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Old 06-14-2008, 01:29 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I keep thinking that those communities that have most things so generic and controlled is what I really wouldn't want to live in. It seems that the folks who are attracted to them would not be like me (folks who have a knee-jerk aversion to them) so they would not be a good place for me to look for a home.
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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Let me add; at the time I retired a co-worker retired to a senior golf community in FL. He loves it! Before he purchased, this community flew him to Florida and allowed him to stay in one of their homes for two weeks. When he returned to work he was elated and decided to buy and retire there. It has now been four years and he still loves it there.
I believe there are good communities in which to retire. Finding them is the challenge.
Secondly, we all age differently. I have an aunt in her upper 80's and she is like the energizer bunny, friendly, helpful and outgoing. I also have a friend in his early 60's who is housebound and can't help himself. Many seniors are the way they are because of illness or the medications they take for their ailments. However, there is just no excuse for gossip or cliques.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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Default 55+ Communities - Friendly or Not?

Thanks for all the comments. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:19 PM
 
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Let me add; at the time I retired a co-worker retired to a senior golf community in FL. He loves it! Before he purchased, this community flew him to Florida and allowed him to stay in one of their homes for two weeks. When he returned to work he was elated


Was this The Villages, don?
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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nancy thereader,
I really don't remember but "The Villages" does sound familiar. I do remember that it was in central FL.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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Thanks, don. That is one place I was considering , but hesitant because I am not sure I would like twelve months of summer.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:26 PM
 
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Thanks, don. That is one place I was considering , but hesitant because I am not sure I would like twelve months of summer.
I lived in South FL and 12 months of summer was wonderful!! Actually, it was 6 mos of spring and 6 mos of summer. In central FL you'll have some chilly weather. I've been at Disney when I had to buy a sweatshirt to keep warm.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:28 PM
 
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When I live in PA I had a neighbor who retired and moved to FL. She moved in the late fall. All winter I received emails from her telling me how much she enjoyed of weather in FL. Then the heat hit and she put her place up for sale, soon sold it, and moved back to PA.
My son lives in southern FL and loves it. I hate it! It just goes to show there is no one "ideal" for all.
The best thing to do is rent until you know.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:10 PM
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Thanks for all the comments. Keep 'em coming!
I think I promised some time ago to keep you updated since I just moved to a 55+ community in Sacramento in February.

The other day I received an e-mail from my next-door neighbor. It seems she wanted to put up sunshades on the exterior of some West facing windows and it was mandated she get my signature. I found out that she also has to have written permission from the other adjacent neighbor. The "committee" told her when she had the forms completed it would take six months to process them. Lucky it doesn't snow here. If all goes well she should have them up by December.

I was tempted to write on the form, "It isn't as though she wants to put them where the Sun don't shine". However, I was afraid the "Forms police" would come for me for defacing their CC&R process.
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Old 06-21-2008, 06:16 AM
 
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I think I promised some time ago to keep you updated since I just moved to a 55+ community in Sacramento in February.

The other day I received an e-mail from my next-door neighbor. It seems she wanted to put up sunshades on the exterior of some West facing windows and it was mandated she get my signature. I found out that she also has to have written permission from the other adjacent neighbor. The "committee" told her when she had the forms completed it would take six months to process them. Lucky it doesn't snow here. If all goes well she should have them up by December.

I was tempted to write on the form, "It isn't as though she wants to put them where the Sun don't shine". However, I was afraid the "Forms police" would come for me for defacing their CC&R process.
Wow. This is one of the biggest reasons I don't think I could stand those places. What business is it of neighbors or the place whether she puts up shades? Who does it hurt? Stuff like that me want to paint my front door bright pink with purple polka dots.
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