retirement communities: Five North Carolina Retirement Communities You Must See - 01/14/14 01:20 AM
Though every community is different, though every retiree is unique, if you’re looking for gorgeous homes and resort-style living, there are five North Carolina retirement communities you simply must see.
Whether located in the stunning town of Southport or on the water in Ocean Isle, these North Carolina retirement communities all offer spacious homes, exciting activities, and a wealth of top-of-the-line amenities. For those who dream of spending their days relaxing and enjoying within a closely-knit and wonderfully situated location, take a look at our list of five North Carolina retirement communities you must see:
1.         Ocean Ridge Plantation: Located just … (1 comments)

retirement communities: Activities at St. James Plantation - 01/14/14 01:18 AM
Widely known as one of the most luxurious North Carolina retirement communities, St. James Plantation offers its residents resort-style living blended perfectly with sweet Southern charm.
From the 18-hole golf course to the state-of-the-art fitness center, from the gorgeous indoor pool to the relaxing St. James private beach, active adults who choose to retire at St. James Plantation have a wide variety of comfortable amenities to take advantage of, no matter what the season.
And while both the atmosphere and the list of amenities would be enough to attract interested retirees from far and wide, as one of the top North … (0 comments)

retirement communities: The Ivy Floor Plan – The Villages Florida - 11/19/13 12:10 AM
Known for its warm, sunny days and close proximity to white, sandy beaches, The Villages Florida is a one of a kind community featuring one of a kind homes.
With an estimated 56,268 households and over 100 different floor plans, The Villages Florida offers homes for every lifestyle and every resident. From intimate villas to luxurious single-family models, the active adult community appeals to those looking to live comfortably and happily in a resort style environment.
And while there are dozens of spacious models to choose from, one Designer Home floor plan in particular stands out amongst the others: The Ivy.

retirement communities: Experience the Southern Charm of Savannah, Georgia - 10/14/11 12:50 PM
With a mix of historic architecture and modern cultural attractions, Savannah, Georgia has developed its own distinct allure. This small city is touted as one of America’s prettiest towns, a fabulous romantic getaway, and a prominent center for the arts. Money Magazine has listed Savannah among the Top 100 Places to Retire, and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine has included Savannah among the Top Ten Cities in the USA.
Whether traveling to Savannah for a visit or to relocate to Savannah for retirement, this Southern city offers plenty of attractions to keep active adults entertained year round. There are historic sites, museums, … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Villagio, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey - 09/25/11 04:11 PM
Villagio is just as elegant as its name suggests. Located on Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, this luxury active adult community is a prestigious retirement destination for the discerning active adult. Stunning architecture and impeccable details combine to create this gorgeous 55+ community featuring a beautiful Italian theme. To enhance the Italian theme there are elaborate flowering urns and cobblestone curbs surrounding stunning homes designed with Italian architectural elements.
The community opened in 2008 by Byron Hill and is planned for just 210 single family homes upon completion. The luxury, Italian inspired, estate homes feature stucco exteriors, arched windows, covered balconies … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Amphitheaters Provide Entertainment Under the Stars at 55+ Communities - 09/09/11 01:23 AM
Active adult communities are frequently found in areas with beautiful climates and spectacular scenic vistas. What better way to enjoy a fabulous setting than by attending an outdoor event at a lovely community amphitheater?
An amphitheater (or amphitheatre) is an open-air venue designed for outdoor concerts, plays, performances and other events. Originally, the term amphitheater was reserved for oval or circular structures with stadium-style seating, such as Ancient Rome’s famous Colosseum.
Today, contemporary amphitheaters come in a variety of styles and sizes. They commonly have a raised stage as the focal point, which often has a domed back to better direct … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Castlefield, Manchester, Maryland Active Adult - 09/03/11 03:36 PM
Castlefield is a beautiful scenic community of just 50 attached-style homes in Manchester, Maryland. Set in the tranquil countryside of Carroll County, Castlefield features intimate privacy and gorgeous natural surroundings. Residents appreciate the country-like setting yet convenient access to shopping, dining, entertainment, healthcare and more.
This unique Maryland active adult community is open to resident’s age 55 and better. The homes are all attached-style condominiums beautifully situated in nature to preserve the natural look and feel of the community.  Luxury features inside and out combine to create attractive homes priced from the low to mid $200’s. The floor plans range … (0 comments)

retirement communities: The Importance of Outdoor Living Space in Your Retirement Home - 07/20/11 05:18 AM
The importance of outdoor living space for retirees ranks high on the list of importance when choosing an active adult community. In addition, retirees often relocate to areas that have beautiful climates with sunny summers and mild winters. This saves them from the drudgery of shoveling snow, and offers ample opportunities to pursue outdoor activities. To make the most of this fabulous weather, retirees are developing their outdoor living space in creative new ways.
A home’s outdoor living space refers to a number of different areas. It might include a covered patio, a spacious deck, an inviting front porch or a … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Holiday Village East, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey - 07/12/11 04:32 PM

