- When it comes to choosing your ideal retirement location, you’ll probably be flooded with options. Do you choose a suburban environment for the peace, space, and tranquility? Do you go with a city setting that puts you close to exciting attractions and entertainment as well as mass transit options? If you’re debating on whether to retire in the city or suburbs, it’s important to get all of the necessary information to suit your lifestyle needs as well as help you make your final decision.
- Pickleball continues to be one of the most popular activities at many active adult communities across the country. Some of that popularity comes from the game’s simplicity: pickleball only requires a paddle, ball, and a small court (about a third of the size of a tennis court), and is virtually similar to all racquet sports, which makes it extremely familiar and easy to learn. The smaller court size allows players to play in close proximity to each other, which increases social interaction and decreases chances for injury.
- Some of the most lavish active adult communities are built around lush golf courses that provide residents with an active and social lifestyle. Even Sun City Arizona, which was the first 55+ community in the country, centered its massive active adult environment around its numerous golf courses. Many master-planned communities feature golf courses as the highlight amenity in their communities and designed their site plans so that homes backed up to the greenway. This was assumed to be a guaranteed way to attract 55+ homebuyers.
- The way people prepared for their retirement has changed dramatically over the last few decades. It used to be that most people planned and saved for their retirement the same way and those plans were fairly predictable. However, nothing could be further from today's reality where planning and saving for retirement is a much, much different scenario.
- There are about 74 million Baby Boomers living in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With this large number of retirees in the country, it’s easy to see why builders and developers are catering to the 55+ crowd. Some of the top master-planned communities in America offer a wide selection of homes and resort-style amenities, making them ideal retirement destinations for Baby Boomers. These communities are also building age-restricted sections within the development that cater to the 55+ buyer with impressive private amenities and low-maintenance homes. A majority of the fastest growing active adult communities in the U.S. are located within some of the best master-planned communities, which happen to be located in warmer climate states like Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, according to the Top 50 Master-Planned Communities of 2016 report by John Burns Real Estate Consulting LLC.
- As 2016 comes to a close, retirees can look forward to all that 2017 has to offer. Although the future is uncertain, real estate experts are making predictions for what’s to come in the top real estate markets for 2017. Despite a moderate to slow pace for next year’s housing market, industry experts predict that a large population growth and a strong local economy are some of the driving factors that are making some of these housing markets thrive. According to realtor.com’s housing trends for 2017, Millennials and Boomers will be the driving force in some of these regions. While Millennials flock to cities like Boston and Los Angeles to purchase their new homes, Boomers approaching retirement and becoming empty nesters are making an impact in metro areas like Phoenix, AZ and in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL. Retirees may want to check out these top housing areas if they are thinking of buying their dream home in an active adult community next year.
- Large, gated retirement communities sprawled across acres of rural landscape was the common blueprint for a majority of active adult developers. The first 55+ community ever built in the country was Sun City Arizona by Del Webb in 1960 that set the standard of what retirement communities should look like. They were designed as self-contained subdivisions and resembled vacation-style resorts or lavish country clubs that were typically built around clubhouses, golf courses, and tennis courts. These large developments were also typically isolated in rural areas that were far from daily conveniences and attractions, which required residents to drive everywhere. But with the ever-changing needs of today’s active adults and with more retirees living longer and independently, could this traditional retirement community model change from a rural or suburban setting and move into urban cities?
- Innovative kitchen designs have always attracted active adult homebuyers who enjoy cooking gourmet meals and entertaining guests. It’s the heart of the home where friends and family gatherings occur on a daily basis. It’s also no surprise that homeowners want their kitchen to look its best and stay on top of the latest trends. So what are the new kitchen trends for 2016? Soothing and muted colors, bold fixtures, functional designs, and integrated spaces are just some of the newest kitchen trends happening this year.
- We’ve all heard of the term man cave and have seen a spare bedroom, garage, basement, or den transform into this male retreat. But what about a woman’s man cave? If men can have their man cave for their own personal getaway then why can’t women have their own version of it too? Well, there is a new trend on the rise called a she shed which is an alternative to the man cave that provides a relaxing oasis many women seek for themselves. She sheds are becoming more popular because it allows for women to shed the stresses of the daily grind by having their own space where they can be creative, enjoy new hobbies, or sit and meditate in peace and quiet. This female sanctuary is the perfect area where women can carve out some time for themselves without spouses or children intruding and disrupting their solo quality time.
- There's something to be said for main-level living. It's nice to be able to go about your day without climbing up and down a lot of stairs. Yet homes with two-story lofts or finished basements are becoming increasingly popular in active adult communities. What's the attraction?