With home equity and retirement
savings not being what they were a few years ago,
buying a house, even a smaller one, and taking on
a mortgage at retirement time is not feasible for
many people. Instead, renting a home when
retirement comes is an appealing
option. Mill Landing, a small
55+ development on the outskirts of Rochester, New
York, offers just such an option. Here
92 attractive rental homes, each one half of a
duplex, are spread across lovely green lawns
sprinkled with new and mature trees. All of the
residences come in one style and
are one size. The community is very
uniform and tidy, and all homes are low
The halves of each duplex are separated
by a garage, and each residence has a red brick porch, white columns, vinyl siding
and a shingle roof. All of the homes have one story,
1,300 square feet, two
bedrooms and two baths, and rents are $1,500 per month (plus
utilities and cable) with a one year lease. Included in the rent
are snow shoveling, lawn care, landscaping and exterior maintenance.
Every unit comes with a great room
with cathedral ceilings, a gas fireplace, a screened porch, bay
windows, a gourmet kitchen, a washer and dryer, a security alarm
with an emergency response system, a remote garage door opener, air
conditioning, a non-slip tile foyer and ample storage. There are no other fees, and there are no property taxes to pay!
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Amenities are not overwhelming, but there is a
lovely clubhouse with a gourmet kitchen and a great room with a large
screen TV and a fireplace. Residents also enjoy a fitness
center and computer center (all included in the rent). Generally speaking, though, Mill
Landing does not offer the clubs, activities and facilities that
many larger retirement communities have. Retirees here sometimes have to
make their own fun. And no pets are allowed.
Rochester (population 200,000) is a diverse city and
sometimes gets a bad rap, but many residents praise the quality of
life and reasonable cost of living in their city. Rochester
does have a crime rate above the national average, but most crime
seems to occur downtown, and Mill Landing is located on the
northwestern edge of the city, far from downtown.
Within close proximity of the community there is an active
senior center with 45 different programs, a historical society, a
mall with a Penny's and a Macy's, a library and seventeen parks.
Part of Rochester borders Lake Ontario which provides opportunities for sailing,
fishing, walking and meandering and more.
Western New York winters are cold (with temperatures in the teens
and 20s), and Rochester and the surrounding suburbs receive up to two feet of snow each
month. Summers are
short and cool with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Humidity
ranges from 60% to 80%. The sun shines 162 days a year.
The water quality is below the national average, but the air quality
well exceeds the national average.
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