retirement: How Important is the Age Restriction to You? - 10/26/11 12:07 PM
When discussing active adult communities, people often assume that these developments will have an age restriction. While it’s true that many of these communities are only open to residents who have reached a certain age (typically 55), some amenity-rich communities do welcome residents of all ages, including children.
Instead of thinking of active adult communities as always being age-restricted, it may be more accurate to think of them as communities which simply include central amenities and social opportunities. Communities which are open to all ages but still include the amenities, social clubs and events which appeal to active adults are typically … (0 comments)

retirement: The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Pooler, Georgia - 10/25/11 04:44 PM
With just 80 homes, The Fairways at Savannah Quarters in Pooler, Georgia is a highly sought-after new construction community by Epcon.  Set on a Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, residents enjoy a country club lifestyle, an exclusive setting and a private gated entry.  The community is open to residents of all ages yet is very appealing to the discerning active adult home buyer.
The location of this community is just 12 minutes from historic downtown Savannah.  Everyday conveniences are within five minutes from home while shopping malls, hospitals, entertainment and more are just a quick drive away, accessible in less … (0 comments)

retirement: Edgewater by Del Webb, Elgin, Illinois Active Adult - 10/24/11 05:08 AM
Edgewater by Del Webb in Elgin, Illinois is one of Del Webb’s most successful Midwestern active adult communities. The ideal location is perfect for active adults still in the workforce yet is also ideal for enjoying a relaxing lifestyle. Edgewater opened in 2005 and is planned to have 1,040 single family ranch homes upon completion. 
The town of Elgin is about 45 minutes west of downtown Chicago. Edgewater is only a mile from the popular Randall Road corridor where residents will find everyday conveniences, shopping, dining, entertainment and more. The popular towns of St. Charles, Geneva and Algonquin are all … (0 comments)

retirement: Heron Creek, North Port, Florida - 10/23/11 09:08 AM
Heron Creek is an age-targeted community located on the southwest Gulf Coast of Florida in the town of North Port. Although the community is open to residents of all ages, it is very appealing to Florida active adult community seekers thanks to its luxury collection of amenities, gated entry and beautiful homes.
North Port, Florida is an ideal Florida retirement destination with everyday conveniences just minutes from home. The Heron Creek Town Center is right next door to the community and offers excellent shopping and dining, an activities center, athletic fields, public safety and fire department. Outdoor enthusiasts and the … (0 comments)

retirement: Good Weather, Good Music, Good Living – Bakersfield, CA - 10/21/11 05:26 AM
Bakersfield, California, is known for its sunny weather, Basque restaurants and The Bakersfield Sound. There are outdoor recreations including golf courses and fly-fishing, live performance venues, music clubs, and much more. There are even several active adult communities for visitors who decide to call Bakersfield home.
Centered between Fresno and Los Angeles, Bakersfield is one of the country’s sunniest cities. The region has an arid climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. There is little rain from May to September, though rain does regularly fall through the winter and early spring.
Mild temperatures during the autumn, winter and spring let … (0 comments)

retirement: 5 Secrets to Buying Your Retirement Home for Cheap - 10/19/11 06:50 AM
For retirees—or those who have retirement in sight—now is a great time to buy a retirement home. Prices are down in most communities and there are many fabulous homes on the market. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy without a plan. Just a few simple tips will help you find a great deal and make the most of this buyers’ market.
1. Do Your Homework
By now, you have enough experience to understand that buying a home is a major investment. Perhaps you’ve owned a home (or many homes) before. While you may know more than … (5 comments)

retirement: Symphony Village, Centreville, Maryland Active Adult - 10/17/11 10:32 AM
Maryland retirees in search of an elegant active adult community with gorgeous surroundings and luxury amenities will love Symphony Village by Caruso Homes. This intimate sized 55+ community, planned for just 395 single-family homes, boasts an ideal location just 18 miles from the Bay Bridge in the quaint town of Centreville.
Symphony Village opened in 2003 and today offers a nice selection of well-cared for resale homes or new construction options priced from the mid $200’s to the mid $300’s. The homes are available in seven unique floor plans each offering a nice variety of options such as optional second … (0 comments)

