Are you an empty nester or a soon-to-be empty nester? This is the time when you’re making decisions about your future living arrangements. Will you stay in the home where you raised your children or will you find a new home better suited for your new family arrangement? Have you ever thought about building a new home in a 55+ community? You might want to!
Downsize… or Not
Often times, older homebuyers choose a 55+ community because they are looking to downsize. Their children are away at college or living on their own and they are ready to scale down to fewer bedrooms and smaller living spaces. But sometimes, 55+ homebuyers are looking to build a new home comparable to their current home, with just as much square footage and space to spread out.
In 55+ communities, typical floor plans include 1-2 bedrooms and a single living/family room. But that’s not all they offer. If you don’t prioritize a downsized home, you can find two-story homes with 3-4 bedrooms, finished basements, and loft spaces.
First-floor living may not be a necessity for homebuyers just moving into a 55+ community. You’re young, with lots of energy, and you can get around effortlessly – there’s no stopping you! But this is the home that you’ll live in throughout your retirement years and it’s always a good idea to be prepared for what the future may bring.
New homes in a 55+ community are designed to feature all necessary elements of your home on the first floor, including an owner’s suite with full bathroom, and laundry. Open floor plans also are also designed to include as few step-ups and step-downs as possible. This allows you to avoid repeated use of the stairs if mobility ever becomes an issue.
Maybe you spend the summers exploring the U.S and spend your winters in warmer locales. Maybe you’ve decided that you’ve done your fair share of home upkeep over the years and you’re done. Either way, shoveling snow and mowing the lawn is no longer on your to-do list!
In most 55+ communities, home maintenance, including snow removal and landscaping are taken care of for you. So kick up your feet and enjoy that second cup of coffee or glass of lemonade.
Privacy of a Single-Family Home
Maybe you equate downsizing with owning a townhome or condo, but those aren’t the only options available. Choosing a 55+ community that’s populated with single-family homes lets you maintain the freedom and privacy you enjoy in your current home. Neighbors are great but by choosing a single-family home over a condo you can avoid sharing a wall or outdoor spaces where you feel right on top of each other.