If you’re 55 years or better, you might be considering retirement, or may already be retired. Perhaps your children are grown, you’re ready to find a smaller place or you’re looking to finally upsize to get that lavish, entertainment-style home or your dream three-car garage. Maybe you want to spend the next chapter of your life meeting new people and keeping as physically and mentally active as possible. There are many choices for active-adult communities. What should you look for? Here are six things to consider when choosing an active-adult community.
1. Look at all the home choices and options
Rightsizing into the home you’ll live in for the next chapter of your life doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your own style or the chance to personalize your home. There should be many options for homes within a range of prices to choose from in the community, so you can live in a home that suits your personal style and individual needs.
Look at all the floor plans and different ways you can personalize your home. Consider communities which allow you to utilize a design center to make the home your very own, with options and upgrades you select yourself.
Also, if you prefer not to go through the personalization process, consider a brand-new move-in ready home where design choices have already been made and just move right in! Some active-adult communities offer cutting-edge features like energy-efficient, solar power-equipped homes. Your new home can have the latest smart-home technology, with features like the Alexa smart-home speaker to control everything from the lights to the temperature of your home.
2. Consider the size and lifestyle opportunities
If you’re looking for an active-adult community, it likely means you want to live among peers, make new friends and have a great time enjoying activities with them. Being able to socialize, take classes and enjoy outdoor activities are many of the benefits you’ll have living inside a community. The size of the community is important, too. If there are too many people, it’s often difficult to get the hometown neighborhood lifestyle you’re seeking without lengthy wait times for amenities, or some amenities simply not being available. Make sure any community you’re considering has the right balance of size, population and access.
3. Assess the variety and availability of active recreation spaces
When you retire, you’ll want to have everything you love to do nearby. You could find golf, swimming or shopping outside any community, but retirement means not having to look too hard or travel too far for those things you enjoy. Your active-adult community should offer many outdoor recreation options such as golf, tennis, fitness centers and pools for swim classes and for recreation alike. You want to assure access to those activities when you want them, without waiting. If you like hiking, make sure there are lovely trails for your morning walk or places to garden if you have a green thumb. Team sports are great, too. You can be on a softball, basketball or shuffleboard team and get that competitive excitement.
4. Look for enriching indoor activities, too
Any active-adult community should support the “active aging” philosophy by offering enriching and entertaining activities year-round. Look for a community with fitness programs to support whatever your fitness level is or the level you may want it to be. Also look for indoor games like billiards and a wide selection of options for entertainment, including day trips and tours. Watch for a variety of options for classes, resident clubs and a learning center to keep your mind active and constantly improving through fun classes and exciting educational presentations to enjoy indoors all year.
5. Check out the dining options nearby
Some love to cook and entertain in their home. For others, dining out is entertainment on its own. If you love getting together with friends at great restaurants or spending a romantic evening with a special someone, then your active-adult community must offer a variety of options for dining. A wide selection of casual and fine dining, as well as pubs and bars are options you’ll want to look for.
6. Look for a sense of community and family
Any great active-adult community must offer interesting places for residents to gather, as well as for your family and friends to enjoy when they visit. Look for inviting outdoor areas like farmer’s markets, entertainment venues and fun educational activities, places which really exude a real hometown atmosphere. Make sure the community has recreational centers for socializing, too. Being surrounded by friends and neighbors, and enjoying what you love doing with them, is what community is all about.
Find all of these features and more at On Top of the World Communities, where you’ll discover the lifestyle and community of your dreams. With countless amenities, there is always something fun to do and new friends to do it with. Enjoy life to the fullest with maintenance-free living or maintain your own, newly constructed home in neighborhoods with a real hometown feel. Live the lifestyle before you buy your home with a three-day, two-night World Tour Adventure at On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida. Call (855) 564-7101 now to book your onsite stay, and experience our world.