This Week's In-Depth Community Review:

Bent Tree Plantation, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

On the southern North Carolina coast, cute Ocean Isle Beach is setting for Bent Tree Plantation, an established, leafy all ages community with a wide range of home prices. A clubhouse, tennis courts, boat and RV storage are a few of the amenities enjoyed by residents.

Previous Week's In-Depth Community Review:

Royal Highlands, Leesburg, Florida

Leesburg is in north central Florida and is the site of Royal Highlands, a quiet, established 55+ single family community that is nestled amid lakes, wetlands and open spaces. Amenities include a golf course, clubhouses, swimming pools, a good menu of activities and an activities director.

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Today's Snapshot Community Review:

Winfield, Scottsdale, AZ

Beautiful Scottsdale is outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona and is the site of Winfield, a gated all ages single family home community with a swimming pool, hiking trails, mountain views and more.

In-Depth Community Review:

Myrtle Trace, Conway, SC

Near vacation favorite Myrtle Beach on the South Carolina coast, Conway is the site of Myrtle Trace, an established 55+ community with single family homes, ponds and quiet lanes.



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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:

Orchards of Stoney Point, Cumming, Georgia

Located next to rambling Lake Lanier in rolling northern Georgia, Cumming is the site of Orchards of Stoney Point, a gated 55+ town home community. Amenities include a salt water pool, a clubhouse, a fitness center and more.

Dreamland Villa, Mesa, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix in sunny southern Arizona, Dreamland Villa is an established 55+ community with single family homes. Large but quiet, it has two clubhouses, a ceramics studio, three swimming pools, a community theater, an amphitheater and more.

Bonterra at Woodforest, Montgomery, Texas

North of Houston, Montgomery is the setting for Bonterra at Woodforest, a 55+ single family home enclave within Woodforest, one of the fastest growning master planned developments in the nation. Amenities include a golf course, a lagoon shaped pool, walking paths, planned events and more.

Treviso Bay, Naples, Florida

On Florida's southwestern coast, beautiful Naples is the site of Treviso Bay, a balmy resort style community with a variety of home styles, a golf course, a sports complex, a swimming pool and lush, manicured grounds with ponds, palms, parkways and trails.


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