Active Adult Community Homes in Arizona
WHAT IS AN ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY?
There’s really not much difference between an active adult community and any other planned community with the exception of a minimum age requirement.
In Arizona, many active adult communities require their residents to be at least 55. Sometimes even 62 and upwards. Another important requirement says that at least 80% of the homes must be occupied by those who fall into the age bracket I mentioned previously. Throughout the Phoenix Valley the majority of active adult communities are composed of single-family homes, condominiums and rental apartments.
Most active adult communities attract a mix of retired and employed residents aged between 60 and 65. Over 95 percent of the residents cook their own meals, participate in community activities and consider themselves to be highly independent.
When searching for a home in an active adult community, here are some things you should consider
Ease of Access
Even if you have a stair climbing device, it can become a hassle to get up and down the stairs of a house you once enjoyed. Cleaning, laundry and simply getting around your own home become stressful. Look for ease of access at a active adult community. This could mean a single-level dwelling or elevators that can accommodate wheelchairs, depending on your health.
Housekeeping and Landscaping
For decades, you tackled the housekeeping, landscaping, meal preparation and other mundane duties at home. Even if the kids helped out, it required multiple reminders. Now that you are ready to retire, look for a community that provides all of these services so you are relieved of these duties.
Maintaining a vehicle is more work and sometimes it get difficult to drive if you have lost vision or hearing. Make sure to live in a community with public transportation. Some communities provide their own transportation to residents. It is also great to be in a location where you can walk to local shops and restaurants.
Plenty of Amenities
If you had a swimming pool at your house, this is a feature you may want to find in a retirement community. Best of all, they will take care of cleaning the swimming pool so all you need to do is enjoy it. Other amenities to consider include a community center, tennis courts and walking trails.
Senior communities often provide opportunities to socialize right on the premises. This might include fitness classes, craft sessions, holiday dinners and other fun activities so you can appreciate the company of people your own age.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- Retirement Communities in Arizona via Javier Simon
- Choose the Right Type of Senior Living via American Seniors Housing Association
- What Makes Phoenix a Popular Retirement Destination? via Susan Quilty
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About the Author: The above article, Active Adult Community Homes in Arizona was written by Troy J. Elston, a licensed Realtor at West USA Realty, the premiere real estate brokerage based in Peoria Arizona. With over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry, Troy produces stunning results for home buyers and sellers. If you’re thinking of BUYING or SELLING a home in the Phoenix Area, Troy would love to share his knowledge and expertise with you.
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