Often times people who are 55 years and over find they would like to live in a community where they are not responsible for the yard up-keep and maintenance that goes along with owning a single family home. They also have a desire to live among others who are around the same age as well as a place that offers many interesting things to do. One of the options available are active adult communities. These are real estate developments that offer maintenance free and independent living to residents who are 55 and over.
Active adult communities offer no assistance with daily living tasks such as assisting with medication, meals, personal care and housekeeping. They do offer on-site activities as well as transportation to guided and planned activities such as shopping, museums, movies, natural attractions, doctor appointments and so on.
Active adult communities today go beyond the stereotypes of shuffleboard and knitting. Many communities offer a vacation or resort environment through amenities and activities and others emphasize more on cultural or social life.
Residents can swim, golf, jog, dance, bowl, play tennis, do yoga or Pilate’s and much more without ever leaving the neighborhood. Social events and arts and crafts include painting, scrap-booking, bridge, bingo, ceramics, movie nights, holiday cookouts, afternoon tea and gatherings.
Many adult communities offer continuing education classes, such as genealogy, computer classes, bird watching, history and many more. Others partner with universities and colleges to offer academic classes and cultural events.
Most of the active adult communities emphasize friendliness and relaxation with a balance of at home time and meeting with neighbors and friends. Many people find it is an extension of their family.
Today’s active adult communities are single-family, condominium, townhouse, custom-built, and manufactured homes which outside areas are maintained by the association. Residents do not have to maintain or care for their yards.
Many developers offer open floor plans and energy-efficient building materials. Residents can enjoy the privacy that comes with home ownership without having the responsibility of mowing the lawn or caring for a pool.
Residents can pay an additional monthly fee to take care of costs associated with services and amenities, such as security, cable, garbage collection, maintenance of shared spaces and facilities, etc. Amenities and services vary with communities. Perhaps security entails a gate with an access code/card, on-site security, or 24-hour surveillance.
So how do you know which community is right for you? One of the best ways is to spend a couple days at the communities which interest you. A number of the adult communities invite potential residents for a trial visit, including a tour. Once you have your list together of places you would like to look into further, give them a call to arrange a time to visit.