Retirement is a marvelous time of life, and active adult communities provide retirees with the opportunity to socialize with like-minded folks. As I am approaching my retirement years, my thoughts are turning to just these types of neighborhoods. But how do I choose the best one?
My search first took me online to check out the most desirable areas of the country to retire to. However, I found that my hunt didn’t have to be limited to the continental United States, since there are some lovely active adult communities in more exotic locations like Mexico and Hawaii. And if I did want to stay within the boundaries of my home state, there are neighborhoods available that cater specifically to the retirement crowd. It’s great to be able to shop for the perfect community in any location around the globe right from the comfort of home.
One of the most popular types of active adult communities is the golf course community. These areas are usually set in pristine surroundings with lush green fairways and even wildlife in some areas. The golf course community is most often found in the warmer states of the south, but a few northern states have some lovely choices as well.
Another attractive feature of many active adult communities is the selection of maintenance-free homes. Let’s face it: the retirement years are not the time to be pushing a lawnmower around, so I want a place where someone else will do the labor for me. The price of these services is generally included in the homeowners’ fees for the community.
Most retirees also want to live in an area that offers plenty of choices in terms of entertainment and activities since the years after a busy career are the time to sit back and enjoy. Many neighborhoods will offer their share of amenities like pools, clubhouses, and shopping centers to keep everyone busy doing the activities they love most.
One of the things I am looking forward to most about retirement is eating out regularly, so I am searching for active adult communities that will be surrounded by plenty of fantastic restaurants. Searching for neighborhoods online will allow me to easily identify locations that meet all the criteria I’ve talked about here.
Retirement is a lovely time to sit back and smell the roses, linger over a leisurely cup of coffee any morning of the week, and indulge in activities that you love. The right active adult communities can help you enjoy the retirement of your dreams, so get out there and find your new home now!