- Amy DeNicolo
55+ Active Communities - the New Permanent Staycation
The digital age has changed much of the American landscape as children often move away after college to different parts of the country, leaving the family home that once would have been passed down through generations.
As homeowners reach retirement age, the growing trend is to sell the family home and purchase new in the 55+ active community where they can spend their golden years playing golf or tennis and socializing with other retirees enjoying resort style amenities. All the perks of vacation without the time and expense of traveling, and within a short distance of the security and comforts offered by adult children. The homes in these communities tend to focus more on features that accommodate an older age – single level, accessible finishes and low maintenance. As well as an active lifestyle that allows them to stay fit, get involved and meet new friends. Many offer golf, tennis, pickle ball, group fitness, clubs of every kind, and social events.
The new master planned 55+ communities are often adjacent to family friendly communities so retirees are able to move closer to their children and grandchildren while still enjoying the peace and quiet that comes with an age-restricted community.
Many Coloradans are taking advantage of historically low interest rates and high demand for homes and cashing in to build their forever home in one of the 55+ active adult communities in the Front Range.
According to Medra Volpi, Realtor and new construction expert, “The combination of high demand and little inventory often results in homes selling for much more than anticipated.
This leaves retirees with a lot more money to build their dream home. Many are seeing significant equity gains before their new home is completed. It’s a win-win!
Many of my clients are experiencing a gain of over 100K by the time they move into their new home."
Inspiration, in Southeast Aurora has been named Community of the Year, with builders American Legend Homes, Lennar and Toll Brothers offering various floor plans designed with today's 55+ buyer in mind. The one-story homes feature expansive entertainment spaces, gourmet kitchens and spa-like master retreats. Homes at Inspiration start at $600’s to the upper $900’s.
Hilltop Club is a resort-style facility with a pool, yoga studio, fitness center, pickleball, tennis and bocce courts. Their social calendar is meant to emphasize “active adults” hosting fun events that include live music, happy hours, and clubs for any interest imaginable.
Regency Montaine is Castle Rock’s newest master planned 55+ Active Community offering new luxury homes from the upper $500’s to $1MM.
Montaine is a unique community as it is compromised of two distinct resort-style neighborhoods, a 55+ active community, and an all-ages single family home community, each with its own amenity center and fabulous mountain views.
A short drive to Plum Creek, Red Hawk Ridge, and Castle Pines Golf Courses and miles of hiking and biking trails within the community alongside an exclusive amenity center, the social hub of the community featuring a clubhouse, fire pit, pool, spa, tennis, and event lawn.