You’re retired or planning to in the next few years. You have a nest egg tied up in the house you’ve built your life and family in, possibly more in various savings/investment vehicles. With the leash of an office either removed or soon to be, you’re free to move to consider a new lifestyle in a new environment, anything within your budget.
Frequently, as a recently retired person, living in the same home, in the same environment that you enjoyed when you were working, can be depressing when retired. Suddenly, the rush from the job you’ve always done well is gone. The needs of friendly co-workers or the business isn’t there. Eight or more hours of your typical day are suddenly gone. You live the same life you’ve always successfully lived, with a giant, unexpected hole in your schedule, potentially building into your self image too. Retirement is a wonderful liberating event, but it’s big scary change too. It’s said that starting fresh is a great way to begin the new and exciting living ahead. Fill the time with something challenging, fun and dynamic. Preferably something that places you in a community of people similar to ones you enjoyed while navigating the daily grind, doing an activity that requires you to use your life experiences. For instance, a skilled tradesman might volunteer at the local trade school as a mentor. An extroverted person might join an active philanthropic group like the Knights of Columbus. You get the idea.
Another consideration is your living environment. For some, the home you’ve owned most of your life is the one you plan to die in. End of Story. I’d be lying if I said I don’t have similar feelings. However, I’m still a little jealous of someone enjoying the fruits of a local over 55 community. These people have looked forward to a new adventure, finding a neighborhood where they’ll have more (or less) interaction with neighbors. One that has the conveniences they like and their needs more accessible. Living in Massachusetts, Having someone else shovel your driveway and walkway’s snow in the bitter, windy cold and mow lawns in stifling heat or climb the ladder to clean your gutters is a powerful motivator.
Still making the move is a big step. As such, you want to make sure that the place you move to will be the ideal location for your retirement. In order to accomplish this, there are several questions you need to ask yourself, such as:
What town seems best?
Ask yourself questions like:
a. Are there any children, grandchildren or friends I’d like or need to be close too?
b. Do I have any medical needs that can’t be met locally?
c Are there activities I like nearby(ie. fishing, hunting Cribbage clubs, bowling, college/university, etc.)?
d. Would you prefer wooded areas or a more urban setting?
Is an active retirement community right for me?
a. An active retirement community attempts to provide its resident’s with opportunities to interact with other adults and to participate in recreational activities.
Local services are offered? Are they included in the condo fees?
a. If you are interested an active lifestyle, you should watch for services such as community centers, putting greens, billiard halls, and walking trails.
b. If you have difficulty moving around, on the other hand, wheelchair accessibility, wide hallways, and doors may be of particular concern to you. One level living(Bedroom, Kitchen, Bath, Laundry, Living Room, etc on one level) might be a nice option too.
How safe will it be?
a. Research the safety of the actual community and of the city in which it is located. Before even considering moving into the location, look into the crime rates for the area.
b. Also, check on the proximity of hospitals and medical centers.
c. Ask around. Visit the area at different times of the day and talk to people. Police, local store clerks, perhaps people in the community your considering.
How friendly and involved is the neighborhood? The larger community?
a. Talk to association and community members in order to get an idea of how welcome you feel. Also, pay attention to how the people appear to interact with one another when you visit the community. That way, you can be certain this is the perfect place for you.
Remember, the last time your purchased property. What did you like about your past neighborhood(s)? What do you remember about indicators you liked for those aspects? Did the neighbors seem friendly when you came to showings?
Did people seem to be out socializing or was the scene very quiet, private, with most people indoors. Are you close to shopping, medical, recreation of choice? There’s a lot to consider. Make sure you’ll enjoy waking up and looking out your window every day.
Small towns are no longer lacking in stimulating activities, shopping, communication and entertainment. Expansion of the Internet, email, UPS, fax, cellphones, and more every day, have allowed sub-urbs and rural areas to successfully advertise the variety of options available. Small towns have less traffic, better shopping, nice restaurants and a variety of cultural activities. Plus quite a number of Active Adult Communities are following an exodus from city living to smaller towns in Massachusetts.
Small Towns excel at:
– reducing living costs
– Closer knit communities
– Less frantic qualify of life
– less traffic
– More opportunity to enjoy nature
– where every thing’s right in the neighborhood
Less smog, less congestion, fewer crimes, and the benefits go on and on.
The Village at Auburnville is a 55 or over community. All of these homes offer one level living on the first floor, featuring a master bedroom, 1 or 2 car attached garage, Kitchen, Laundry, Bath and entertainment sized dining and livingroom area. Upstairs offers a lofted family room and a guest bedroom and bath. All units have a full basement, central air and sliders to a deck. The community is designed to offer maintenance free living. The Village is located on a 45+ acre parcel that offers a clubhouse, with billiards and a putting green, and vast areas of open space with a walking trail. The 5000 sq ft clubhouse has opened and offers a state of the art fitness room, a billiard room with stone fireplace, a large Great room/TV room, a full kitchen, stamped concrete patio overlooking a putting green a condo association office and conference room.
Open Houses are held weekly, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 -3 PM. The Village at Auburnville is located in the beautiful town of Whitman. Whitman still maintains its character as small New England town with a quaint center of town and a beautiful 11 acre park in the nearby heart of town. Also nearby are golf courses, shopping and medical facilities.
Focused on Home Buyers and Sellers in Brockton, Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Halifax and East Bridgewater