Baby Boomers

Are 55+ Communities the Future For Baby Boomers?


November 13, 2020 • Fenny Peiffer

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The concept behind the 55+ community design is to provide boomers an all-inclusive lifestyle with all the bells, and whistles active adults desire for a life of leisure. The notion that retirement living equates to sitting around watching The Price is Right couldn’t be further from reality. Options from manufactured, to single-family construction, active lifestyle communities offer buyers a quality built home with a varied price range depending on housing type, HOA fees, and the surrounding geographic area.

Most empty nesters and baby boomers want a home that works for them vs. the headache of DIY home maintenance. 55+, active adult communities that offer on-site amenities, within vibrant surrounding cities are idyllic for someone who wants to forget about hassling rain gutters, or leaky roofs, and walk out the front door for a game of golf, a dance lesson, or some retail therapy. Active adult community builder Del Webb has spent decades designing homes with features, and innovations geared towards aging in place. Rather than spending their life savings making modifications, boomers can purchase a move-in ready home designed with accessibility options like roll-in showers, and entry ramps.

Depending on the community, baby boomers, and retirees can go as simple or high end as they choose. Luxury home builder Toll Brothers has taken “retirement community” to the next level with their high-end communities that feature on-site spas, golf courses complete with sports bars, and lavish, estate-style homes. Active adults who prefer multi-generational living have options to choose an age target community rather than age-restricted, or one designed for both seniors, and younger families.

Savvy builders know what boomers and empty nesters want in a surrounding community, choosing strategic locations near shopping, dining, entertainment, and local attractions. Whether it’s an urban, rural, or waterfront location, an active adult community really gives this growing demographic a chance to live a more carefree lifestyle in a home built for their next adventure.

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