Archive: November 2011

    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.
    Located in Lakewood, New Jersey, The Fairways at Lake Ridge is a beautiful, age-restricted community which welcomes active adults aged 55 or better. It was built by the Kokes Organization, between 1997 and 2002, with an eye toward supporting an active adult lifestyle. Potential homebuyers will find that many of the homes in the community are set on large lots and include a variety of upgrades. The community also offers exciting amenities through both its spacious clubhouse and discounted membership options at the adjacent Eagle Ridge Golf Club.
    There are many reasons why empty-nesters and retirees choose to live in active adult communities. Some love the idea of living on a championship golf course, others are drawn to the wide variety of social clubs, and many are won over by the thoughtfully-designed, low-maintenance homes. Here are seven benefits to consider when imagining life in an active adult community.
    Developed by Schell Brothers, Independence is a new age-restricted community in Delaware’s beautiful Millsboro area. This prime location is close to the coast, which boasts several popular resort beaches. The community itself also contains numerous amenities, as well as diverse homes in a wide range of sizes and styles.
    When the subject of active adult communities comes up, people commonly wonder whether age-restricted communities are actually legal. The Fair Housing Act protects homebuyers and renters from discrimination based on several factors, so it seems like it should keep developers from closing their doors to residents under a certain age. However, as long as they meet certain requirements, these communities are not breaking any laws.
    New Mexico is rapidly becoming a retirement hot spot, and those who want to settle in the Bernalillo area will love the resort-style amenities offered at Alegria. This Del Webb community is smaller than many others, but it offers active adults aged 55 or better plenty of social and recreational activities. There are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spacious clubhouse and dozens of special-interest clubs and groups.
    There are many reasons why Northern California’s Bay Area is an attractive destination for visiting, or relocating, active adult retirees. Beautiful scenery, fabulous attractions and world-famous wine country come together to create a spectacular West Coast region. Relocating retirees may find that home prices within the Bay Area are out of reach, but traveling just a bit outside of the area turns up more affordable active adult communities.
    Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire Area, Four Seasons at Beaumont is a luxurious age-restricted community which offers resort-style amenities and spacious, modern homes. With an average 300 days of sunshine each year, this mountain area is an ideal spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Four Seasons at Beaumont is also just 30 minutes from Palm Springs and all of its exciting attractions.
    For generations, Florida has been known as the top retirement state. Active adult communities are abundant, there are favorable tax laws for retirees and census data shows a high percentage of residents over the age of 65. Yet several other states have recently begun to give Florida some serious competition for this top spot.

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    Westbrook Village is a mid-sized active adult community located in Peoria, Arizona, on the northern edge of Del Webb’s original Sun City development. This prime location is a popular destination for many active adults who want newer homes in the Phoenix Valley area. And, with a lower age-restriction, active adults as young as 40 are welcome to make Westbrook Village their next home.

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