Category Archives: Baby Boomers

Is a Second Home Part Of Your Retirement Plan?

Purchasing a second home isn’t just for wealthy real estate moguls – in fact for many baby boomers and retirees, acquiring another mortgage has become a sensible option not just for themselves, but also their families. According to the National Association of Realtors Generational Trends Report, 50+ buyers are more likely to invest in a multi-generational home or an additional property, hence the ever popular mother-in-law suite. Not only are Boomers emerging as our fastest growing demographic, they’re also coming out on top as the most financially secure generation in the U.S, and the driving force behind today’s housing market.

When a Second Home Is a Family Affair
As active adults take on the responsibility of caring for aging parents, investing in a home to accommodate their growing needs whether in an assisted living community or the house next door makes sense from a practical standpoint as an ideal alternative to traditional senior living facilities. Alternatively, empty nesters are also finding themselves supporting their adult children, sometimes referred to as the “boomerang generation”. Despite having left the nest to pursue college or a new career, many millennials are landing knee deep in debt, and either moving back with their parents or relying on them for housing assistance. Multi-generational homes are on the rise as a way to bring families under the same roof, provide them with separate living quarters, and help ease the financial burden for everyone involved.

Rehoboth Beach DE

Life on the Rehoboth Shore

Rehoboth Beach – salty sea air, touristy souvenir shops, and grown-ups carrying drippy ice cream cones with the same delight as Coppertone slathered youngsters. Laid back, and bustling with activity, Delaware’s retro beach town has a “cool vibes only” persona that retirees find hard to resist. Home to Schell Brother’s 55+ community of Truitt Homestead, and wide-open beaches dotted with a rainbow of oversized umbrellas, this resort community reminds people of their childhood family vacations – and yes, cotton candy is for adults too.

Native Americans were the first to acknowledge Rehoboth Beach as a leisure travel destination, taking advantage of its fresh seafood, and Atlantic sea breezes. Fast forward to the present, and this sun-loving haven is still one of the most popular beach towns in the country for both seasonal beach-goers, and year-round residents. On any given day, Rehoboth’s one-mile boardwalk is teaming with tourists toting bags of Dolle’s iconic saltwater taffy or getting an aerial view from the Ferris wheel, but amidst the lazy hazy flurry of summer activity, 55+ residents will find that Rehoboth Beach is a fantastic place to live, and thrive.

Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve

Trilogy at Ocala Preserve Introduces Oak House

Ready To Join The VIP Club?

How much do we love those vacations where spa days, great food, and plenty of play and leisure are right at our fingertips? Luckily if you’re 55 or better, that five-star resort experience doesn’t have to be a memory in a scrapbook because Trilogy at Ocala Preserve is the luxury getaway you won’t be leaving behind. This expansive Central Florida community proves that life can be fun, and games with the debut of its newest club, Oak House. The stately 15,000 square foot clubhouse is already getting rave reviews for its outstanding service, and modern architectural design, not to mention the endless array of A-Lister amenities.

This upscale, age-restricted community is nestled in the lush green hills of Ocala, so of course, every view from Oak House whether you’re enjoying cocktails, playing pool, or swimming laps is pretty spectacular. The concept behind this kind of all-inclusive community is creating the perfect trifecta of social engagement, wellness, and pleasure without ever leaving the comfort of home, and with Oak House at the center of it all why would anyone want to? The club has a timeless, contemporary design that makes it easy to get right in and discover what all the buzz is about. If you’ve ever imagined what the perfect day would look like, Oak House is a great place to start. From getting an endorphin-boosting workout at Afterburn, and pampering yourself with a massage at Alvea Spa, to savoring culinary delights at the Salted Brick, or hosting a private party at the Chef’s Table, the only way cap off all this indulgence is with a sunset on Lakeview Veranda sipping a glass of wine while surrounded by great friends.

Safety Tips For Your Best Hike Ever

Safety Tips For Your Best Hike Ever

“The Mountains are Calling and I Must Go” – John Muir

Are you ready to take a hike? Nothing beats lacing up a pair of hiking boots and escaping into nature, but whether you’re a beginner, or already have Everest crossed off your bucket list, preparedness is everything when it comes to getting the most out of your experience. Hiking is an amazing way to stay fit and connect with the outdoors, but following a safety, a checklist should be a priority whether you plan to head out for a couple of hours, or the entire day.