retirement: Should You Rent or Buy Your Retirement Home - 10/15/11 03:33 PM
When heading into retirement, many homeowners decide to downsize their living space or relocate to an entirely new location. If you’re a soon-to-be-retiree with a home to sell, you may be wondering whether it’s best to buy or rent in today’s uneasy market. Unfortunately, there is no magic answer which fits every retiree. There are many factors to consider before buying or renting your retirement home.
For those with money to spend on a new home, the current market can be a great time to buy. Homes today are generally much more affordable than during the height of the housing boom, … (3 comments)

retirement: Senior Estates Golf and Country Club, Woodburn, Oregon - 10/13/11 12:31 PM
Budget conscious Oregon retirees will appreciate the low-cost real estate options at Senior Estates Golf and Country Club in Woodburn, Oregon.  The single-family homes in this mature 55+ neighborhood are attractively priced from below $100,000 to the high $100’s.  Residents enjoy a nice selection of amenities including a private 18-hole golf course.
The Senior Estates Golf Course features 5,398 yards from the longest tees and is ideally set on mostly flat terrain with soaring mature trees and well-kept fairways. Players of all levels will enjoy perfecting their game on this well maintained golf course. Other amenities of this casual Oregon … (0 comments)

retirement: Nassau Grove, Lewes, Delaware - 10/09/11 08:08 AM
Nassau Grove is an age-targeted community in Lewes, Delaware offering a private, gated entry, quality-built homes and a nice collection of amenities. The community opened in 2006 and is being built by K. Hovnanian. Today, interested home buyers can select from resale or new construction homes priced from the high $200’s to the mid $400’s.  The community is planned to have 244 homes upon completion.
Set in the town of Lewes, Delaware, this community is similar to other active adult communities in Delaware in that is offers a nice lineup of amenities plus an exciting social lifestyle, yet there is … (0 comments)

retirement: Tennis Versus Pickleball – What’s Your Net Game? - 10/07/11 02:30 AM
Active adult communities are known for boasting many amenities, including a variety of sports courts to support a range of outdoor fun. Pickleball, the new game on the block, is gaining popularity among many residents. However, some community tennis players worry that this new pastime will take away from their own time on the courts.
Though the game was relatively unheard of just 10 years ago, pickleball is rapidly taking hold as a popular sport among older adults. According to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), pickleball is a fun game which is easy for beginners to learn, but also provides challenging … (1 comments)

retirement: Royal Highlands, Leesburg, Florida - 10/04/11 03:13 AM
The pride and joy of the Royal Highlands 55+ community in Leesburg, Florida is its world-class golf course. The Monarch golf course is an 18-hole, par-72 championship course boasting magnificent water features and rolling hills. Players of all levels will enjoy this exciting course and residents of Royal Highlands benefit from preferred rates and tee times.
Aside from fabulous golf, Royal Highlands Leesburg offers stately amenities and mature landscaping all in an ideal central Florida location. The town of Leesburg is conveniently located between Ocala and Orlando. The area offers wonderful shopping, dining, entertainment, golf, medical facilities, recreation and more. … (0 comments)

retirement: Ardiente by Shea Homes, North Las Vegas, Nevada Active Adult - 10/01/11 08:43 AM
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is the gated, active adult community known as Ardiente by Shea Homes.  This intimate sized 55+ community of just 788 homes features beautiful architectural details, attractively priced homes and a wonderful collection of amenities, all in an ideal North Las Vegas location.
Ardiente originally opened in 2005 by Centex Homes before being purchased by Shea Homes in 2010. Interested home buyers can choose from resale homes or new the new, energy efficient, Shea Homes floor plans.  The original Centex Homes were available in eight, single story floor plans sized from … (0 comments)

