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Retiring in an RV

The time to travel is a major perk of retirement. Many retirees do so and enjoy every moment of it. However, some retirees take it one step further by retiring to an RV. This may not appeal to some, but there are many perks of retiring in an RV and those who do so find that this is the perfect way to see their country.

RVs have come a long way since its inception. Nowadays, you can find plush and comfortable RVs that feel like home. Just imagine traveling to far off places and coming back whenever you feel like it to see your grandkids, and then, going off again to enjoy a week at the beach. Ahh…. This is what retirement is all about. If you are considering living in an RV, here are some of its advantages.

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.

What will Seniors Choose – New Construction or Resale Homes?

Selecting the right home to retire to, can be an extremely challenging experience. You would have selected the preferred area, but now, will be at a loss about the community. There are many communities that offer you different home styles and other choices that selecting the right home can be pretty mind-boggling. If struggling with considering a newly constructed home vs. a resale home, you should be aware of some factors that may help you with your choice.

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Georgia Tax Benefits for Seniors

More and more retirees are considering moving to the wonderful state of Georgia. Why? Apart from all that ‘the Goober state’ has to offer, Georgia also has excellent tax benefits for seniors. If you are senior over the age of 65, you would understand the lure of Georgia. Most seniors live on a fixed income. Taxes and other extra expenses can cut into their income and lifestyle. This is one of the main reasons why seniors are moving to Georgia.

Coming in 2018: Overture Dadeland

Overture residents describe their communities as “multi-faceted, “beautiful,” and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave. This isn’t your average 55+ community, this is home for active adults who have dared to live better, and dream bigger than they ever have before. Coming in 2018, Overture Dadeland will be bringing high-rise luxury living to glorious Miami Florida. A true resort at home experience, these stunning, modern apartments are maintenance free, and thoughtfully designed to provide the ultimate in comfort, and convenience with unique amenities right outside your door.

This gated community will feature all the benefits of renting but with a high-end resort feel. From the moment 55+ residents step into their welcoming foyers, they will find themselves surrounded in luxury from the large windows that fill the space with natural lighting, private screened lanai’s, and gleaming modern appliances, and fixtures. Studios units up to two bedrooms, and one or two bath options are ideal for empty nesters, or retirees looking to downsize, and still be the envy of friends, and family with spacious walk in showers, expansive breakfast bars, granite countertops and some units with custom built-ins. Don’t let apartment living fool you, home packages also offer extra storage, and a full-size washer, and dryer. Whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine on your own private patio or whipping up a culinary masterpiece in your gourmet kitchen, Overture will have you falling in love with coming home.

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Now Selling The Vineyards at Blue Point

Welcome home to the best of Long Island! The Vineyards at Blue Point is a brand new 55+ community that is nothing short of extraordinary featuring elegant townhomes, and condominiums, and the luxury of maintenance free living. Situated on Long Island’s South Shore, this pristine community is ideally located near Sunrise Highway, and Long Island Railroad giving active adults easy access to New York City, and the island’s sparkling coastline. For over two decades, The Vineyard’s premier builder Ornstein Layton Company has been designing homes built for maximum efficiency, comfort, and timeless beauty

The Vineyards at Blue Point epitomizes a lifestyle of luxury and serenity. Set amongst nature trails, and abundant green spaces, this gorgeous community features a secure gated entrance and carefree resort-style ambiance. Residences boast immaculate landscaping, ease of maintenance, and irresistible curb appeal. Townhomes are available in two floor plans brilliantly designed with lofts, patios for entertaining, garages, and basement options for a game room, or man cave. Ranging in size from 2,020 to 2,279 square feet, both the Provence, and Corsica models offer 2 bed/2.5 bath layouts with designer fixtures, gourmet kitchens, and luxurious main floor master suites. Condo designs come in four models and feature 2 bed/2 bath floor plans generously sized from 1,553 to 1,928 square feet. Large dining rooms, ample storage space, and vaulted ceilings make these homes feel open, and airy with plenty of room to host gatherings.

What Makes an Active Lifestyle Community?

What an 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.

Building Vs. Buying a Retirement Home

Are you in a quandary about building or buying your retirement home? Are you worried about all the aspects that go into both these factors? If so, you should always weigh the pros and cons of building and buying your retirement home. Here are a few for your convenience.