Showing posts with label best retirement communities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label best retirement communities. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Best Retirement Communities in US per MSN Money

There are many theories about the criteria you should use in finding the perfect retirement community for you.  Among the issues you need to consider are climate, community amenities, type of housing, proximity to family, and convenience.  You may also want to be near a golf course, university, sports venue, or your favorite fishing hole.  More than anything, you should consider whether or not your new community will fit into your lifestyle.

When my husband and I chose our retirement community of Laguna Woods Village, on the outskirts of Laguna Beach in Southern California, we were pleased to find one which had a golf course for him and an equestrian center for me, as well as a mild climate and access to a wide variety of activities both within and outside our retirement village.  The picture which accompanies this article is one I took while horseback riding on one of the trails in our community.

In an article published by MSN Money, the authors came up with their own list of "The Best Retirement Villages in America."  You may or may not agree with the choices they made.  However, if you want to make sure you have considered all your possible choices, this list is a great place to start, although you should not limit the possibilities just to the names on this list. If you click on the "Retire in the US" tab at the top of this page, you will find a number of additional articles about other potential retirement locations.

My best recommendation is to keep an open mind.  You may find that a community you first discarded because of its location or climate may turn out to be the perfect place for you.  Below is the MSN Money list:

MSN-Money: Best Retirement Communities

The Villages in Sumter County Florida is located about 45 miles northwest of Orlando. The community of single-family homes is occupied by 118,000 residents who manage to use approximately 50,000 golf carts to get around the community.  The Villages are broken into smaller neighborhoods surrounding three town squares with dancing, drinking and live entertainment available every night of the year.  There are 48 golf courses and 80 pools. 

Del Webb Retirement Community at Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia is a single family home community on the edge of a man-made lake less than two hours from Atlanta.  It is near mountains as well as the lake and is a gated community with golf where residents can also find places nearby to go fishing, sailing, horseback riding and skiing in winter.

Covenant Shores at Mercer Island, Washington is a faith based community just across a bridge from central Seattle.  Residents have easy access to all that Seattle has to offer including theater, music, and restaurants. The community has a putting green and private marina for canoeing and kayaking.  The residences consist of studios or one and two-bedroom apartments.  There is also a wellness center and health care services.  These are independent living residences with a variety of dining options.

Del Webb Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina is a single family home community with 14,000 residents, three golf courses, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, performing arts center, sports park.  There are a number of Sun Cities around the nation, including near Palm Springs, California and Georgetown, Texas.  Although they are not on the MSN Money list, you may want to tour one of the other Sun Cities near you as part of your retirement community research.

Del Webb - Great Island Community in Plymouth, Massachusetts is located near Cape Cod.  The community is made up of approximately 600 private homes, many with large backyards and wooded forest views.  There is a large clubhouse and the 75 acre Great Island Pond with canoeing and other water sports available. In addition, you have your choice of leisurely weekends on Cape Cod or in the nearby city of Boston, with a variety of cultural and sports venues.

Solivita in Kissimmee, Florida is a 4,300 acre community of single family homes with lakes and two semi-private golf courses in the Stonegate Golf Club.  Residents can also enjoy the Riviera Spa and Fitness Center with an indoor walking track and heated lap pool.  The community is broken up into a variety of smaller neighborhoods. 

The Clare in Chicago, Illinois is a 53-story high rise in the center of the city with easy access to all the city's restaurants and shopping areas.  It is one of the tallest developments designed exclusively for senior citizens in the world.  These are rental apartments and the amenities include a health and wellness center, as well as fitness and swimming facilities.  There are regular monthly activities.  The community has three restaurants and two bars for the use of the residents.  Dining credits are included in the monthly rental fee, which means that most of your meals are included in the rent.

Rio Verde Community and Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona  has stunning mountain views, local wineries, Southwestern architecture, two golf courses, and a Saddle Club with a member owned luxury stable.  It is proud of its "Cowboy Country" atmosphere and the design of the single family homes reflects that concept.