Get to Know Your Trail — If you’re new to the hike, do some research to familiarize yourself with the area. Most outdoor stores and visitor centers carry maps, and literature that tells you the distance, and difficulty level of the trail as well as any potential hazards. Some hiking spots are only open during certain times of the year, and may not be appropriate for family treks with young kids, so taking the time to plan ahead can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Venice, Florida: The Gulf City With Old World Charm

Enveloped by balmy Mexican Gulf breezes, this Southwest Florida oasis combines Mediterranean ambiance with an island getaway to Bermuda. Voted one of the top cities to retire by Forbes, Venice is a pedestrian-friendly, warm weather paradise where everything from shopping the farmers market to surfing can be enjoyed all year long. Home to more than a dozen active adult communities including Island Walk at West Village, and Plantation Golf and Country Club, Venice offers retirees and empty nesters a wide range of beautiful homes, and an all-inclusive lifestyle that snowbirds will want to stick around for.

Located in Sarasota County about an hour south of Tampa, this “City on the Gulf” stretches along miles of pristine coastline, so whether or not a home has a waterfront view, glittering waves are just minutes from just about anywhere. With 30 miles of bike trails, public tennis courts, and beautiful parks including Centennial Park, and the Venetian Waterway Park which runs along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s no wonder the majority of Venice’s sunblock toting fitness gurus are 55 or better. Thanks to temperatures that rarely dip below 70 degrees, Golf is played 365 days a year at some of the area’s top-rated courses also featured by Golf Advisor, from the Venetian Golf and River Club to the Lake Venice Public Golf Club.

Now Taking Reservations: The Ridge at Paradise Valley Estates

If you thought life after 50 couldn’t get any better, 60+ living is about to get even sweeter. Located in Fairfield, California, The Ridge will be the newest addition to the master-planned community of Paradise Valley Estates. This unique neighborhood is designed to take active adults 60 and bolder through every phase of life, by offering an all-inclusive lifestyle from on-site healthcare, and dining, to an exciting array of social clubs, classes, and fitness amenities. Construction of this eight-acre community is expected to commence fall of this year for its 2020 grand opening, but it’s never too soon to start planning your next chapter. The Ridge is currently in the pre-selling stages, so now is the time to reserve your own Paradise Valley retreat.

The Ridge at Paradise Valley will include 70 maintenance free cottage homes, and villa apartments ranging from 1-2 bedrooms, and 2-2.5 baths. Cottage homes are a timeless style with a casual, intimate feel, making them a popular choice for buyers wanting that cozy factor, along with an efficient, spacious floor-plan, whereas for someone looking to downsize or purchase a vacation home, apartments offer the worry-free security of a multi-unit dwelling. Whichever style of abode prospective buyers choose, both will feature the latest contemporary finishes including stainless appliances, and high-quality countertops.

Kansas City skyline

Make Kansas City Your Summer Destination

Nothing says summer quite like outdoor concerts, twilight walks along the water, and sweet, smoky Kansas barbecue. Nicknamed the City of Fountains for its over 200 cascading displays, life in Kansas City, or as locals call it KC, is as warm and familiar as a cup of coffee with an old friend. Home to jazz legends like Big Joe Turner, and Mary Lou Williams, an art scene that ranges from contemporary to culinary, and more than 240 diverse neighborhoods to explore, most people forget that all this urban sophistication has a deep-rooted small town heritage.

If you’re looking for the quintessential summer vacation spot, or city to call home, Kansas City is a Midwestern gem. Divided between two states, Kansas City, Kansas to the west is the low key suburban sister to the effervescent metropolis of Kansas City, Missouri. Whichever side of the river you happen to be on, be prepared for friendly people, an abundance of things to do, and if you’re looking to buy property, affordable real estate options. Voted one of the top cities to live by Livability.com, Kansas City is an exuberant blend of urban high rises, timeless culture, and a soulful rhythm that resonates throughout the entire city.

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

Why Boomers Are Getting On Par With Disc Golf

What has all the nuances of golf, plays without clubs, and has everyone getting in on the competition? What looks like your average game of frisbee is actually one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S and in Europe. If you’ve never heard of disc golf, you’ll be wanting to sign up for this new spin on the classic game. It might seem like a sport popularized by millennials who thought they were too cool for ball golf, but since the first disc course came to Pasadena, California in 1975, this all age sport has taken tee time to a championship level.

Disc Golf 101- Like standard golf, you have your fairway, your tee pad, and if you’re lucky you’ll score a birdie, but with disc golf, the lingo is more or less the same, but the game takes a different twist. Instead of a ball, and a hole, you have a disc, and a basket, and rather than a manicured putting green, disc golf courses can be in a park, or even a (very large) backyard. As with a typical round of golf, the object is to get the disc in the basket in the fewest number of throws, and the person with the lowest score is declared the winner. In place of a ball and club, you’ll use three discs, the driver (for the greatest speed and distance), the mid-range (recommended for beginners), and the putter for short distance shots. As an added bonus, it doesn’t take all day to play an 18 hole game!