Friday, September 2, 2016

World of Retirement Communities: News and Events

Stay informed about exciting happenings in the world of retirement communities.  

This feature will be updated whenever  interesting events or news are found or monthly.  

Festivities, parties, guest speakers, guest performances and more are frequent events at 55+ and active adult communities.  Many are open to the public and free.  They advertise the community to guests or they are regular community activities that happen to be open to the public.

Please verify all information before going to communities.  Visit their websites for up-to-the-minute information.





September 2016:


Labor Day Weekend:

Alert:  Many communities are having special events on the Labor Day Weekend.  Check their websites or call. 

All Arizona Trilogy Communities by Shea Homes will have an Open House this weekend. 10-2 9/3 and 9/4 -  Tour with food and refreshments!

  • Trilogy at Verde River
  • Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch
  • Trilogy at Vistancia
  • Encanterra


It is easier to view Model Home Openings, Grand Openings, Events, and Open Houses when the weather cools off a little in September.

Healthy Eating for Seniors: 

Cooking feature:  I believe most seniors to be very health conscious and like new recipes that have ingredients that improve health.  With that in mind, I present this recipe.

 Broccoli Soup 

Recall that broccoli is a very nutritious veggie that is highly recommended by nutritionists.  This soup will help you to eat more broccoli and love it.   Plus, I have a couple of tips to make this soup very tasty. 

I got this recipe from a book I recently bought, "Diet Evolution," which I love. 

I like recipes that I can remember and are simple.  I like to just remember that it has just 2 main ingredients: broccoli and red onion.

Broccoli Soup by Diet Evolution:
 (Edited by me to shorten recipe)

1-2 heads of broccoli, chopped
red onion, chopped
6 cups of water (or stock) Use less water if you like it thicker like I do; more flavor, I think; just put enough water to keep from burning.
1 T Spices of choice (I used oregano, basil, dried garlic etc.)
Black Pepper

Chop broccoli and onion and put into saucepan with water (or stock) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes (or until soft).

Pour the contents of the saucepan into a blender and puree until smooth.  Quick and easy!  (Check the book for the complete recipe.)

Tip:  Now for the extra tip that will add to your enjoyment of this soup.  I got these tips from the blog HealthyHappyLife.com

Pour soup into serving bowl and sprinkle over the top a combination of ingredients that really work together: nutritional yeast and smoked paprika Spanish-style.  Used together these can be sprinkled (separately) over many types of vegetable recipes and soups to add flavor to any dish. 


New on the Bestguide-Retirementcommunities.com website:  

I have begun to put a Chart at the top of each State page to show the newest communities.  Some readers are only interested in what the latest communities are.  The Chart is there with a link from the Table of Contents so people can find out what's new.  But be sure to scroll down also because there are many more new communities currently selling. 

Mobile Phones:  Check out our site on mobile phones.  We think we have one of the best sites for retirement communities to navigate on mobile phones.  You can move up and down the page easily by clicking Navigation and Return to the Top of page.  Our Table of Contents and Map are at the top along with our new feature Newest Communities Chart (Chart may not be on all state pages yet).  Our Most Popular Communities feature is at the bottom of the page.  And if you want to see all categories for that state page, go to Navigation where its located at the bottom of the page.  And thank you for visiting us.

Travel 

As I mentioned last month,  I was going to Maine for vacation and I would write about it.   And so I have.   Maine was all I thought it would be:   a touch of wildness -- the feeling of truly getting away.   Don't miss my blog article about the Rangeley Lake area in Maine and where to stay and eat.

My trip to California has been postponed but there will be other trips in the near future.  

Lower-Priced Floor plans

One thing I have observed lately is that many communities are adding a small square footage plan to their floorplans.  This is very welcome. 

As prices are increasing, many buyers are being priced out of the market--a very sad thing.  H
appily, many builders are offering a new floor plan priced under $250,000 or under $200,000.   So keep checking for new floorplans, if this is your concern. 

