Category Archives: Retirement Guides

Find Your Happy Place In Naples Florida

According to last year’s Census, the number of sun-seeking Floridians over 65 made up 19.1% of the state’s population, and the numbers continue to be on the upswing. Tax-friendly, and health-minded, Florida’s coastal lifestyle attracts droves of baby boomers from snowbirds to empty nesters with one city, in particular, coming out on top in all its white sanded glory. Rated the number one city by the Gallup Well-Being index, and featured by Forbes, and Kiplinger as one of the best destinations to retire, Naples is as close to paradise as it gets.

Located 40 miles south of Fort Myers, this gulf town is one of the few places where balmy tropical breezes, flip-flops, and beach days are enjoyed even in the dead of winter. Retirees are not only attracted to the flawless aesthetic of Naples with its palm-lined streets, upscale plazas, and colorful Neapolitan architecture, but the lifestyle itself is one that promotes healthy living, rich culture, and a positive perspective. With a laid-back vibe, and clear aquamarine waves brushing up against the white sand, it’s easy to understand why they call it the Paradise Coast.

The Smart Benefits of Home Automation

We’ve come a long way from “The Clapper” when innovations like Alexa and remote climate control seemed so futuristic. Each year smartphone, and home automation technology gets bigger, and better offering endless options for making life a little easier. Some might find these voice controlled gadgets a bit of a frivolity, but these groundbreaking technologies have changed the way baby boomers are aging in place. Imagine running your entire home on command without having to flip a switch? From enhancing security to programming entertainment systems, tech-savvy homebuyers are living the future right now.

Safety First: If you’ve ever left the house wondering if the garage was left open, home automation takes the guesswork out of home security. Home automation goes a step above standard alarm systems by allowing residents to be in control over what goes on at home from their smartphone or laptop. Everything from monitoring security cameras to keyless entry can all be managed remotely which is a revolutionary concept for baby boomers that do a great deal of traveling. Brookfield Residential’s innovative Smart Home design offers the voice-activated Amazon technologies with the ability to set important reminders like remembering to take medications or keeping track of appointments.

A Taste of the South at Falls Crest

What do baby boomers want more than a turnkey, move-in ready home? A builder that intuitively knows what they’re looking for, and adds the perfect finishing touch. The newly opened Del Webb community of Falls Crest is the southern belle of Kennesaw, Georgia where every day feels like a weekend, and luxury comes standard. 55+ buyers will find an inviting collection of three low maintenance home designs located just minutes from shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. The Atlanta suburb of Kennesaw is modern, and historic, and has seen an increasing number of out-of-state empty nesters, and retirees are drawn to its small-town appeal, low cost of living, and family-oriented atmosphere.

The community of Falls Crest offers a collection of beautiful ranch-style homes that are designed to bring family, and friends together, and provide a relaxing retreat to unwind. Each home features design elements unique to Del Webb including elegant built-ins, luxurious master suites, and outdoor living spaces. The three series collection includes Castle Rock, Abbeyville, and Martin Ray, that range in size from 1,755 to 1,961+ square feet depending on the model. Active adults can choose from a host of customization options to suit their lifestyle from spacious second floor lofts to sunrooms. Screened in porches for sipping sweet tea, and watching sunsets, charming cafe style dining areas, and fully equipped gourmet kitchens will have residents feeling inspired to pull up a seat at the breakfast bar.

3 Reasons Airbnb Has an Advantage

Booking travel accommodations via the internet is convenient, and easy, but depending on your destination it can be an expensive way to way to go. If you’re looking to stretch your travel dollars, and try something out of the ordinary, consider making reservations with the vacation rental brand that has taken the travel industry by a storm, Airbnb has introduced an ingenious alternative to pricey hotels, and bed and breakfasts, giving travelers a budget-friendly way to see the world. Developed in 2008, Airbnb is a growing online platform for hosts to rent out everything from studio apartments, to European castles. Currently available in over 190 countries, and across the U.S, this popular booking site is changing the way the world travels.

Enjoy a Home Away From Home
The caveat to staying in someone’s home is foregoing room service, but most would prefer to supply their own pillow mints, and towels in exchange for staying in some of the most desirable destinations in the world. Along with experiencing an authentic local immersion, another benefit to staying in an Airbnb is having a space that feels more like home. Depending on where you’re staying amenities may include a fully equipped kitchen, on site laundry facilities, and extra bedrooms to save on group travel.

