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I'm thinking lose the steps, lose the maintenance and lose the mortgage payment. One thing we have issues with downsizers here in DC is they think they can move to a condo in the city for less than their home in the suburbs. And they go into shock when the prices and the amount of space they'll get sink in.
Here on Long Island they mostly request Ranch Style Condos with easy access throughout the units!
Gita, like everyone, the first is NO STAIRS. The seniors I have worked with also want to live in an area with other seniors, amenities they will use, and be close to their medical providers.
Oh gosh...duh...so obvious (at least in our area)...lower taxes. In our area, we have high taxes, esp in the areas w/ great school districts. One of the major reasons people sell their houses here (even when there is no mortgage left) is to avoid the super high taxes. So after the kids graduate (or maybe after they graduate college for some), there is a big desire to eliminate the $30,000 - $40,000 (or more if you have an expensive home) of taxes.
They often want a smaller home, but still want the storage space.
I would think no steps would be important. Could mean MBR on 1st floor, one floor only or a condo w/ elevator. (I've also seen a few condos w/ elevators).
I would think low maintenance, too...another benefit for condos and/or other places where they take care of snow plowing, mowing lawn, taking care of leaves, etc.
Warmer climate also seems to be important, but that is not something you can impact in an our area...many will move down south due to that.
1. Single Story, but more than that like of steps period. Walk ways with no steps and so forth.
2. Community. Gated 55+ communities are popular around here.
3. They don't often think of it, but they appreciate door handles that are not knobs (turning a knob can be hard when you get older) and hand bars and such in bathrooms.
I work with lots of older buyers who do not realize what they will need in 5 to 10 years and when I point out these features they appreciate them.
We do a number of senior moves and no stairs or first floor is almost always a request. Depending on the age and abilities, a clubhouse with activiities is also a big asset. Lastly, close to medical facilities is a huge decision maker.
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I can tell you from first hand experience
- ADA compliance
- single story
I agree with Steffy, #22. Seniors want simple, easy, efficient, maintenance free and an affordable Lifestyle, however, instead of Arizona, Orange County in southern California would be my destination.
1. An easy way to get from your car to the back door...no steps! Helps with unloading groceries etc.
2. All necessities located on one level...including washer, dryer
3. Easy to maintain, small yard!
Here in the Sun City area of the Greater Phoenix Area seniors are looking for: 1) Easy access, no steps. 2) Little to no exterior maintenance. 3) Easy access to activities (golf, crafts, swimming). Sun City can provide all of this at a lower cost of living. The only thing we don't have is an ocean.
Your question gave me pause for thought. I don't actually know anyone who has moved for the purpose of downsizing.
1. Single story
2. Proximity to relatives, children, medical providers, activities.
3. Great climate - a lot of people move to AZ when they retire for the weather, combined with man-made amenities in both active-adult and non-restricted communities.
I'd say no steps, single story and minimal work needed, preferably turn-key. Access to amenities (e.g., shopping, medical care) is important. Many, but certainly not all, want to live in a seniors community
No stairs, help is close by if needed, low maintenance or effortless maintenance.
Single level, screened patios, activities.
1. Close to family members
2. no stairs
3. Low taxes
In our active adult community most are looking for single level or at least main floor living, upgrades so they don't have to do anything and security (gated communities).
Ok, my wild guess is one level living, convenient amenities, grab bars and ramps. Oh, that's four.
At least one I know of - single level of living and preferred at street level.
I would think they want a handicapped accessible bathroon, large hall ways and a convenient kitchen.
Living on one floor (no stairs or an elevator), easy access to stores and entertainment and last being in an area where other people in a similar situation are living to be friends with.
one story living, yard maintenance, sun room or screened porch.
1.) No stairs.
2.) Close to medical facilities.
3.) Low maintenance fees.
I forgot the most important. Close to excellent medical facilities.
Master bedroom on main level.
Walk in shower
No outside maintenance
A master bedroom on the main level is a primary request. Many Maryland seniors are moving south for more affordable housing and lower real estate taxes.
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One level living, or master bath on level 1. Cozy. No cleaning snow.
The washer and dryer needs to be on the main floor, no stairs and access to someone who can help maintain their yard and shovel snow.
Close to hospital, main level bdr w full bath, as few steps as possible.
1) single story home
2) low maintenance property and community amenities
3) closet and storage space and room for cars.