This is part 3 of our 4 part podcast series. On the last episode, we talked about what happened during our community tour. So in this episode, My husband Les and I will continue talking about our quest for finding the perfect 55 and older community.
Furthermore, we will finally reveal our decision on what community we chose to live in! What do we like about it, and why did we choose that community?
Finally, We Are Home
After the long search for a proper 55 plus community, we finally found our home and it is in a Del Webb community. There are instances that it is scary when moving to a new community because it simply is “New” to you but nonetheless, it is pretty exciting as well as you will see what new opportunities and activities await.
Why Were We Drawn to This Community/Home
For us, there are a lot of reasons why we chose to live in a Del Webb community but the main reason why we were so drawn into it is that of the activities. Being in a 55 and older community you need to have activities so as to uplift you and make your everyday stay as fun as possible and this community has a lot of activities to choose from.
The other thing about this community is that it's a nice looking community. It is well maintained with beautiful landscaping and the surrounding area was nice and just as we've talked on our first episode, our family is close to us. Most importantly, Del Webb knows what they are doing. That is why it's safe to say, “We Are Home.”
It is quite different from living in California. It's definitely not as clustered. When you drive down the road in South Carolina, all you see are trees!
About Our New Home
We wound up buying a new home which we bought from somebody else (not from the builder). What's good about this is that you don't need to spend much time, energy and money to furnish your new home. It can be easier and faster for you to relocate quickly and can save you money, sometimes thousands of dollars. This house that we bought doesn't really need anything more.
We did downsize on our new home, we're going from a 3500 square foot house to 2700. Eventually, this will help us to intentionally pare down our belongings. Also, we will have open areas that will be great for entertaining. In other words, it's just happier to downsize-rather than the other way around.
The New Place (Likes and Dislikes)
First, we like the area.
Secondly, the house itself.
Del Webb community.
Everyone has been very friendly.
Cheaper gas price.
And not everything is retirement.
Similar houses and relatively close together. But you can do something to make your house noticeable.
Not health conscious. That is why when you're in a restaurant you should always ask what's in the menu.
The words used are different and there are towns and areas with different pronunciations. For instance, they use plantation instead of a community. But we can cope up with it.
Although we will miss our 99 Cents Only store, El Pollo Loco, Jack in the Box, and Costco (which is about 2 hours away), we are moving into the Del Webb community most importantly because of the retirement lifestyle. We could have bought a cheaper home in this area, but it's not just the house we are looking for. We are looking for the lifestyle of being in a 55 and older community.
After a long community search, this certainly will be our new home. And if you have ever moved to a 55 plus community and have tips for us we would love it if you head to our show notes and leave a comment or go into the Facebook group: RockYourRetirement.com/community and give us some tips.
This is part 2 of our continued community search for the 55 plus and better. In our last episode, we discussed things to compare when looking for a community to live in. In this episode, my husband Les and I are on location and just finishing up our 3-day stay at a Del Webb in South Carolina. We will be discussing our stay, our community tour, the house that we stayed at, and our likes and dislikes.
We will also talk about the community, and how a 55 plus community can help you do more of what you love.
Explore Del Webb
Usually, Del Webb communities offer day and night passes. During your stay, their friendly ambassadors will do a community tour and will guide you through pieces of information about the community. Our community tour took us 4 hours but it was very helpful. During the stay, you can meet residents, do the community tour, explore the houses and clubhouses, the amenities, and enjoy everything you need inside a Del Webb community.
The Two Sections in the Community Tour
Del Webb has been around for a long time and usually, communities have two sections which comprise a newer and an older section. The older section of any community will have mature trees, mature landscaping and of course more mature people.
Most ambassadors have been occupying the newer section because they have formed a group of friends from the ones who bought new too. We also had the same experience when we moved to the community where we lived now. Everybody moved in together, we all wanted to meet each other, we had parties together and the neighborhood sort of formed a click. But the downside is when the time comes that the people who moved in together started leaving that's the time when the click just broke apart.
The Del Webb Community
The 4-hour community tour was divided into 2 parts. The tour of the community itself was in the first 2 hours. The Del Webb community has a ton of features including 3 clubhouses, 3 outdoor pools, 2 indoor pools, a baseball field, and a tennis court. There are also sections for the art room, pottery room, and photography, more than 1 golf course, and a community garden! The last 2 hours of the coummunity tour was mostly just dinner.
The Actual House
The house that we lived in was very nice although it is not the house that we actually considered. It's a brand new house with an open floor plan, although they do lock off the second bedroom. It's nicely decorated, comfortable with a nice internet.
There's just a couple of things that I disliked. The master bedroom shower is so open that it is cold and the rain shower is not good. Also, I wasn't a big fan of the self-closing doors. It feels like there is pressure when you open it and it's almost like pulling against you.
The Community Itself (Likes and Dislikes)
Open floor plans
Most of the bedrooms have a separation between master and guest bedrooms giving you more privacy when having guests.
It's beautifully landscaped and just looks good when you come in.
Cookie-cutter nature, everything looks alike. You'll get lost because one street looks like the other street,
The house in the newer section are close together, they are just 10 feet apart.
Their lagoons have alligators.
And there are snakes too!
