Over the years, active adult communities have evolved to accommodate the ever-changing needs and lifestyle of today’s Baby Boomers. The Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh – Durham – Chapel Hill) has become one of the most popular places to retire and relocate to for working Boomers. The relatively low taxes, moderate four-season climate, world class medical facilities, abundant recreational and educational opportunities, and the vibrant and diverse culture are attractive to many Boomers.
Active adults who seek these age-restricted developments typically want to live in a place where there are plenty of amenities and they can easily make new friends. Most 55-plus communities have a built-in support system that promotes a social atmosphere by offering special interest groups, clubs, activities, and events that bring residents together in a welcoming environment where they can easily mingle, meet new neighbors, and share similar interests. Carolina Arbors by Del Webb in Cary has mastered this concept. Another factor for the vibrant social atmosphere in these communities is the assistance of an on-site lifestyle or activities director who helps plan and organize activities and events that keep residents’ social calendars full throughout the year.
Active adult homebuyers are choosing to downsize and buy homes that have two or three bedrooms, single-level living, and open floor plans. Creekside at Bethpage by AVHomes in Durham offers numerous floor plans that fit the bill.
They are leaving behind their large single-family homes that have more than three bedrooms and larger lots, because once their children move out, they find their home has more space than they need. This requires more maintenance and higher costs than are necessary.
Normally, Active 55+ buyers desire smaller homes with open floor plans which feel spacious and provide enough room to entertain guests. This group is looking for desirable and up-to-date, quality features, energy efficiency, maintenance-free living, and single-level floor plans. Boomers from around the world have flocked to this community.
Normally, Active 55+ buyers desire smaller homes with open floor plans which feel spacious and provide enough room to entertain guests. This group is looking for desirable and up-to-date, quality features, energy efficiency, maintenance-free living, and single-level floor plans. They are also looking for homes situated in quiet neighborhoods or on cul-de-sacs as well as locations that are near amenities, walking trails, parks, and shopping. Boomers from around the globe have flocked to Carolina Preserve by Del Webb in Cary. The Town of Cary is well known as one of the best places to live in the United States and it has easy access to the American Tobacco Trail.
Another trend is that many 55+ communities are being built within large, all-ages master-planned developments. These master-planned developments allow retirees to essentially have the best of both worlds because they have their own age-restricted section and private amenities while still having access to the master-planned amenities and the ability to socialize with different age groups. Encore at Briar Chapel in Chapel Hill is a perfect example. It also allows some active adults to have their extended families live nearby, which makes staying in contact and visiting with them much easier.
Developers of all sizes recognize this trend in the Triangle. In just the past couple of years more than a dozen new Active 55+ communities have sprung up in the region. Active 55+ communities now span the area. Buyers can choose from communities in Cary and Apex, to east Durham, to Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, to Wake Forest. Each area has something special to offer and everyone is sure to find the perfect community to call home. Due to the variety in location, styles, and amenities, the future of active adult communities is promising.
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About Hank Saye
Hank Saye is a full-time sales associate of the Fonville Morisey Realty Preston office.
Hank is a member of the Raleigh Association of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and the National Association of REALTORS®.
Fonville Morisey Realty has 11 sales offices, with over 850 associates and employees throughout the Greater Triangle region. FM offers mortgage, insurance, property management, title services, real estate education courses and relocation services through its divisions and partners. For more information about Fonville Morisey Realty, visit www.fmrealty.com.