Friday, February 3, 2017

February Retirement Community News

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Aging and Inspiration:

Here is a post by a blogger I follow that talks about ones expectations for the new year and for our lives.   I couldn't have said it better than this "young" person of 36 speaking out on her birthday about aging and staying young.  Age doesn't matter when it comes to wisdom.  Some have it at an earlier age than others.

I believe aging begins in the mind.  If you think you are old, you are.    

The blog post talks about new beginnings, aging, anti-aging, the natural flow of life, our expectations for the new year and for our lifetime.   It is inspirational and introspective and a very appropriate article for anyone aging, and that's all of us.  

So what does aging mean to you?  Read this post, "10 Things About Birthdays," from,  for the discussion.   I enjoyed it and think you might also.

This quote from the article:
 '"To ditching goals that don't matter anymore. And working really hard for the ones that still do."

This quote from the movie "Titanic:"   
“Well, yes, ma'am, I do... I mean, I got everything I need right here with me. I got air in my lungs, a few blank sheets of paper. I mean, I love waking up in the morning not knowing what's gonna happen or, who I'm gonna meet, where I'm gonna wind up. Just the other night I was sleeping under a bridge and now here I am on the grandest ship in the world having champagne with you fine people. I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.” ― Jack Dawson, a la Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic

A quote cause it's just a great quote from Doug Larson: "The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball."   Doug Larson

2017 Home Design Trends

By Red Mill in Massachusetts

Several sources say neutral colors will reign with bright accents.  Bright, light greens are a top choice for accent color.  It represents a fresh new start.  Incorporate it into your new home as an accent. 

Not everyone can afford to update their existing homes.  Painting and carpeting are expensive projects.  But when you purchase a new home, you can select your design options--a new beginning!

Does your resale home look outdated?

If you purchase a resale home, make sure you can easily refresh it with these new design choices without too much expense.  Nostalgia:  Who can forget how costly it was going from the shag carpet, bright oranges and browns of the 60's to the refreshing pale colors in the 70's? 

This new lighter colors trend is not that drastic but there will be some updating going on.  Design consultants are recommending whites and creams instead of the grey that has been so popular in recent years; white also in tiles and countertops.  Use of marble and quartz is a good way to get the lighter colors in countertops.  Accent with terra-cotta if it suits your design.  Painted white cabinets and brushed steel hardware are big but cherry cabinets and granite counters are both still great.  
These videos from Shea Homes design trends are great!     And here are design tips from Toll Bros.

Communities with Overnight Stays To Try Out the Lifestyle

Many communities with visitor stays are beginning to book now for Late Winter and Spring.  These fill up fast so reserve your stay now.  Please note the terms as they vary by community.  For instance, some communities state they are only for serious buyers.  These visitor stays are usually at good prices and gives you a chance to try out the 55+ lifestyle amenities.  They most often are found at new communities, larger communities, and ones with many amenities.

Affordable Areas in the U.S.

Another great article by John Burns Consulting.  With prices of homes continuing to rise, some seniors want to know where they can move to that they can afford.   Some of the most expensive areas are:
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Jose
  • Ft. Lauderdale
The article says the most affordable places (read the complete article for criteria) are:
  • Houston
  • Orlando
  • Las Vegas
  • Austin
  • Raleigh-Durham

Top 100 Builders

Builder Online has a list of Top 100 Builders for active adult with the most revenue and sales.  The top 12 on their active adult list are:
  • Lennar
  • Pulte (Del Webb)
  • CalAtlantic
  • KB
  • Meritage
  • Taylor Morrison
  • Hovnanian
  • Toll Bros.
  • Beazer
  • M/I
  • Shea
  • The Villages of Lake Sumter
(See the entire list of builders on Top 100 Active Adult List)

February 2017 Community News


Feb. 18: Shea Homes Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch:  Grand Opening of the Golf and Social Club for VIPs 11-4.  The new Club will open March 4th.

Shea Trilogy Verde River: If you purchase through Feb. 15, you may receive their "Great Outdoors" Lifestyle Package (please verify all information as this may be a limited time offer).  Things like mountain bike, helmet, etc., are included.   See Trilogy Life for details.
 More Trilogy at Verde River Events:
  • February 12:  Classic Car Show - 11AM-3PM - Cars, music, purchase feed.  For more info call 480-454-2201
  • Every other Friday Hard Hat Tours of the Golf and Social Club 11AM-Noon.  RSVP 480-347-9901
Feb. 12th: Trilogy Vistancia patio parties resume. 12-2PM at Mita Club.
Through end of February Trilogy is having incentives on quick move-in homes (verify).

Trilogy Rio Vista:
  • Sat. Feb. 11: 1-3PM - Wine and Chocolate at Tour Center RSVP - 222 Summerset Dr., Rio Vista 800-685-6494
  • Short-time incentive at Trilogy Rio Vista: Upgrade your homesite at no additional cost to a wider one on select floor plans. 800-685-6494 (verify all information).

The wait's almost over:  Birchwood at Brambleton is coming soon to Loudoun County.  See our Virginia communities page for updates.


Long-Awaited Community Coming Soon: Courts of Clarksburg by Pulte in Clarksburg, Md., a scenic rural area outside Wash. DC Metro Area in Montgomery County.  Not priced yet.


Ponte Vedra by Del Webb:  "Sweet Deal" Savings on move-in ready homes - short time savings - see them for complete information.  

Del Webb is now taking reservations for March to book overnight stays.

Long Island, NY

Beechwood Homes in Smithton - Coming Soon.

Toll Bros. National Sales Event Feb. 4-20 - Limited Time Incentives.  See Sales Consultant for complete information and to verify.

See all our great New and Coming Soon communities on our website for finding 55+ communities.  And be sure to check out our site on mobile.  We think you'll love it. 

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