As the baby boomers age, a growing trend around the country has become active adult communities. These communities, restricted by age, offer housing and amenities to a generation ready to enjoy. No longer needing the large sprawling home that they raised their families in, baby boomers are looking for smaller homes and neighborhood amenities. In this series of articles on active adult communities, we will discuss steps to take in choosing a community, downsizing, things to consider, and we will highlight some of the area’s active adult communities.
Steps in Choosing a Community
- Rank your priorities
What is most important to you – location, amenities, home style, etc. and you can use our Active Adult Checklist to help you with this.
Consider where you want to live. Do you want to stay in the community you are in? Do you want to be closer to family? What does the location offer? Are there active adult communities in the area you’d like to live?
In addition to the cost of the home, you will want to consider the cost of living the community. What are the HOA fees? What do they include? What are the taxes? Is there a senior homestead exemption? Are there other costs – country club, golf, clubs, etc?
Does the community offer amenities? Are they the amenities you want? Refer to our checklist for a list of amenities, and we have provided space to add more as well.
Is the style home you’d like offered in the community? Are you looking for a single family home or would you prefer a condominium? Again, use our checklist to help you.
Once you have completed these steps, you can begin to identify communities that offer the items that are most important to you.
Active Adult Communities in our Area:
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