Condominiums and Carriage Homes:


The first phases of many popular communities are selling out fast.  These are usually the estate and single-family home collections.  The next phase is often the Condominium and Carriage Home Collections.  These are priced lower and, I noticed, coming on the market sooner.  So check your favorite builders website often or call them and ask about the upcoming phases.  Many retirees prefer the condominium buildings.

Incentives

This has been a solid trend all year.   Incentives aren't always advertised or there may be additional ones to the advertised ones.   Sign up on community websites for updates and you may get the information in an email.  I have found the updates very helpful.    



    VIRTUAL TOURS OF 55+ COMMUNITIES ON THE INTERNET


    It just got better.  Shea Homes and K Hovnanian Homes have internet technology now that is a virtual  tour of their model homes.   They haven't rolled this technology out yet.  Shea Homes has it on their community Trilogy Verde River (trilogy life.com) and K Hovnanian's website (khov.com) has it on Four Seasons at Parkland in Florida.


    Many smaller companies as well are employing this new technology on their websites.



    Getaways with Visitor Stays:

    Fall is a good time to take a few days  and view communities with Visitor Stays.   Check the individual communities to see if they have offers to visit.  If the community is closing out usually these offers are withdrawn. 

    Del Webb has frequent "Explore Del Webb" stays.  There is a list here of Del Webb communities with visitor stays.  Try stringing a few together.



    For those considering a Shea Trilogy community, they have released a list of Trilogy communities with "Taste the Good Life"  overnight stays, a good way to explore.  They are:

    • Vistancia - Arizona
    • Encanterra - Arizona
    • Ardiente - Nevada
    • Monarch Dunes - California
    • Polo Club - California
    • Ocala Preserve - Florida
    • Orlando - Florida
    • Lake Norman - NC
    • Lake Frederick - Virginia

    Last Chance for Florida Short-Term Seasonal Rentals:  

    These rentals for snowbirds can be all rented out by the end of September.  Inquire now.  See my blog "Top Seasonal Rentals in Florida."


    Pricing:

     As rents continue to rise, we have noticed increased interest in Low Income Housing on our website. 



    Builder Websites: 6 Reasons to Visit the Community or Company Website

    • Showing incentives and special offers
    • RSVP for events offered to the public  
    • Registering to be updated on communities
    • New communities Coming
    • Blog Articles
    • Events Pages
        

    Arizona

    Trilogy at Verde River:

    Homes starting price in very low $300's.   Only new golf community in North Scottsdale.  Model homes now open.  Appointments recommended.  Open Daily - times vary
    17427 East Desert Vista Trail, Rio Verde (near Scottsdale)  

    Available:  Designer quick-movein homes - options hand-picked by design team.


    All Trilogy Arizona Communities:   Labor Day Weekend Open House:  9/3 and 9/4 10-2 - food and refreshments

    Verify all events before going 800-685-6494. (Note: I have found Shea Homes readily answers their Trilogy customer service phone number.)



    Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria:

    Homes are priced from low $200's.  Try Before You Buy Program for $399 3 nights and 4 days (see rules).  Just released second round of homesites.  New Focus Collection features a sliding glass wall.


    • FYI Vistancia has a very active bicycle club and features expert knowledge of the surrounding trails.
    • Named the best 55+ community by "Best in American Living" awards. 
    • This community has the Alvea Spa.
    • Move-in ready homes are available with designer touches.
    • Labor Day Weekend Open House - See above

    Victory at Verrado at Buckeye:  


    Now Open - from upper $300's.


    They have a calendar listing public events.   They also feature monthly wellness talks.   Call 623-399-9001 for questions about upcoming events..  


    The Spa is open.


    The Victory community is on the list of "Ten Hottest Neighborhoods," recently published by Phoenix Magazine.  

    The Victory Community has a working vineyard and will have First Crush parties.  Call them for more information and to verify activities at the vineyards.

    Arizona Travel Feature:  If you'll be in Arizona, Maracay Homes has an excellent calendar of events for major communities around Arizona.   Maracay Homes has a new 55+ community in Victory at Verrado - From $370's.



      Sun City Festival:

      Del Webb's 55+ community in Buckeye - You can experience the lifestyle for only $89+/night  (see rules--rate subject to change).   Day pass or overnight passes.   Starts from very low $200's.

