Buying a retirement home in a specialized community

house-for-saleOption: You've decided that the time is right to buy a home in an active-adult/retirement community.

As boomers grow older, the number of housing developments and planned housing communities designed for adults over fifty is increasing. But all communities may not be equally suited to your needs.

When deciding on a retirement community, make a list of what you are looking for and then prioritize it. Here's a sample of things to consider:

  • Do you want to stay in your current area? If not, where do you want to go? A coastal community, desert community, north, south, east, or west?
  • Do you want to be close to family members?
  • What activities and facilities does the community have?
  • What type of housing is available? Single homes, condominiums, apartments? Single or multi-story?
  • Do the available floor plans meet your needs?
  • What kind of services are available? Lawn maintenance, house maintenance, personal assistance?
  • Close to medical facilities?
  • Are restaurants close by or are meals available? has several good retirement community shopping articles that can help you educate yourself about these housing options. We highlight Shopping List Priorities and Are Floorplans in Your Planning.

How to Choose Your Best Place to Retire from Next Avenue provides tips to help you find the place that best meets your needs.

This article from's Ultimate Guide to Retirement describes items to consider when looking to find the best place to live in retirement.

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