As we age, we naturally want to have less to worry about. We look forward to retirement; working hard for most of our adult lives to get there. Planning and paving a path can make the journey much more enjoyable. One way to do this is to decide where you want to live when you are older.
55+ communities are becoming increasingly popular due to their distinct features and amenities. Homes in these communities tend to be designed specifically for physical changes to make it easier to get around. Some of these changes include a more open floor plan, less stairs, main floor master bedroom, and some homeowners’ associations will take care of all the yard maintenance. Neighbors tend to be in the same age group and have the same interests in activities, making socializing very easy within the community. Also, the 55+ communities are many times built closer to medical facilities to make doctor’s visits and emergency services more convenient.
Age restricted communities are offered as single-family homes, patio homes, townhomes, or condos. There are several 55+ communities to choose from in West Metro Denver and the Foothills areas of Colorado. Some of the most sought after include: Riverwalk in Littleton, Gleneagles Village in Highlands Ranch, Fairway Villas at Green Valley Ranch in Denver, and Rocky Mountain Village Condos in Evergreen.
Riverwalk consists of many sub-areas including a patio homes, townhomes, and an enclosed condo complex with ample amenities for those over 55 including transportation to nearby businesses, many opportunities for socializing, and they provide building maintenance. It is surrounded by the Littleton Golf and Tennis Club with views of the lush greens.
Gleneagles Village in Highlands Ranch is made of both single-family homes and attached homes. There is a sense of tight knit community and small town feel within the security of a gated neighborhood but has the advantages of having a large city close by.
Fairway Villas at Green Valley Ranch is a smaller single-family home neighborhood with easy access to the Denver airport and downtown Denver. The 18-hole golf course that it sits on is home to the Colorado Open Golf Championships. Residents enjoy exclusive benefits of a pro shop, dining discounts, and preferred tee times to the course.
Rocky Mountain Village Condos sits in the heart of Evergreen in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is a small complex for independent residents aged 52+. They have a wealth of amenities including community room, exercise room, craft room, billiards, workshop, and a library/reading room. In addition, there is a 24/7 secure entrance and elevator access to all floors.
Communities for those aged 55 and over are becoming more popular, not just in Arizona and Florida, but throughout the United States because they provide a feeling of belonging with neighbors in the same age group, security, activities, and specialized HOAs to make life and maintenance easier. Active adult communities are a great place to call home…as long you have reached 55 years of age!