An Active Adult Homes is a residential dwelling that is built with the specific needs of the senior citizen community in mind. Most them are one level buildings that need minimal maintenance. Usually, these homes are gathered together in a senior citizen community that is age restricted and offer a variety of exterior amenities that older adults would find attractive. Once the children grow up and are out of the house, many senior citizens find that maintaining their oversized homes to be just too much of a burden. A senior community offers them resort style living in a community of their peers.
More and more senior communities are popping up around the country as Baby Boomers hit that senior citizen age zone of 55 and over. While most of these Active Adult Homes have traditionally been built in warmer states like California and Florida, you can now find them anywhere that has a large population of seniors. In the past, most people who lived in these communities were retired citizens but a growing number of people who are still working are finding their way into these communities. The ease of living in these adult communities is most likely the main reason why.
Active Adult Home communities offer a variety of amenities for the active adult who is not ready to settle into a quiet life of retirement. Usually you can find a club house, golf courses, libraries, fitness centers, pools and spas, arts and crafts centers, game rooms, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, media centers, and meeting rooms at these places. Some even offer continuing education classes that teach seniors everything from how to use a computer to a foreign language. Residents pay a homeowner’s association fee that goes to cover these amenities as well as maintenance of the grounds.
Buying an Active Adult Home in an adult community is pretty much the same as buying a home anywhere else. The biggest difference is that there is a minimum age requirement for the majority of them. Most of the time it is 55 but there are some where the minimum age is 62. When searching for a home, be sure to talk to the neighbors to get a feel for the community. It is best to visit on the weekend because that is when grandchildren usually come to visit and what you thought was a quiet community can turn into a noisy center overnight. Don’t hesitate to get help picking out your community. You’ll be spending a long time there so make sure you find a place you’ll love.