      Good offer:  3 night stays for $99 (verify).   Reserve now (August) to stay in September.  Price range for homes start $200's.



      Phoenix Magazine has an article listing its "Top Ten Hottest Neighborhoods for 2020"  

      There are two 55+ Communities on their list:  Encore at Eastmark by AV Homes and Victory at Verrado.

      Also interesting to note:  they reveal that there will be a new Apple Headquarters coming to the Mesa area in 2016-2017.


      Tucson:

      Good article on Tucson 2015 market trends.  The economy, prices of homes, employment and more.


      California

      Trilogy at Vineyards - Northern California (East Bay):

      By Shea Homes   Priced from low $500's.

      For events at your favorite Trilogy communities read their Events Blog.



      Trilogy at Rio Vista - Northern California - less than an hour to San Francisco



      Florida

      Florida has the best prices.  Can't complain about these prices at communities in Florida:

      Del Webb under $200,000:

      Del Webb Stone Creek - $140's
      Del Webb Orlando - $170's
      Cypress  Falls at the Woodlands - $160's
      Del Webb Naples - $180's

      Many more builders have communities less than $200,000.  See all 12 of Best Guide's Florida pages starting here at East Coast Florida.

      Trilogy Orlando by Shea Homes

      Many outstanding events occur at this community.  Call to see which ones are open to future residents.  Homes from upper $100's.

      Quick Move-In Homes:     Every Saturday 1-4 Live music on the patio.   Verify from sales consultant.


      Note:  Lake Nona - Coming in 2016 a world class tennis center (USTA) with 100 tennis courts to Orlando area.  For more information contact USTA.


      Tradition community in Port St. Lucie - Will build a new VA Nursing home in Florida.  This will be the seventh in Florida.

      Interesting to Note:  Del Webb has listed their states and communities that have a loft feature.  Lofts are great if you often have out-of-town guests to give them a private space.  They are also handy for having an extra space for an office or even storage.  Lots of uses.  The following states have communities with loft plans in a Del Webb home:  Connecticut, Florida, Georgia,  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North and South Carolina,  and Texas.



      Del Webb Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota area 

      Model Homes and Sales Center now open - Designated a Top 50 master community -  Homes priced from $240's. 

      Limited Time Offer:  Purchase and receive 50% off options up to $20,000 thru Sept 23.  Verify all information and see builder for complete rules regarding offer.   6805 Del Webb Blvd., Lakewood Ranch  866-307-8494


      2-3 night stay - gated community with homes priced $225,990-$413,990


      Del Webb Stone Creek in Ocala

      A new phase called Sandalwood with golf, pool, spa and recreation.  Stone Creek starts as low as mid-$100's and is one of the largest active adult communities.  This gated community's fishing pier and softball are now open.  

      New:  Grand Opening of their RV Park and Boat Storage.  See their website for limited time offer on receiving Flex Cash on Stone Creek homes.


      Also, they have a visit tour.


      Del Webb has a new community coming soon in St. Augustine.



      Indian River Colony Club - Melbourne - (predominantly members of the military)

      IRCC has a great golf getaway package for 3 days/2 nights -  Call for details - Did you know this community is on 453 acres with 28 lakes featuring wildlife and gorgeous sunrises. Visit now!  1936 Freedom Dr., Viera - 877-509-9532


      K Hovnanian Four Seasons at Orlando - coming soon to Kissimmee - Join the Interest List now for updates.


      Georgia

      Del Webb at Lake Oconee - Greensboro

      Direct access to lake with boat ramp.  Call or visit the sales office 1001 Muscogee Way, Greensboro. 866-433-5932 


      Windsong Homes

      Newest community is called Serenade.  Only 41 ranch homes in this ideal location priced from mid $300's.   


      Maryland

      Kent Island:  A new 55+ community coming soon to Kent Island in Maryland's Eastern Shore.  Bay Bridge Cove By McKee Homes.  From low $300's. (verify all information)

      New Jersey

      Good value in a new phase of "Liberty Square at Wesmont Station" in Wood-Ridge, NJ.  Townhomes for a commute to NYC starting from $370's. 

