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Old 05-11-2012, 04:59 PM
 
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Hey, everyone:
New to posting but a long-time lurker. We're approaching retirement age, but not quite ready yet. Probably another three years, unless the economy goes south (again). Anyway, we're planning a trip to Vegas this summer (yes, we know it's hot in the summer. Used to live in Phoenix and moved there in July, 1985...every day was over 110 for about two months straight and at the time had a car with no a/c...so heat is not an issue.)

We're interested in scouting out some of the 55+ communities in the area while we're there. The question is, how do you get into gated 55+ communities to check them out if you're not with a realtor? We're not at the point of buying yet (which is unfortunate, since it looks like prices will be through the roof soon)...just want to have a no-pressure look around. Thoughts?
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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when you see something online that you are interested, you can always call the listing agent. I am sure the listing agent will be happy to show it to anyone. And you don't have to tell them you are just looking, not buying now.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Default Sun City Anthem

See your DM for info about Sun City Anthem, Henderson.
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:52 PM
 
Location: In my house
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Sun City Aliante is not gated. But in order to see the homes, you still have to contact a realtor or like they said above, listing agent. Don't they do open houses anymore?
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:07 PM
 
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Hey, everyone:

We're interested in scouting out some of the 55+ communities in the area while we're there. The question is, how do you get into gated 55+ communities to check them out if you're not with a realtor? We're not at the point of buying yet (which is unfortunate, since it looks like prices will be through the roof soon)...just want to have a no-pressure look around. Thoughts?
First, relax. Prices aren't going anywhere soon, despite what the realtors might hype. Prices are going to bounce around for a long time.

Second, consider if you really want to be locked into the setting of a 55+ community. Even if you have grown children, do you really want to abide by the strict rule "grandchildren can only use the pool Thursday between 10AM and 4PM"? Even the East German Stasi had fewer rules.

What will you do if you watch the grandchildren for the summer, or heaven forbid, because of unexpected problems with their parents? What would happen if your adult children are forced to move back with you.

I seriously had looked at 55+ communities. I've determined its a place for the dead or the nearly dead.

It might be great, however, if you don't have children, grandchildren, or friends who might want to visit. I don't play bridge or shuffleboard, however.

Sent a PM, however, if you need a fine realtor.


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Old 05-11-2012, 08:20 PM
 
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We regularly list and sell in the Sun Cities.

There are really only two majors that have any significant gating...Siena and the Tony Curtis piece of Sun City Anthem. Practically you need a RE Agent to penetrate those. Otherwise feel free to drive in.

Generally the fitness and social centers welcome visitors. They are always friendly to RE Agents showing clients around and I expect they will be just as nice to tourists. Just approach the attendant gently and announce you are a visitor considering the community for retirement. Unless you hit a mean old dude you will be fine.

We regularly run tours for those just considering and some years out. Takes about half a day to get a good view at the likely ones.

The rules on residence are difficult only for children less than 19 where you have a long term prohibition which will generally be enforced. That is generally 90 days or so. There are pool and such restrictions but they are not terribly harsh. There are no restrictions on those over 18. They can stay forever if you have a yoyo.

The demographic is generally a wide one. The newest are the youngest but eventually they reach a point when they start to get younger. It is natures way. There are lots of nice longing gals and dudes in Sun Cities...might wife tracks me closely on that clientele.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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What would happen if your adult children are forced to move back with you.

I seriously had looked at 55+ communities. I've determined its a place for the dead or the nearly dead.
Absolutely nothing as there is no legal prohibition to adult children living with their parents.

Which makes me wonder how seriously you looked at 55+ communities.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: H-Town... "A place to call home"
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Absolutely nothing as there is no legal prohibition to adult children living with their parents.

Which makes me wonder how seriously you looked at 55+ communities.
If you are an adult child who lives with his 55+ parents you should read this:

13 Ways to Stay Positive When You Think Your Life Sucks - wikiHow
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:31 AM
 
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Thanks for all of the responses so far. It's good to know that we won't need to know the super-secret password to get past the guard gates of many of these places, and that some places have no gates at all.

As for the 55+ issue, we're not necessarily set in stone on needing to live in one of the communities. We just figured that there would be more going on, better chances to meet people, that sort of thing. Plus, the fact that there aren't tons of kids running around is actually appealing, since in our current neighborhood we're about the only ones without small children. Although, we do have two "kids" in their mid-20's who may eventually have kids of their own, so it's something to consider.

We're torn between the Vegas area and the Tucson area. We have friends in Tucson, but there isn't nearly as much going on down there as there is in Vegas, so we're leaning that way. Been to Vegas numerous times as tourists and always thought it would be a great place to live once you get away from the Strip.

I'd be curious if anyone was once in the same boat...torn between Tucson and Vegas and what it was that swayed you to decide on Vegas. I guess ultimately it would depend on how many Packer fans we could find...
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas
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Hey, everyone:
New to posting but a long-time lurker. We're approaching retirement age, but not quite ready yet. Probably another three years, unless the economy goes south (again). Anyway, we're planning a trip to Vegas this summer (yes, we know it's hot in the summer. Used to live in Phoenix and moved there in July, 1985...every day was over 110 for about two months straight and at the time had a car with no a/c...so heat is not an issue.)

We're interested in scouting out some of the 55+ communities in the area while we're there. The question is, how do you get into gated 55+ communities to check them out if you're not with a realtor? We're not at the point of buying yet (which is unfortunate, since it looks like prices will be through the roof soon)...just want to have a no-pressure look around. Thoughts?
[SIZE=2]You will need to have a realtor with you to go through a gated community.Going into a gated community without permission is trespassing.
Living in a gated community is to insure privacy from people just willy nilly driving through and to help discourage vandals and thieves.

Living in a 55 and older community has pro's and con's and depending on the communities depends what they offer for amenities.

Yes there are more stringent restrictions for when children can use the pool but that isn't a bad thing. Children 19 and older can live in a 55 and older community with their parents or grand parents.
Most people move into a 55 and older community because they want to be with people like them and don't want children running around all the time. People move to those area's to have more piece and quiet it doesn't make it a bad thing it's just a different life style. We all love our grand kids and kids but not necessarily others.

Like everywhere there are hoa's in and around Las Vegas that are going to be stricter than others.

[SIZE=4]Here are the Guard gated 55 and older communities:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=4]Ardiente ( New North Las Vegas) [/SIZE]
[SIZE=2]www.sheahomesatardiente.com[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=4]Stallion Mtn, Las Vegas[/SIZE]
Solera at Stallion Mountain | Active Adult Community Las Vegas NV | Del Webb homes
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[SIZE=4]Los Prados golfing community Las Vegas, There is both 55 and older separated by a non 55 and older.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Los Prados Golf & Country Club[/SIZE]
[SIZE=4]Sienna at Summerlin:[/SIZE]
www.sienalv.org/
[SIZE=4]Sun colony at Summerlin:[/SIZE]


[SIZE=3]Other 55 and older communities that aren't guard gated.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Sun city Anthem[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Sun City McDonald Ranch[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Sun City Aliante[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Highrise 55 and older:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]Royal Crest Circle: Las Vegas[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]There are more communities 55 and older these are just a few.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Good luck in your search[/SIZE]
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