Age-Targeted Communities Bringing Generations Together

Choosing an age targeted vs. an age restricted community is a personal preference with some preferring the pitter patter of little feet over an adults only neighborhood. Both are geared towards a 55+, and active baby boomer lifestyle, but an age targeted community bridges the age gap allowing anyone to live there for a multigenerational experience. The ability to gather together within the same community is important to many looking for an active lifestyle in the company of friends, and loved ones.  Having the grandkids over during summer break? No problem.

Unlike age-restricted communities that are designed solely for the 55+ crowd, and age targeted community is a blend of generations.  Amenities within these communities are shared amongst residents with some providing additional features for youngsters such as play areas, and some even offering a pool just for kids.  While these communities are designed for 55+ active adults with features like ensuite baths, and single level ranch style homes, these neighborhoods often include two story layouts, and town-home options.  Many have outdoor common areas perfect for potluck gatherings, and typically provide a low maintenance lifestyle for busy families and baby boomers still in the workforce.

Rancho Mission Viejo in Orange County, California is home to a sprawling enclave of neighborhoods designed for both 55+ homebuyers, and young families alike . Each is equipped with an impressive array of amenities that residents of all ages are welcome to use, so whether you want to spend the day with the kids, or have cocktails on the veranda, the choice is yours. GlenLakes, Florida is an all age community that features beautiful home styles, and exciting clubhouse amenities in an idyllic setting. The nearby wildlife refuge, and sparkling Gulf Coast beaches are perfect for outdoor recreation.

The beauty of choosing an age targeted community, is you don’t have to put off living the good life. I often see these incredible resort style developments, and want to know how I sign up! The family dynamic has changed over the years with children moving back home i.e the boomerang generation, and age targeted communities allow for this whereas a strictly 55+ community places restrictions on how long younger visitors can stay. Across the country, age targeted communities are redefining when, and how to retire.  The hardest part? Finding the perfect location. Golf communities, coastal living or urban life, you don’t have to wait until you’re 55 to do it.