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Old 05-28-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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Tesaje speaks the truth. I could get a small studio condo for between $400,000 and $550,000; a small one-bedroom condo would be $550,000 and up. There are condos on the market that are less than 500 square feet! It's really incredible.

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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I have been in a 55+ community for two months now and the one thing I can say about it is that it is quiet. However, I find that most residents will wave or say hello but I haven't met any really friendly people. Some go to some extend to avoid a greeting. I found a few people that seemed fine in the beginning, but they were just curious. IMO, I see mostly small groups of women specializing in gossip and a lot of seniors who simply stay to themselves.
The cottage itself is comfortable, but not worth the asking price. I leased and I am sure glad I did. I have ten months left on this lease and I am considering moving on at this point.
Don
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Old 06-12-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Which state did you choose a 55+ home in donsabi?
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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That is what I am so worried about, moving to a place like that , buying a place actually, and having the same experience that don had.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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That is what I am so worried about, moving to a place like that , buying a place actually, and having the same experience that don had.
But, Don did the smart thing and leased rather then bought. That gives you time to really see the place. I wouldn't consider that money lost..but money saved.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:50 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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That is very true and a very wise suggestion.
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:35 PM
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I have been in a 55+ community for two months now and the one thing I can say about it is that it is quiet. However, I find that most residents will wave or say hello but I haven't met any really friendly people. Some go to some extend to avoid a greeting. I found a few people that seemed fine in the beginning, but they were just curious. IMO, I see mostly small groups of women specializing in gossip and a lot of seniors who simply stay to themselves.
The cottage itself is comfortable, but not worth the asking price. I leased and I am sure glad I did. I have ten months left on this lease and I am considering moving on at this point.
Don
Is there a "Lodge" or social center with a manager that helps coordinate activities? Even though I don't participate much (ok, at all), the place that I'm at in California (Four Seasons-Hovnanian in Sacramento) has a 22,000 square foot lodge and a full-time activities coordinator. They have concerts, BBQs, card clubs, etc, and are having a classic car show in two weeks. With a central gathering place, good facilities, and someone whose job it is to motivate participation, it seems to work pretty well.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:45 PM
 
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MotleyCrew,
I am in Kingsport TN.
Last year I met a couple who had just bought a house in a regular subdivision and I asked them why they didn't buy in a retirement community. They told me they just left an active adult community in Henderson, NC and they didn't like it. They said although there were many activities very few residents participated and they found it cliquish and gossip was the main past time.
Actually, the last subdivision I lived in I found most of the people friendly and some where helpful. Most worked so there was very little time or gossip. The drawback was children. Not that I am against children, just parents who don't don't control them.
The love the quiet of where I am at, but at the same time I feel isolated.
I would recommend leasing if possible. Selling is very difficult at this time.
Don
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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I have been in a 55+ community for two months now and the one thing I can say about it is that it is quiet. However, I find that most residents will wave or say hello but I haven't met any really friendly people. Some go to some extend to avoid a greeting. I found a few people that seemed fine in the beginning, but they were just curious. IMO, I see mostly small groups of women specializing in gossip and a lot of seniors who simply stay to themselves.
The cottage itself is comfortable, but not worth the asking price. I leased and I am sure glad I did. I have ten months left on this lease and I am considering moving on at this point.
Don
I would think people in these communities would be more friendly,having more
in common,but when you think of it,the only thing in common is the age.
But even then,there is a young 55...and an old 55...age is just a number
as long as you are young at heart and have good memories from youth
you will never grow old..."that's my opinion of course"...
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Old 06-14-2008, 10:49 AM
 
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I would think people in these communities would be more friendly,having more
in common,but when you think of it,the only thing in common is the age.
But even then,there is a young 55...and an old 55...age is just a number
as long as you are young at heart and have good memories from youth
you will never grow old..."that's my opinion of course"...
Possibly the advantage to being in one of the larger 55+ communities would be the variety of people and number to chose from for friends, i.e., the Villages in FL.

It's scary to think of downsizing and moving to one of these places and then being lonely or unhappy. Personally, living among gossipy, cliquish people would be my idea of hell...

Donsabi is one of the few people who have posted on this forum who actually have lived full time in one of these places. The 55+ communities are such a new setup that not many people have that much experience to give us. I wish more people would offer information.
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