5 Reasons It’s Great to be a Baby Boomer

5 Reasons It’s Great to be a Baby Boomer

by BILL NESS on DECEMBER 9, 2013


Baby Boomers make great company for meals as they aren’t distracted by iPhones, Facebook or Twitter!

Today’s twenty-somethings are living in a different world than the one where Baby Boomers came into adulthood. While Baby Boomers have adapted with the times, growing up in another generation has given them a different outlook. Here are just five reasons it’s great to be a Baby Boomer:

1. Baby Boomers are less connected

Sure, Baby Boomers appreciate cool technology and the convenience of having a cell phone as much as the next guy. However, they grew up with landline telephones and the idea that it was okay to be away from them for long stretches of time. It was understood, and accepted, that someone might not be available to answer the phone right away. So while Baby Boomers may now have smartphones, they are less likely to be chained to them or feel anxiety over turning them off when they don’t want to be disturbed.

2. Baby Boomers know how to dress for work

There’s no doubt that office attire has gotten more casual in most professions. Most companies favor business casual and many new start-ups let employees wear whatever they want. While jeans and t-shirts are great weekend wear, Baby Boomers see the value in dressing professionally in the workplace. They tend to take more pride in their appearance and carefully consider how they present themselves to coworkers and clients.

3. Baby Boomers enjoy dinner dates

Many Baby Boomers grew up in families where restaurants were for special occasions. Dinner dates are still a romantic occasion where they can dress up and make an effort to look their best. Dining out with friends is also a popular pastime. At the restaurant, they also know how to enjoy lively dinner conversation without distractions like tweeting pictures of their food or narrating the evening on Facebook.

4. Baby Boomers know how to volunteer

Baby Boomers are known for their efforts to make the world a better place. Today, that attitude continues as they seek out ways to volunteer for social, environmental or political causes. Many active adult communities have their own volunteerism groups or charitable organizations as well, making it even easier for Baby Boomers to find opportunities that fit their schedules.

5. Baby Boomers value their privacy

Today’s young adults think nothing of posting every detail of their lives online. Their friendships and romantic relationships play out on social media, and they even use GPS to post their location throughout the day. Baby Boomers grew up without an audience. They don’t feel compelled to share private information and they understand the value in having a little mystery in their lives.

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Discovering Denver as a Retirement Destination

by BILL NESS on OCTOBER 23, 2013


Denver and surrounding Colorado areas offer fantastic options for retirement and active adult living.

With a walk able downtown, wide blue skies and plenty of exciting attractions, Denver, Colorado, is a fabulous spot for a memorable vacation. The Mile-High City is also a great place for an active adult retirement, as the Denver area features several impressive age-restricted communities.

Set in the South Platte River Valley, Denver is both Colorado’s capital city and largest city. Denver has been nicknamed the Mile-High City, because its official elevation is 5,280 feet, or exactly one mile, above sea level. Denver’s urban skyline features wide vistas with a mix of modern skyscrapers and distant mountains, as the city is nestled between the Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east.

The Denver area features a comfortable climate, although winters do typically bring snow between October and April. Summer days are generally hot with average temperatures in high 80s and record highs climbing over 100 degrees. During the winter months, days tend to be in the low to mid-40s, while nights drop well below freezing, in to the high teens. Denver’s inland location at the foot of the Rocky Mountains can also lead to some sudden weather changes.

While Denver has grown into a large, modern city with beautiful architecture, it also features many parks and natural areas. The 314-acre City Park offers plenty of space to enjoy nature in the heart of the city. City Park is home to the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which is the fourth largest museum in the United States. Additionally, Denver is estimated to have over 200 parks of varying sizes, as well as 29 recreation centers.

If you want to stand exactly one mile above sea level while visiting the Mile-High City, plan a trip to the west steps of the Colorado State Capital. Other local must-see attractions include the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center, and Confluence Park. The 16th Street Mall features a mile of shops and outdoor cafes, while the LoDo Historic District is a hip place to shop, dine or relax at a brewpub or local bar.

When it comes to active adult communities, mature homebuyers can find impressive options close to the city or spread throughout its popular suburbs. Windsor Gardens has the distinction of being the first age-restricted community within the city of Denver. Yet, despite its urban address, the community offers nearly 2,700 homes set on 143 acres of beautiful grounds. Additional active adult communities are found in many popular areas like Aurora or Highlands Ranch.

