Moving into an “over 55 community” used to mean maybe having a 1 bedroom apartment in a cluster of buildings that resembled more a military barracks, or college kid dorms…esthetically devoid of color, life and energy. Well, no more. Real estate developers have gotten the message that Boomers are not going silently into the night of their age.
In fact, they plan not to age – at least in their hearts and minds. Rather, they are redefining the notion of what it means to get older. They’re not their parents’ generation who, when they retired, or moved into “older communities”, watched television and mowed the lawn.
No, Boomers want the opportunity to have, and do, all the things they had and did when they were younger – fun activities, active social life, the ability to make money and not retire if they don’t want to, and happy and fulfilling relationships – married or not. That’s where Del Webb Communities come in. They are the pioneer of active adult retirement communities – people over age 55 – though you don’t have to be retired to live in one. And your pets are welcome too.
Del Webb Communities pride themselves on offering the housing and lifestyle needs of active Boomers. They offer a variety of environmentally friendly housing choices with pre-built homes ready to move into as well as custom designed homes. But most people who move to Del Webb communities do so for the variety of social programs and amenities that creates a vibrant, engaging, energy-infused environment.
Residents of Del Webb communities say living there is more like living in a year-round resort than your typical seniors’ community. Looking at one of their social events calendars for one month, the numbers of activities, events, performances, classes, are enormous. Each day has at least 7-10 possibilities.
Residents can choose from an array of activity programs that include fitness, creative, socializing, special interest groups (music, travel, intellectual, wine tasting, Road Scholars adventures, etc.), attend visiting lectures and performing arts shows, to name a few. They have communities in about 20 states across the U.S. including the Midwest, south/northeastern United States, and the southwestern states. They are, however, planning more communities each year.
Del Webb Communities’ contain about one-quarter singles and three-quarters married couples. So, the socializing that occurs in these communities is very diverse and caters to the interests of both their single and married residents. Many single residents have met other single residents, fallen in love and gotten married, or are just enjoying an active dating/social life.
You can even take a Del Webb Community for a test drive by booking a weekend at one of their communities – one of the popular ones is Stone Creek in Ocala, Florida. For a little less than $300, you can spend 3 nights and get the royal tour of everything that a Del Webb Community has to offer. To learn more about this opportunity, see the link below.