The Benefits of Active Adult Communities

Updated on February 8, 2021

Live Well in Your Second Chapter of Life

Downsizing and moving out of the family home after decades there is a tough decision, but at a certain point, it makes good sense to forgo the responsibilities of home ownership in favor of a more relaxing lifestyle, such as one that older adults can enjoy living in active adult communities

Discover why living in one of these communities is so wonderful, with these five benefits.

You’re Free from Maintaining Your Home

When you rent an apartment in a 55+ active adult community, you are not responsible for interior or exterior repairs, yardwork, or general upkeep like you are when you own your own home. 

Home maintenance is time-consuming, expensive, and exhausting. Without it, you’ll find you have extra leisure time and fewer tasks to accomplish that leave you needing to rest after exertion. If you need something repaired, you can always call your community’s maintenance phone number or leasing office to get the help you need. You can downsize your house and your toolbox!

Create a Living Space You Love

Downsizing and freeing yourself from your home also gives you prime opportunity to donate or sell possessions you no longer need. Simplify your life and declutter your space, keeping only what you truly love. In doing so, you can curate a living space that includes things you adore and nothing else.

Your family members can claim items they’ve admired over the years, and you can make a little money by selling your furniture, kitchenware, and other items online or in a yard sale. You can then use that money to purchase brand-new items, or save it for a rainy day.

Embrace Luxury Living

Now that you’ve retired or are nearing retirement age, you deserve to live somewhere that’s aesthetically up-to-date, clean, and absolutely beautiful. 

Luxury apartments for adults 55+ are often outfitted with premium finishes that are easy to clean and require little maintenance. Such finishes include solid-surface quartz countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, premium flooring that doesn’t require lots of housekeeping tools, upgraded kitchen appliances, and your own parking space, among lots of other great features.

Your grandchildren have probably told you about their first apartments – laminate countertops, peeling aluminum floors, lack of storage – but the best active adult living communities go far above and beyond these finishes to give you a truly luxurious place to live.

Lots of Amenities and Activities Add Value to Your Day

Now that you’ve freed up your time by selling your house, you can lead a much richer life by participating in leisure, learning, and wellness activities.

Most active adult living communities offer lots of amenities that you’ll want to take advantage of, including fitness centers, swimming pools, group classes, fun activities, and even happy hours. These are designed to help you meet new friends, try new things, and have a lot of fun doing it!

An active adult community is so much more than a bunch of 55 and over apartments in one location. It’s more than a place to live. It’s a lifestyle change you can be excited to embrace.

Increase Your Life Savings

Decades ago, you purchased a house, and by now, your mortgage is likely paid off, or close to it. This means you have a lot of money to gain in your pocket by listing it for sale and putting the profit straight into your savings account to enjoy the rest of your life.

When you sell your home (or use it as an income property), you’ll be able to do just that. Having extra money to put toward retiring comfortably gives you peace of mind that you’ll be able to afford anything that comes your way, because you’ll only need to pay your monthly rent and utilities – no expensive homeowners insurance and no pricey handymen or landscapers.

The Decision is Yours

Ultimately, whether you move into an active adult community is up to you. You need to be happy with your new home, and the only way that can happen is if you make the decision yourself or with the assistance of a trusted family member.

To help you decide, take tours of active adult living communities in your area and see what they offer. These visits can put your mind at ease and give you some perspective on what it’s like to live there. While you’re touring, ask residents you meet in passing what they think of their home for even more information.

In an active adult living community, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, even if it is complete freedom from responsibility that used to burden your days.


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