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Old 03-27-2015, 03:34 PM
 
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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.
Rosemary. Several years ago we looked at 55+ communities around Williiamsburg so I'm interested in what attracts you to Colonial Heritage? We liked it but was draw more to what we saw at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek as it seemed nearer to the old town area but also near New Town. Did you look at that one as well? If so, would love to hear your thoughts. We are still exploring and truthfully may end up more interested in several that are around Fredericksburg, one is also by Lanar who has Colonial Heritage. Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2015, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Is this what you are looking for?

Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet: Laws
Indeed, that's exactly what I was looking for - thank you very much. My memory of what he wrote about the old snake who can no longer shed his skin turned out to be pretty accurate.
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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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.

You've posted almost the same thing in other threads about 55+. We get it, you don't like them.

Did you ever think that the younger people where you live may be saying "why doesn't that old man go where there are people his age."
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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55 and over near me is more like 75 and over. They have a rule in most no kids under a certain age. Folks are getting married later and later and very common for the Dad to be around 45 when last one is born. By the time the youngest kids hits the age rule they are way past 55.

My realtor told me a funny fact about 55 plus HOAs/Condos. He said show me the youngest hippest newest development in a town and then show me the oldest, sadest development in town full of folks in walkers and wheelchairs. Time travel 20 years into the future and they will trade places.

All the folks in the brand new condo where folks are 55-65 will be a bunch of old folks. The condo where it is full of folks are between 70-80 will be full of young folk. A condo cant stay full of old young forever.
I live in one that is getting younger. My sister lives in one that is getting older. She's moving. Mine is an old community her is much newer. Your realtor is correct.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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You've posted almost the same thing in other threads about 55+. We get it, you don't like them.

Did you ever think that the younger people where you live may be saying "why doesn't that old man go where there are people his age."
I'll bet they don't think that at all. It isn't abnormal to see all ages in mixed neighborhoods - that's what mixed means. In fact, not long ago someone posted stats on the high # of people that retire in place - they don't go to the 55+ places.

While I have never lived in a 55+ place, my mother did for 15 years -in AZ. Most depressing place. There was the gossip brigade - a group of women that roamed around all day sticking their noses in other people's business and then delivering this "Oh my" info at their next stop. I'm sure they were having the time if their life - very pathetic. My guess is that these women spent their lives in small towns where some of this was considered normal and I'm sure they thought their behavior was perfectly normal.

They heard I was coming and my mom said the gossip brigade should be showing up any minute - sure enough. Maybe it was just that 55+ place - but I doubt it.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:29 PM
 
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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.

Agree with you completely. I never thought that I would like living in a 55+ community, but I am having an absolute blast.

As for the "we hate kids" brigade, hardly. We all like it when our neighbors have their grandchildren around, even at the pool. However, they are closely supervised by their parents and grandparents. Many of the local retired people head up to the schools to volunteer.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I just thought of another possible advantage of a 55+ community. Very often, when we have moved, we found it hard to start new friendships with locals who had lived there a long time. It seems that their social life is already established with family and friends that they may have had for decades. If its a small town, this is especially true, no matter where you go.

But in a 55+ community, everyone has moved there and left much of their old life, and their other relationships behind. So you have a whole community of people who are looking to make new friends. Almost like the first couple of weeks as a freshman at college.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile That's what I was trying to find out way back

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Many 55+ communities are populated almost entirely by folks 75 y.o. and older. If it's boomer neighbors you're seeking, make sure the community has demographics to your liking.

DH and I are in our mid-60s and checked out a couple of retirement communities we were interested in by doing short-term (vacation) rentals. Within a few days, we knew we'd be miserable because almost everyone was so much older than us.
I wondered when the age was when people made the leap.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:57 AM
 
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Rosemary. Several years ago we looked at 55+ communities around Williiamsburg so I'm interested in what attracts you to Colonial Heritage? We liked it but was draw more to what we saw at The Settlement at Powhatan Creek as it seemed nearer to the old town area but also near New Town. Did you look at that one as well? If so, would love to hear your thoughts. We are still exploring and truthfully may end up more interested in several that are around Fredericksburg, one is also by Lanar who has Colonial Heritage. Thanks.
Colonial Heritage is a litle bit west of Williamsburg, out in Lightfoot and I like being outside of the city center. Williamsburg is so congested - in the historical area - and I don't want to be around all that busyness, but I want to visit sometime!

And Colonial Heritage is in those roly-poly hills and I think that adds a lot to the attractivness of the landscape. I also like the golf course. I want to be close to the city of Williamsburg (culture, museums, restaurants, etc), but not TOO close!

Honestly, I haven't explored The Settlement, because I want to be out in the country a bit, and I'm so impressed with Colonial Heritage.

I wouldn't be interested in Fredericksburg. Too close to DC for me. I have a daughter in Norfolk, so I don't want to end up too far away.

This thread has been hugely helpful.
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:45 AM
 
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Rosemary, thanks for your comments. Totally makes sense. I'd have to see Colonal Heritage again as I don't remember the hills or landscape, just remember it being close to the outlets. As for Fredercksburg, no not suggesting you look at it. Just mentioned it for the same reasons you like Williamsburg. One of our DS is currently in Arlington and I see him staying in the NoVa area, plus, it's what we are familair with for area. Virginia has a lot to offer throughout the state and like everyone says, there's many choices to fit all. Today's Washington Post real estate section is focused on 55+ communities, interesting but really says nothing new that hasn't been discussed here.
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