Category Archives: North Carolina

Baby Boomers Know What They Want in a Home

Baby boomers at present do not want to “settle” for ANY retirement home.  55+-year-olds of today know what they are looking for in a retirement home and will not rest until they have it.  Today’s empty nesters represent the Baby boomer generation and they have exacting standards and their own idealistic views of life.  They are not a generation that will settle for less than what they deem as their due.  This is a good thing!  They have done their part for society and the world and would like to retire in peace and relax in a bit of luxury.  Seniors of yesteryear did not have the choices which active adults of the present day.  Therefore, they had no choice but to settle for what was offered.  Now, however, because there are so many active adult communities that are especially dedicated to catering to the 55+ age group, choosing an awesome community to settle down in will be much easier.

What do Active Adults Want in a Home?

Successful builders and developers of active adult communities consider this question very seriously.  They build the homes within these communities based on the data they gather.  Most active adults, according to them, wish for smaller homes.  This is because they do not want to be plagued with repairs and upkeep of a large home.  However, although they want smaller homes, they do not wish to compromise on the amenities or spaciousness of rooms.  These needs and desires are directly catered to by the homes built within most active adults communities.  Boomers, empty nesters, and active seniors want open floor plans that enable them the space to move freely throughout the home and also to entertain their friends and family.  They want an outdoor living area, such as a courtyard or a patio, high ceilings, studies, breakfast bars in the kitchen as well as all of the modern touches and conveniences that come with today’s homes.  They also want items within easy reach so that they do not have to bend too much to reach them.

Most 55+ adults are saying “no” to bathtubs, probably because they are dangerous, and saying “yes” to shower stalls.  They may otherwise request for walk-in bathtubs that are specially created for active adults who value their independence as well as a luxurious soak in their tub.  They also focus on one-story homes so that they do not have to climb stairs every two minutes.  However, if they do wish for two-story homes, they want the master bedroom and the study on the first floor.  Seniors today also demand energy-efficient homes with low gas and electricity bills – and of course, high-speed internet capabilities – preferably fiber optic!  Mostly, active adults see this as their last home and they want this home to reflect their personalities.

55+ adults of the present day do not wish to just sit and while the day away.  They wish to be active and therefore, seek vibrant communities with active lifestyles.  They want activities that keep them occupied and they want to be physically fit.  Amenities such as fitness centers, yoga studios, golf courses, swimming pools, walking trails, and tennis courts are much in demand by active adults.

Active adults also wish for homes they can lock and leave whenever they want without having to worry about security issues.  They also want to settle down in communities where there is out-door maintenance and upkeep because they do not want to mow their own lawns or shovel snow in the wintertime which can be extremely stressful on the joints.

As you can see, these empty nesters are a demanding pack and catering to their housing needs calls for special expertise. There are over 8,400 such active living communities listed in the ActiveAdultLiving.com web site.  A few randomly chosen ones are mentioned below:

If you need further information on active adult communities, you can visit ActiveAdultLiving.com, a comprehensive national directory of more than 5,800 communities where you are sure to find the one you wish to spend your retirement years.

Walking and Jogging Keeps Active Adults Fit

It is common knowledge that exercise keeps you healthy.  Exercise is required for proper blood circulation, controlling your weight, combating heart disease, improving your mood, and the best news – it delays aging.  Engaging in at least half an hour of physical activity every day can be extremely beneficial. What generally happens, in reality, is that even if you have paid attention to keeping fit during your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s – when you reach age 55+, most people tend to let go of a fitness regime.  However, it is especially important for seniors to stay fit and healthy with proper exercise. This does not mean you have to jump around and exert yourself excessively.  It means that half an hour of moderate exercise such as walking or jogging will suffice to give you health benefits.  Furthermore you, as a person over the age of 55, should be careful about your joints.  Therefore, it is highly beneficial for you to consider walking and light jogging instead of any other high impact exercises.

Celebrating Thanks Giving

Give Thanks This Year in Durham North Carolina

If the thought of waking up at 5 a.m to roast a turkey sounds more like a chore than a celebration, why not pass on the green bean casserole and pack your bags instead? If you’ve thought about getting family or friends together for a Thanksgiving getaway, Durham makes for the perfect vacation everyone will be thankful for. Home to the Neo-Gothic arches of Duke University, with a cultural convergence of folks from all over the world, a trip to Durham will be a holiday tradition you’ll be gathering for year after year.

It’s no secret that Durham is a dining mecca, and no marshmallow strewn yam recipe will hold a candle to the cornucopia of flavors you’ll uncover all over town. From the chicken and waffles you’ll remember forever, and buttery magic of hush puppies, to lining up for authentic Carolina BBQ, and marveling over artfully styled haute cuisine, this city is the stuff of foodie dreams. If you want to live it up like a local, the best food in town is served on four wheels. With dozens of temptations from gourmet grilled cheese, and global classics, to patisserie style baked goods, It’s easy to “taste” why the food truck scene has gained a cult following of devoted fans.

