55+ Adult Community Living
55+ Adult Community Living
For those home-shoppers who may be nearing the age of retirement, the idea of living in a 55+ community might seem appealing. An active adult community, alternatively referred to as 55+, will have its differences when compared to your other neighborhoods — one of those being age limitations.
So, before you buy into one of these communities near you, take note of some key things about living in an active adult community. Joana Iliescu, Sales Associate for ERA Justin Realty, says, “Most 55+ aged people are still very vivacious and very active and athletic and want to do fun things and would like to continue doing these activities well into retirement”. She shares the benefits of living in this type of community and why not all are alike in what they offer.
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
While many of those who seek out a 55+ community are not retired, many are empty-nesters who are at a stage where they want to downsize or simply want less home maintenance to deal with. Many 55+ new home communities also feature the latest amenities. Walking trails, concierge services and even community gardens are a few examples.
Common amenities include community pools and lawn maintenance, so residents can have a nice yard without having to work so hard on keeping it that way. Fitness centers are also popular attractions, as residents can stay active and fit, without the hassle of a gym membership.
Age Requirements and Restrictions
Of course, the first thing you’ll want to consider are those age restrictions. While many active adult communities will have age limits set at 55 years, others may be higher, lower or have none at all.
Most communities will have an association with by-laws with restrictions. Joana adds “For example, some restrictions may include the number of occupants living in the dwelling, access of amenities for non-residents, or customization of the home itself”.
You’ll want to consider if the active adult lifestyle truly fits your needs at this stage in your life. There are differing levels of maintenance that residents choose to adopt when moving into an age-qualified segment. “You should consider not only your current needs, but think of long-term needs as you age-in-place,” Joana states. This would include floorplan layout as well as sense of community.
A close-knit community of neighbors in the same life stage, coupled with a community with lots of activities and security, makes a 55+ community an attractive option for homebuyers ready to start the next chapter of their life.
To help you get started looking for your next community, contact Joana Iliescu or any of our experienced ERA Justin Realty Sales Associates at (201) 939-7500.