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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.”

5 Low-Risk Investment Options for Retirees

5 Low-Risk Investment Options for Retirees

Retirement should be a time where your only cares are what leisurely activity you want to try for the day. Unfortunately for retirees, it often doesn’t come that easy. Census statistics show that half of older adults in the United States received less than $25,601 in yearly income from all sources. That amounts to less than the general amount that the average senior American spends per annum. In order to ensure that your retirement remains comfortable and secure for the years to come, consider investing in options that won’t risk your entire nest fund.

Below are some considerably low-risk options you can take on.

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.

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.

Focus on Arizona

Arizona is in the southwestern region of the United States. It is the 16th most populated State and is the leading State for the production of copper. If you want to know some special landmarks of the state, the Grand Canyon National Park is the most prominent one. This place has earned Arizona the nickname of the “Grand Canyon State”. If you are considering a new home in a peaceful active retirement village, in Arizona, you are making a great choice because Arizona surely has so much to offer its visitors and residents alike. Let us take a closer look at all the things you can experience with your new life in Arizona.

Buying a House

How To Buy Like a Real Estate Mogul

Townhome, single-family, closing costs, oh my! Shopping for a home whether you’re a first-time buyer, or seasoned escrow veteran can, and often is one of the most challenging tasks we face. The online window shopping – dreaming about the property with the white picket fence and gleaming hardwoods is the part we all love, but getting down the nitty gritty of the buying process can launch us into the mind-frame of “what was I getting myself into?” While you can’t take the hassle out of the endless signatures, and unexpected events that may arise, arming yourself with a little know-how can make the transition from application to keys -in -hand a little easier.

Be Realistic – Know how much house you can afford and whether you’ll be able to maintain it long term. From HOA fees, and renovation costs, to saving for major repairs, the price of owning a home goes beyond your mortgage payment. Also, consider the cost of utilities – it takes far less to heat and cools a townhome than a 2,000 square foot house. Give your realtor a wish list of must-haves, but also let he or she know what your limits are so the candidates they show you are within the scope of manageability.

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.

Maintenance-free living

Help for Seniors to Deal with Winter Aches and Pains

Extra soreness and pain is almost guaranteed in senior lives during the cold winter months. If you have arthritis, welcome to the world of pain. Apart from arthritis pain, you may be plagued with colds, flus, and all other ailments that occur in winter. Although winter is a time of joy, your aches and pains can significantly hamper your joy towards the season. So, are you ready to give in and feel sick or would you wish to battle it out and come out winning?