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Old 03-16-2016, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Houston
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My mom moved into a 55+ community, two weeks later she was back home. She hated it. She hired a caretaker to help her instead.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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Even if you DO get it "on paper," in writing, or it's already in the bylaws that kids are allowed, keep in mind that HOA rules are subject to change at any moment; all it takes is a majority vote by the board.
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Old 03-16-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I think moving into a 55+ community with two teenagers is opening yourself up for harrassment.

I don't think you are actually thinking about your neighbors.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:48 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It just sounds so strange to have a complex where a percentage of children are allowed HOWEVER every home must have one person who is 55+!

OP, I have no personal experience with over 55 complexes, although my neighbors recently moved into one (she’s 86, he’s 94) and so far they're happy. Their daughter (62) is also living there. Another friend has lived in a 55+ complex for years and is happy there.
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Old 03-16-2016, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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As a potential homeowner, it is YOUR responsibility to determine whether a particular 55+ community allows a limited number of minor children to live in the community.

ETA: Missed the more recent posts. It looks like you intend to exercise due diligence. Great!
Today I spoke with a client who moved into an upscale 55+ community, paid quite a price. She moved in not ever expecting kids to be part of the complex. Turned out that several years after building, the developers could not fill the units so they had turned it into a nondesignated (no age restriction) community. I have no idea how they legally did this, but now there are some kids and teens living around my client's unit and she's pissed.

With that in mind, we have three couples-friends who moved into nice 55+ condo communities and they say they love it. Reason 1, no maintenance. Reason 2, no kids. It's not a "hate kids" thing—we've all in this group raised families and we have kids and grandkids. It's a matter of being happy to be out of the mixed neighborhood. As are many single retirees. So, when polling for opinions about living in 55+, ask the main reasons why folks moved there.
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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It just sounds so strange to have a complex where a percentage of children are allowed HOWEVER every home must have one person who is 55+!

OP, I have no personal experience with over 55 complexes, although my neighbors recently moved into one (she’s 86, he’s 94) and so far they're happy. Their daughter (62) is also living there. Another friend has lived in a 55+ complex for years and is happy there.

Our winter home is 55+. It's just like any other subdivision, except everyone is retired and there are no children living here. I don't see any downside.
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Old 03-16-2016, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The 55+ community where we lived in AZ had 29,000 residents, mostly in private homes. Kids under 19 were allowed to visit for no more than 30 days per year.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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My mom moved into a 55+ community, two weeks later she was back home. She hated it. She hired a caretaker to help her instead.
Two weeks is a bit impetuous. It probably shows it was bad decision on her part, not the fault of any over 55 community.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:33 AM
 
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Two weeks is a bit impetuous. It probably shows it was bad decision on her part, not the fault of any over 55 community.

The way she worded it, I believe it was more like a retirement/care facility than a condo association.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Frederick, Maryland
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GEESUS...people----- the girls were WITH US IN THE FLESH at every visit, meeting, walk about, introduced as our daughters, talking to the owners of the development, the construction supervisor, the entire sales team. The comment about the caretaker was in response to my question about the possibility of future live-in caretakers.

It amazes me how many here think of 14 year olds who will be 15 if we do this think of them as "young kids". It's not like a pair of tricycle- riding tykes throwing balls in others' yards, screaming wildly with outdoor play or generally wreaking havoc on neighbors. If we had kids like that we wouldn't even consider this.
In any event, I'm out of here.
Simply buy time with a real estate attorney to review the bylaws or contract and advise you. Start there.
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