active adults: Exciting Activities at Sun City West - 09/25/13 04:18 AM
From its beautiful and modern homes to its incredible location just miles from Downtown Phoenix, Sun City West draws interest from active adults situated all across the country
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And while the year-round gorgeous weather, the state of the art amenities, and the wide variety of floor plans are perhaps the most common draws, what Sun City West residents soon discover is the dozens of frequent and exciting community activities that are made available year-round.
For the retirees looking to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, Sun City West offers several different fitness classes, designed to meld modern exercise routines with … (0 comments)

active adults: 7 Reasons Life Is Better in an Active Adult Community - 04/09/12 11:51 PM
There are many reasons why empty-nesters and retirees choose to live in active adult communities. Some love the idea of living on a championship golf course, others are drawn to the wide variety of social clubs, and many are won over by the thoughtfully-designed, low-maintenance homes. Here are seven benefits to consider when imagining life in an active adult community:
1. The Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle includes a variety of social and recreational activities. At active adult communities, residents will find more clubs, classes, organizations, activities and events than they can imagine. These amenity-rich communities often have full-time Lifestyle Directors or … (2 comments)

active adults: 7 College Towns That Make Great Retirement Locations - 03/06/12 05:46 AM
While sandy beaches and arid deserts are known as prime retirement locations, many of today’s retirees are more interested in relocating to vibrant college towns. These lively destinations offer plenty of cultural and recreational attractions. There are museums, performing arts centers, coffee shops, night clubs, restaurants and diverse shopping centers. Of course, college towns also offer one other thing that appeals to retirees: lifelong learning opportunities.
Many colleges across the country offer learning centers specifically designed for active adult retirees. These diverse programs let older students take part in many different classes and lectures without the hassle of homework, tests and … (0 comments)

active adults: 4 Reasons Why Finding Rental Homes in 55+ Communities is So Damn Difficult! - 02/22/12 10:24 PM
55Places.com receives many inquiries from retirees who are planning to winter in a popular retirement destination and would like to rent a home in a 55+ community. Based on our experience — and the pleading tone of these inquiries — we know that finding an ideal rental home is not an easy task.
If you’ve ever wondered why finding a short term rental in an active adult community is practically impossible, we have a few ideas:
1. Community Restrictions
When homebuyers choose to move into an active adult development, they buy into the community (and its amenities) as much as they … (1 comments)

active adults: 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)

active adults: CrossRidge, Glen Allen, Virginia - 06/09/11 01:55 PM

Virginia retirees in search of a private, gated community will want to visit CrossRidge Glen Allen, Virginia. This elegant 55+ community sits on a 400 acre historic site and offers a variety of home styles to choose from including condominiums, town homes, duplexes and single-family homes. Built by Eagle Construction, the community opened in 2001 and is planned for 756 homes upon completion.
The homes at CrossRidge are located within six unique neighborhoods organized around the particular home style. Sizes begin at 1,760 square feet and go up to 2,360 square feet. The smaller homes feature two bedrooms while the … (0 comments)

active adults: Heritage Point, Barnegat, New Jersey - 05/15/11 04:29 PM
Barnegat, New Jersey is a picturesque area with quaint shops and boutiques, delicious local restaurants and cultural attractions. The Barnegat Bay offers a unique beach lifestyle complete with boating, fishing, swimming and crabbing. The excitement of Atlantic City is just 45 minutes away and only 90 minutes from home are New York City, Philadelphia and Cape May. Active adults and retirees in search of the perfect Barnegat location to call home will appreciate the Heritage Point 55+ community.
Heritage Point Barnegat is a resort-style active adult community by Mignatti Companies open to residents age 55 and better. The community opened in … (0 comments)

active adults: The Woods of South Barrington by Toll Brothers, South Barrington, Illinois - 05/09/11 04:28 PM
Illinois retirees have fantastic options in active adult living ranging from sprawling resort style communities to intimate sized elegant enclave neighborhoods of luxury ranch homes. Regency at The Woods of South Barrington by Toll Brothers is one such example of a smaller, gated community for adults age 55 and better.
Built by the luxury home builder Toll Brothers, this Illinois active adult community features just 156 single-family homes boasting luxury features and high-end upgrades. The community is located in the prestigious town of South Barrington, Illinois. The area offers fabulous retail shopping including major retailers and boutique shops, a huge variety … (0 comments)

active adults: “Never” – The New Retirement Age - 05/07/11 08:40 AM
Between the recession and the housing market collapse, many Baby Boomers who had retirement within their sights have since been forced to change their plans. Even those who could potentially afford to retire, are now having second thoughts as they begin to worry about outliving their savings. Will these Baby Boomers eventually reach retirement, or is “never” the new retirement age?
As of 2007, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics put the average retirement age at around 62. However, a recent Nielsen report, The Global Impact of an Aging World, sheds new light on the changing attitude toward retirement age … (1 comments)

active adults: The Vineyard, Redding, California - 05/05/11 02:59 AM
Redding, California is a charming California town set at the northwestern end of the Central Valley. The climate is hot and dry in the summer and mild, sometimes chilly in the winters. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and everyday conveniences as well as unique features such as the 20-acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the historic Cascade Theatre. The Vineyard is a small gated active adult community of just over 200 single family homes located in this lovely California town.
Completed in 2001, The Vineyard was designed for active adults age 55 and better. It was built by Chase & … (0 comments)