You can learn more about all these locations by reading the full MSN Money article or by looking up the websites for each of these communities.  If you live near one of them, go ahead and arrange a visit. They are located all over the United States, including in the Northeast, the Northwest, the Southeast and the Southwest.  There is a location and climate for everyone.  A personal visit is always the best way to assess a potential retirement community.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Myths About Over 55 Retirement Communities

Having living in an age restricted over-55 retirement community for more than nine years, I have noticed that there are a lot of myths about these communities.  As a result, I thought this would be a good time to clarify a few things and dispel some of these myths.

What You Should Know about Active Adult Communities

1.  Many people believe that in order to move into an over-55 community both members of a couple must be at least 55 years old.  However, only the husband or wife needs to be age 55 or older.  Their spouse can be any age.  It is also possible for a resident who is over the age of 55 to have a roommate who is at least age 40, or they can have an adult of any age as their live-in caregiver.  There are also special exemptions for residents who have a dependent adult child who is mentally or physically handicapped, although you may have to provide evidence of the adult child's disability.  Contact the retirement community that interests you to see if they have any specific requirements or limitations, such as whether live-in caregivers can use the amenities.

2.  Often younger people of retirement age believe that everyone in an age restricted community is extremely old.  The truth of this may depend on how old the community is.  For example, the community where I live was founded in the 1960's.  Therefore, there are a number of residents who have lived here for 30 years or longer. Consequently, the median age is 76, although it has been falling in recent years because of the influx of younger retirees. There are thousands of residents who are much younger than the median age.  In fact, the Baby Boomers club is the most popular and fastest growing club in our community.  If you are looking at a new age-restricted community, the median age may even be under age 70.

3.  Sometimes people are hesitant to move to one of these communities because they have the impression that everyone is either a shut-in or that they spend their days sitting on the front porch in rocking chairs.  While there are definitely some shut-ins in any retirement community, the vast majority of people are very physically and mentally active.  In our community, we have a group of synchronized swimmers, horseback riding classes, tennis courts, two busy golf courses and a wide variety of exercise programs including line dancing, circuit training, yoga, water aerobics, and much more.  There is a large group of bridge players and over 200 clubs. There are also regularly scheduled dances throughout the community. 

4.  Another misconception is that your children and grandchildren will not be able to stay overnight in your home with you.  In truth, guests under the age of 18 can legally stay up to 60 days a year.  In fact, when one of our daughters moved to Southern California from another state, she and her two young children stayed with us for about six weeks until she found a job and an apartment of her own.

5.  Baby Boomers who still have active careers may feel uncomfortable about whether they should move into any place labeled a retirement community while they are still working.  However, about a quarter of the people who live in our community have jobs.  Some of them work full-time, like my husband, and others work part-time, as I did until I recently retired.  Not only do many people work outside the community, but our retirement community also offers jobs to hundreds of residents.  These residents hold a wide variety of jobs including positions as gate guards, bus drivers and office clerks.  Many retirees find that working part-time for the homeowner's association is a great way to supplement their retirement income.  In fact, homeowner's associations in retirement communities may be one of the easiest places for retirees to be able to find part-time jobs.

6.  Another mistaken impression some new residents have is that these communities are so safe that the residents do not need to practice good personal security.  As a result, it is not uncommon for people to leave their homes unlocked while they go for a walk, leave their cars unlocked when they visit friends, or leave their purses sitting in plain view on the front seat of their cars.  (I have frequently observed all of these behaviors.) Good personal security is as important in a retirement community as anywhere else.  While these communities usually do have a low crime rate, crime does exist.  It isn't wise to tempt outside visitors and workers in the community by practicing lax security.

I hope this has dispelled some of the myths that you may have had about living in a retirement community!  If you have other questions, please leave them in the comment section and I will modify this article to answer the readers' inquiries.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Great Places to Retire in the United States

A significant percentage of Baby Boomers will retire in the United States, either in their current area or somewhere new.  Before making a final decision, they want to know more about the available choices ... and there are thousands!  Below you will find links to dozens of articles that have been written on this blog about a wide selection of retirement options in the United States.

