Retirement can mean many different things to Boomers. Some retirees want to travel the world while others choose to downsize from their family home and move into a 55+ community.
So what makes Boomers move into an active adult community? There are a variety of factors that come into play depending on lifestyle, budget, and location preference. But one thing is for certain; moving into an age-restricted community has many perks that attract active adults.
A major appeal of active adult communities is the resort-style amenities. Many 55+ communities offer lavish clubhouses with indoor social spaces like state-of-the-art fitness centers, ballrooms, billiards, game and card rooms, aerobics and yoga studios, indoor lap pools, saunas, movie theaters, art studios, and much more. Communities also provide outdoor recreational facilities like pools, pickleball, tennis and bocce ball courts, golf courses, putting greens, walking and biking trails, or dog parks. Active adults love having all of these amenities at their fingertips because it allows them to stay active and social without having to travel far from home.
With so many amenities available in active adult communities, it’s also easy to see how they bring residents together in social settings for a vibrant lifestyle. The lifestyle of these communities is usually open and friendly, which allows new residents to get to know their neighbors easily as well as participate in shared interest groups or hobbies. The social setting within active adult communities revolves around activities, events, classes, and clubs that bring all residents together. Some communities have more than 100 clubs as well as an on-site activities director who is in charge of organizing and planning events for all residents. From book club and bible study to cooking classes and tennis leagues, there is sure to be something that attracts residents to join in the fun in these welcoming social scenes.
Another great perk of living in these active adult communities are the low-maintenance homes. Many 55+ communities have a homeowners’ association (HOA) that takes care of exterior home maintenance, which means less work for the homeowner. Residents get to leave behind the hassles of home maintenance such as yard work, snow removal, trash pickup, and landscaping. Some communities also include clubhouse maintenance, street or sidewalk repair, access to amenities, home security systems, or cable TV and Internet access in their HOA fee. In addition to the low-maintenance homes, some communities will offer reasonably priced homes, which is ideal for retirees on a budget. Active adult communities like On Top of the World in Ocala, FL, or Sun City in Sun City, AZ, have homes priced in the low $100s.
Active adult communities are often gated enclaves with on-site amenities situated near popular locations and daily conveniences. This allows residents to be close to restaurants, retail centers, entertainment venues, recreation centers, parks, and other attractions. These desirable locations near sprawling metro areas also provide homeowners with easy access major highways, urban city centers, and medical facilities. Communities near big cities such as Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles also allow retirees to be close to family and friends without having to travel too far to visit them. Sun City Huntley in Huntley, IL is just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, putting big-city entertainment or a visit with friends just a car or train ride away.
Sense of Community
Retirees also love having a sense of community in these age-restricted developments. Not only are they gated and exclusive to residents aged 55 and older, but they also bring homeowners together to live in a friendly setting. Neighbors can bond over shared interests or mingle with new residents at community events and parties. Neighbors are more prone to helping each other out because of their close-knit environment, which also helps other members of the community feel safe and know that they can rely on each other in times of need. This also provides great comfort to adults who are living alone in retirement or have a hard time meeting new people in various situations.