You've probably seen the commercials on TV and the ads in the newspaper for adult lifestyle communities. They often depict a vivacious, grey haired couple strolling down the beach, biking through a park or waving to neighbours from their balcony. While they might seem cliché these advertisements may actually strike a cord with empty nesters feeling overwhelmed by their current home's maintenance.
If your children have flown the coop and your home is starting to feel a bit cavernous, thoughts of downsizing are probably creeping into your mind. Or maybe your knees have had it climbing the staircase to your second floor several times a day. Whatever your situation, today's housing market offers a variety of excellent options for those reaching their golden years - one might be just right for you!
If you enjoy maintaining a garden and a spacious backyard, a bungalow design is worth looking into. These single-floor homes feature main floor living areas, kitchen and bedrooms, eliminating all that stair climbing. Another option is the 'bungaloft' design, which features a second floor loft or bedroom, ideal for overnight guests…grandchildren, perhaps?
Cropping up everywhere, adult lifestyle communities are geared towards residents 50 and over. Home styles vary from townhouses to condos to bungalows, or a combination of all three. Most often in a community life this, residents are able to take advantage of many on-site extras, including a clubhouse, pool and fitness facilities, games and party rooms, nearby golf courses, etc.
Condominiums are ideal for couples that have had it with years of outdoor maintenance. Throw away the shovel and lawn mower and get set to embrace a new lifestyle! You will have more time and freedom for travel and new hobbies when you choose to downsize to a condominium.
For those who find themselves needing a little extra help around the home, assisted living residences are another option for seniors. Despite your reservations, moving into a retirement home can actually be very liberating. They offer different levels of care depending on your needs and provide meals, amenities, a wide range of social activities and group outings.