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Old 08-03-2010, 05:36 PM
 
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My husband and I are interested in buying a condo in Delray Beach for personal use in the winter. Altho we qualify for a 55+ community, we're concerned with possible restrictions (our 4 grandchildren) on visitors. Is this generally a problem?

Can I assume that a 55+ community would be 'safer' than an open-age condo complex?

Finally, I'm leery of first-floor units. (Many seem to be for sale.) Is my concern reasonable?

We've been reviewing dozens of web listings - even managed a short trip to look at some communities (we live in NJ). Prices seem good but it'll be an investment for us and we're anxious about making a good decision.

I'd appreciate hearing from Delray residents in the 55+ and all ages neighborhoods.

Thanks.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:44 PM
 
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Get and read the HOA docs long before you put any money down. That is the best advice I can offer. Every HOA is different.
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area Florida
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My parents are in an adult community in NJ they are snowbirds..their friends all bought in Kings Point its not glamerous but they love it..Its in Delray..Its very social very reasonably priced and not alot of restrictions for the GrandKids..My parents are going to be renting there as well this coming winter...There are quiet a few nice developments that are 55+...
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach County
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Usually children are allowed on a short term basis. If they are visiting for a week you shouldn't have much of a problem. As Greg mentioned, getting the HOA docs prior to a purchase if possible is a good idea.
First floor units are often in higher demand unless its a community with an elevator. Many communities are gated, and or have security on site. (although usually it's a 80 year old guy with a flashlight, so I'm not sure how effective that is...)
You can buy in Kings Point now for like 12-16,000! Century village is very inexpensive as well.
I always recommend a townhouse/villa, a little more space/privacy, usually have a garage, and no one above/below you. It all depends on your price range, and what type of lifestyle you are looking for though.
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Old 08-06-2010, 04:19 AM
 
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Do you only want a 55 an older? I am not sure your price range cause I am thinking HOA is high because it is a country club but Gleneagles. I have heard mixed though cause I thought when I had family there it was not over 55 though it seemed most were. Then recently I heard someone say it is over 55. During vacations it has lots of grandkids around. A realtor I was just talking to her mom lives in Century Village but in Boca and loves it cause they have so many activities.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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Default Question re: 55+ Communities / condos and dogs

Are there any in the Boca, Delray area that permit small dogs?
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach County
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Yes, in Delray there are a few. Very small though like 15lbs or less. Boynton has a few as well.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Delray Beach
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There are other active adult 55+ communities that take larger dogs. It depends on which community and your price range. Please be careful of what they mean by "pet restrictions." As a Realtor, I see this every day. They may be talking about a cat, a bird or one dog vs two dogs - no matter the weight.
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