These articles include information about the best cities to retire, cheap places to retire, sunny places to retire, wonderful age-restricted retirement communities, top builders of retirement communities, niche retirement communities, and more.  The articles have featured neighborhoods in virtually every region of the United States and more articles in this category are added frequently.

Index of Articles about Great Places to Retire in the United States

Advantages and Disadvantages of Over 55 Retirement Communities

Affordable California Coastal Retirement Communities

Affordable Retirement Cities with Pleasant Climates  

Age in Place - Retire Where You Live Now

Age in Place Villages Provide Resources in Your Neighborhood

Are You a Retirement Planner, Procrastinator or Crasher?

Baby Boomers Moving Downtown and Uptown

Benefits of Senior Roommates

Best Cold Climate Areas for Retirement 

Best Places to Retire in Pennsylvania

Best Places to Retire in the United States on $100 a Day

Best Places to Retire on $40,000 a Year

Best Retirement Communities in the U.S. per MSN Money

Best Senior Housing Choices for Aging Boomers 

Best States for Retirement, per Moneywise

California Active Adult Retirement Communities 

Camper and RV Travel Job - How to Survive Financially on the Road 

Cheap But Risky Timber Pines Florida Retirement Homes

Cheap Places to Retire

Choosing a Continuing Care Retirement Community

Colonial Heritage near Historic Williamsburg, Virginia

Cresswind at Lake Lanier Active Adult Community 

Delaware Retirement Ideas 

Downsizing Tips for Seniors - How to Handle the Change 

Finding Niche Retirement Communities

Garden Park at Daybreak - Fabulous Senior Living in Utah

Garden Spot Village Community for Seniors in PA

Gavilan for Retirees in Rancho Mission Viejo, California

Get Paid to Retire in These Locations 

Golf Cart Friendly Retirement Communities  

Golf Carts vs Golf Cars for Retirees 

Granny Flats vs. Nursing Homes: Could Seniors be Safer Near Their Families?

Great Places to Retire in the Northern US

Green Valley Arizona Retirement Communities

Heritage Todd Creek in Thornton, Colorado

Holiday Touch Retirement Living Communities

Home Sharing Arrangements with Senior Roommates 

Housing Options When Your Spouse is Ill

How Seniors Can Downsize Successfully 

How to Overcome Resistance to Assisted Living 

How to Qualify to Move into a Retirement Community

Kolter Planned Communities for Retirees

Laguna Woods Village Active Adult Community 

Laguna Woods Village Statistics and Amenities

Leesburg, Florida Affordable Retirement Communities

Lennar, Pulte and Centerline Multigenerational Homes

Lake Ashton Florida Active Adult Community 

Life Plan or Continuing Care Communities - What Levels of Care do They Offer?

Livable Communities for Retirement 

Living in an RV after Retirement 

Margaritaville Retirement Communities

Meritage Homes Adult Communities in Arizona

Minto Homes - Florida Retirement Communities

Money Magazine Best Places to Retire

Multigenerational Families Living Together Again

Niche Retirement Community for Rock and Roll Musicians 

Over 55 Retirement Communities by Del Webb

Over 55 Retirement Communities by Four Seasons 

Popular Retirement Communities in the United States 

Popular Places to Retire 

Recreation in Retirement Communities

Retire in a University or College Town - Affordable and Fun! 

Retirement Communities in Maine

Retirement Housing for Aging Alone - Are You Prepared for the Future? 

Retirement Living in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley 

Retire to Friendly Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Retire to Robson Ranch near Dallas, TX 

Senior Living Communities for Baby Boomers 

Senior Living in a Med Cottage or Granny Pod

Should You Move or Age in Place When You Retire?

Soleil Laurel Canyon Active Adult Community in Georgia

Sonata Senior Living in Florida 

Starting Over in New Retirement Destinations

Sun City Texas is a Premier Retirement Destination

Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio, California

Tellico Village Retirement Community