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Old 03-26-2015, 03:34 AM
 
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My husband (62) and myself (55) have been thinking a lot about selling our home in Hampton Roads and buying in a nearby retirement community (Williamsburg, VA area).

For those who have actually done this, what are the five best features of life in a retirement village?

And the five worst features?

One of the big attractions for me is the HOA. I've lived in two "good" neighborhoods that went downhill when problematic neighbors moved in, and then the good neighbors moved out. I'm really tired of that. Tidy, clean and pretty streets are very appealing to me.

Another big attraction is the lack of children. Sorry, but I'm tired of being around today's children and the incessant noise. I crave, need and deserve quietude.

Another thing I like is sameness. I like being around my fellow baby boomers. I enjoy their company and enjoy the shared commonalities.

So what are the best five/worst five features of life in a 55+ community?

Thanks very much for the replies!
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:05 AM
 
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Couldn't agree more with your post. 55+ is looking better as I go along. Especially, the control of neighbors who don't keep up standards, and then drive out others or drag down the neighborhood. The sameness might get old, but you can always leave for awhile.
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Old 03-26-2015, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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or go visit/volunteer some place where there are differences-people, food, art, whatever.


you're not chained to your house.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:03 AM
 
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or go visit/volunteer some place where there are differences-people, food, art, whatever.


you're not chained to your house.

???

I don't understand this post. Did something get left out?

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Old 03-26-2015, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I was referring to the 'sameness might get old' comment by augiedogie, who also points out that you can leave for a while.

just agreeing…..
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:08 AM
 
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Ah.

Thanks for the clarification.

BTW, I embrace "sameness." I've had enough change to last several lifetimes.
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Old 03-26-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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Another thing I like is sameness. I like being around my fellow baby boomers. I enjoy their company and enjoy the shared commonalities.
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.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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The only way for you to find out is to rent in one for a bit. We currently live in one in SC and are moving to one in DE in 2 weeks. We wouldn't even consider anything else.

When we bought DH was 56 and I was 55. I never, ever felt as though I was surrounded by old people. In fact most of the people moving here are in their late 50s or early 60s. There are to be about 3200 houses here and the final lots are selling as fast as they are released. We just sold ours in 3 weeks for 99% of asking. The people who live here are so active that you would never be able to guess their ages. Believe me no one sits in a rocking chair all day. Well except me as I'm going through some problems from a hip surgery. But once I get better I will be in our new home and doing all the things that they do.
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:25 PM
 
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The positive is as you stated, no children, everything basically kept the same via an HOA, older neighbors.
IMO the negatives are: HOA, I lived in one for quite a few years and felt like I was living in a dictatorship, from telling me what flowers I could plant in my window box, holiday decorations, front door color, etc. We have friends who live in The Villages. One couple loves it, the other hates it. They dislike it because there are many cliques and back stabbing. As stated by one of the other posters, some 55+ communities are active retirees with many activities while others are inactive and stay to themselves.
Interesting article:http://www.nextavenue.org/blog/homes...eid=9ede99f612
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Old 03-26-2015, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Florida
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HOAs are not all the same. A major problem is that some people move in expecting to live like they were on a large piece of land in the country. The purpose of HOAs is to keep the neighborhood looking respectable.
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