      New York Long Island

      Some great new communities selling fast on Long Island.  See the Long Island 55+ communities page on our website.   We also have pages for apartments and low income housing on LI.

      A great deal on Long Island if you qualify for income-restricted properties:   The Villas at Meadowbrook Pointe - Start price $289,000!  Townhouse start at $327,000. 


      New Mexico

      Mirehaven by Del Webb:

      See the model homes and learn about the special features of the  lifestyle of the new Sandia Amenity Center.  Unique desert architectural design.  Homes priced from $231,990.    9205 Del Webb Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM  


      North Carolina

      Trilogy Lake Norman - Denver, NC - homesites selling quickly -  7505 Highway 73, Denver NC


      They have a special tour:  Tour de Charlotte.  


      Recurring Events:  Wine Down Wednesday - 2nd Wednesday of the month - RSVP 704-812-9000 


      They have a new tour center at 6844 Shoal Creek Dr., Denver NC


      New Floorplan under $250,000  (Community Pricing from $239,000 to upper $300's.) - yay!  Probably won't last long.  



      Pennsylvania

      Regency at Hilltown by Toll Brothers - Bucks County

      This new community of 268 carriage homes is now open daily.  This is in a rare location for 55+ communities.  By Toll Brothers.  Price from upper $300's.  In Perkasie.  See the news article.


      Utah

      Sun River St. George Resort-style community: 

      Offers a 2-night, 3 days Discovery Tour in a designer villa for $99!  877-322-0903.
      On-going special events.

      See their blog for many events.



      Virginia

      Trilogy Lake Frederick (120 acre lake in Northern Virginia)

      This is a sleeper!  I enjoyed my visit to this community so much!  See my review.   A good way to visit is at one of their events.  They always have a full calendar of events.  Call the rep for details and the best one to attend at 540-508-2020.

      Trilogy Lake Frederick now has the 360 degree interactive tour on their website (Trilogylife.com)

       Watch our website for all the new communities!







      Thursday, July 28, 2016

      Beat the heat with a trip to the Rangeley Lakes Area in Maine--or go any season.

      Welcome to the Rangeley Lakes area (see map):  Photo of Haley's Pond
       (adjacent to Rangeley Lake)



      Rocky gorges and waterfalls to swim in
       If you've never been to Maine, I hope to show you some of it here.  There's so much to see and do:  lakes, streams, gorges, mountains, wildness, sweet air, pure water, yummy local food and drink, ski in winter, hike in summer, swimming in pure lakes and streams, kayaking, canoeing, boating, camping in nearby state parks.  Or do what I did:  get cozy and take it easy at the historic Rangeley Inn. 

      The Inn is conveniently located in downtown.  We walked to shops and restaurants from the Inn (an ice-cream store is right next door).   The Inn has canoes and kayaks for guests to use and access to Haley's Pond in their backyard.    
      2443 Main St., Rangeley - 207-864-3341



      historic guest room at the Rangeley Inn
      My very cozy bedroom--so clean, lace curtains, air conditioning.

      The Historic Rangeley Inn


      We enjoyed a complimentary breakfast  in the dining room each morning.  No ordinary breakfast: Homemade strawberry or peach scones,  freshly-made that morning blueberry muffins,  fresh fruit,  and a hot dish.  For example,  the fritatta with provolone cheese was light and fluffy and full of flavor.


      The living area fireplace
      The Front Porch of the Rangeley Inn


      View of the Veranda

      A variety of  eating areas to choose from:

      • The veranda, a casual and comfortable spot with lots of light from large windows.
      • The Bar and Grill with cozy seating, stone fireplace and bar.
      • The gorgeous dining room.

      The historic living area


      The Bar and Grll
      Ornate staircase to 2nd floor



      In their backyard--one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots I have ever seen.

      The sleigh on display in living room.

      Original tin ceiling in dining room--over 100 years old.

