Category Archives: 55+ Homes

Home Designs That Don’t Show Their Age

Sometimes blending in with the crowd is a good thing, and when it comes to 55+ living, today’s home designs have changed the way buyers view “retirement” communities. While 55+ communities do provide aging with grace home features, they’re designed in such a seamless, and modern way that they just become part of the home, rather than a glaring reminder of getting older. A major factor when marketing to active adult homebuyers is providing the accommodations, and technology they may need down the road while offering ageless functionality.

The advantage to choosing an active lifestyle community versus embarking on a future renovation product is the builder has already done the homework. They know what boomers and retirees need now, and in the years ahead incorporating these features into the home’s framework. Outside of the cost saving aspect of purchasing a home already equipped with everything the homeowner needs, many communities also provide exterior maintenance services allowing for a carefree lifestyle without labor intensive yard-work.

Baby Boomers Take Downsizing A Step Further

The market for tiny homes has been in the media for a while with people taking downsizing to a whole new level. These diminutive versions of their traditional counterparts almost resemble dollhouses with perfectly scaled-down baths, kitchens, and living spaces, attracting quite a following of buyers from families, to empty nesters.  With closet spaces not much bigger than a car trunk, it’s hard to believe the demand for these tiny abodes is on the rise particularly amongst baby boomers. So what’s so intriguing about residing in what’s often under 200 square feet? Many retirees are finding it’s the simpler lifestyle that enables them to stretch their nest egg, and pursue dreams of travel, or take up new hobbies.

Outside of purchasing the land if the home is stationary, or the cost of construction for a custom build, many tiny homes sell for under $100,000 which most buyers purchase outright versus having a monthly mortgage payment.  The idea of living debt-free is attractive to tiny home buyers, and they’re willing to sacrifice space for the financial peace of mind.  In a society where the idea that more is more, the tiny house trend is proving that living on much less reaps bigger rewards. Those going small realize that although they are challenged space-wise, in the end, it’s just “stuff”, and there are bigger and better things they’d rather be doing.

A Coastal Life for the Active Adults

Did you know that living near the ocean has a number of health benefits, especially for those entering the 55+ age phase in life? The sound of the waves itself is known to relax the mind and take away the stresses of life. This form of relaxation is better than the relaxation you will get at a spa!  The sea air enables you to sleep better and time at the coast gives you the opportunity to obtain a tan which is beneficial for getting vitamin D.  Sea air is also thought to be beneficial for many who suffer from allergies. The sea breeze is supposed to do wonders for asthma too. Sea baths are also beneficial for many skin issues that no ointment or cream is able to.

House Buying Tips

What Should it Be? Close To Home Or Far From Home?

Older adults may find their old houses either too large or empty once their children have left them. They often consider moving to a smaller home where they can still enjoy a good and healthy life.  Most senior retirement homes offer active adults a wide variety of styles of homes to select from.  These homes may range from one to three bedrooms, separate living and dining areas or an open plan, two to three-car garages, etc.  However, the final decision may well depend on your budget and the expectations you have in mind about how you wish to spend your 55+ lifestyle.  Down below are some important factors to consider before making your final choice.

Why Choose an Age Restricted Community?

Sun City Arizona was the country’s first 55+ community and has since inspired the development of active adult communities coast to coast. While some residents are retirees, many are on the go baby boomers still working a 9-5 job, and seeking the active lifestyle, and amenities many communities provide. With the focus on a healthy, social lifestyle, calling them “senior” living communities might get you a few eye rolls since many resemble a resort getaway, they’re more like a 24/7 vacation.

According to the Housing for Older Persons Act or HOPA, eighty percent of units within an age-restricted community must be occupied by someone 55+ or better. Some communities set their minimum age requirement at 60+ which they are welcome to do so long as they satisfy HOPA regulations. Depending on the community, there is often a limit to how long younger visitors can stay so keeping the grandkids all summer might be an issue.

Is a Condo Lifestyle Right For You?

Downsizing, less maintenance, or desiring a second vacation home are just a few of the great reasons baby boomers and retirees are choosing condominium communities for their active lifestyles. Buying or renting a condo in a 55+ retirement community can be the perfect option to a single family home in terms of both price, and convenience. Some offer features such as underground parking, elevators, or a doorman, and many communities are located near exciting local attractions with amenities such as fitness centers, and clubhouses. If retiring the lawnmower, and show shovel sound like a great idea, then condo life could be for you!

Using Your Pension Funds Wisely

As you approach retirement, your thoughts will automatically shift from saving your pension to how you will utilize it.  Retirement funds need to be utilized wisely as, unless you have a part-time job, this will be your main source of income for a long time.  This requires you to pay special attention to drawing up a spending plan.  This plan depends on your lifestyle.  How do we wish to live?  Lavishly or frugally?  The best way to utilize your pension is to live within your means without too much overspending and considering proper options.  This does not mean you should compromise on various aspects of good living.  Below are a few methods that can be considered in using your pension funds wisely, so that it lasts a long time.

seniors with pet dog

Importance of Pets for Healthy Happy Senior Living

As we grow older, the need to feel loved and cared for, and to feel appreciated and needed will heighten but not dwindle. Although the family may provide us with these feelings and emotions, one of the best ways of feeling needed and appreciated is by having a pet. These pets can come in canine or feline forms but there are also other pet options. Whether you raise a cat or a dog or a bird or any other pet, they are dependent on their owners for their lives and in return, they provide their owners with the feelings that they are needed, loved, and appreciated. Apart from these feelings, pets add to the lifestyle of any human, whether or not they are seniors.