Unlocking Charlotte’s “Spirited” Past

You have to admit the older the city the more it inspires romance, intrigue, and of course, plenty of haunted history. Despite its modern exterior, when it comes to Southern allure, Charlotte has it all. The horse-drawn carriages, the stately colonial mansions, and a royal history that dates all the way back to the 1700’s, hence the nickname “Queen City.” Founded by European settlers in 1768, Charlotte’s Old South roots run so deep, that some would say the original inhabitants are still watching over the city today. Even if the idea of things going bump in the night seems a fanciful tale, most of us can’t resist a little dark folklore

Over the years, Carolina Theatre has brought new meaning to the saying “the show must go on”, and depending on who you talk to, it seems like perhaps it has. Built in 1927, the theatre was old Hollywood glamour at its opulent finest. Palatial architecture, richly painted wall murals, luxurious brocade drapery, the theatre began as a vaudeville and silent film venue and later went on to host its fair share of talent including the likes of Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. After the curtain fell for the final time in November of 1978, this Tryon Street landmark became the abandoned stuff of haunted legend. Currently being restored to its former glory by the Foundation for the Carolina’s, it’s hard to say whether or not the theatre’s “late” patrons will be hanging around for a second act.

Creekside at Bethpage Is Living the Resort Life

For homes that look like an HGTV after photo, with a mile long schedule of exciting activities look no further than Creekside at Bethpage. This exciting 55+ community located within the highly desirable Raleigh-Durham metro area is a North Carolina charmer that combines an atmosphere of scenic beauty, and resort style living with urban amenities, and endless social opportunities. Home to 650 sites featuring four Ranch Editions, and beautiful single story townhomes, Creekside at Bethpage is like being on vacation every day of the week.

Home is where memories are made, and dreams are inspired which is why AV Homes designed each model to have an open, and airy layout filled with natural light, and elegant detailing from the crown molding, to the high-end countertops, and flooring. These gorgeous homes are available in 2-bedroom, and 2-2.5 bath floor plans each with spacious two car garages. Buyers will love walking into their open living, and dining spaces with options for elegant built-in shelving, breakfast bars, and retreat to their luxurious large master suites. Maintenance free landscaping, and spacious outdoor entertainment areas with options for covered patios, and fire pits give homeowners the freedom to entertain guests without the hassle of weekend yard-work.

The cityscape of Greensboro NC. by Turboknowledge

Greensboro Is The City You’ll Want to Call Home

Greensboro North Carolina captures the definition of the perfect hometown. Welcoming, and familiar, it’s the small town with a big personality. Known for friendly locals, and affordable living, it’s no surprise this cultural city was featured as one of the best cities for livability by U.S News & World Report. From its beautifully preserved turn of the century homes to its thriving downtown business district, Greensboro weaves urban functionality with a rich history. This idyllic location is one of the Piedmont Triad cities shared with Winston-Salem, and High Point, boasting lush seasonal landscape, a vast array of outdoor recreation, and iconic landmarks. Greensboro’s sense of community and nostalgic small-town ambiance is an integral part of what makes this town such an attractive destination for retirees, and young families alike.

Set between the Atlantic, and the Appalachian Mountains, Greensboro residents are in their element when it comes to exploring the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking or cycling through over 90 miles of trails, exploring city parks, or spending a day on the golf course, Greensboro inspires active, healthy living. For those who love a waterfront lifestyle, lakes Higgins, Brandt, and Townsend provide a picturesque venue for a variety of water sports from paddle boarding, to kayaking. Golf pros can practice their upswing at one of Greensboro’s sprawling courses including the West at Grandover Resort, Greensboro Country Club, and Gillespie Golf Course where 80 acres of rolling green offers fun for all skill levels. For some spectacular sightseeing, visitors can meander through tranquil botanical gardens or experience a fiery autumnal display on a fall foliage tour. North Carolina’s four-season climate and diverse landscape makes embarking on an outdoor excursion a year-round event.

Ready For Southern Charm? Traditions at Wake Forest is Pre-Selling

Raleigh, North Carolina boasts rich heritage and a small town ambiance that make it the perfect setting for Del Webb’s brand new Traditions at Wake Forest community. Nestled in the master planned community of Traditions, this exciting community is now pre-selling and set to be move-in ready late this year. Situated on 164 acres with 452 home sites available, this beautiful community is designed with Del Webb’s commitment to quality, an array of active lifestyle amenities.

Nine elegant one-story home designs are designed for gathering with friends, and family featuring expansive living areas, open gourmet kitchens, and ample space for overnight guests. Starting in the $300’s, and ranging in size from 1,655 to 3,689 square feet, buyers will have options for 2-4 bedrooms with tranquil owner’s suites, and 2-4.5 spa inspired baths. The Eastway, and Senoia models feature a loft space for an optional extra bedroom, home office, or workout area. Unique features including cozy hearth rooms generously sized formal dining rooms, and kitchen islands evoke feelings of warmth and hospitality.

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 destination 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 2,027-3,129 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.