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Old 01-12-2014, 06:38 AM
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I am also looking into Windsor Gardens and other reasonably priced 55+ communities. What is the median age of residents at Windsor Gardens. I am a young 66 year old single female and I want a community where people are not in their 80's and older but a vibrant community.

I also want a community where there are a lot of activities and where there is intellectual learning going on.

I know that Windsor Gardens was built in the 60's and 70's and wonder the condition on the buildings and the surrounding area for both cultural activities and near to shipping and other conveniences.

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have looked at 55+ communities closer to the mountains like Riverwalk in Littleton but the prices there are rather high for what you are getting space wise for apartments though I know it is also a lot newer development.

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Old 01-12-2014, 07:34 AM
Location: Evergreen
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There is a gorgeous brand new, active 55+ community currently being built in Highlands Ranch along the Highline Canal called Verona. It is two minutes by car to the Light Rail station at Mineral Ave. Which is adjacent to the nice Aspen Grove outdoor shopping mall which has numerous restaurants and a new movie theater called Alamo Draft House where you can get food served to your seat while you watch the movie. Your commute into downtown Denver shouldn't be more than 21 minutes via the Light Rail.

Verona offers W/D in your residence with some floor plans that have in located right in the master bedroom closet. You can also have your gas stove for cooking. While it's NOT walkable to grocery stores and the like, those things are really just 5-10 minutes away by car. There are walking/biking trails that start right at the development. Good Luck with your search.


Just realized I was answering the OP which is a few months late in a response...hopefully this helps the new poster, cdcmtotr!

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Old 10-15-2016, 04:09 PM
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Windsor Gardens is quite beautiful, in my opinion. We are moving there next month and have several friends who have lived there for a few years. I'm 60 and my partner is 57. Our friends there range in age from 59 - 66. All are very young and active. The only down side to Windsor Gardens is that you won't have a W/D in the unit. That said, you can still get a nice 2 bedroom unit for 150K - 200K range. We just bought a unit for $153K.

The development is on 143 acres and the bike path runs adjacent to it. Beautiful area. Also a very secure development. Heather Gardens is not as secure in terms of crime and break-ins. Not as nice an area either.

Just my opinion...
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:26 PM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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My sister-in-law lived in Windsor Gardens for several years. (She moved out of state.) She was just 55 when she bought in. I will say most of the people there seemed a bit older than that, but she was very happy with it.
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:43 AM
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What about Heather Gardens in Aurora? Isn't that 55+? Mostly condos...maybe some townhomes? I think there is a golf course.

Anyways, it's right next to the new Iliff R line. Not straight to downtown but a transfer I believe.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:53 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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Originally Posted by bje333 View Post
Tks to everyone for their responses. I'm quite disappointed in the lack of 55+ communities actually in Denver or near enough to downtown to be able to take public transportation to and from work....and not spend an hour each way. Why do you think that is?
A couple of things:

Most 55+ communities aren't geared for those looking to go to work. Generally speaking, they're nicknamed "retirement communities" for a reason. Close proximity to light rail stations usually isn't of high concern to most retirees.

Not everyone wants a townhouse or an condo. A lot of communities are shared wall communities and many people don't necessarily want to be living like in their 20's again. Some do offer small villas, but these seem to be more rare from what I've seen.

Finally, it depends on the community itself. My grandmother (who just turned 90) has been in the same retirement community in FL for just under 30 years. I'd say the majority of people in her community are more like 70+, and the community itself doesn't seem to have a ton going on besides weekly card games and a movie shown in their clubhouse.
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:18 AM
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Other odd part of 55 plus communities is they dont generally allow kids. At 55 years of age all three of my kids will be under 17.
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:21 PM
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Another big downside to them is how retirees are stereotyped. It's as if one size fits all type of lifestyle. Believe me someone in their 60s may feel out of place. Many residents are older and can't understand, why someone younger will have little in common with them. To come right out and say it. Many in their 60s will seem older. It is very hard to find a peer group, for a really active retiree. Active to many retirees is a slow walk in their neighborhood. Maybe some shuffleboard and a bus to a casino. I live in one in Florida and tried one in Arizona. I saw the same traits in both. Not very active type people, and the younger retirees do seem older than their years. Many seem overweight and can't get to their golf cart fast enough. Driving up and down the street, to see who they can gossip with. Either that or drink beer and talk about their church. Then get ready to go to the Golden Coral and eat to their hearts content.

Im describing the onee I have experienced, and sadly I'm not exaggerating. Hopefully in Colorado the residents are more active. Though what I described sadly seems very common. It really is difficult to find a peer group, that is truly active.

Really check ths style of living out, as best you can. Before you plop down money . Make sure it's a way of life that fits you. Not the stereotype of what a retiree is suppose to be. You may find mindset and stamina wise, that you won't fit in even when your 80.
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