retirement: 8 Fun Ways to Make Money During Retirement - 09/28/11 07:49 AM
In many ways, ready access to the Internet has made it much easier for retirees to earn a little extra spending cash. There are sites for selling crafts, taking paid surveys or earning cash-back rewards while shopping. Yet, several money-making opportunities also exist for retirees offline.
Here are eight ideas for fun ways that you can make money during your retirement:
1. Sell Handcrafted Items
Many retirees find ways to turn their hobbies into extra income. Homemade items such as quilts, crocheted baby blankets, knitted hats, jewelry or decorative picture frames can be easily sold online, through local craft shows or … (3 comments)

retirement: Carillon at Stonegate, Aurora, Illinois - 09/26/11 02:39 PM
Carillon at Stonegate in Aurora, Illinois is a 55+ community by Cambridge Homes. The community opened in 2004 and is planned for 336 single family ranch homes upon completion. It’s an ideal community for those in search of a fantastic location minutes from the popular town of Naperville, yet without the higher Naperville prices.
The location of Carillon Stonegate is just two miles from I-88 offering easy access to neighboring suburbs. Downtown Chicago is just 40 miles west offering the perfect destination for a dinner out with friends, a shopping daytrip or a weekend getaway. Downtown Naperville is just seven … (0 comments)

retirement: Ocala: Central Florida’s Hidden Gem - 09/23/11 08:39 AM
Situated in Marion County, the Ocala area boasts natural beauty and a tranquil, relaxed lifestyle. While there are plenty of recreational and cultural attractions, Ocala residents enjoy life at a comfortable pace, without the hustle and bustle of a big city or the seasonal crowds of a tourist town. This makes Ocala an ideal location for many active adult retirees.
The City of Ocala is located in the heart of Central Florida. It is less than 90 miles northwest of Orlando, and about an hour from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Along the city’s east side, the Ocala National … (2 comments)

retirement: Lago Vista by Hartz Homes, Lockport, Illinois Active Adult - 09/19/11 06:55 AM
Lago Vista is a 55+ community in the far southwestern Chicago suburb of Lockport, Illinois. The community opened in 2004 by Hartz Homes and is planned for 832 homes upon completion. Homes within this unique gated community are surrounded by 22 lakes and ponds plus miles of paths and trails. Residents are drawn to Lago Vista for its exciting lifestyle, wonderful clubhouse and scenic yet convenient location.
The homes at Lago Vista Lockport are available as either single family ranch or attached townhome floor plans. The single family homes range in size from 1,500 to nearly 2,200 square feet while … (0 comments)

retirement: Lake James, Lakeland, Florida - 09/18/11 02:45 PM
Lake James is a unique 55+ community in Florida offering beautifully designed ranch homes set within the nature. The community is being built by Ernie White Construction and is planned for 216 single family homes upon completion. Residents appreciate the privacy of this gated community, the high-quality construction, the secluded feeling and the nice collection of amenities.
While most active adult communities in Florida are huge in scale, Lake James is different. It is unique in that it offers a smaller size with fewer amenities yet still offers very nice amenities and quality built homes. This unique option in active … (0 comments)

retirement: Falls Run by Del Webb, Fredericksburg, Virginia - 09/18/11 09:09 AM

Falls Run by Del Webb is a beautiful gated community in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The local area offers wonderful opportunities for everything from shopping to historical attractions. Old Town Fredericksburg is home to charming boutiques, antique shops and art galleries while other surrounding areas feature wonderful museums and historical attractions. Richmond and Washington D.C. are just a one-hour drive from the community. The ideal location and fantastic amenities have made this Virginia active adult community is an attractive destination for adults age 55 and better.
The homes at Falls Run Del Webb were built between 2002 and 2005. Today … (0 comments)

retirement: The Pros and Cons of Buying an Older Home - 09/16/11 10:02 AM
Choosing whether to build a new home or buy an older resale home is a common dilemma for potential homebuyers. A sparkling new construction may be eye-catching when visiting active adult communities, but it isn’t always the best choice for everyone. Before making the decision, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of buying an older home, especially when it’s in an active adult community.
When it comes to house hunting, resale homes can be a great value. This is especially true when they have after-market upgrades like granite countertops, hardwood or tile flooring, updated kitchens or have installed window … (2 comments)