As you approach retirement, you’re probably starting to think about and plan for the future. And maybe your current home has gotten too expensive or difficult to maintain, or perhaps you just don’t need all that extra space anymore. Whatever the reasons, you may be considering downsizing. But have you thought about buying a home in an Active Adult Community?
Here’s Why Active Adult Communities Make the Best Retirement Homes
You’ll find that the Active Adult communities of today are very different from some of those of the past. These independent living communities are age-restricted to residents 55 years and older—and typically promote a maintenance-free lifestyle filled with activity, social events, and fun. Here are 8 reasons to choose an Active Adult Community.
One of the best things about Active Adult Living is that it’s usually pretty low-maintenance! Exterior property maintenance and landscaping are usually included in your monthly HOA fees, which means no more shoveling snow, raking, mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, weeding, or mulching!
It might also mean bidding good-bye to major repairs and other exterior and interior maintenance projects, and in some cases, minor maintenance projects like changing fluorescent light bulbs.
New Home Designs
Active Adult Communities are all the rage these days—which means plenty of new home options to choose from! And new homes mean all the latest-and-greatest features of new construction, like cost-effective eco-friendly features, open floorplans with more livable square footage (even if you’re downsizing), new appliances, high ceilings, and more.
Accessible Features & Facilities
The homes of Active Adult Communities are designed for aging residents, so you’ll find more senior-friendly features, such as single-story floorplans free of steep stairs or narrow doorways. You may be able to add options or find a home with added options like wheelchair ramps or grab bars.
Some communities (geared more towards older seniors) may offer additional support services, like housekeeping, meal preparation, errands, pet care, rehab, or even Assistance with Activities of Daily Living.
A Community of Like-Minded Neighbors
Have you started to notice the late-night noise of your current neighborhood these days? Active Adult Communities, as age-restricted environments, are home to only those in the same phase of life as you. Older adults, maybe retired, perhaps with grown kids, trying to stay active and healthy as they age.
These similarities tend to foster a sense of community and connection between neighbors.
An Easy Social Lifestyle
It’s never been easier to meet new people, make new friends, or even try out new hobbies or activities. Active Adult Communities often feature amenities such as game rooms, movie rooms, hobby rooms, or even libraries designed for bringing residents together.
Communities with Activities Directors will feature classes and activities, clubs, and events—but even those without have their own share of resident-planned interest groups, get-togethers, and other social events.
You may even find it easier to get involved outside of the neighborhood, in things like churches, schools, hospitals, and other volunteer organizations.
Amenities Designed for Staying Active
Typically, you’ll find things like Clubhouses with fitness centers or exercise rooms, pools and spas, walking and biking trails, nature areas and parks, or even golf courses.
A Fun & Scenic Resort Atmosphere
Not all Active Adult Communities are like resorts, but more and more, their designs tend to favor a resort-like atmosphere of beautiful green landscaping, carefully-planned neighborhood layouts, and of course, tons of amenities.
Ideal & Convenient Location
Active adult communities are usually planned to be near things like shopping, dining, and other amenities, medical offices and hospitals, and major highways and transit routes. They’re also often near things like area attractions, entertainment venues, and parks and community facilities, so you’re never far from the things you need or the places you want to visit.
Clayton Has a Lot of Great Active Adult Options!
If you’re thinking of buying a home in Clayton, then it’s time to come and check out its amazing Active Adult homes and neighborhoods! From the bustling Walk at East Village to charming Evergreen and Sweetgrass at Flowers Plantation, you’ll find a lot to love.