However, what if you could choose a niche retirement community that is designed to attract a specific group of people ... people who are more like you and share your specific interests and hobbies? Today, this is one of the exciting new trends in retirement communities.
What is a Niche or Affinity Retirement Community?
These new retirement communities are catered specifically to people who have common interests or traits. For example, retirement communities that target intellectuals are being built near many universities. There are communities for Asian Americans, and at least one for Baby Boomers who enjoy recreational vehicles. There are communities specifically for the gay and lesbian community, as well as communities for people who are interested in art and music. Sometimes these niche communities are referred to as affinity communities.
How do you find these communities?
How to Find a Niche Retirement Community
Here are a few companies that either currently meet these specialized needs or are planning new affinity communities in the coming years
Aegis Living: for Asian-Americans
Oakmont Senior Living: for Gays and Lesbians, and Korean-Americans
RainbowVision community: Gays and Lesbians
Escapees CARE: assisted living for RVers
PANDAbare: building a nudist assisted living facility
Burbank Senior Artists Colony: for actors, artists, and writers
Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame: university-based retirement near one of our nation's premier Catholic universities.
Retirement with an Equestrian Facility: Laguna Woods Village in California is the only one I have run across. The photo above shows one of its trail rides. People have moved to this community from states like Montana and Colorado in order to retire someplace where they can bring their horses with them.
Should You Move into a Niche Retirement Community?
Niche retirement communities are not for everyone. Sometimes people long for more diversity, and a broader range of activities. In other cases, some of the niche retirement communities may be exceptionally expensive. However, if you have a specific need, you may want to look for niche communities in the area where you want to retire.
If you know of a niche retirement community that you believe might interest others, please feel free to mention it in the comments section below. My readers will appreciate your thoughtful suggestions.
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