active adults: Owning 2 Homes – Twice the Fun & Twice the Headaches - 05/04/11 08:37 AM
In theory, owning a second home, or “summer home,” sounds like the American Dream. Retirees can stay in the same residential area for most of the year, then whisk away when winter weather threatens. But does owning two homes live up to the hype?
Home ownership is a large investment and a major responsibility. Every house requires a certain amount of maintenance year-round. That maintenance needs to be completed whether you are currently living in the home or not. If you plan to leave each home empty while spending time in the other, your maintenance responsibilities will have to include securing … (0 comments)

active adults: Roesville, Felton, Delaware Active Adult - 05/03/11 02:46 AM
Delaware retirees in search of an active adult community offering low-maintenance, energy-efficient homes will want to visit Roesville in Felton, Delaware. Roesville is a newer 55+ community being built by J.S. Hovnanian and Sons and is planned for 444 single family ranch style homes. The location is ideal near the capital of Delaware, Dover. It’s close to the Bay Bridge and Rehoboth Beach plus locally there is wonderful shopping and dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation including beautiful parks and exciting golf courses.
Roesville Delaware opened in 2008 and today offers a nice selection of new construction homes as well as a … (0 comments)

active adults: Siena, Las Vegas, Nevada Active Adult Community - 04/30/11 07:02 AM
Nevada retirees will find a piece of paradise at Siena Las Vegas. This stunning community for adults age 50 and better is set within the larger master-planned community of Summerlin and boasts a fabulous golf course, sparkling waterfalls, lush gardens and stunning entry monuments. The location is less than a mile from major expressways and only minutes from the Las Vegas Strip. This winning location combined with world-class amenities combine to create a fabulous Las Vegas active adult community.
Amenities at Siena Nevada are spread over facilities boasting over 85,000 square feet of fun. The Village Center clubhouse boasts 71,000 square … (0 comments)

active adults: Canal Walk, Somerset, New Jersey Active Adult - 04/29/11 08:33 AM
Canal Walk is an elegant New Jersey active adult community built by Premier Homes and Garden Homes. Since opening in 2002 it’s become a sought after destination community thanks to its premiere location and luxury amenities. Residents enjoy a central location offering convenient travel to New York City, Atlantic City, Philadelphia or the Jersey Shore.
Planned for 1,400 homes, Canal Walk New Jersey offers a wide variety of home styles to choose from including condos, duplex townhomes and traditional single family style ranch homes. The community was designed to feature each type of home within its own enclave within the community. … (1 comments)

active adults: Westlake Golf & Country Club, Jackson, New Jersey - 04/26/11 01:53 PM
The prestigious Westlake Golf & Country Club in Jackson, New Jersey boasts a fabulous location surrounded by great shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Its close proximity to Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City allows for easy and exciting daytrips or weekend getaways. Popular destination outlet malls are just 15 minutes away and just 30 minutes away are the Monmouth and Freehold Racetracks. The beaches of the Jersey Shore are just a short drive away offering relaxing sun filled days within a short one hour trip.
The homes of this private and gated New Jersey active adult community were built by … (2 comments)

active adults: Retirement Living in Scenic Myrtle Beach - 04/21/11 11:59 AM
Coastal towns have been popular with retirees for decades, and it’s undeniable that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has its own particular charm. This beautiful area features several fabulous 55+ communities, as well as a variety of activities which appeal to active adults.
Also known as the Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area first became popular with vacationers in the early 1900s. Myrtle Beach incorporated as a town in 1938 and became a city nineteen years later, in 1957. The area has recently experienced a period of rapid growth, but that has not taken away from Myrtle Beach’s relaxed coastal lifestyle.
Golf … (1 comments)

active adults: Will You Outlast Your Retirement Savings? - 04/16/11 01:38 PM
Though most active adults understand the importance of saving for retirement, many may underestimate the amount of money they will need to have saved. This is especially true as the average lifespan is growing and workers can no longer expect defined-benefit pension plans or social security income. How can you be sure that you will not outlast your own retirement savings?
Today, retirees cannot expect to live on a pension provided by their employers. Many employers do offer 401(k) programs, but it is up to individuals to opt in to these savings plans. Yet, while the responsibility to save for retirement … (0 comments)

active adults: Designing a Home to “Age in Place” - 04/06/11 01:41 PM
Many retirees or empty nesters move into active adult communities for their active, yet low-maintenance lifestyles. They like the idea of living in a thriving community of their peers and frequently plan to stay in the community for many years to come. However, there is more to making a plan to age in place than simply buying a ranch-style home.
“Aging in place” is a term used to describe a lifestyle where older adults plan to live independently, in their own homes, for as long as possible. While it’s not something we like to think about, aging is a fact of … (2 comments)

active adults: Paramount Escapes Ocean Breeze, Manahawkin, New Jersey - 04/05/11 12:07 PM
Paramount Escapes Ocean Breeze enjoys an ideal location close to popular area attractions yet tucked away for privacy. Major expressways are close-by making for easy access to Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City. Escapes Ocean Breeze is located in the small town of Manahawkin, New Jersey. Close to home residents enjoy everyday conveniences, shops, restaurants and coastal living just minutes from home. The pristine Barnegat Bay and Atlantic Ocean are just minutes away offering the unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of coastal living including fabulous recreational opportunities such as sailing, surfing, swimming, boating and … (0 comments)

active adults: Most Popular Clubs in Active Adult Communities - 04/04/11 06:11 AM
Active adult communities are often described as offering country club activities or resort-style living. They are known for having golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and planned social events. Yet there are many other activities and clubs which have become popular at active adult communities throughout the country.
When it comes to outdoor recreations, golf and tennis are still popular pastimes. However, they have been joined by two relatively new recreations: bocce ball and pickleball. Bocce ball is a sort of lawn-bowling game which is ideal for players of all ages and abilities. Pickleball can be played on a modified tennis … (0 comments)

 
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