55+ Homes

Home Designs That Don’t Show Their Age

May 12, 2023 • Fenny Peiffer

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Sometimes blending in with the crowd is a good thing, and when it comes to 55+ living, today’s home designs have changed the way buyers view “retirement” communities. While 55+ communities do provide aging with grace home features, they’re designed in such a seamless, and modern way that they just become part of the home, rather than a glaring reminder of getting older. A major factor when marketing to active adult homebuyers is providing the accommodations, and technology they may need down the road while offering ageless functionality.

The advantage to choosing an active lifestyle community versus embarking on a future renovation product is the builder has already done the homework. They know what retirees need now, and in the years ahead incorporating these features into the home’s framework. Outside of the cost-saving aspect of purchasing a home already equipped with everything the homeowner needs, many communities also provide exterior maintenance services allowing for a carefree lifestyle without labor-intensive yard work.

55+ home innovations serve a dual purpose that makes today’s needs convenient, and tomorrow’s effortless. Roll-in showers and zero-step entryways are designed to be wheelchair accessible but are also convenient for anyone with limited mobility whether it’s an adult or a young child. Extra wide sliding doors are also geared towards mobile devices and are fantastic for hosting parties because they open up the space allowing for an easy transition to the outdoors. Main-floor master suites are in demand for not just empty nesters, and baby boomers, but younger families as well. Whether it’s to accommodate an aging parent or a more convenient way to get around, most communities offer this floor plan option for their two-story models.

Technology enthusiasts of all ages will find home automation an ingenious way to enjoy peace of mind. From controlling lights, cooling, and heating, to surveillance cameras, older adults and their families can feel safer while at home, and away thanks to sensors, and smartphone alerts. Home technology has also evolved beyond practicality to include savvy features like controlling mood lighting, entertainment systems, and ways to remotely monitor what’s going on at home. Sleek interiors and retreat-at-home designs make 55+ housing indistinguishable from their traditional counterparts. Aging in place never looked this good, but then again who’s aging?

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