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Old 07-06-2008, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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I've been puzzling over this for a bit, so thought I'd open it up for discussion and illumination.

If smaller, more economical homes are being marketed as "starters," why do they not market smaller, economical homes to retirees as "enders."

Just wondering...

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Old 07-07-2008, 01:40 AM
 
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Makes alot of sense to me. I have even wandered why our governamnt often builds housing for poorer people and then out the young in with the elderly. Often this housing is mulkti stoired buiding that would be a disaster to get many of these older people out of also. I thnik that we as a society need to build more elderly complexes that are built for elderly specifically and their needs. The private sector has done this for years and it is still growing. But it seesm we lumo them in with the housing projects and put them into setion 8 rentals that have zero to offer them a quality of life.Sometimes I think the nursing home industry must be behind not offering assisted living in public housing. We are paying much higher cost for nursing homes for alot of peolpe who would do fine in asisted living in smaller patio type homes with all the features like specailty bathrooms and kitchens plus alarms for safety.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I've been puzzling over this for a bit, so thought I'd open it up for discussion and illumination.

If smaller, more economical homes are being marketed as "starters," why do they not market smaller, economical homes to retirees as "enders."

Just wondering...

Hugs,

Little Dolphin,
your scribe

My biggest frustrations come from some of the "Master Planned" communites across the states that force people to build a minimum square footage, more often than not, over 2,000 sq.ft. We want a very small cottage style home that we can design/build and live in without huge property taxes. We are reduced to looking at rural areas, large lots in states we really do not want to live in. Anyone who knows of a decent, low tax area with affordable land, please chime in.
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:52 PM
 
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I can understand that; as they want to protect their property values. The thing is to convince the same thnig on smaller scales. Afterall you would want trailers next to your house which would do the same thing.
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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I fully understand protecting ones property value. I just think a well planned community could have some transitional housing mixed in with the McMansions. We have a little mix here where we are but they are builder homes and finding land where you could build a custom cottage is becoming scarce. I think we will find something someday...at least I hope.
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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I've seen smaller, older homes marketed as "starter homes or empty nesters."
I guess those of us who are neither married nor childed are supposed to be happy with condos.
In Massachusetts, no one builds new smaller houses because the land is so expensive, so they make their money on the house. I hope that might change with increasing utility costs and maybe a change in the gluttony mentality of consumption.
Seems there'd be a real market in "patio homes," 2-bed, 2-bath types, nice great room. Most 2-person households would love that, one floor if older.
I bought a former lake area shack, 700 sq.ft. on a beautiful lot. Planned to fix it up for cash, but it fell down faster than I could follow, plus the state septic laws changed, so I'd need a new $30K septic system to do any building. I ended up building a 1-bed, 2-bath and big loft custom contemporary, about 1250sq.ft. I probably could have found a perfectly suitable similar-sized plan online if I'd known how to look. I think a lot of people, singles and couples, would love this size house, properly designed. I wish they were available around here somewhere.
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:35 PM
 
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if smaller, more economical homes are being marketed as "starters," why do they not market smaller, economical homes to retirees as "enders."

For the same reason that no one in my aunt's nursing home agreed to live in the wing called "Sunset".
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Monterey Bay, California -- watching the sea lions, whales and otters! :D
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nancy thereader if smaller, more economical homes are being marketed as "starters," why do they not market smaller, economical homes to retirees as "enders."

For the same reason that no one in my aunt's nursing home agreed to live in the wing called "Sunset".
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!!
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Old 07-09-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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I did write that question with tongue firmly in cheek...goodness knows we don't want to face our exit off the stage so boldly and clearly...more like Forever Acres...or Cloneville might work better. My parents used to call themselves "recycled teenagers" in their later Wisdom years...
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:41 PM
 
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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.
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