Category Archives: Age-Restricted

What Makes an Active Lifestyle Community?

What a 55+, or age-targeted community is not, is a retirement facility. In fact, most of the people who buy homes in these communities are far from retiring, yet find the lifestyle, and amenities the perfect fit for their active lives. Basically, you get to pick your flavor whether you’re a serious golf enthusiast, a nature lover, or a gym rat. These communities are scattered throughout the country with a variety of geographic locations from urban to rural. Some provide lavish resort-style amenities, and others are simpler offering only exterior home maintenance. Age-targeted or age-restricted, active lifestyle communities are made for today’s on-the-go boomers, and empty nesters wanting less maintenance and a peer community atmosphere.

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.

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.

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Get a Jumpstart on Your Retirement Plan

According to an article published by San Diego University, your “golden years” or the Third Age, are linked to better self-esteem, well-being, and feelings of stability. This phase of life post-retirement is for many a period of reflection, and planning for the future especially when it comes to where, and when? Healthy lifestyles and self-awareness have active seniors looking, and feeling better than ever with thoughts of getting older on the distant horizon. In the same way that keeping a first-aid kit on hand is a good idea in case of illness or injury, knowing that your home and community will be ready for you in the coming years is peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

It isn’t as motivating to prepare when you’re feeling robust, but life happens, and having a safety net that’s ready to catch you is something to consider. Financial planning is critical, but evaluating your living environment is going to have the greatest impact on day to day life. Do you live in a rural location far from medical facilities, and shopping or in an apartment with stairs? As comforting as aging in place is, remaining in your current home may not be realistic in the long term placing the burden on both you, and your family.

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.

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Idaho: Where the Adventure Never Ends

If standing beneath blue skies peering over a majestic mountain range sounds like a piece of heaven, imagine being able to call it home? Idaho, is a place of captivating natural beauty, rich history, and wholesome living making it one of the top retirement destinations in the country. Known for its rugged wilderness, and an undeniable spirit of adventure, Idaho’s notoriety for affordable living, and beauty has moved this highly desirable location to the top of the list for livability time, and time again. Forbes ranked Idaho second in the country for it’s idyllic economy, and having one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. With twenty two active adult communities throughout the state, this gem is meant to be discovered one adventure at a time.

Located in the Northwestern part of the country, Idaho’s hot summers, and cold, snowy winters provide year round recreation for 55+ outdoor enthusiasts who embrace adventure whether that means boarding a ski lift at Silver Mountain Resort, or cooling off on a whitewater rafting excursion through 3,500 miles of river, and spectacular mountain canyons. With its dense forest regions, and abundant agricultural resources, it’s no surprise Idaho is associated with its infamous potato crop, and farming industry. A unique feature to this age friendly destination are the numerous hot springs from The Springs in Idaho City, to Miracle Hot Springs in Buhl, where active adults can truly experience the relaxed vibe, and natural wonderland Idaho is known for.

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.