If shuffle board and easy riding three-wheel bicycles immediately come to mind when you hear the term “over 55 community”, think again! Now a day in Connecticut, a typical over 55 community has very little in common with the “active adult” communities of years ago, and in many cases, its residents haven’t come close to retiring. Regardless of whether you are of retirement age or not, a move to a 55 and over community may be a perfect fit.
Living in the northeast, we have the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons and then, of course, the necessary chores associated with each seasonal change, such as lawn mowing, leaf raking, and snow shoveling. For some, the ongoing outdoor seasonal maintenance is reason enough to consider making a move to a community that provides such services. For others, it may be the prospect of living among quieter residents, a perceived sense of security, or simply the opportunity to meet and make new similar aged friends.
Typically, over 55 communities are designed with the “aging” homeowner in mind, offering easily accessible open floor plans and first-floor owner’s suites. They come in all shapes and sizes – from upscale single family homes to modest condominiums. After a lifetime of hard work, your pay-off may just end up being a much-deserved dream home in a 55+ community!
If you’re thinking that a 55+ community might be a good fit for you and want to know how your desired community stacks up, check out AARP’s Livability Index or give your local real estate professional a call.