      Restaurants
      Rangeley is home to  many great restaurants so it is hard to decide which one to choose.  I have to put a word in for the Rangeley Inn's restaurant, The Rangeley Tavern.  The menu changes seasonally.  The food is fabulous.  The chef is very creative.  His presentations are exciting.  I looked forward to dining there.  Open for dinner only 5-9PM.  The miso soup was one of my favorite selections.  The chef's maginatively-placed ingredients of local shitake and oyster mushrooms, tofu, seaweed, and bamboo shoots were in a sparkling white bowl.   Really outstanding!
      Amazing Miso Soup by Executive Chef Jim Fargo

      I also had lunch at another restaurant on Main Street, the Parkside & Main.  I had a great salad with greens that tasted like they were picked that morning--sweet and crisp.   I had a sprinkling of  Vermont goat cheese  over the top.   I also had their homemade onion soup which is made fresh each morning.  This is an excellent salad, soup and sandwich in a casual atmosphere with a deck and view.

      Historical Society

      Also, be sure to walk through the quaint town from the Inn and stop at The Historical Society.  A very friendly person  there will be happy to answer questions about the history and area.  The historic building houses many 19th century artifacts.   This tiny building still has the old post office, bank and jail on display.   Kids will love walking inside the old bank vault.  You can also see antique ladies dresses,  early photographs,  and interesting items.

      Senior Communities

      While there are no senior communities in the area of note, there happens to be a small apartment building for seniors, the Rangeley Townhomes,  in town.  Volunteers serve meals at the senior center.    The Health Center , a mile from town,  has stunning lake views.   Some of the activities for seniors and all ages are yoga, strength training, massage and more.

       The Rangeley Lake Area Resorts and Homes 

      The major towns we visited on Rangeley lake were Rangeley and Oquossoc.  There are many condos and townhomes in these areas for short-term vacation leasing or for purchase long-term.  Also, Saddleback Resort is nearby with condos to lease for long or short-term.   They have a good list of places to stay in Rangeley on their website, but for the most convenience to restaurants, shopping and activities in town, the Rangeley Inn was our first choice.  (Note:  Please check status of the famous ski resort at Saddleback for upcoming seasons.)

      While the large hotels and small cottages of yesterday have faded away, except for the Rangeley Inn, today's trend in real estate in the area is to purchase a lot and build your own permanent or vacation home.     

      This area is still so quiet and peaceful that I would say your stay here could be very healing  At least for me it was.   Tranquil, sweet air, pure water, good food and gorgeous scenery.   It can be very restful (or very active if that is what you like.)  



      Blue sky and water blending into one--clear water and lily pads on Haley's Pond behind the Rangeley Inn--a natural meditation and healing place -- hear the loons at night.  Ah!  A piece of heaven on earth in Rangeley!


      Wilson Lake in Wilton:   (You can go through Wilton on your way to Rangeley)

      Another beautiful lake is in Wilton and is called Wilson Lake.  It is part of the Rangeley chain of 7 lakes.  
      You can swim, canoe, kayak, fish and boating
       in these lakes.


      We were lucky to be there when this sunset happened one evening.  It started out a pale hue and became rich with color.

      Also, in Wilton is an Italian Restaurant.  We dined on fresh haddock, shrimp, other northern Atlantic seafood, grass fed beef burgers, and locally grown vegetables.   Don't miss this restaurant in Wilton.  There is also a huge pick your own blueberries farm in Wilton.  We paid $2 for a quart of blueberries.   There was a Blueberry Festival coming in August in Wilton.


      Don't miss this Italian restaurant if you are in Wilton -- Calzolaio Pasta Company is in the old Bass Shoe Factory.  History and photos on display.  Great ambience and food.  Italian food, seafood, fresh local vegetables, and more are on the menu.




      Another lake in the Rangeley chain of lakes:   Lake Mooselookmeguntic

      People gather  at this scenic spot to see this  lake from the roadside.






      See Maine Retirement Communities on my website.