Whether planning a vacation or a mountain retirement, the Denver area is a beautiful place to shop, dine, explore and enjoy a wide range of urban attractions.

The Appeal of a Second-Story Loft Space

by BILL NESS on OCTOBER 11, 2013


Four Seasons at Harbor Bay offers large loft spaces ideal for special interests, recreations or hobbies.

When it comes to buying a home for retirement, many homebuyers prefer main-level living. This often leads to choosing ranch-style single-family homes, one-level attached homes or condos. However, homes with second-story lofts open up the possibility of enjoying main-level living as well as additional space which can be used in a variety of ways.

While main-level living may provide convenience and limit the need to climb stairs throughout the day, there are several reasons why it might be nice to have living areas that are separated from the rest of the house. Moving home offices and craft rooms to a second floor may make them a quieter place to work away from distractions. If you prefer to keep these frequently-used areas on the main level, moving a guest bedroom to the upper level will free up more first floor space. Having a guest suite on another floor provides more privacy as well, both for your guests and for you in your first-floor master bedroom.

Depending on the style of your home, you may use a second-story loft in a number of different ways. A loft can be a great place to put a home office, a hobby room, an exercise area, a TV room or even a playroom for visiting grandchildren. It can also work as a great, out-of-the-way storage area, and some floor plans include specifically designed storage rooms as a portion of the upper level.

There are many different designs available for homes with second-story lofts. The upper level may cover only a portion of the main floor or it may span the whole space. The loft may be a simple, open area or have fully enclosed rooms. Larger second-story lofts may feature a combination of open area, storage closets, guest bedrooms and bathrooms.

When buying a new construction home, optional full bathrooms are typically a useful addition to a second-story loft. A bathroom adds privacy and convenience to a guest suite. You will also appreciate having a bathroom near a home office, craft room, exercise room or playroom. If your floor plan only offers a small open space or a loft storage area, adding an optional bathroom may not be as important. However, additional bathrooms do usually add value to your home and they are often harder to install after the house is complete.

Second-story lofts add versatility to the convenience of main-level living. They can be a great way for active adults to find a low-maintenance home that still has space for guests, hobbies or a home office

Benefits of Working with a 55+ Real Estate Expert

Benefits of Working with a 55+ Real Estate Expert

Call carolyn at 303.594.7696 (Metro Denver area)

(by BILL NESS on JULY 8, 2013)

55Places.com works with real estate agents who are active adult experts in their local areas.

When searching for a new home, it’s important to have the help of a trusted real estate agent. This is even more important when you are looking for a specific lifestyle, such as retirement in an active adult community. While any real estate agent can help you find your next home, an agent experienced in 55+ communities is better equipped to locate a community that meets your retirement dreams.

There are many factors to consider when searching for your ideal active adult community. You will want to know all about the amenities (both current and planned), the available social groups and the typical community events. Of course, you will also want to learn more about the available homes and find the model that will best meet your needs.

Many larger active adult communities have long development periods which can result in dozens of available home models. There may be different neighborhoods within the same development, and each may have its own benefits and drawbacks. In some communities, neighborhoods have their own satellite clubhouses. In others, some sections have the benefits of being closer to the main clubhouse. The amount of included home or yard maintenance can also vary from one neighborhood to the next.

A real estate expert who has plenty of experience working in local 55+ communities can give you the inside information about the available developments. She can show you which sections of the community were built first and which are more recent. She can tell you what to expect about the layouts of older resale homes and also show you the finer points of new construction options.

In addition to knowing the ins and outs of buying and selling real estate, a 55+ community expert understands the retirement lifestyle. She has experience helping older buyers downsize and stay within their budget. She can help show a broader picture of life in an active adult community, and she appreciates a desire to balance a dream location with a need to stay relatively close to family.

There are a few ways you can find a real estate agent who is experienced in working with older homebuyers and retirees. First, you can look for a Realtor who has a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation. This National Association of Realtors designation shows that a real estate agent has completed a special course outlining the needs of older homebuyers.

55Places.com also makes it easy to find agents experienced with 55+ communities. Every community listing throughout the site has a link to a recommended real estate agent. These professionals have been chosen for their expertise in their local 55+ communities. They are accustomed to working with empty nesters and retirees, as well as long-distance buyers and those who are new to their area.

If you are not already working with a real estate agent, consider choosing one with the experience to help you find your dream retirement destination.






We are a Medicaid licensed community complete with ghosts if you so desire.

