This Week's In-Depth Community Review:

Providence Point, Issaquah, Washington

Issaquah is nestled in the Cascade foothills in northwestern Washington and is the site of Providence Point, an established, wooded 55+ condominium community with a wide variety of home styles and prices. Amenities and events include a coffee house, a garden, a putting green, an art sale, a book sale, happy hours and more.

Previous Week's In-Depth Community Review:

Village at Maplewood, Rome, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta in northwestern Georgia, Rome is the setting for The Village at Maplewood, an attracive 55+ community with condominiums and single family homes. Amenities include a clubhouse with a swimming pool, tennis courts and a putting green. Residents also enjoy a bounty of social clubs, walking trails and more.

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Today's Snapshot Community Review:

Symphony Village, Centreville, MD

Centreville is in eastern Maryland and is the site of Symphony Village, a 55+ single family home community with a tennis complex, a golf course, a fitness center, charitable events, planned activities and more.

In-Depth Community Review:

Fiddler's Creek, Naples, FL

On Florida's southwestern coast, beautiful Naples is the location of Fiddler's Creek, an all ages resort style community with a golf course, a swimming complex, eateries, lakes, parks and a wide range of home styles.



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Why Retire at All?

The traditional idea of retirement, quitting work at age 65 (or younger) and then sitting in a rocking chair while babysitting the grandkids, is fading away. Even the idea of a retirement filled with travel and hobbies does not have the same ring that it once did. People are living longer, and even with the economic downturn, many baby boomers are better off financially and are healthier than earlier generations ever were. Baby boomers changed everything about America, from scientific breakthroughs (think the artificial heart, the personal computer, DNA testing and the Internet) to women's rights. And they are changing retirement, too. In fact, many of the go-go baby boomer generation are not planning to retire at all.

After all, work gives structure to our lives. It keeps us connected to the larger world, and it gives us a sense of purpose. Look at people who work well into their 70s, 80s and 90s (Warren Buffet, Regis Philbin and many members of Congress come to mind). They do so because they find it fulfilling. Without work, many retirees soon feel adrift and disconnected. And how many rounds of golf can one really play, day after day, without feeling somewhat stuck?

Continuing to work does not mean having to stay at the same job you have had all these years. It may mean starting your own business or non-profit, working part-time somewhere fun (the zoo, a gift shop or child care center) or writing the great American novel. Whatever it is, this much is certain. The baby boomer "retirement" will be different from any kind of retirement that has come before.


Latest Weekly In-Depth Reviews:

Woodlake Village, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Charming Murrells Inlet, nestled along the northern South Carolina coast, is the site of Woodlake Village, an established 55+ community with single level, single family homes, a clubhouse, a nice swimming pool and a social committee that plans a plethora of events and activities.

Casitas de Castilian, Tucson, Arizona

In sunny southern Arizona, Tucson is the the location of Casitas de Castilian, an established 55+ town home development with a unique design that offers both community and privacy. Amenities include a neighborhood clubhouse, two tennis courts, swimming pools and more.

Songbrook, Eugene, Oregon

Leafy Eugene is in western Oregon and is the setting for Songbrook, an inviting 55+ manufactured home community set amid flowering trees, ponds, green spaces and foot bridges. Amenities include a clubhouse, planned activities, RV storage and more.


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