      Monday, April 18, 2016

      A Side Trip to Charleston

      Ever since I got back from visiting and touring the city of Charleston and the Joseph Manigault home on one of the little tour buses that ramble around the city of Charleston, I have been dreaming of fluffy hoop dresses, southern cooking and seafood, and longing to be a Southern belle.  (The photo above is not the Manigault home but one of the many beautiful and charming homes in Charleston.)

      I was born in Maryland which is a little southern.  Maryland is not quite all southern and not northern either.  But off I went to California in the 60’s and I stayed there over 30 years.  But fate brought me back to the East Coast for awhile.

      Road Trip


      Recently a cousin asked me if I wanted to visit another cousin of ours in Myrtle Beach and “we have to see Charleston.”   I went with her on a 5-day road trip not expecting much.  I had been to Myrtle Beach before which I did like very much, but I never saw Charleston, a 2-hour drive away from Myrtle Beach.

      What did I discover:  my roots and all things Southern. Charleston made me think that maybe after all I was a Southern Belle—after 55 years?   Life is funny like that.  

      Towns Around Charleston with Retirement Communities

      Myrtle Beach is an enclave of food and entertainment and fun and beaches, but Charleston is an elegant and stylish dream.   It reminded me of what I discovered when I first went to San Francisco—a touristy town but exciting with real substance underneath the surface glitter.  You have to choose because there is so much there.  

      If you want a 55+ retirement community, the 55+ communities in Summerville would be nearest to Charleston 

      Surrounding areas like Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head do have plenty to choose from too.  You need to spend some time in these areas.  I found the Surfside Beach and Murrells Inlet areas to have some of the nicest residential sections in Myrtle Beach, but they are a 2-hour drive away from Charleston.  Summerville is about a 30-minute drive to Charleston.  Perfect  if you wanted to go for dinner there. 

      A Foodie Town

      And who wouldn’t?  I am convinced persons who decide to spend their retirement near Charleston love food.  There are so many restaurants and the food is so gorgeous that you might want to eat out every day.  There are 90+ restaurants in Charleston alone listed in the Visitors Guide. 

      Bus Tour of Historic Homes

      There are so many homes on this tour.  I didn't get all the photos I wanted because the bus goes at a clip.  Maybe the horse drawn carriage would allow more time to get the photos you want.  Here are a few I managed.

      We were told the reason the balconies curve out was so the hooped skirts would fit on them when the ladies came out.

      I thought the gardens and spring greenery were as beautiful as the homes although most of them were hidden behind walls and gates.  There are garden tours. 




      So many beautiful homes. This photo shows the false doors and the Federalist style.








      A Feeling of Southern Hospitality

      So go to Charleston for the historic homes, gardens, horse carriage rides, and the restaurants.  Have fun.  Maybe you’ll be like me caught up in this romantic way of life.  You will sense the southern hospitality and I am taking that feeling back to Maryland with me.

      Touring the Joseph Manigault Home

      Here are photos of the Joseph Manigault house (the home I fell in love with.)  Is it possible to fall in love with a house.  Absolutely.  Go see it and you’ll understand.  It transports you back to another time and you too may not be able to get the image of swirling skirts out of your bedazzled mind.

      The Center Entry Hall Staircase
      The Joseph Manigault home is on tour for $12.00 - I didn’t blink an eye because when the tour ended I would gladly pay that much to see it again. 

      I had come to this house on the Historic Homes Tour bus.  This historic home was the last thing on the tour and by far the best part.  To actually enter a home like this was thrilling for many reasons but taking a step back in time was what it was all about for me. 

      Upstairs Living Area 

      Note:  To get the original paint colors 12 layers were removed.  The paint colors are gorgeous and authentic.

      In the upstairs living area there was a soft breeze coming in the window (this day was a beautiful day in the low 70’s).  I'm thinking the Spring is the best time to visit because the weather was a pleasant 72.  

      A strong breeze drifted through the upper window as I entered the room.   Suddenly I could see the swirl of hooped skirts in beautiful colors worn by the women and hear the sound of their skirts rustling as they walked and tinkling tea cups as they sipped their tea.  It was a wonderful moment.  I was feeling the same breeze that they might have and seeing and feeling the walls and floors they did. 

