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Old 03-27-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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I monitor the county sheriff's Facebook page here and invariably when someone is busted for property theft, they are not over the age of 55. So, I have to assume that, if I lived in a gated 55+ community, I could probably feel a little safer for my stuff. I might still have to worry about the little old lady next door beating me senseless with her cane, but those type of reports are yet to be seen.
LOL. Now that's funny.

I've always had security systems installed in my homes, but at this particular community, I wouldn't feel an urgent need to do so. There's very little crime, and you have 900+ people staring out their windows.

I like it.

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Old 03-27-2015, 10:41 AM
 
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Also folks like 55+ communities because many towns give big tax breaks and waivers on school taxes if you have no kids in the school district. My aunts place you sign a big waiver you wont enroll kids in public schools and if someone tries it will jepordize the tax break.

My condo development attracts mainly over 55 plus folk. It is not a 55 plus community. The attraction as a condo built in 1979 at early stages of condos it carries much lower property taxes due to how they reassess things. Most sales are estate sales in building and generally are run down. We also had a few reverse mortgage things and short sales. So our comps are low. Folks buy them at a lower price, completely renovated them and move in at 70. Pretty much last thing they do to unit until they die in their 90s by them run down again.

I think low taxes and low maint is what attracts the 55 plus crowd.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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LOL. Now that's funny.

I've always had security systems installed in my homes, but at this particular community, I wouldn't feel an urgent need to do so. There's very little crime, and you have 900+ people staring out their windows.

I like it.

This is one reason I dislike these communities - it's darn right creepy knowing all these people are peaking out their windows and keeping tabs on who walked where, with whom, wearing what. No one is ever outside - just inside peaking - creepy.

I also joke that if I ever came home loaded some night I'd never find my house because they all look alike (at least in a given block/area). There's no personality - everything is SO tidy and neat that there's absolutely no personality. I like a well kept neighborhood and have lived in one for the last 20 years. Well kept with lots of personality.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I looked at 55+ communities but decided that they are not for me. I want to see kids riding their bikes and playing in the pool. I can put up with a little bit of mess if it means having the joy of opening my door to princesses and goblins on Halloween or buying candy bars or cookies sold for a school fund raiser. To me those are the simple pleasures that I would miss in a 55+ community. The place I ultimately chose does have a significant population of retirees and snowbirds, but also has plenty of 4 and 5 bedroom homes for families.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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Where in SC and actual development name please?

Thanks
The name of the community is Sun City Carolina Lakes by Del Webb. It is a Sun City because there is a golf course running through it, although it is privately owned so we don't pay for it. It is located in Indian Land, SC (mailing address can be that or Fort Mill, SC) and we are just 5 miles south of the NC/SC border just below Charlotte. So we have all the Charlotte things available to us as well as what's inside and around the community. It is a very fast growing area, therefore it is attracting all kinds of business as well. The just announced a 14 screen theater up the road about 3 miles. If you go to Retirement Communities and New Homes for Active Adults by Del Webb you can search for it by name, but don't look in SC as for some stupid reason it is listed under NC.

I also want to make comments on a few posts. While I'm thinking about it....we actually do have trick or treat, it's just that people take all the candy up to the parking lot of the activity center in their golf carts and the kids come around there. Keeps the parents from having to travel throughout the community to get to all the houses that want to participate, plus it makes the parents and kids feel safer.

Although we do have quite a few HOA rules, I have never found them to be cumbersome. We have never been denied anything we wanted to do outside, quite a few things, and it is an easy application. Although the houses can "look the same" but you do see differences because so many people have done so much to theirs, it is actually pretty fun to drive through and see what everyone has done to make them look different.

As far as kids, for under 19 they are allowed to stay overnight a maximum of 90 nights a year and many stay during the day. No kids under 19 can live here permanently, but if over 19 they can as long as at least one parent is over 55. We have a grandchild's playpark with swings, etc. and lots of walking trails that I see grandparents with strollers. The kids love the turtles that live in most of the lakes within the community. They are allowed in the pool for certain hours and all day on weekends and holidays. Currently we have an indoor and outdoor pool. When the outdoor one is open kids aren't allowed at the indoor one. When the outdoor one is closed they have hours at the indoor. They are building a second amenity center with outdoor pool and it is rumored that this one will be adults only.

