Category Archives: Active Adult Communities

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.”

What is Home Owners Association and How does it Work?

What is Home Owners Association and How Does it Work?

In the 60s, there were very few Home Owners Associations (HOA). Today, there are many more due to its increasing popularity. Many 55+ communities, in the US, have Home Owner Associations. If you are considering moving to a 55 + active retirement community, you should be aware of what an HOA is and how it works. Here’s a small run down about HOA.

What is Home Owners Association?

HOA is an organization of property owners that administer rules and upholds them in an active adult community. This means if you live in a 55+ community run by HOA the rules set forth by the organization effect and limit what you can and can’t do to your property. The rules and regulations of HOA are enforced by the HOA-elected or developer-appointed board of directors. For example, if you wished to set up a pool in your home, you need to run it by the HOA, and get their approval, before you can start hiring contractors and buying your bathing suit. This is completely legal and is usually written into the deed or referenced in the deed. It is usually filed with a county or municipal government or with HOA. So, even if you are buying a resale home or brand new home, you need to check this out and find out what you can and cannot do to your property once you have bought your home.

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Kolter Homes – An Active Adult Community Builder you can Trust

Obtaining information about the company that builds your future home is important. There are so many builders out there, how will you make your choice? Will they be any good? What if they do a terrible job? These are the questions that will run through your head when looking into building a home or buying or renting a home in an active adult community. This is why we at ActiveAdultLiving.com® have featured a reputed builder on our website, one you can trust. This is none other than Kolter Homes.

Gated Active Adult Communities – Pros and Cons

Gated 55 and over communities are getting extremely popular these days. Lovely homes with picturesque settings are provided a protective and secure atmosphere with their high gates. Many seniors prefer living in a gated community, while others do not. Whether you choose to live in a gated community, is your choice. Here are a few pros and cons of a gated community.

Ok, let’s face it. A gated community does provide that feeling of security. They limit the traffic passing through the community, especially if there is round-the-clock security. However, some 55 and older communities feature only automated gates. Gates that operate on security codes are not very secure. If you live in a community with automated gates, you are bound to pass on the security code to just about everyone. Thus, the security code now enables just about anyone to walk into the community.

Buying or Renting a Retirement Home?

As with everything in life, there are a few choices to make when we enter a certain age. Although I believe our choices become simpler, some of these decisions may give few initial considerations that sometimes cause great stress. One of these great stressors is the question of whether to buy a retirement home or to rent one. Although there is no easy answer to this, there are a few tips you can use to weigh your choices to guide you in the right direction.

Pros and Cons of Buying a Retirement Home

If you have the nest egg to consider buying a retirement home, I suggest you go for it. Of course, this depends on the current market trends and conditions. There are a number of retirement homes where you will be able to buy a home for cheap in an active adult community where all amenities and facilities are high in quality.

10 Sunny Places for 55+Active Adults to Retire in 2021

Are you tired of the cold, sick of having to bundle yourself up with scarves, hats, coats, and boots every time you go outside?  Isn’t it time you considered a move to a warmer, sunnier clime?  Active adults don’t like being cooped up indoors, they want to be out enjoying life.  So, here are the ten sunniest places to consider for retirement:

Yuma, Arizona – Yuma is the sunniest city in the US with very little precipitation and humidity coupled with 320 sunny days a year makes Yuma, Arizona an ideal choice for retirement. You may also considers other places in Arizona, there are over 120 active adult communities to choose from in this beautiful state.  Some popular active adult retirement communities in Arizona are The Encanterra Country Club by Shea Homes in San Tan Valley and Solera Chandler by Del Webb in Chandler.

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.

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.