Although our friends did not move into an over-55 community, it would have been an easy option for them. One popular retirement community that is located about an hour's drive northeast of Atlanta is Cresswind on Lake Lanier. Lake Lanier is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is considered one of America's favorite lakes, with several million visitors a year. The lake has 38,000 surface acres of water and 540 miles of shoreline. There are numerous golf courses, resorts, restaurants and other recreational facilities located around it. Being able to retire along the shores of this gorgeous lake is a dream come true for many Baby Boomers.
Amenities at Cresswind
To many retirees, it is not enough to simply have a lake house on the shores of Lake Lanier. Boomers are also looking forward to an active retirement with a variety of ways to stay busy. That's exactly what you will find at Cresswind.
Here are some of the features that are making this community especially attractive to active retirees:
Security gated entrance with a stunning waterfall
214 acres of maintained greenspace
Private marina with boat slips for residents
40,000 sq. foot clubhouse
Demonstration kitchen with gourmet cooking classes
Rooftop bar overlooking the lake
Arts and crafts facilities
Indoor and outdoor pools
Bocce and pickleball courts
Outdoor movie theatre
Approximately 100 clubs run by homeowners
It is important to note that there is no golf course inside the community of Cresswind, an amenity that many retirees have come to expect. However, within a short drive there are several gorgeous golf courses that are open to the public.
Home Prices and Features at Cresswind
Home prices range from the low $200,000's to the upper $300,000's for single family homes, which makes this community affordable to many retirees.
Floorplans are available in both two and three bedroom models, some with basements. Among the features you can expect in your home are:
Granite counters in kitchen
Recessed can lighting
Aritokraft birch cabinetry
Cultured marble tops in bathrooms
EMC security systems with monitoring included
Shaw Danner hardwood flooring in foyer, kitchen and breakfast rooms
Two car finished garages with LiftMaster garage door openers
Exterior flood lights
3-zone irrigation system and much, much more!
Because there is no golf course, the monthly Homeowner's Dues are more affordable than in some other communities. In 2013, they were $269 a month.
This is an award winning community that has won both local and national recognition:
Named the 50+ Housing Community of the Year in 2012 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The community received awards in several categories, including community, building, and marketing.
Chosen by Where to Retire magazine in their July/August 2013 issue as one of the 50 best master planned communities in the United States.
If you are looking for a retirement community in the Southern or the Mid-Atlantic states, you will want to pay a visit to Cresswind. Here's their contact information:
Cresswind at Lake Lanier
3007 Scarlet Oak Lane
Gainesville, GA 30504
If you are interested in reading more about the Georgia lifestyle, tourist attractions and places to visit before making a decision, you may want to use this link to books about Georgia from Amazon.com.
If you are currently making retirement plans, you may also want to read some of the other articles linked in the index articles listed below:
Gifts, Travel and Family Relationships
Great Places for Boomers to Retire Overseas
Great Places to Retire in the United States
Health and Medical Topics for Baby Boomers
Money and Financial Planning for Retirement
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