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Old 12-10-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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Hi everyone. This is my first post in the retirement forum though I've been active at CD for years.

I've been retired a few years, hopefully hub will be too within a couple years. We plan to purchase our retirement home in the Nashville TN area (near family) as soon as we find "the right one." I'll bounce between Nashville and our current town until hub retires.

Were debating between buying our retirement house in a "regular neighborhood" vs one in an active over-55 community. I love the idea of having a built-in social life, all the activities, other people in the same phase of life, etc. If we don't buy in an over-55 place now, I suspect we'll end up moving to one down the road when we're older, maybe in 10 years or so (we have moved lots, so one more move would not be a big deal).

Do you any of you have experience (personal or through friends), good or bad, with such communities? Would you say they're a good fit for active people in their late 50s?

(Sorry if this topic has been discussed already. I would have thought it was a common topic here, but I couldn't find any such threads.)
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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threads on 55+ communities
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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This did not work for me.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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Go to 'Search Forums' at top of the page

click on 'Advanced'

put '55+' into search box

choose 'threads' (not 'posts')

choose 'any date'

choose Retirement forum in choice of forum
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: A tropical island
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Go to 'Search Forums' at top of the page

click on 'Advanced'

put '55+' into search box

choose 'threads' (not 'posts')

choose 'any date'

choose Retirement forum in choice of forum
I guess my problem was that I used "over 55" as my search term.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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I bought at age 55 when my work transferred me to Orlando. I am now 67 and am putting the house on the market and hopefully move to a downsized lifestyle near but not too near family in TN.

i live in a normal SFR community and it is very nice and positives all the way. The age range is from young marrieds to retirees and the cycle commences again and again when a retiree sells, young couple move in have family etc.

the thing I don't like about living the SFR subdivision life is that unless you have other retiree friends, you are kind of out of the flow of the community and become isolated (folks are busy raising their families, etc) Now if you have long term friends to meet up with, it doesn't matter where you live or who your neighbors are. But if you don't it can be lonely.

What I do like is the sense of neighborhood. I made an effort to be kind toward the children when I moved in and as a result these children now grown stop by to see me when they are home from college, etc. I haven't made the same effort with the newer crop of little kids because I am tired of being the neighborhood grandma. But I have good neighbors who do look out after me as I do them and although not friends that relationship was cultivated through these years.

For a new community when I move,I wouldn't mind the instant life of a 55+ community and having neighbors with common interests. Having clubs where you can meet like minded souls would be nice. My parents lived in a 55+ community and it was a God send for them as my Mom had to deal with Dad's final illness. People were helpful and walked the same path more or less. My MIL lived in a 55+ community and did not get along but she was a tough one to deal with anyway.

So I would be open to a 55+ community or I wouldn't mind a condo in an area where there were more retirees than young families.

FWIW, hope this helps.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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If you are looking in the Nashvile area for over 55's, Del Webb in Mt Juliet is really nicely done. We don't live there but have visited several times. They are building another one in Spring Hill, south of Franklin. Probably less than 100 homes completed there so far.
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Old 12-10-2018, 03:55 PM
 
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If you are looking in the Nashvile area for over 55's, Del Webb in Mt Juliet is really nicely done. We don't live there but have visited several times. They are building another one in Spring Hill, south of Franklin. Probably less than 100 homes completed there so far.
Yes, thanks, the one in Mt Juliet is where I saw a house that might work for us, if we decide to go for a 55+ community.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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When you are in your late 50's you will likely be the kids on the block. We moved into one at age 66 and we were. We are now 70 and the turnover is causing us to not be the "kids" now.

We are in Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas and if you're lucky the one you move to will be as good as this one.
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Old 12-10-2018, 04:52 PM
 
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Be sure you know the rules upfront. There may be restrictions on, for example, having the grandkids over for theweekend.
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