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Old 08-20-2011, 08:47 PM
Location: gaithersburg, md
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I am an active 68 yr old guy from up north--golf, some camping, swimming etc. I still work out of my house, and can take the work anywhere as long as i have a computer and the internet, though it is part time now. I have been to pbc many times to visit friends. I dont want to make a big investment as I would keep my house in Maryland. Also, my needs are modest.. one bedroom condo.

I have seen prices listed for century village and kings pointe... what attracts me is the prices of course, the fact that there seems to be good security, and lots of activities for whatever interests you ..shows, poker, etc etc, plus easy transportation, tho i would have a car there also.

Pricewise it doesn't seem that there has ever been a better time to buy, plus low interest rates. What concerns me, however, is whether these communities are still relatively vibrant, and whether there are so many openings and possible future openings, that the maintenance costs would have to come from somewhere, ie, a special assessment on those left, and of course, if crime has become a problem. also, if my three grown children, come down [not all at the same time] can they stay for a week or so.

Thank you for your advice
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Old 08-21-2011, 11:16 AM
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I use to fly down to WPB to visit an aunt....she took me once to Century Village as she use to visit someone there....

No offense to anyone living there but I found it very depressing..even for a retirement community.....granted I was only 17 but I have been in retirement communites before and have never felt the depression I felt in Century Village....placed seemed dead of activity when I was there. I even heard one resident say "This place is god's waiting room"....sad.

In comparison an older man, 80, takes care of our lawn here on Long Island in the summer cause he told my step-dad he wanted to continue doing something to keep his mind off his and his wife's bad health...They live in a mobile home park that is a retirement place and I don't feel depression when I go there...due to there is life there....people walking, many driving etc....I realize Century Village is apartments and not mobile homes but I can't help but believe they are low cost for a reason...and that reason is it appears to be lifeless....

I saw many older fit people in Florida and since you are very active and not even 70 yet my advice would be to scratch Century Village off your list.....maybe it would be good if you were much older and in not so good health but being your in your 60's and active I feel you would be very depressed there....

Look elsewhere and more towards northern palm beach county like the Jupiter area..or for WPB..My aunt use to live in a townhome complex called Sandalwood Lakes South right off of Village Blvd in WPB and that entire area was very very nice and active....a mixture of all ages.....she passed away so I haven't been down there in the last year or two though. So maybe it has changed with the terrible economy....

Good luck..
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:20 PM
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Century Village, Leisureville and others are prisons for the elderly. They are cheap and made for people to buy there and die there. You would be better off renting seasonally than making a permanent investment in one of those places. It is a dropoff point for poor elderly that live on social security and can't afford a good nursing home.

Greenspun if you moved there you would feel the life being sucked out of your body, yep it is that depressing!
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