retirement: 10 Great Low Tax Retirement Communities - 07/18/12 02:19 PM

Along with sunshine, gorgeous scenery and resort-style amenities, the perfect retirement destination also includes retirement-friendly tax laws. While you should consult a tax professional for more specific information, here is an overview of some of our favorite low-tax retirement communities.
1. Sun City Peachtree — Griffin, Georgia
Just 35 miles south of Atlanta, Sun City Peachtree is a sprawling 55+ community which offers an impressive line-up of amenities including an 18-hole golf course, a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse and fabulous tennis facilities. In Georgia, Social Security income is exempt and residents over the age of 65 may qualify for property tax deductions.

retirement: Oceanside Retirement Living on Hilton Head Island - 06/16/12 03:07 PM

While vacationers often flock to Hilton Head’s luxurious beaches, many active adult retirees are happy to call this resort island home. The Hilton Head area has a lot to offer retirees. It has beautiful weather, a prime coastal location, a wide range of indoor and outdoor attractions, and fabulous scenery. There are also several active adult communities in the area which offer residents a healthy, luxurious lifestyle.
Hilton Head is a barrier island found along the coast of South Carolina. It is just 35 miles northeast of Savannah and 95 miles south of Charleston. The island itself is approximately 50 square … (1 comments)

retirement: Holiday Village East, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey Active Adult - 05/21/12 08:34 AM
Holiday Village East is a budget-friendly active adult community in Burlington County, New Jersey. This mature community offers attractive resale homes from the mid $100’s in a semi-rural setting tucked away from the hustle and bustle yet still just minutes from shopping, dining and everyday conveniences.
Built between 1993 and 2001 by J.S. Hovnanian, this completed 55+ community offers a wide variety of homes including single-family carriage homes, attached style patio homes and condominiums. In total there are 936 homes, many of which are available on a resale basis with pricing ranging from the mid $100’s to the mid $300’s. All of … (0 comments)

retirement: Vineyards on Lake Wylie, Charlotte, North Carolina - 05/18/12 04:45 AM
Nature enthusiasts will love the relaxed scenic atmosphere of the Vineyards on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, North Carolina. This D.R. Horton community is open to residents of all ages yet features a special enclave of ranch homes ideal for active adult living. The entire community is planned to have 430 homes upon completion including the above mentioned ranch homes as well as two-story residences more suited for family living.
The homes at this age-targeted community incorporate energy efficient features with spacious floor plans and attractive exterior designs. Special touches are reminiscent of Craftsman design with a little European flair and Southern elegance. There … (0 comments)

retirement: Home Versus Lifestyle: Which Is More Important? - 05/17/12 09:16 AM

When asked about the key to choosing a great home, real estate experts are famous for answering, “location, location, location.” That’s because they know that identical homes can have vastly different values depending on where they are located. But what do you do when you discover an amazing community, but don’t like its available homes? Or, conversely, when you fall in love with a home, but aren’t so keen on its community amenities?
In an ideal world, homebuyers would make lists of the features they want in a home and the amenities they want nearby, then choose a community that … (2 comments)

retirement: Discover Charming Southwestern Culture in Santa Fe, NM - 05/15/12 07:14 AM

Active adults who love Southwestern deserts and sweeping mountain vistas are sure to be impressed by the majestic scenery in Santa Fe. This historic city offers a rich culture, distinctive regional flair, amazing outdoor recreations and one of the country’s largest art communities. Active adults will truly find something different each time they discover, or rediscover, Santa Fe. As the capital of New Mexico and one of the state’s largest cities, Santa Fe is located about an hour northeast of Albuquerque in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains. The city was founded in the early 1600s and is perched at an … (0 comments)

retirement: Heritage Towne Lake, Cypress, Texas Active Adult - 05/14/12 03:13 PM
Heritage Towne Lake is a small 55+ community within the larger master-planned community of Towne Lake. Plans call for just 440 homes in this exclusive enclave of active adult homes just 25 miles northwest of Houston in Cypress, Texas.
The homes of Heritage Towne Lake are situated within the community around a 350-acre stocked fishing lake. Residents enjoy beautiful water views and water activities such as boating and fishing. Miles of trails wind throughout the community offering lovely paths for walking, jogging or bike riding. There is a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and parks perfect for a quiet picnic. Indoor … (1 comments)