And although I am not "anti-kid" believe me I don't want to live my retirement having to listen to noise, noise, noise. We came from a place where there were motorbikes and snowmobiles up and down our road all the time. And then we got harassed because we had the "audacity" to ask them to please not race up and down the road in front of our house for hours on end. I had to clean eggs off our back siding when I was 6 months pregnant, and soap off hubby's company truck windows. And how do you explain to your parents about a condom hanging from your front door? Yeah, no thank you. Bad enough I had a neighbor's grandson bouncing a basketball up and down the sidewalk in front of our house. See another thread of mine concerning how "thumpy" noises reverberate through the house. Much less having to possibly listen to loud music both in cars and at parties. Again, sorry no thanks.

I will always say that they aren't for everybody, but for those people for whom they work, 55+ communities are wonderful. All are not alike, so don't judge by one or 2. Visit several and see for yourself.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:20 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I'll be 55 in a few years and would consider living in such a community myself, but the ads I see online all imply that everyone living in 55+ communities is retired. However, I won't be retiring for another 20 years at least. Is there a presumption that working adults are not a desired demographic?
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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I'll be 55 in a few years and would consider living in such a community myself, but the ads I see online all imply that everyone living in 55+ communities is retired. However, I won't be retiring for another 20 years at least. Is there a presumption that working adults are not a desired demographic?
In Colonial Heritage (the place we're considering in Williamsburg), we were told that 30% of the residents still had full-time employment. So it's not just retirees.

On another note, I know we're not allowed to say this in this child-centered world, but I'm not keen on little children and I don't need to see them at Halloween or see them riding bikes or splashing in a pool. It's true that different people like different things, but it's almost illegal to openly admit that you're weary of little kids. But I am.

That's a big lure of this place. I don't like the sameness, but I do like the cleaness. I don't mind the "creepy factor" of having people peek out their blinds at my comings and goings. I am one of those odd ducks that genuinely enjoys the company of older people.

Thanks again for the great replies here. I'm on a big learning curve, and this will be my last home purchase (due to financial limitations) and it has to be a winner.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I'll be 55 in a few years and would consider living in such a community myself, but the ads I see online all imply that everyone living in 55+ communities is retired. However, I won't be retiring for another 20 years at least. Is there a presumption that working adults are not a desired demographic?

Living in our 3rd 55+. The first in Arizona, at least 25% still worked. The second in Texas at least 40% still worked, and the current and 3rd in Arizona at least 30% still work. No one has a problem with that.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Living in our 3rd 55+. The first in Arizona, at least 25% still worked. The second in Texas at least 40% still worked, and the current and 3rd in Arizona at least 30% still work. No one has a problem with that.
Yeah, AND we all had lots of fun (at least when you guys were still here in Tx!) Miss you guys!!!

I find it ironic that those that don't live in 55+ communities keep bashing them while those few of us that DO live in one all reply we are having a GREAT time here....these threads keep coming forward, everyone who has experience gives their take and shares the enjoying stories, and those that have never experienced it can find a lot of reasons NOT to like it.

Color us one retired (me) and DH still working full time. Our neighbor just retired this year, but lots of folks here still working, part-time and full time.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:24 PM
 
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Reasonable approach, I admit. You did a good job of summarizing the other side of the coin from the one I espoused in my post. All public and semi-public pools have to have some rules. In our HOA, which is not an age-graded community, we do not allow glass or alcohol at the pool, for example.

Still, I maintain that there is a certain underlying anti-child attitude in which the very exuberance of young people is resented. Not wanting to be around children and teenagers is simply a preference, and we are all entitled to our preferences; mine is not to be around old people who are such sticks in the mud.

I wish I could remember Khalil Gibran's exact words about the old snake who could no longer shed its skin and who chastised the younger snakes as naked and shameless. I looked for my copy of The Prophet before writing this post but did not find it.
Is this what you are looking for?

Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet: Laws
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