Townhome Living Goes Upstate

Nestled in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, surrounded by over four hundred years of history, and a downtown reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting, Toll Brother’s new community, Regency at Wappinger the Meadows, is a piece of New York luxury. Home to the existing single-family Villas Collection, this beautiful master planned community now offers a luxurious series of ninety three low-maintenance townhomes. From empty nesters, to 55+ retirees, townhomes are a popular housing trend for those looking to combine the ease of condo living, and the appeal of a single family home without sacrificing space or style.

Ranging in size from 1,492 to 2,005 square feet, these generously sized townhomes are available in eight designs, and are priced starting at $364,995. Buyers will find airy, open living areas and exquisite details from crown molding, and wainscoting, to gleaming hardwood flooring. Convenience and beauty come together with first floor master suites, expansive gourmet kitchens, and models that feature a gorgeous finished basement for entertaining. It’s the thoughtful attention to detail that makes these homes distinctly Toll Brothers with unique design elements including two-story foyers, second-floor lofts, and inviting breakfast rooms.

What Boomers Are Loving About Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona has long been one of the country’s most popular destinations for snowbirds, and retirees known for its endless sunshine, upscale amenities, and year-round recreation. Fodor’s, Livability, and the Huffington Post have all given this Sonoran Desert oasis gold stars for retirement living which isn’t surprising considering the climate has no off season, and more than forty 55+ communities have made Scottsdale their location of choice. Home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West, and historic landmarks including Old Town, and Papago POW Escape Monument, the city has a vibrant energy that boomers find irresistible.

Superior Golf -When it comes to golf destinations Scottsdale takes tee time to a utopian level. With over 200 challenging courses, and Arizona’s stunning desert landscape in the backdrop, golf is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Over a dozen of these nationally recognized courses were ranked the nation’s best by Golf Digest, from the Tom Fazio designed Estancia Club boasting spectacular Pinnacle Peak Mountain views, to the breathtaking scenery of Troon North Golf Club. Golf devotees may have a hard time deciding which course to choose first, but with 330 days of sun, nobody needs to take a rain check.

Earning Extra Credit On Your Home

Tax season is here, and as a homeowner you’ll be checking off the list of deductions from paid interest to property taxes, but what about that new water heater you installed? Depending on the home improvement project, or modification, you may be eligible for a tax credit to start a vacation fund, or purchase that sofa set you’ve been eyeing.

Cosmetic Or Credit?
While applying a fresh coat of paint, or installing granite counter tops can boost the resale value of your home, they won’t qualify as a write off. According to Turbo Tax, improvements that change the aesthetic of the home like putting in a pool contribute to the structural appeal only, but can’t be counted as a deduction. On the flip side, making modifications to improve a home’s accessibility could pay off. Aging in place is becoming a popular trend with baby boomers, and renovations such as zero threshold showers, or opening up entryways to accommodate a wheelchair can be considered deductible medical expenses. Before you embark on a big change, it’s a good idea to consult with a financial advisor to help get the most out of your investment.

The City of Arts Welcomes Sterling at Terramor

Newly introduced to the beautiful master planned community of Terramor, Sterling by CalAtlantic Homes is a haven for active adults looking to kick back and make this their best experience yet. 55+ buyers will love being the first to step inside these brand new homes, and immerse themselves in all that Sterling, and the surrounding community has to offer. Located about an hour outside of Los Angeles, the Inland Empire town of Riverside, known as the City of Arts is an upscale age-friendly destination for boomers to live, work, and play.

Sterling offers four 3 bedroom, 2-3 bath home designs priced in the $500,000’s ranging in size from 2,206-2,483. Each elegant floor plan has been designed to reflect a life of luxury with open island kitchens, spacious walk-in showers, and in demand details including large pantries, inviting Great Rooms with options for fireplaces, and plenty of cabinet space. What sets these homes apart, is the innovative addition of the California Room. Part living room, part outdoor retreat, this trending design feature turns outdoor entertaining into a resort-style event. Welcoming foyers, flex rooms, and extra bedroom space will give buyers the idyllic set-up for hosting family, and friends.