Adult communities are renowned for having a vibrant and social atmosphere where residents can come together and share similar interests.
What's great about active adult communities, is that they cater to the demands of boomers by providing clubs designed around their lifestyle. This community has over 50 clubs for you to stay, as active as you like.
And that's what we've learned about Sun City. A 55 plus community is not just a place you can call home but a place you can find the true essence of the active adult lifestyle. Catch our next episode for the reveal of what will our decision be!
We are back! Having been on hiatus for the past month. Most of you may know, but for those who haven't yet, Les and I have moved to South Carolina. During the process, we have recorded a series of episodes, and this one is the first in that series. It is about, “What to compare for a 55 and older community search.”
Home for the 55 and Older Community
Today, I together with my husband Les discussed how to find homes for the 55 and older community. There are certain aspects that you need when looking for houses at these certain ages. We will guide you on those during this podcast episode. In today's episode, we will compare different scenarios on what should be considered when buying a house for you because relocating constantly could be tiring and exhausting for you especially when reaching that certain age that you want this to be the house that you want to live in for the rest of your life.
What is a 55 Plus Community?
A 55 plus community is a type of location that is designed to accommodate people that are at least 55 years old or older. When you are doing a community search, the atmosphere, layout, and amenities are meant to provide for the needs of this age group, rather than young families. Those areas may have specific stipulations on who can live within the community with the goal of keeping the residents in this upper age limit.
What Should You Take Note When Looking for a House?
Looking for a house for a 55 plus community may vary greatly from community to community. There are things that you should take note of when doing a community search. It is good to take into consideration that the house that you are looking for should be near gas stations, grocery store, home depot, post office, hospital, gym, airport, assisted living community and a dog park (if you are fond of pets). Your house should also be near your friends or relatives, near a major city and public transportation (like a train, bus, or Uber).
Important Considerations When Doing Community Search
As you research locations and community amenities, consider other aspects like the pricing or cost of a house. How much does the house cost? The type of community you will live in, size of the accommodations, and the location plays an important role in this. You should also consider the prices of gasoline, organic free-range chicken eggs (if you like eating healthy), average cost of dinner in a restaurant, electricity and gas cost, insurance (which is a major expense), water or sewer, cable and internet, Home Owners Association, property and income tax rate, fees for your exercise classes, and if your hobbies can be found near the community. These are some important considerations when you're doing a community search.
When searching for a new house location and their local amenities, you should also take into consideration other aspects like:
If you are buying a property that has a view will that view be guaranteed?
Does it have a community garden?
Will they take care of your yard for you?
The need for approval from the Home Owners Association to change the inside and outside of the house.
How old is the community? Because the newer the community the younger the occupants are.
Are they planning to build more homes?
The ratio of houses to a clubhouse.
What is the length of time your grandchildren and guests are allowed to visit?
The rules for parking?
Services (handyman, laundry, and others).
How can you be on the Home Owners Association board or how would you get to them?
Is the community that you will move to gated?
Do you own the land or does the Home Owners Association own it?
Who owns the clubhouse? The Home Owners Association or builder?
Things to Review
Lastly, also consider these things before moving into your new house. The Home Owners Association minutes. How do people get along with each other? The financial statement of the community. Another important thing is that if the property is having issues. Also, another important thing is the resale value of the house. What is the average price of similar properties? Are there good hospitals? Is there a dog limit, if you own 2 dogs or more? What are you going to be able to find out when you talk to your neighbors? And is there any pending litigation?
Whether you are moving into a 55 and older community, moving to downsize, or even moving to get a bigger home, it is important to compare things that are important to you. I know there is a ton of information in this episode, but do you have something we missed? Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips or ideas!
Do you need to downsize your home? What about downsizing your life? Why are these things beneficial as we retire?
We are re-releasing our episode about downsizing. Our guest is Kathy Gottberg, a published author of six books along with numerous magazine articles. On her blog, SMARTliving365.com, Kathy explores ideas and experiences to help create a sustainable, meaningful, happy and rewarding life for herself and others.
Since turning 60, Kathy has become increasingly interested in ideas around positive aging and retirement. Learn more about rightsizing and why downsizing doesn’t have to be a downgrade in this episode.
On today’s show we discuss:
Rightsizing vs. downsizing
Why rightsizing is so beneficial as we age and retire
How to rightsize
What is rightsizing?
Anything you have in your life requires energy, time and effort to maintain. The beauty of rightsizing is it allows you to choose what’s important to you. Use your time, energy and resources on the things you value most.
You can rightsize just about anything in your life. Rightsizing is about getting rid of the things that don’t really matter and focusing on the things that do.
The key with rightsizing is it’s individual. It will be different for everyone.
Areas you might need to rightsize:
Your current job
Advice for rightsizing:
Do it with a loved one
Get away and get quiet
Find resources to help you
How to downsize your home? Ask yourself these questions.
What are the top 10 things that are most important to me for the rest of my life?
Do I need it?
Can I rent it?
Can I borrow it?
Kathy firmly believes that if you take the time and effort to downsize your home and rightsize your life, then you will be better prepared to retire and better prepared to make all the choices and decisions in your life that will make you happier and more purposeful.