal, It’s a Way of Life.” Health markets are a mecca for colorful produce, probiotic beverages, and a steady stream of baby boomer clientele. This generation has grown up on grandma’s chicken soup, and bathtubs filled with ice to remedy everything from the common cold to measles, so it’s no surprise many of these health-savvy folks are choosing a holistic approach to what ails them. According to a CNN article, close to a third of Americans seek alternatives to traditional medicine with many 55+ communities getting on board with on-site yoga studios, farm to table offerings, and massage services.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health showed an increase in the use of alternative supplements like Omega 3 fish oil, and more older adults are looking to herbal remedies to treat a variety of conditions from arthritis, to insomnia. Even more promising, many insurance plans not only cover complimentary medicine such as a naturopath, or chiropractic services, but most require patients to try and fail conservative measures before authorizing more invasive treatments.

Coming in 2018: Overture Dadeland

Overture residents describe their communities as “multi-faceted, “beautiful,” and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave. This isn’t your average 55+ community, this is home for active adults who have dared to live better, and dream bigger than they ever have before. Coming in 2018, Overture Dadeland will be bringing high-rise luxury living to glorious Miami Florida. A true resort at home experience, these stunning, modern apartments are maintenance free, and thoughtfully designed to provide the ultimate in comfort, and convenience with unique amenities right outside your door.

This gated community will feature all the benefits of renting but with a high-end resort feel. From the moment 55+ residents step into their welcoming foyers, they will find themselves surrounded in luxury from the large windows that fill the space with natural lighting, private screened lanai’s, and gleaming modern appliances, and fixtures. Studios units up to two bedrooms, and one or two bath options are ideal for empty nesters, or retirees looking to downsize, and still be the envy of friends, and family with spacious walk in showers, expansive breakfast bars, granite countertops and some units with custom built-ins. Don’t let apartment living fool you, home packages also offer extra storage, and a full-size washer, and dryer. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine on your own private patio or whipping up a culinary masterpiece in your gourmet kitchen, Overture will have you falling in love with coming home.

New Waterfront Homes: Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay

Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay is K. Hovnanian’s’ most recent installment on Lake Bay Plantation’s 300-acre lake system, offering spectacular waterfront views, and eight miles of shoreline for whatever outdoor activity suits your fancy. For over 50 years, K. Hovnanian has designed homes to nurture, and enhance active lifestyles, with happy homeowners saying this was the “best decision they’ve made,” and they’re having a blast “re-living their youth.”

Located just 30 minutes from Charleston, this Summerville, South Carolina charmer is a haven for 55+ adults craving a lakefront lifestyle rich in outdoor recreation, and unparalleled scenery. Be as active, or relaxed as you wish with an endless array of fresh air activities from fishing, leisurely strolls, and boating, to kayaking, swimming, and paddle-boarding. Residents have access to miles of walking, and bike trails that showcase the area’s lush greenery, and wildlife. Outside of this picturesque age restricted community, golf pros will find expansive venues like the Club at Pine Forest, and Summerville Country Club.

Community Gardens Growing More Than Local Flavor

Spring is right around the corner, and newness is everywhere from the heavily budded trees to the first buttery yellow daffodils emerging from hibernation. As we’ve existed on hardy winter produce, most of us are anxiously anticipating the arrival of ruby red strawberries, tender lettuces, and sweet peas. Local farms will be gearing up for their community supported agriculture (CSA) season, with many retirement communities catching onto this idea by getting residents involved in growing gardens of their own. It’s no secret that the keys to longevity include fresh air and nutrient dense foods, but it’s also the camaraderie that makes the farm to table movement a great way to cultivate a close-knit community.

In Circleville, Ohio, the middle school turned apartment residence of Everts Hill, has brought community agriculture into its own backyard with a garden, and greenhouse that provides fresh, seasonal ingredients to its residents. Seniors will have access to the kitchen, and cafe that will serve as a catering business as well as give community members the chance for job opportunities.

New Homes at Anand Vihar

Named one of the best cities for retirees by Kiplinger, Tampa Bay is also home to the beautiful 55+ community of Anand Vihar. This stunning niche community founded by two of Tampa Bay’s most prestigious physicians Dr’s Namanshetty and Sanka brought their vision of vibrant active living to life. Anand Vihar translates to blissful living which couldn’t be more true of this age restricted neighborhood that brings beauty, luxury, and culture to boomers, and retirees. Tampa Bay has the highest population of Indian Americans in Florida making it a culturally rich destination with Anand Vihar ready to welcome 55+ homebuyers to a close-knit community of pure bliss.

Surrounded by a lush nature reserve, and the master-planned community of Meadow Pointe, Anand Vihar is a mecca for 55+ active adults to soak in Florida’s unbeatable weather and coastal lifestyle. It’s hard to imagine a location that rivals average highs of 82 degrees, no state income tax, endless entertainment, and close to one hundred golf courses. Townhome and condominium styles feature brilliantly laid out floor plans from the Garden and Courtyard Townhomes ranging in size from 2,073-2,575 square feet with 3-4 bedrooms, 3 baths, and up to two car garages, to spacious Lakeview Condos featuring 2-3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 1,313-1,521 square feet. These contemporary, classic designs are uniquely spacious compared to many single family homes, boasting open floor plans, with screened porches, verandas, attic storage, and luxurious master bedrooms, and baths.

Grand Opening: Valencia Bonita

Are you ready for a bold new move? Imagine a retirement destination where coming home was the ultimate stay-cation, and being surrounded in luxury with entertainment right outside your front door was another day in the neighborhood. The grand opening of Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs, Florida has brought the resort home giving 55+ homebuyers the house of their dreams in a high-end community that features amenities you won’t find anywhere else. Catch a Broadway-inspired show, or do some wine tasting, you’ll never look at staying in on a Saturday night the same way again.

Four home collections from single family floor plans to stately villas give residents unparalleled elegance and expansive living spaces with prices starting in the $300’s up to the $540’s. Ranging in size from 2,518 to 4,265, GL Homes has constructed exquisite gourmet kitchens, spa-like master baths, and luxurious master bedrooms with a retreat feel, with most offering his, and hers closet spaces. Boasting the latest in energy efficiency, and design details, boomers, and retirees can entertain to their heart’s content inside, and out thanks to spacious open great rooms, outdoor screened patios, and expertly designed landscaping. Storing your vehicles, or big boys toys are no problem with models offering 2-3 car garage options, also the ideal space for a workshop area or perhaps a man cave?

Travel Tips That Give Jet Lag the Boot

Jet setting season is fast upon us with baby boomers, and retirees heading off to far off places, to explore the world or take a domestic excursion. Traveling is an exciting way to experience life beyond our own backyards, and meet new people, but can also be draining especially when we transition between time zones, and disrupt our normal rhythm. Train, plane or automobile, active adults can learn to outsmart jet lag, and take advantage of every adventurous moment with travel-friendly tips worth packing their bags for.

Travel guide writer Rick Steve’s is most known for his popular European travel television series that takes viewers behind the scenes to explore the roads less traveled through the eyes of a local. One of his most useful tips when traveling abroad is setting your clock to wherever your destination may be, and get moving! Fresh air, and exercise is the best way to combat jet lag, and travel fatigue. Make it a point to drop your things off at the hotel, and lace up your walking shoes. Keeping up with the current time zone will help to regulate your internal clock, and give you more time to soak in your surroundings.