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The 55+ homebuyer: Is an active adult community the right choice for you?


The 55+ homebuyer is often looking for something different than other house hunters. They picture this next move to be the last home they purchase, so they put more consideration into the criteria. They’re also searching for a lifestyle—a community experience that provides activity and proximity.

If you’re one of these 55+ homebuyers, ask yourself, is an active adult community the right choice for you?

Active adult communities can be the best choice for people who want more than a home. They can live in a neighborhood with people of a similar age range, who share common interests. These communities usually include amenities, like a clubhouse, pool, walking trails, and fitness center. Are these valuable features for you?

Even more importantly, the residents are, indeed, active adults. They organize events, both inside and outside the neighborhood. They form clubs that build relationships. The residents feel safe because they know their neighbors and look out for one another.

Depending upon where you are in your “active adult” years, you have unique priorities. If you’re between 55 and 65, you might place more emphasis on the community amenities, having access to recreation and social events. You might also like living close to places that offer classes, now that you have more time to explore new interests and activities. Homebuyers in their 70s and beyond are often concerned with proximity to services, like medical care.

Today’s active adult communities have evolved with the population’s changing needs and wishes. To support their independent lifestyle, older adults want access to services that enhance their daily life. They also want freedom from some of the home maintenance chores, like mowing the lawn and shoveling the driveway.

If you’re over the age of 55 and contemplating this big move, think about the features you want in your home and community. What’s truly important to you? What would be a bonus for the location of your new home?

Epcon Communities has been creating active adult communities for over 30 years. We offer a wide range of choices, both in floor plans and amenities. Browse our communities currently in 18 states to find the one that is right for you.