Realtors’ Guide to Active 55+ Communities
Types of 55+ Communities, What to Expect, and Things to Consider
As the time to retire approaches, more and more ‘baby boomers’ and other active retirees are choosing to live in 55+ communities. Many 55 plus communities boast numerous social events and recreational activities combined with the luxurious lifestyle of a country club. This guide will illustrate the types of residences typically offered, cover what to expect when moving to a 55+ community, and discuss the pros and cons. Whether you are weighing your housing options or looking to retire in style, let us show you how to get there.
Types of Residences
Though there are several types of communities, most can be broken down into two categories: independent living and active adult neighborhoods. Independent living arrangements are often multi-unit settings featuring a meal plan with housekeeping, laundry, and transportation services. Though these benefits do have their merit, many prospective buyers are searching for a more lively neighborhood and lifestyle. These active adult communities offer a wide range of facilities and amenities ranging from tennis courts and golf courses to public gardening areas and event accommodations. Active adult communities cater to individuals wanting less responsibility and more opportunities for fun and relaxation while keeping routines of home life intact.
When thinking about the type of community to learn more about, the first thing to consider is which amenities you need and assessing your current budget. Considerations such as access to medical care, proximity to work and family, and luxury amenities will also play a major role. Listing your ‘must haves’ and doing a little research will go a long way towards finding the home and neighborhood of your dreams.
What to Expect
The first question on many people’s mind is “So what’s it like?” As longtime residents of The Villages, a 55+ community in sunny San Jose, California, we can proudly say “Great!” There are weekly events ranging from bocce ball to movie nights, golf tournaments and classes. On-site amenities include pools and spas, hiking trails, 18- and 9-hole golf courses, event centers, and a medical facility. The residents are also a great part of the dynamic, with a large groups of like-minded and friendly people for every interest. Everyone is in the same stage of life and enjoying everything the Bay Area has to offer, creating a great sense of community and social life.
Though a great decision for many seniors, active 55+ communities aren’t for everyone. Here’s a few more points of interest to guide your decision making:
-Housing Association which maintains grounds, sets standards for properties, and organizes community events
-Children, grandchildren, and guests are allowed access to facilities with typically lenient restrictions
-Fewer children and teenagers, neighborhoods and streets are often safer than the surrounding area
-Luxury amenities and recreational facilities
-Likeminded residents. Easy to make friends and meet new people
-Some housing authorities may be somewhat bureaucratic or political in nature
-Children and guests may only have access to the grounds for a set number of days a year. Some organizations are more lenient than others
-Communities are only as good as their residents!
If you are considering moving to a 55+ community in California and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We specialize in helping seniors find the home of their dreams and have years of experience serving clients like you.