retirement: Siena, Las Vegas, Nevada - 05/13/12 08:38 AM
Siena in sparkling Las Vegas, Nevada is a resort-style active adult community offering golf course living from the mid $100’s. Built by Sunrise Colony Company between 2000 and 2006, this 50+ community is set within the larger master planned community of Summerlin. The Siena portion of the community is a gated enclave of 2,001 homes including single-family and villa style homes.
Today’s homebuyers can select from a nice variety of resale homes including four villa floor plans and 14 single-family homes. Sizes range from 1,034 to 3,217 square feet with pricing from the mid $100’s to the high $700’s. The … (0 comments)

retirement: Our 7 Favorite Beach Retirement Destinations - 05/10/12 07:23 AM
In the chill of winter, as the snow starts to fall, many active adults begin dreaming of a warm and sunny beach retirement. Though each getaway may have its own sandy shores and sunny skies, not all beach retirement destinations are cut from the same cloth. Here are some of the highlights (and selling points) of our seven favorite coastal getaways.
1. Naples, Florida
Situated on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Naples area offers deep blue water and white sand beaches. This South Florida destination is ideal for fishing, either from its local piers or aboard deep-sea fishing … (1 comments)

retirement: Solera at Kern Canyon, Bakersfield, California - 05/09/12 03:28 AM

Solera at Kern Canyon is a beautiful 55+ community in Bakersfield, California. Del Webb plans to build just 558 homes at this gated retirement retreat surrounded by rolling California countryside with majestic mountain views. This intimate community is an affordable option for California retirement living with single-family homes from the mid $100’s.  
The design of Solera Kern Canyon is perfect for retirement thanks to its pedestrian friendly environment, sidewalks and streetlights. Close to home there are shops and restaurants, golf courses, medical facilities, parks and outdoor recreation. Lake Kern is popular destination offering fishing lakes, picnic areas, equestrian and … (0 comments)

retirement: Blast Off into Retirement Along Florida’s Space Coast - 05/07/12 10:12 PM
Florida is famous for many things: beautiful beaches, theme parks and sunny skies. The state is also home to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. These unique landmarks lie at the heart of space exploration as the sites where NASA launched space shuttles, satellites and other military and civilian space projects. Known as the Space Coast, this area is also home to great beaches, fun attractions, diverse restaurants and shopping centers, and several active adult communities.
The Space Coast spans 72 miles on Florida’s Central Atlantic Coast. The area includes popular destinations like Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, … (1 comments)

retirement: Quail Creek, Green Valley, Arizona Active Adult Living - 05/05/12 09:05 AM
Quail Creek is a fabulous 55+ community in Green Valley, Arizona. While most active adult communities in Green Valley are part of the Green Valley Recreation collection, Quail Creek is not. Quail Creek is a unique 55+ community by Robson offering world class amenities and finely crafted homes. Plans for this private, gated community call for approximately 4,000 homes upon completion. Unlike most of the communities within Green Valley, Quail Creek is a private community offering residents exclusive access to its luxurious amenities.
The location of Quail Creek is perfectly tucked away yet still just minutes from everyday conveniences. Miles of … (0 comments)

retirement: Bailey’s Glen, Cornelius, North Carolina Active Adult - 05/03/12 11:43 PM
Just 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Cornelius, North Carolina is the active adult community known as Bailey’s Glen. This new construction community opened its doors in 2009 and is being built by South Creek Homes. Plans call for just 468 homes in this intimate and elegant community for adults age 55 and better.
South Creek Homes offers a fantastic selection of homes in 18 unique ranch-style floor plans. There are four model collections to choose from sized from nearly 1,300 to 3,100 square feet and all of the homes offer options to personalize and customize based on each homebuyers specific … (1 comments)

