Benefits of Working with a 55+ Real Estate Expert

Benefits of Working with a 55+ Real Estate Expert

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(by BILL NESS on JULY 8, 2013) 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. 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

Windsor Gardens Ranked #4 of The 25 Best Value Communities for Retirement in the USA!

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The 25 Best Value Communities for Retirement



55 Places is excited to announce the 25 best value communities for retirement. Living in a resort-style community for retirement is achievable on any budget. There are wonderful age-restricted active adult communities and age-targeted communities offering homes at an unbeatable price point where residents enjoy a rewarding social lifestyle and world-class amenities.

To create this list the team at 55 Places took into consideration a wide variety of factors, starting with a review of the 100 most popular active adult communities for 2013. We considered the quantity and quality of amenities at each community as well as the offering of lifestyle events and activities. We also reviewed the cost of homeowner association fees in addition to the latest real estate transactions looking closely at the average home selling price over the past year.

After a thorough analysis we chose only the communities we felt offered an excellent value: showcasing exciting amenities, a vibrant lifestyle and attractively priced homes. Finally, to clarify the findings even further, we reviewed the findings from our comprehensive in-person community visits, including the 300+ communities our team personally visited last year alone.

This complex formula resulted in this exclusive list of the 25 best value communities for retirement.

1. On Top of the World – Ocala, FL

In Central Florida, On Top of the World is a resort-style 55+ community planned for 10,000 homes. Single-family homes and attached homes are very affordably priced from under $100,000. The impressive collection of amenities includes three golf courses, several clubhouses, fitness centers, pools, restaurants and much more. Residents enjoy an amazing lifestyle with over 200 clubs meeting on a regular basis and special events happening nearly every single day.

2. Sun City – Sun City, AZ

Sun City was the very first active adult community in the country and pioneered 55+ living as we know it today. This sprawling community of over 26,000 homes boasts hundreds of amenities including 7 recreation centers, 11 golf courses, 19 shopping areas and even a hospital. Residents enjoy a lifestyle second-to-none with daily events and countless social clubs. Homeowners find Sun City to be a fabulous value thanks to low property taxes, low homeowner association fees and homes starting under $100,000.

3. Rossmoor Village – Monroe Township, NJ

Rossmoor was designed to combine old world charm with modern day amenities in a premiere New Jersey location. Budget conscious homebuyers will be impressed with the variety of resale single-family homes and condominiums priced from under $100,000. An 18-hole championship golf course is at the heart of the community where residents also enjoy a well-equipped clubhouse boasting 30,000 square feet of amenity space highlighted by elegant, traditional design and décor.

4. Windsor Gardens – Denver, CO

Windsor Gardens is the only active adult community in the city of Denver and is highly sought after for its incredible value. The maintenance-free homes start well under $100,000 plus the monthly homeowner association fees also cover the cost of property taxes, heat, water, trash collection, building maintenance, snow removal and more. The 35,000 square-foot clubhouse offers an impressive line up of amenities to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. Residents also enjoy a 9-hole golf course and on-site restaurant.

5. Oak Run – Ocala, FL

In Central Florida, Oak Run offers a wide variety of resale single-family and duplex homes in nearly 100 different floor plans priced from under $100,000. With 3,500 homes, this gated community has a close-knit community feel with an exciting offering of amenities. Multiple clubhouses boast swimming pools, fitness centers, activity rooms and restaurants in addition to outdoor amenities including an 18-hole golf course. Residents enjoy a robust lifestyle at Oak Run with access to over 100 special interest clubs.

Active adult homebuyers in search of a great value community have plenty of options to choose from. Below are the remaining communities rounding out the list of the top 25 best value communities for retirement.

6. Kings Point – Sun City Center, FL

7. Timber Pines – Spring Hill, FL

8. Clearbrook – Monroe Township, NJ

9. Carillon – Plainfield, IL

10. Kings Ridge – Clermont, FL

11. Spruce Creek Country Club – Summerfield, FL

12. Concordia – Monroe Township, NJ

13. Four Seasons at Hemet – Hemet, CA

14. Sun City West – Sun City West, AZ

15. Southshore Falls – Apollo Beach, FL

16. Stone Creek – Ocala, FL

17. Solivita – Kissimmee, FL

18. Sun City Huntley – Huntley, IL

19. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, CA

20. Trilogy Orlando – Groveland, FL

21. Solera at Oak Valley Greens – Beaumont, CA

22. Heritage Isle – Viera, FL

23. Laguna Woods Village (Leisure World) – Laguna Woods, CA

24. Sun City Festival – Buckeye, AZ

25. Sun City MacDonald Ranch – Henderson, NV

For more information about Windsor Gardens and all it has to offer contact Carolyn Ingebritson at (303) 594-7696 for more information!

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Dean Smith, at 86 a champion rower, works out on the rowing machine at his Lone Tree home. Earlier in the day he had been rowing on Cherry Creek Reservoir. (Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)


Six years ago, after a lifetime of competitive running that started even before his days as a college track athlete, Dean Smith’s knees finally announced that they couldn’t take the pounding any longer.

So the Lone Tree resident switched to rowing, both in waterborne sculls and on indoor machines. Since then he has won scores of medals in national and international rowing contests.

At 86, he apparently feels he has no time to lose. (story here)


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