Why Active Adult Communities Are the Safest Places To Call Home

A retired couple sits on their couch, feeling secure in their active adult community.

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Peace and security are the best parts of retirement. When considering moving to a new community, one of the primary questions on everyone’s mind is how safe the neighborhood is. What security options do active adult communities offer, and have these standards built a close-knit neighborhood for residents to enjoy?

Safety becomes even more important as we mature into retirement with assets and valuables. The team at 55places believes downsizing should be a worry-free experience. You can trust our expertise when it comes to answering important questions and assuring your peace of mind.

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Gated Active Adult Communities

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55+ communities offer both comfort and security. Typical condominium associations don’t have the luxury of providing a fully gated community. However, active adult communities are often private neighborhoods with state-of-the-art security. In addition, there’s no need to feel anxious about enjoying on-site running and biking trails at any hour of the day. Recreation areas are also often kept private and protected.

So, what exactly gives active adult communities this distinction in terms of safety? These communities cater to long-term residents, not renters. That means the association reserve budget is sufficient to support comprehensive security that restricts access to residents and expected guests only. Also, outdoor recreation areas feature appropriate lighting and safety measures so you can enjoy the full range of amenities any time of the day or night.

Enhanced Real-Time Security in 55+ Neighborhoods

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You can rely on active adult communities to take care of their neighbors. Surveillance cameras are often found at exits and entrances, parking areas, and on-site trails, giving residents peace of mind when they pursue their daily activities. 

Of course, live security is often the most effective crime deterrent. Some active adult communities even employ experienced security guards. Security guards are especially effective in high-traffic areas, such as busy neighborhoods. A study by the NIH found that increasing foot patrols by 41%, alongside an overall increase in live security officers by 29%, saw a 16% decrease in crime. When it comes to your peace of mind, security is essential in an age-restricted community.

Retirement Homes That Are High-Tech

A 55+ woman adjusting a wall mounted digital thermostat at home.

55+ communities offer high-end amenities, but the modern touches don’t end there. These homes can contain the latest security technology. Security doesn’t stop at high-resolution surveillance cameras. Card readers make accessing your community simple, easy, and safe. Other measures include vehicle RFID access control, visitor management, telephone entry and intercoms, and license plate recognition.

Homes within 55+ communities can protect against both petty crime and weather events. Many also feature doorbell cameras that can be viewed on a homeowner’s phone. Your valuables will be well secured whenever you venture out your front door.

A Comprehensive Approach to Security

The gates and driveway of a country estate.

The commitment to safety does not end at crime prevention. You’ll find a comprehensive approach to security and a beautiful living experience within an active adult community. This includes using the best tools and technology.

From lawn care to snow and ice removal, your safety is always top of mind. Recreational areas, community pools, and clubhouses are subject to the same privacy as the rest of the community. Residents never need to worry about uninvited guests. Active adult communities prioritize amenities for their residents and their residents alone. 

Imagine the luxury and peace of your favorite all-inclusive resort. 55+ communities offer the same level of security with the cozy atmosphere of home.

A Trusted Community Built by Supportive Neighbors

55+ neighbors having a conversation on a terrace.

Shared values are one of the benefits residents love most about enjoying life in an active adult community. Neighbors frequently share the same lifestyle, hobbies, and sense of community. This dynamic can only come from a well-established community.

Active adult communities are among the most tight-knit neighborhoods. Neighbors watch out for one another and are quick to report any suspicious activity. It’s not uncommon for close neighbors to watch each other’s houses during vacations or petsit the four-legged residents of a community. Neighbors are always there to fix a flat bicycle tire or offer one another a ride to doctor appointments. 

Many residents stay up to date with the happenings in their area via local, on-site events, forums, and gatherings. This helps residents to stay informed not only on their own neighborhood but on anything that may be noteworthy within the greater community. For those living in the suburbs of large metropolitan areas, having first-hand information from trusted neighbors is an invaluable asset. The culture created by thriving active adult communities provides a safety net as well as a lively social scene. We recommend taking a tour or attending an upcoming event prior to moving to feel a little more at home.

Find Your Serenity in an Active Adult Community

A joyful elderly husband and wife dancing in the living room while smiling.

After all, finding your serenity is the goal of every happy homeowner. More and more adults are downsizing from the obligations of homeownership in favor of chic condo communities that allow them to prioritize their passions. These communities promote a worry-free, good vibes philosophy. Of course, when it comes to your peace and security, you can rest assured knowing your home is protected and well-cared for. Active adult communities are among the safest residences for 55+ homeowners seeking to enjoy more of the good life.

Looking for the right age-restricted community for you? Feel confident in your next move by getting a sense of the culture and energy. For more custom-tailored recommendations, reach out to our 55+ real estate team.

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