retirement: Top 10 Retirement Living Trends of 2012 - 05/03/12 03:05 AM
Each year brings changing trends, including many changes to the typical active adult lifestyle. Now that the New Year is upon us, let’s take a look at some of the expected trends for 2012.
1. Smaller, More Urban Communities
Active adults who prefer city living will be happy to hear that there may be more urban communities in the near future. Builders are moving away from sprawling mega communities and are expected to turn toward small developments of 500 homes or less — developments which easily fit into urban areas.
2. Pickleball Courts
Over the past few years, pickleball has become … (1 comments)

retirement: Nashville – A Grand Ole Retirement Destination - 05/01/12 12:04 AM
Active adults who choose to settle in Tennessee will love the great attractions in the beautiful Nashville area. As the state capital and one of Tennessee’s largest cities, Nashville offers many urban amenities including fantastic healthcare, diverse shopping and dining, world-class entertainment and several colleges and universities. Just outside of the city, active adults will find picturesque suburbs with a variety of neighborhoods.
Nashville sits on the Cumberland River in the central part of the state, putting it within close proximity of other popular destinations. Within a three-hour drive, Nashville residents can visit cities like Chattanooga, Knoxville and Louisville, Kentucky. At … (0 comments)

retirement: Jubilee at Los Lunas, Albuquerque, New Mexico Retirement - 04/24/12 01:22 AM
Jubilee at Los Lunas is located in the village of Los Lunas offering small town charm combined with everyday conveniences. Within walking distance of the community are restaurants and shops as well as ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. El Cerro de Los Lunas creates a stunning mountain backdrop for this popular New Mexico 55+ community.
Jubilee Los Lunas offers residents a pleasant year-round climate with warm sunshine and just a touch of snowfall. The area also offers exciting annual festivals such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the New Mexico Wine Festival and the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts … (0 comments)

retirement: Centennial Mill by Del Webb, Voorhees, New Jersey Active Adult - 04/20/12 11:18 PM
Del Webb’s Centennial Mill community is set in the suburban New Jersey town of Voorhees. The area offers an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation as well as award-winning health care, impressive educational institutions and convenient transportation corridors. Just a short drive from Centennial Mill are major cities including Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York City and Baltimore, all accessible in under two hours.
The 401 homes at Centennial Mill were built between 2004 and 2011. Today interested home buyers can select from Del Web’s charming single-family detached townhomes set amid green spaces and pocket parks.  The award-winning Del Webb … (0 comments)

retirement: Isabella Village at Savannah, Aubrey, Texas - 04/18/12 01:12 PM
The master-planned community of Savannah is a sprawling community with over 7,000 homes for every stage of life. The Isabella Village enclave at Savannah is reserved for resident’s age 55 and better. Homeowners at this Aubrey, Texas community enjoy access to the private amenities within the 55+ portion of Savannah as well as all of the other amenities throughout the larger Savannah community.
Nathan Carlisle Homes designed Isabella Village Texas to be an intimate retreat with just 250 single-family homes. The community opened in 2011 and today interested home buyers can choose from new construction homes attractively priced from the … (1 comments)

retirement: Phoenix Versus Tucson – Which Is a Better Retirement Destination? - 04/17/12 12:14 AM
With only a two-hour drive separating these Arizona cities, active adults will find plenty to do in both Phoenix and Tucson. Each of these retirement-friendly cities offer sunny skies, beautiful scenery, exciting attractions and amenity-rich communities. Yet there are some differences which are worth considering before relocating or planning a visit.
Though both cities have mountain views, Phoenix is a relatively flat area with rocky peaks rising in the distance. This gives the city plenty of space for a large grid of streets peppered with commercial and residential buildings. Phoenix is generally divided into distinct urban villages, each of which have … (1 comments)

retirement: Enjoy Prime Gulf Coast Living in Sarasota-Bradenton - 04/12/12 11:27 AM
Set in Southwest Florida, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the Sarasota-Bradenton area is a popular retirement destination for active adult retirees. There are beautiful beaches, diverse shopping centers, cultural attractions and lovely active adult communities. Those who relocate to the area will also be happy with Florida’s retirement-friendly tax laws.
Just south of Tampa Bay, the cities of Bradenton and Sarasota are separated from the Gulf of Mexico by waterways and a thin line of barrier islands. Bradenton is bordered on the north by the Manatee River, while Sarasota sits at the edge of the Sarasota Bay. This … (0 comments)