      Ahhh I want to go back.  I would never own this home but I wanted to soak in more of the past and get away from our present.  A slower time, a more gracious time — time come back to the present reality—a walk through the romance of the past.  There was much beauty and joy in this 19th century home as reflected in its interior.

      We felt the Federalist-styled exterior was cold and even foreboding but the interior was a stark contrast because it was warm, sweet and lively.

      The Dining Room


      The dining room was downstairs.  I loved this pastel mint green color on the walls.  

      Here are my photos but there is much more than you see in a photo.  A photo gives you a visual glimpse but doesn’t give you the full impact of the feeling you have when you are there.  Photos don’t smell, feel or play music.  There aren’t surprises and they don’t stimulate your senses fully.




      This 19th century breakfront is one of the only pieces that was originally in the house. 

      Other furniture shown was donated.

      In the dining room there was a portrait of the master of the house.  The clock on the mantle is also in the painting.  There were fireplaces in just about every room.

      Oh, and I found myself getting design ideas.  I recognized the architectural details in today’s southern new home communities.  

      See our Myrtle Beach 55+ homes and 55+ South Carolina pages to understand more about the details of homes that reflect the Charleston homes of the past.


      Paint Colors

      Perhaps the mistress of the house chose the colors.  Notice the warm wood of the floors and doors contrasted with the cool mint wall color.  


      The first thing I notice in this photo besides the beautiful portrait of the owner is the paint color.  It has such a contemporary look.  The tour guide said that the colors are authentic.  They went down 12 layers to get to the original one and that this was the first color on the walls.  This color is a truly happy and lighthearted one.





      The Music Room


      Look at this very vibrant wall color in the music room. 

      The children were required to play an instrument.  Notice the original wood floors are worn from the many children that inhabited the household.





      The Day Ends


      This was a thoroughly enjoyable trip.  I want to go back.  I bought some fudge and pralines, had some tea and lunch.  We left before evening set. 

      Horse Drawn Carriages Were Plentiful
       The scene was set as we were leaving with abundant horse-drawn carriages clopping along as the sun began to set.  There is a trolley that is free.  The town is well organized for tourists.  Be sure to see the retirement communities in the area, (Summerville, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Murrells Inlet to name a few areas), and we hope you enjoy Charleston.

      Saturday, September 19, 2015

      The Best 55+ Master Communities

      Heritage St. Charles
      Here is my annual update on the 50 top master communities from the list by John Burns real estate, a premier real estate consulting company.  I take their excellent listings and extract the 55+ communities from it and present it here.  Of course we are only interested in active adult communities, but I have put in a couple that aren't age restricted because I thought they were particularly appropriate for seniors in retirement or pre-retirement.  

      Please refer to my two previous years lists for comparison as to which ones made it again this year.  However, there are many new ones on the 2014 list and more than previous years.  The 2015 list should be out in the early part of 2016.  

      A big change was that there were no communities from Arizona which had 3 last year.  Keep in mind that as communities near sellout they would naturally fall off the list.

      This lists master communities with the most sales.  We are listing the master community only if it is an active adult community or has an age-restricted community within it (with a couple exceptions).  


      Florida:

      • The Villages #1


      in Central Florida by Village of Lake Sumter, Developer still maintains the #1 position on the list as on previous years lists.  They keep growing for a couple more years but are running out of land  in this hugely popular community.

      • Lakewood Ranch #9
      Esplanade - Active lifestyle with low maintenance by Taylor Morrison in Sarasota, Florida.  Villas and single homes.

      Del Webb Lakewood Ranch - Coming soon - Sign onto VIP List now - 55+ Resort-style - Lakewood Ranch is in Manatee County and near Sarasota.

      • Nocatee #3
        Del Webb Ponte Vedra at Nocatee

      In Ponte Vedra, Florida, near Jacksonville.  There is a Del Webb community Del Webb Ponte Vedra.  The popular master community remains #3 on the list.







      • Valencia Reserve and Valencia Cove #30
        Valencia Cove, West Palm Beach, by GL Homes



      Valencia Reserve, Palm Beach, Florida, by GL Homes, on last year's list and made the list this year has sold out, but GL Homes makes the list again with Valencia Cove.




