Category Archives: 55+ Homes

Making Your Next Fifty Years Your Best Fifty Years

When developer Tony Berry of The Berry Companies started thinking about creating his first 55+ active adult community, he knew it would need to be unlike anything he’d seen before. Berry understood that while today’s population is aging, people are living longer and they want those years to be active, productive, and meaningful. On top of that, they want to be able to “age in place,” transitioning as their needs change without having to change their address. That meant a variety of housing options along with an uncompromising collection of features and amenities.

Now, just a few years later, Berry’s vision is quickly becoming a reality. Revel at Carolina Park, a 45-acre active adult gem situated inside one of the Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina’s premier master-planned communities, is just a few months away from welcoming its first residents. Located minutes from historic Charleston and some of the east coast’s favorite beaches, Revel at Carolina Park is preparing to set a new standard for 55-plus living.

Revel at Carolina Park can really change the way people look at living their second 50 years,” said Berry. “We’re creating a thriving, connected, wellness-oriented community for people 55+ who are looking to enjoy a simpler lifestyle and make the most out of every day.”

Plans for the “Un-Retirement” community feature a variety of right-sized housing options for each life stage as residents age. 130 cottage homes will be created by David Weekley Homes’ Encore division, offering attractively priced, single-story living. 234 elegant one and two-bedroom apartments professionally managed by Greystar will provide residents with a carefree and maintenance-free lifestyle. And for those requiring a little more of a helping hand, assisted living and memory care residences managed by highly-regarded and family-owned Senior Solutions will offer a wide range of care options

Among the community’s key features is an 8,000-square foot Wellness and Recreation Center, which will be home to a resort-style outdoor pool, expansive workout and fitness facilities, yoga and Pilates studio, spa and treatments rooms, and social gathering spaces. The facility will have a full-time Fitness & Lifestyle Coordinator to oversee all planning and programming, and residents will receive complimentary wellness and fitness evaluations. Additionally, residents will enjoy access to pickleball and bocce courts, wellness gardens, lakefront walking/biking paths, an outdoor amphitheater, and much more.

“We’re set in the heart of the South Carolina Lowcountry, which is about as beautiful as it gets all year-round, “said Berry. “Within a few minutes’ walk or drive, there are shops, restaurants, pharmacies, a full-service hospital, and even a brand new public library. It’s an ideal location in one of the region’s most popular towns.”

Residential options are perhaps Revel’s strong suit, with a wide range of offerings. Construction is already well underway on the Revel Active Adult Apartments, and pre-leasing has begun with the first occupancy anticipated later this summer. Managed by nationally-acclaimed Greystar, these elegant 1- and 2-bedroom units boast a long list of standard features, with some units offering covered parking and even small private yards. For leasing information, call 843.633.2856. Construction on four model cottage homes created by Encore by David Weekley Homes is expected to begin shortly, while The Marsh Assisted Living & Memory Care is aiming to welcome its first residents in early 2022.

“We’re making life easy and giving people the opportunity to really enjoy this special time of life and the freedom that comes with it, concluded Berry. “Everything about Revel at Carolina Park will be about living the best life possible in the best environment imaginable.”

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.

Retirement Communities Give Back to Their Hometowns

Housing designed for baby boomers and empty nesters takes the term “senior” out of the equation, focusing on promoting an active lifestyle, and offering amenity-rich neighborhoods. While 55+ communities continue to enhance the lives of residents, they have an even greater impact on the surrounding city. Many don’t realize how valuable these communities are, and how they influence the social, and economic infrastructure of the town they’re established in. From supporting the local art scene to providing volunteer services, retirees aren’t the only ones benefiting from their communities.

State of the art healthcare facilities are important to seniors, and most active lifestyle communities are within close proximity to reputable hospitals and medical centers. The upside to having top-rated facilities nearby is boosting the employment rate within a city, also providing job opportunities to baby boomers still in the workforce.