Holiday Village East is the perfect active adult community for someone in search of the best value in New Jersey. In total there are 936 homes priced from the mid $100’s to the mid $300’s all of which are resale homes. With the wide variety to choose from there is something for everyone at this 55+ New Jersey community. There are detached single family carriage homes, attached patio homes and condominiums. All of the homes feature two bedrooms and two bathrooms and sizes range from 1,200 to 2,300 square feet.
The location of Holiday Village East in Mt. Laurel, New … (1 comments)

retirement communities: 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)

retirement communities: Sunny San Diego – More Affordable Than Ever! - 05/01/11 02:22 PM
Many active adults dream of retiring to San Diego. This sunny hot spot offers a variety of exciting local attractions, and what some call the “Best Weather in America.” Though home prices had once set this retirement dream beyond the means of many active adults, the current housing market has made the San Diego area more affordable than ever before.
When it comes to relocating to the San Diego area, retirees can often find the best deal by choosing a resale home in a small, older community. These lovely homes are more affordable, but they still offer thoughtful designs and a … (0 comments)

retirement communities: 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)

retirement communities: 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)

retirement communities: Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, California - 04/17/11 05:33 AM
Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California is an award-winning California active adult community offering beautiful mature grounds, established lifestyle and countless amenities. The community was built over 30 years and today offers a nice selection or resale homes in every price point from the low $100’s to over $1 million. In total there are approximately 6,700 homes including garden-style duplex homes, single family homes and condominiums in mid- to high-rise buildings.
The amenities at Rossmoor Walnut Creek include 27 holes of golf and five spacious clubhouses. Each clubhouse boasts its own unique collection of amenities such as studios for hobbies and crafts, … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Texas – The Next Retirement Mecca? - 04/14/11 08:22 AM
A study by the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR) once listed Texas as the number two retirement destination in the country. In November 2007, the Los Angeles Times declared Texas to be the next retirement mecca. What is it that draws retirees to the Lone Star state?
There are many things that active adults look for in a retirement destination. Some of the most common criteria include a desirable climate, affordable housing, a low cost of living, great health care and plenty of local activities. For those who prefer age-restricted living, exceptional active adult communities are also an important … (2 comments)

retirement communities: Top 5 Myths About Active Adult Communities - 03/31/11 09:22 AM
Modern active adult communities have been around since Del Webb opened Sun City Arizona on January 1, 1960. Over the past 50 years, many developers have stepped in to create communities which support the active lifestyles of older Americans. Despite the sweeping popularity of these amenity-rich, resort-style communities, there are many misconceptions which still persist.
1. Myth: Active adult communities are the same thing as assisted living or continuing care retirement communities (CCRC).While active adult communities are often restricted to residents aged 55 or better, they are not the same as continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). Active adult communities are developments … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Del Webb Charleston, Summerville, South Carolina - 03/20/11 03:08 PM
Southern charm abounds at Del Webb Charleston in Summerville, South Carolina. This elegant active adult community features finely crafted homes, welcoming curb appeal and friendly neighborhood charm. Del Webb Charleston is just 25 miles from the historic town of Charleston offering wonderful shopping, dining and cultural attractions. The area is rich in history and centrally located to award winning health care facilities, championship golf and national landmarks.
Del Webb opened this highly sought after SC active adult community in 2007 and it is planned for 1,000 homes upon completion. The community is set on 360 acres boasting gorgeous landscapes of flowers, … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Lago Vista, Lockport, Illinois - 03/14/11 08:31 AM
The far southwestern Chicago suburb of Lockport is home to the active adult community known as Lago Vista. This 55+ community by Hartz Homes offers single family homes and townhomes set on over 350 acres. The community opened in 2004 and is planned for 832 residences upon completion. Residents enjoy a wonderful clubhouse and beautiful surroundings including 22 lakes and ponds that dot the community and miles of paths throughout the neighborhood.
The location of this Illinois active adult community appeals to retirees in search of a rural local yet still close to everyday conveniences. Lockport is about 40 minutes from … (2 comments)

retirement communities: There’s More to Retirement Than Golfing - 03/08/11 03:28 AM
While there was a time when an active adult community needed a golf course to attract 55 and older homebuyers, today’s active adults know that there’s more to retirement than golfing. Resort-style communities offer a wide range of amenities beyond golf and some very popular communities don’t have golf courses at all.
Which activities—besides golf—are popular with retirees? Active adults today understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. As a result, many popular pastimes involve those that pair physical activity with a social setting.
Fitness centers and swimming pools are some of the most common amenities found at age-restricted communities of … (0 comments)

retirement communities: Communal Living in Retirement: The Pros and Cons - 02/16/11 02:50 PM

In the mid-1980s, The Golden Girls hit the TV scene. They entertained viewers of all ages with the joys and pitfalls of growing older and sharing a home with close friends. Though these funny ladies portrayed a living arrangement that was ideal in many ways, there were also episodes which showed some memorable squabbles and disagreements. But what is it like to share a home in real life?
There are many pros and cons associated with communal living. By sharing a home, a group of friends or adult relatives can save money, but they can also provide each other with … (0 comments)