      • Viera  #37

      New this year.  Heritage Isles is the active adult community - price $100,000-$400,000 -  single family, townhomes, condos, villas - clubhouse, restaurant, tennis, recreation, trails, swim pool, social activities and more. Off 95 exit 191 Viera Discovery Center open daily  at 7380 Murrell Rd., Viera - 321-242-1200


      By Lennar  - not over 55 but has all the amenities for senior living and retirement in popular Naples.

      • Ave Maria #49

      55+ in Naples made the list this year and there is Del Webb at Naples in that community by Barron Collier Companies.

      Texas:

      • The Woodlands #12


      In Houston, TX by The Irvine Company - has an independent and assisted living community.  It was on last year's list.  Del Webb community coming in 2016.  

      • Teravista by Newland Communities #44


      Round Rock (Austin) - On last years list.  Village Builders has a NextGen home. These homes have a home within a home, conceived by Lennar Homes.   

      Down in rank #44 down from #37 -  By Newland communities  - Coming Senior Campus with an independent and assisted living/memory care facility planned to open in 2016.  32 units of independent living and is adjacent to skilled nursing facility.  

      So much to offer seniors:  Emerald Cottages of Round Rock will have 2 bedroom/2 bath plans for lease for 55+   Each cottage will also have a garage. 

      Emerald Cottages, Franklin Park Assisted Living and Bel Air at Teravista will serve seniors as they transition from independent to assisted living. Also skilled nursing and rehab is available. 

      Next to Teravista Golf Club, and shopping.  Texas A&M College of Medicine is nearby.  Also hospital and medical centers are convenient making this a true senior campus for central Texas.  Emerald and Franklin planned to open in fourth quarter 2016.  4211 Teravista Club Dr., Round Rock TX 512-861-2103

      • New on the list:  Woodforest  by Johnson Development Corp. #20

      Houston - has a 55+ community called Bonterra by Taylor Morrison - $400’s


      • Crosscreek Ranch #21


      Houston - the 55+ community is Bonterra at Crosscreek Ranch by Taylor Morrison and is their 2nd Bonterra community in Houston.   West Houston area.  


      • Shadow Creek Ranch   #43


      Has The Colonnades at Reflection Bay - elegant resort lifestyle.  Limousine service, concierge, mediterranean architecture, restaurants, Chapel and more.

      Also has assisted living, nursing and a memory care facility, Autumn Leaves. Autumn Leaves is located at 11200 Discovery Bay Dr. 713-436-3941

      Colorado:


      • Highlands Ranch #40


      In Denver, Colorado, by Shea Homes. Many senior activities. (up to #40 from #50)

      • The Meadows  #46


      Denver, Colorado.  Bonaventure of Castle Rock is an Independent and assisted living community. There is also a memory care option.  Slightly down from last year's list.
         

      • New on the list:  Green Valley Ranch #36


      Denver - Fairway Villas - This currently is the only 55+ community at Green Valley Ranch.  

      Nevada

      • Summerlin - The Howard Hughes Corp. #17


      Sun City in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.  #17 down from #12 on last year's list.

      Utah

      • Daybreak #28


      Salt Lake City - Garden Park over 55 community at Daybreak.  (28 down from 23)

      Washington DC Metro Area

      • St. Charles #42
        Clubhouse at Heritage St. Charles


      By St Charles Companies -  Heritage at St Charles by Lennar in Waldorf is the 55+ community - more plans coming for seniors in this area.

         






      South Carolina

      • Cane Bay Plantation #23


      Still on the list and up from last year.  The 55+ communities of the gated Del Webb Cane Bay is here and Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay is coming by K Hovnanian Homes.


      Virginia:

      • Brambleton #24


      In Wash DC metro - in wealthy Loudoun County, Virginia.   Birchwood at Brambleton 55+ is a new community within this master.


      2015 has turned out to be a very successful year for real estate builders and developers.  Can't wait to see the list for 2015.  Check back with us early 2016.  

      ...and thank you for visiting.

      Carol
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