Archive: February 2011

    by Susan Quilty on February 28th, 20111 Comment

    All across the Midwest and Northeast, active adults have felt the bite of winter storms. And while those who live in northern regions are used to shoveling snow, recent winter storms have been far from typical. Dangerous white-out conditions grounded flights and prompted many states to advise residents to stay home. Yet, for many, being at home meant coping with extensive power outages. Was all of this enough to drive retirees south?
    The Haven in Bluffton, South Carolina is a Del Webb active adult community that is uniquely more intimate than the neighboring Sun City Hilton Head. The Haven has 12 single-family ranch-style floor plans available, ranging from 1,590 to 2,637 square feet, including four floor plans that can have optional second floor lofts. The homes with optional lofts feature an additional loft area, bedroom and bathroom. The beautiful setting provides lagoon and wooded home sites available on large quarter and half-acre lots.

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    In November of 2007, Levitt & Sons filed for bankruptcy. This action devastated the plans of many active adults who were in the process of building or purchasing homes. Many would-be homebuyers lost large sums of money. Those who had already sold their previous homes suddenly found themselves stranded without a new home. The situation also left many current residents without their promised amenities, and uncertain about the future of their fledgling communities.
    Hill Country Retreat is an active adult community by Del Webb, located in San Antonio, Texas. Started in 2006, the gated, 55+ community will be home to nearly 2,000 luxurious single family homes upon completion.

    by Susan Quilty on February 23rd, 2011No Comments

    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.

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    by Roy Sylvan on February 22nd, 2011No Comments

    The Colony is an active adult community in Murrieta, California. Started in 1989 and completed in 2005, this gated, 55+ community is home to 1,500 single family houses located in the beautiful Inland Empire area of southern California. Built around world-class amenities this community has everything you need to stay active and social.

    by Susan Quilty on February 21st, 2011No Comments

    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?
    Located 35 miles from Atlanta in Griffin, Georgia, Del Webb’s Sun City Peachtree is an active adult community that will have almost 3,400 homes when completed in 2017. Construction started in 2007 and provides the lowest priced houses of any Del Webb community in the U.S. Home buyers have 12 single family ranch-style floor plans to choose from that range from 1,100 to 2,600 square feet.

    by Roy Sylvan on February 17th, 20111 Comment

    Del Webb began building the 16,900 homes of the active adult community Sun City West in 1978 and completed the project in 1997. Located 2 ½ miles from the first 55+ community in the nation, Sun City, and 20 miles from downtown Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States, Sun City West features single family homes that range in size from 920 square feet to over 3,500 square feet. Attached homes include a variety of ranch-styles ranging from 744 to 1,996 square feet.

    by Susan Quilty on February 16th, 20112 Comments

    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?

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