55+ Housing

Navigating the 55+ Housing Boom

According to the latest numbers, the Baby Boomer generation makes up 76 million of the U.S population, and with that comes an increased demand for housing, and services geared toward this discerning demographic. We’re no longer living in an era where you have your retirement cake send-off, and organize a major yard sale to downsize your life. Sure, aging in place with Jeopardy on the DVR may be a textbook move, but this isn’t how active adults are tackling their next phase. Boomers are the driving force behind the hundreds of age-targeted, and age-restricted communities designed to give them what they really want, and that’s not just a home, but an all-inclusive lifestyle. Looking ahead, most 55+ buyers aren’t looking to scale down at all, and are demanding more square footage, an abundance of amenities, and a desirable location.

Bon Ayre by Lenape Builders

Bon Ayre is an active adult living community in the small and peaceful town of Smyrna, Delaware which was recently ranked 31st overall in 100 Best Small Towns in America. Bon Ayre is one of the best retirement communities in Delaware as it offers a serene and relaxing ambiance. Its calm surroundings and four gorgeous climates make the best Delaware living for the adult community.

For an active adult and lifestyle community, great amenities are very essential. Bon Ayre actually features a community building with a clubhouse, exercise room, large meeting room, card room, and billiard room- perfect for the retirees’ active lifestyle. Moreover, Delaware is known for its gorgeous beach resorts, museums, leisure parks, wildlife refuges, and historic places. It is also home to various festivals and fun events.

Should Snowbird Travel Should You Rent or

Snowbird Travel Should You Rent or Buy?

Playing golf in the dead of winter instead of being huddled around the fireplace has prompted active adults to seek refuge in warm, sunny destinations like Florida, California, and Arizona. If this is your first snow season, and you’re considering a part-time residence, is it more practical to rent or buy?

Each option has its perk. On one hand, homeownership is a rewarding investment with the benefit of tax deductions, building equity, and being a master of your own domain in terms of customizing your home. The downside to owning a seasonal home is less freedom to pick up and change locations, and if you don’t live in a 55+ community that offers home maintenance, your lawn may be really overgrown by the time you get back. Alternatively, a condo or apartment might be a great choice since many of these complexes provide maintenance services and the added security of a multi-unit dwelling. If you have a go-to destination that you love to return to each year, delving into the buyers market might be your best bet from a financial standpoint.

Change What You Thought About a Manufactured Home Lifestyle

As a baby boomer or retiree, now is time to explore and live it up without sacrificing the pride, and comfort of owning your own home. If the dream of buying a house seems out of reach, have you considered a manufactured home lifestyle? 55+, and active lifestyle communities exclusive to manufactured homes, are making senior living more affordable giving folks the opportunity to get in on the real estate action. Today’s “mobile” homes are a far cry from the trailer on wheels from yesteryear with the look and quality of a traditional home for years of memories to come.

According to the Census Bureau, the average cost of a new manufactured home in 2015 was $68,000. The price tag is variable depending on the size of the home, and whether or not you own or lease the land. Many active adult communities operate on a land lease whereby you own your home but rent the lot you’re on. You’ll often find these retirement communities offer the feel of a neighborhood with amenities that put the fab in prefabricated like clubhouses, swimming pools, and fitness centers.

Cresswind Charlotte is Built For the Young at Heart

Charlotte, North Carolina encompasses all things diverse, and cultural. It’s a youthful, and vibrant city designed to cater to all walks of life with irresistible historic charm, and a sophisticated modern flair. Named one of the best retirement destinations by Forbes, it’s no surprise Kolter Homes chose this prime location for its brand new community of Cresswind Charlotte. With models currently available for touring, 55+ active adults have the opportunity to see for themselves why more buyers “ Go Kolter.”

At Cresswind Charlotte, 55+ homebuyers will experience a vibrant, and active lifestyle rich in natural beauty, and effortless style. Once complete, this beautiful community will be home to 850 single-family Craftsman homes, surrounded by more than 370 acres of scenic woodlands, and picturesque walking trails. Prices will start in the mid $200’s, and offer nine-floor plans designed for comfort, and energy efficiency. Buyers have the choice of 2-3 bedrooms, and 2 full baths along with a half-bath, ranging in size from 2,027-3,428 square feet. Depending on the model, some feature a den for use as an extra bedroom, or a home office, large, airy great rooms, and spacious dining rooms for entertaining.