Category Archives: 55+ Homes

The Benefit of Buying New vs. Resale

While customizing, and making a pre-owned house your own is rewarding, there’s nothing quite like purchasing a brand new home where memories start with you. Love that new car smell? The same goes for a newly constructed home where everything is still fresh, and move-in ready. Resale vs. new is a matter of personal preference, but there are advantages to choosing new that may benefit 55+ homebuyers in the long run.

Anyone who has purchased a fixer-upper knows what a headache it is to be faced with a leaky roof, faulty plumbing, or foundation issues. Most repairs have to be done before even moving in, and the cost can be a deal-breaker. In a new house, buyers can enjoy their home before wear and tear sets in, with warranties in place on materials, and major components such as A/C and heating systems. For retirees on fixed incomes, being able to move in right away without major fix-it expenses is less stressful, and financially practical. From a safety perspective, buying a new home means not having to install the latest carbon monoxide or smoke detectors, replacing faulty wiring, or facing hazards such as lead paint, asbestos, or mold issues.

The Desert Community With a Retro Vibe

The RV lifestyle appeals to many 55+ retirees because it allows them the freedom to travel from place to place, caters to a love of the outdoors, and can be an affordable alternative to a traditional retirement home. RV resort communities across the country provide the ambiance of living in a neighborhood, and many offer the amenities available in a typical 55+ active adult community. At Arizona RV Resorts, mobile home, and RV sites give the option of taking your adventure on the road, enjoy a weekend getaway, or making it your next home.

Get Behind the Wheel of Your Next Adventure

You hear of people saying that once they retire they plan to sell everything, and take their golden years out on the open road. Sounds like an extreme dream right? Baby boomers make up a big part of the RV, or “real mobile state” market, particularly the adventuresome snowbird demographic. Being able to go wherever their hearts desire, retirees choosing the RV lifestyle have the freedom to take their homes virtually anywhere, with 55+ RV communities dotted all across the country offering the lifestyle of a traditional neighborhood. Resort-style amenities, championship golf, wait we’re talking RV park justify?

Today’s RV’s are a far cry from the campers we took our family vacations in. No longer your dad’s old Winnebago, the options available offer every luxury one would expect in a home with generous square footage, granite countertops, stainless appliances, and even hardwood flooring. Resembling high-end apartment homes, these mobile resorts offer options for king-size beds, gourmet style kitchens, and the luxury of having your own washer, and dryer. The beauty of the RV lifestyle is the ability to travel anywhere, and for someone that loves to change up their hometown every now and then, it’s the ideal way to go.

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.”

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.

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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.