Archive: May 2016
Retirees who truly want to enjoy an active lifestyle can choose Portland, OR, as their retirement destination. Although it’s the complete opposite of the typical beach and desert retirement locations like Florida, California, and Arizona, Portland has much to offer Baby Boomers. Portland attracts the 55+ crowd because of its thriving urban atmosphere, mild climate, endless outdoor activities, walkability factor, and eco-friendly environment. The city’s natural green spaces and parks combined with charming cultural attractions in a vibrant city make it an ideal retirement location in the Pacific Northwest.
More environmentally savvy Boomers are looking to retire in eco-friendly active adult communities across the country to reduce their carbon footprint and increase the sustainability of natural resources. It’s a great way to save the planet but it’s also good for their bank accounts too. Popular builders like Shea Homes, AV Homes, Lennar, and Del Webb have incorporated energy-efficient systems and appliances into the homes and communities they are developing to provide Baby Boomers with a better green lifestyle.
Retirees who want to be near big-city entertainment and attractions of the Big Apple but don’t want to pay the high price should consider The Club at Melville in Suffolk County. This gated 55+ community on Long Island is just 40 miles from New York City, making it an ideal retirement destination for active adults. The Club at Melville not only provides a terrific location that is close to unrivalled attractions, but also has well-appointed amenities and affordable low-maintenance condos that appeal to Baby Boomers.
Finding a hobby is important in retirement. Active adults who participate in group events or activities with friends are more likely to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as they don’t just remain physically fit but also mentally sharp. From simple things like painting and writing to more physical activities such as exercising and pickleball, retirees can maintain a healthy mind, body, and soul during retirement. The hardest part is picking one or two hobbies that are right for you. Here are some of the best hobbies for retirees to stay on top of their physical and mental health.
The perfect home can mean different things to different people. Active adults who are retired or are on the brink of retirement may look for certain characteristics that fit their version of the ideal home to accommodate their retirement needs.
Retirement is a great time to get rid of excess possessions that you no longer need. No more commuting to work, hauling kids around in an SUV, or extra bedrooms makes retirement a perfect time to downsize. Active adults who swap the mansion for the single-story home benefit from having less to maintain and more time to do as they please. Yet many retirees are not sure what they really need to take into retirement with them. Here are a few tips that may help you decide what you truly need and what you can live without.
Many retirees might not think of Minneapolis as a popular retirement destination like other coastal and desert locations, but the city does offer some amazing benefits and attractions that draw in the 55+ crowd. Although Minneapolis has a reputation for freezing cold winters and a slightly higher cost of living, retirees who choose Minneapolis enjoy great art museums, outdoor recreation, scenic lakes, and a friendly atmosphere. Minneapolis was also included on the “Best Places to Retire with a Nice Nest Egg” list by CNNMoney.com a few years back. Another reason why some Baby Boomers might choose to settle in Minneapolis for their Golden Years is that they can enjoy retirement in an urban environment that’s closer to their family and friends.
The golden years of retirement are fast approaching for many Baby Boomers, finally able to spend more time with their families, pursue their hobbies, and take those long vacations without worrying about rushing back to the office. It is also the time to decide whether to put some of the money from the nest egg into homeownership or if it would be better to rent an apartment or condo.
Taylor Morrison’s newest active adult community in Texas, Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock, will offer Baby Boomers a vibrant environment situated just 35 minutes away from world-class entertainment in Austin. Heritage at Vizcaya will be part of the all-ages master-planned community of Vizcaya that will contain of a total of 1,200 homes at completion. The age-restricted neighborhood, which will consist of 750 homes, will be designed around the active adult lifestyle by providing private amenities as well as a variety of low-maintenance, single-story homes with open layouts, desirable features, and options for personal customization.
Living in a golf course community can sound like a dream come true. It is for many, and when you have a fairway or rough for your backyard, it can be that much more amazing. You may be surprised to find that there are quite a few benefits to living in this kind of community that you never even thought of.