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Old 04-28-2015, 09:31 PM
 
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The ones I've found through the TX link provided biscuitmom and a few other sites are all located on the east and south side of TX. While that one TX firm has the washer/dryer, many of the others in TX do not.
?? That was just a sample link. There are similar properties (age-restricted, subsidized or low monthly rental, W/D, modern construction, many amenities) throughout TX, including Abilene, Amarillo, Bowie, Midlothian, Weatherford, Ft. Worth and probably other cities/towns in NW and NCen TX (north of Waco, west of I35).
Due to long waiting lists though, they're usually not an option though for someone needing to move within the next couple of years, maybe even longer.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I am not sure that it is any more inconvenient to head to the laundromat. You can do four loads of wash at once and you can be out of the place in two hours.

When you do it at home, it seems to take all evening ...
Good point, but people can be doing other stuff at home while the admittedly slower processes are at work doing the laundry. I am divorced and live alone, so I don't generate that much laundry compared to a family. Someone else talked about home dryers taking so much longer to dry clothes and that's true. A single commercial dryer where I go dries two loads in 36 minutes.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Good point, but people can be doing other stuff at home while the admittedly slower processes are at work doing the laundry. I am divorced and live alone, so I don't generate that much laundry compared to a family. Someone else talked about home dryers taking so much longer to dry clothes and that's true. A single commercial dryer where I go dries two loads in 36 minutes.
Yes doing other stuff while doing laundry!

Independent living means not relying on others to haul your laundry to a facility. As we age, we are prone to breaking bones or needing the use of a cane or a walker. To me it seems a "no brainer" that senior retirement communities would have at least hookups.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Just like "must haves" in house hunting, "washer/dryer" in your apartment should be a deal breaker. Call ahead and ask. Don't waste your time looking at apartments without them. My apartment complex in Maryland had them inside the apartment provided by the complex. My current complex in Tennessee has washer/dryer (buy your own washer/dryer) hook ups inside the apartment. Both apartments had/have a small laundry room off the kitchen. So, I have had them inside my apartment for the last 20 years. There is no way I would rent an apartment where I would have to carry laundry anywhere. These days, I couldn't physically do it. I most certainly couldn't do it when I lived up a flight of stairs seeing as how I had to hold onto the bannister to walk down the stairs (carrying nothing).

When I was in my 40s, and lived on Long Island, the laundry rooms were at the end of rows of buildings. Very nice apartment complex on a golf course. I hated it but then it was less of a physical issue and more of a time waster when I was working and had to do the laundry at night or fight for machines on weekends. I wouldn't leave the laundry and take off. I consider it akin to waiting for and walking to public transportation. Over the years, that time adds up.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yes doing other stuff while doing laundry!

Independent living means not relying on others to haul your laundry to a facility. As we age, we are prone to breaking bones or needing the use of a cane or a walker. To me it seems a "no brainer" that senior retirement communities would have at least hookups.
For the last several months of her life, my mother lived in the independent living section of a large, multi-story retirement community, the kind where you get your meals in a dining hall as part of the rent. The living units were fairly small - too small to have hook ups.

BUT there was an excellent compromise: Each short wing, compromising about a dozen units if I recall correctly (about six on each side of the corridor), had its own laundry room, meaning that there were no stairs, no elevator to negotiate to get to it, and that it was quite a short distance from even the furthest door on that wing. Also, it meant there were not many people "competing" for the use of any given laundry room. I thought it was a good compromise design of the building architecture.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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I really dislike dealing with laundry. Having decent facilities in the apartment/house or very nearby is a necessity. My wife hates using washers and dryers that others use. She thinks they are not sanitary. To make matters worse, she learned that almost all new laundry facilities are built to recycle the water. Yuck. That might not apply to a small facility in an apartment building but is typical of newer coin op Laundromats.

Even with a washer/dryer in the house, I hate dealing with the need to do laundry frequently. Forty years ago when we first lived in apartment buildings, I solved the problem. We would take a monthly trip to a big Laundromat and do all the wash at once even if it took half a dozen washer loads. I accumulated 30 pairs of socks and underwear and a large number of everyday shirts. I have maintained that same level of inventory over the years. I do lots of RV travel where storage space is minimal and I still manage to avoid laundry days except for about once a month. In the warmer months, I wear a lot of pocket T or nicer knit shirts. I can fold or roll 30 shirts and fit them into something about the size of an office storage box.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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No washer would be a deal breaker for me. And it has to be regular size so I can do a comforter. Don't really care about a dryer as long as I had someplace outside I could hang large items. It does take longer to do your laundry in a single machine but I can be doing other things and be comfortable while the machine is running. Sitting in a laundromat is a complete waste of time. Then there is hauling all the laundry around too.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:20 PM
 
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I use Laundromats when I travel. After 3-4 weeks, I typically have 3-4 loads and probably 5-6 if the wife is also with me. I look for new, clean facilities. I load all the machines at once and wait approximately 25 minutes for the washers to finish. Then I load the driers and often leave for an hour. Then it is folding time which could take another half hour. So it takes me about 2 hours a little more than once a month.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: I live in reality.
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Yes doing other stuff while doing laundry!

Independent living means not relying on others to haul your laundry to a facility. As we age, we are prone to breaking bones or needing the use of a cane or a walker. To me it seems a "no brainer" that senior retirement communities would have at least hookups.
It might be a planned way of getting 'rid' of us, since soon we will be a significant number! The Baby Boomer Fall to Death Conspiracy...coming to a theater near you! It could keep down health care, in the long run...just a thought.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I should add when I go on vacation (road trips in machine washable play clothes only) the hotel/motel in the middle of the trip must have guest laundry facilities because I prefer to travel with half the clothes, I'll need due to the lug factor of suitcase and cameras. So, halfway through the trip, I'll do a load of wash. I hate it but it's necessary that I have a smaller suitcase.
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