Weekly Edition ~ January 20, 2017
"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy." ~Anton Chekhov
This Week's Community Review:
Outside of Tucson in southern Arizona, Marana is the site of Sunflower - Continental Ranch, an established 55+ community within the gates of the all ages development of Continental Ranch. Single level, Mediterranean-style homes are for sale. Amenities include a village center, tennis courts, a putting green, walking trails and a packed social events calendar.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
Palm Harbor sits on Florida's Gulf Coast and is the location of Highland Lakes, a large, 55+ community with single family homes and town homes. The development is dotted with lakes and has water access. Amenities include 27 holes of golf, three clubhouses, activities, events, RV parking and more.
Calabash sits near the mouth of the quiet, crook-necked Calabash River where it joins the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern North Carolina. It is the setting for Brunswick Plantation, an age-targeted resort community with condominums, town homes and single homes, most with golf course or lake views. Residents enjoy 27 holes of golf, seven swimming pools, five clubhouses and more.
Gonzales is in southern Louisiana and is the setting for Pelican Point, an elegant, all ages community with a 55+ enclave called the Greens. Single family and attached homes are for sale, and HOA fees are reasonable. Amenities include two golf courses, a restaurant and a bevy of activities.
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Retirement Living Now and Tomorrow
What will retirement living look like 25 years from now? CNBC recently ran a report titled, "Two Builders Offer a Glimpse of Retirement Living in 2039." By the time that year rolls around, most of Generation X will have reached retirement age and the Millennials will be knocking on retirement's door. As the article points out, "these generations have had radically different life experiences, and this pattern will likely continue in retirement."
The demands these future retirees will make on the places they spend their golden years will change the face of senior retirement living. In particular, these individuals will be more likely to want to reside in active living communities. And so CNBC turned to Del Webb's Sun City as the model for the future of senior living.
Some of the aspects that will appeal to future generations of senior retirees are the hundreds of activities available to residents. Millennials are the kids who were shuffled from activity to activity by mom and dad. They juggled soccer practice with dance class with music recitals and swimming lessons. Having been engrained with the "never a dull moment" mentality, they are not going to want to sit back in a rocker and watch their retirement years pass by.
Sun City also happens to be located near a large city. Just 15 miles outside of Phoenix, it is a senior living community that affords its residents access to all the amenities a big city has to offer. It puts them in easy reach of the finest medical professionals and it allows them to engage in all the nightlife action they are accustomed to.
As the CNBC article points out, "By choice or by need, people will be working longer, so closer proximity to the city center will be an important consideration for active adult home buyers" and senior retirement living residents in the future. "The surrounding environment becomes the primary amenity, as residents take advantage of the cultural and recreational opportunities located right outside their door."
Of course, today's seniors don't have sit back and let the young folks reap all the rewards of retirement. Many of the current crop of senior living communities offer all these active lifestyle amenities and more. Retirement living apartments in large cities like Cleveland allow residents to enjoy all the socialization they desire.
As CNBC sums up, "What won't change (at the retirement living options of the future) is this buyer's desire for personal connection." Inviting sun porches and sitting areas, elegant tea rooms, beautiful gardens, lush landscaping, community rooms, chapels and ballrooms are just some of the creature comforts that allow residents to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle that is full of fun and friendship. The individuals who live next door to each other in a retirement living complex may soon find themselves becoming the best of friends. At the same time, sweeping city views of the downtown area remind residents of these senior retirement living centers that the fine arts and top medical facilities are just a stone's throw away.
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