Top 5 Reasons to Choose 55+ Active Adult Community Living

June 29, 2020

For many of us approaching retirement, the idea of striking the perfect balance between comfortable and carefree living is key. There are a variety of reasons that buyers seek out active adult communities as they near retirement. Here are the top 5 Reasons I find that people LOVE their active adult community living experience.

Active Adult Communities Provide Low-Maintenance Living

The number one reason most people who choose this lifestyle do so is low or no maintenance homes.

Interior Maintenance
For interior maintenance, the fact that most people are downsizing, or as I like to say rightsizing, for this time in their lives means less home to maintain.

Exterior Maintenance
Exterior yard maintenance is one of the hallmarks of 55+ Living and is often included in the HOA dues. While the amount of maintenance varies by community most include

  • mowing
  • edging
  • blowing
  • trimming
  • weeding

Others also provide aeration and overseeding, mulch replacement, lawn fertilization and snow removal.

Some communities also cover other exterior maintenance items such as painting and pressure washing. Exterior maintenance allows homeowners to travel and know their home will be cared for and its appearance maintained as well as relieving them from the rigors of yard work.

Active Adult Neighborhoods Offer a Sense of Community

The second reason to choose 55+ living is a sense of community. Everyone in the community is in a similar phase of their lives. We have worked for many years, their families are raised and they are ready to enjoy their retirement years. It is easy to make new friends in this environment.

Amenities and Social Engagements

What better way to meet new friends and enjoy them than by reasons 3 and 4, amenities provided in a typical 55+ community and activities and social functions within the community.

Community Amenities
Amenities usually include a clubhouse and often an outdoor pool. Premier communities can also feature indoor heated pools, pickleball, tennis, boccie, and horseshoe venues, and even woodworking shops, community gardens, art studios and more.

Community Activities
Activities within a 55+ community can be resident-driven or in Premier communities a Life Style Director will organize them. Activities include everything from clubs of various interests and hobbies, games of every sort, card and board games are popular, fitness classes, educational lectures, sports, field trips, and social events all appropriate for the senior demographic.

Ideal Floor Plans for 55+ Home Buyers

Reason 5 to choose the 55+ Active Adult Lifestyle is homes in these communities are built with seniors in mind. Most homes are one level or at least have the master bedroom and main living areas on the first floor, door frames are wider, toilets and countertops are “comfort” height, showers are typically zero entry, and more.

There are of course many more reasons to choose the 55+ Active Adult Lifestyle but these are the most often cited.

The next blog in this series will be 6 Reasons to Retire to the Charlotte/Lake Norman area.


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