We do require a 2 year (24 month) private pay spend down period before a resident can apply for or receive Medicaid benefits. However, this does not apply to couples! There is no spend down requirement for couples.

We are pet friendly; allow smoking outside in designated areas and all of our rooms are private with private bathrooms.


“Charlie Brown Medley – ThePianoGuys”

As we get into the fall October season and decorating for Halloween, I got to thinking about one of my favorite cartoon strips “Peanuts” and the Great Pumpkin.  That led me to Carlie Brown.  So if you go to YouTube and search for “Charlie Brown Medley – ThePianoGuys”, you are in for a real treat on the magic of music around seniors.  It might inspire us to bring more music into our senior centers.  Also, if your senior center has the capability to project this from a computer or “air stream” to a large screen it would be fun to show it at your centers.


Active Lifestyle Communities with the Most Expensive Homes

Active Lifestyle Communities with the Most Expensive Homes

by BILL NESS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2013


Pelican Bay in Naples, FL boasts gorgeous enclaves of dreamy multi-million dollar beach front mansions.

Most retirees simply look forward to enjoying well deserved me time. At the stage in life when you can finally settle down, it’s always fun to dream of how you’ll spend your time and where you’ll hang your hat. Active lifestyle communities cater to retirees in every price range including some elaborate homes with elaborate price tags. While most of us couldn’t imagine spending millions on a home during retirement, it certainly is fun to look!

Some of the most elegant and prestigious active lifestyle communities in America feature amazing homes, some costing upwards of $5 million dollars or more. Each of these impressive communities features the ultimate combination of lifestyle and amenities popular with active adult homebuyers while still being open to all-ages. They all showcase multi-million dollar estates while still offering homes in a more realistic price range. Here are 12 active lifestyle communities in America with the most expensive homes.

1. Pelican Bay – Naples, FL

As one of the premier active lifestyle communities in Florida, Pelican Bay sits along three miles of sparkling Gulf of Mexico waterfront. The stunning beachfront is exclusive to residents as is a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse with world-class amenities. Residents also have the option to join The Club at Pelican Bay offering 27 holes of golf and fabulous dining. Pelican Bay is planned for 6,500 homes, some selling for upwards of $5 million.

2. Celebration – Celebration, FL

With just over 4,000 homes, Celebration is a sought after retirement destination designed with an elegant New England flair. Residents enjoy a comprehensive collection of resort-style amenities and a rewarding social lifestyle all just minutes from Orlando. A unique town center boasts a long list of shops, restaurants and everyday conveniences.

3. Hassayampa Village – Prescott, AZ

Stunning mountain views and old growth forests abound the 550-acre community known as Hassayampa Village. Residents of this exclusive community enjoy living in the heart of the mountains yet still close to everyday conveniences. Planned for just 200 homes, the community offers gated privacy and golf course living in homes reaching into the $5 million mark.

4. Hilton Head Plantation – Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Plantation combines the best of coastal charm with resort-style living. It’s the ideal ocean-site oasis perfect for active adult living. Residents of this 4,500-home community enjoy an impressive collection of amenities spread throughout the community including four exciting golf courses.

5. Pelican Landing – Bonita Springs, FL

Located between the outstanding waters of Spring Creek and the Estero Bay aquatic preserve, Pelican Landing preserves, protects and enhances the natural beauty of its environment. This sister community to Pelican Bay offers homes priced up to the high $3 millions. Residents enjoy nearly 15,000 square feet of world-class amenities plus have the option to join the amazing Pelican’s Nest Golf Club.


Toscana Country Club is an extrodinary community with elegant architecture and beautiful landscaping.

6. Toscana Country Club – Indian Wells, CA

In the countryside of Southern California is Toscana Country Club, a gated community planned for 652 lavish homes surrounded by luxurious appointments. Residents enjoy a spectacular clubhouse, world-class dining, 36 holes of golf, a community spa, tennis courts and trails all surrounded by gorgeous mountain views lit with warm California sunshine. Most homes in this prestigious community range from $1 to $3 million dollars.

The remaining six communities on this prestigious list all offer homes over $2 million dollars. Check them out and keep dreaming of your perfect retirement!

7. Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club – Fort Myers, FL

8. Renaissance – Fort Myers, FL

9. Indian Ridge Country Club – Palm Desert, CA

10. Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club – St. George, UT

11. Mizner Country Club – Delray Beach, FL

12. Shadow Wood – Bonita Springs, FL