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Old 02-09-2014, 11:34 PM
 
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I'm glad there are others who want a small, manageable place. They don't seem to exist here in Massachusetts. We don't want a big house with a big yard, we don't want to live in a condo building either. All they seem to build for seniors are luxury condos and, even if you like them, the $400,000 and UP prices plus fees and taxes are not acceptable.
Your solution is staring at you in the mirror.
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Old 02-10-2014, 09:50 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Your solution is staring at you in the mirror.
Yes, we got creative and are renting a tiny beach cottage year round. I'd like to have more people my own age around but it's not going to happen. I have no interest in moving to the south because this is home.

There was something about it on the radio the other day--the developers want to make lots of money, of course, so they will only build expensive senior apartments and condos. No incentive for anything else.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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Hahahaha! You are right! I was reading "enders" and kind of gulped! Yikes!

Maybe a wing called "Wisdom" for those who have gained wisdom with age and experience. We are Wisdom Wizards.

Instead of "enders," maybe "New Chapters," or something. We all know the "end" is coming, but geez, I'd like to think I'm still "truckin' on" into a new chapter of my life -- even if it could be the closing chapter!!
We're calling our community the RockTilYou Drop ... definetely our mantra!

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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Remember when new houses were small? Families lived together in small homes. Growing up, we had a small ranch house for five people. Now, I think my condo is bigger than that, for just me! I think today, people want a "wing" for each person in the family. They all have to have their own TV's, phones, etc. We all shared one of each.

I never heard of that "minimum square foot" requirement - that's insane. Who can tell you how big the place has to be? What's wrong with a small house next to a big house? That's the government going too far.
While I would normally agree the government gets into our lives a bit much, this is also something to lay on the builders and developers as well, as they want to extract as much $$ per acre as possible. Smaller homes cost less and more times than not that means less profit.

Our community will most likely run into the same type of restrictions so we want to build a small cohousing village somewhere close to a small town but far enough away to avoid these restrictions.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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I think most developers just want the most bang for the buck. I detest large homes, but we design some awesome ones for those that do love them and want to wander around lost in them. We love small space and do not feel the need to have lots of stuff any longer. We desire only a workshop/studio and a nice little 900 to 1,200 square foot home in the next 5 years. The minimum size requirements for most of the nicer lake side lots we found, want over 2,000 square feet. I am sure it is to keep the property values high. What can you do?
Roll your own so to speak.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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I see housing adervtised for "empty nesters" here in Knoxville. Everything from sleek new lofts downtown to smaller, rehabbed historic houses and detached condos.
We have some very nice condo developments here, actually small houses but with maintenance and yardwork taken care of by someone else.
The old buildings being turned into condo lofts downtown are very popular with the post-kid set and retirees. Convenient to everything, no maintenance and spacious but not too big.
Seeing a lot of smaller, one story condos with attached garages being built. Small patios, screened porches, but 1200 to 1800 feet.
Any idea what these homes are going for?
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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You'd think in this current market, they wouldn't build ANYTHING. They're just bringing down the values of the current houses, because they always seem to overbuild, and then watch the prices plummet. Stupidity.

I live in Salem, MA, and I have a condo in a Victorian house, and I like that alot - there are a lot outside Boston. They're not all "luxury" condos - I looked at both kinds and the Victorian was much nicer. They also have condos in the colonial houses in Salem.
My wife and I have been thinking about selling our 2700 sq ft home and getting something to rent even though we're still 6 or 7 years from retirement. Been reading some articles talking about what's going to happen when the baby boomers start selling OR trying to sell these Mc Mansions. With the middle class dying off, who's going to be able to afford to buy them. We figure we might want to get out when the getting is good.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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There's been a bit of discussion in the past about 'co-housing'
Welcome! | The Cohousing Association of the United States
Aging in Community: How the Coming Baby Boom Generation will Transform Traditional Models of Independent Living, by Jan Moran and Paul Rollins : Articles : Terrain.org

I'm interested in 'co-housing' and 'aging in place' (I have about 50 more yrs to go...) on a 'close-in / small town' community farm with a few families. I'll bring the equipment, as I'm getting tired of fixing it myself ! I will also bring my "Master Gardener" library. A large community produce and flower garden would suit me. Just to think of all the time we each spend in our own places, and being too tired / driven to enjoy it! I'll even hire one of the members to do the mowing, it's not my favorite job, I prefer the sound of sheep munching.

I require low humidity and good sleeping nights (50- 60 F in summer) and would like to flee my current 285 days of gray and 120" / yr rain (but stuff grows good here!)

While this could be a 'can-o-worms' (social dynamics), there are also some really strong points to potential success, and it beats the senior "extravagant living" monstrosities I've seen built locally. _ this picture is more representative of where I would prefer to age
Cohousing Resource Center | The Cohousing Association of the United States

There are also some efforts to help folks buy their own 55+ mobile home parks, so you don't get your rug pulled out from under you.
Welcome to the Northwest Cooperative Development Center on the web!
http://www.nwcdc.coop/Resources/Housingfactsheet08.pdf

Good luck, Keep us posted.
Great resources Stealth... cohousing is what we're looking at... lots of benefits to it.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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I'd be afraid of mobile homes up in New England due to heating costs. Have they improved the insulation of those tin boxes?
Those 'tin boxes' have grown up substantially... built in a controlled environment, well insulated, and some are even built with drywall instead of paneling.

It's something we'd consider for our community if they'd make them 'age' friendly.
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Schererville, IN
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I like having the guest room with its own separate full bath for overnight guests, even though I do not have those very often (maybe once a year for several days, on average). And I like the expansive, roomy feel of the master bedroom whose cathedral ceiling slopes up to the loft. The kitchen and the guest bedroom are definitely smallish. But the bottom line is the size suits me just fine, and it is affordable.
One of the benefits of a cohousing community is the 'Common House' which is usually a large building built for folks to gather in, share meals, and entertain themselves. The building is usually built with several 'guest suites' for visiting folks to stay and thus reducing the need for that 'spare' bedroom that never gets used.

Think about where you spend most of your day and if you're anything like my wife and I, it's in the kitchen, bedroom, or family room. Who needs a special room for dining 3 or 4 times a year or a 3rd or fourth bedroom. More taxes to pay... more house to heat.
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