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Agree 100%

Are some distinct advantages but also many disadvantages to age restricted developments.

The advantages are obvious - gated community means minimal crime issues, Safety is important as one in four of our homes are single resident, typically women who have lost their husbands.

There are also many functions/clubs available to homeowners - including gym, golf, bus trips, to other places such as Theaters, Casinos, coastal vacation spots, etc.

The disadvantages really become apparent as residents age. There is NO public transportation into  or out of the park. Thankfully we have both a drugstore and two major chain grocery stores with 2 blocks of the park and residents do walk and bike there.  But it  means using taxi's for accessabilty to Physicans, etc. Although,our development does have a volunteer organization (Band of Angels} that provides some support including some  transportation for house bound residents.

End result is that as residents become more frail or lose their spouse, they typically sell their home and move out to be closer to family. 

 


Some points to consider...  I live in a community.. not aged restricted but similar in many ways.  We have a board of directors, voted by the members comprised of those who own in our building. The board has the right to modify the by laws.  It also has the rights to add new facilities (all requiring voters majority approval of course) to change services etc.   If we wanted to add a facility for regular transportation, we could do so by going through the process.  There are facilities in Las Vegas for instance that do have transportation provided for residents, because they wanted that service.  If your community does not have what you need or want, go to meetins, check your by laws, there may be enough others who agree to add those services that you want!

 

 

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Agree 100%

Are some distinct advantages but also many disadvantages to age restricted developments.

The advantages are obvious - gated community means minimal crime issues, Safety is important as one in four of our homes are single resident, typically women who have lost their husbands.

There are also many functions/clubs available to homeowners - including gym, golf, bus trips, to other places such as Theaters, Casinos, coastal vacation spots, etc.

The disadvantages really become apparent as residents age. There is NO public transportation into  or out of the park. Thankfully we have both a drugstore and two major chain grocery stores with 2 blocks of the park and residents do walk and bike there.  But it  means using taxi's for accessabilty to Physicans, etc. Although,our development does have a volunteer organization (Band of Angels} that provides some support including some  transportation for house bound residents.

End result is that as residents become more frail or lose their spouse, they typically sell their home and move out to be closer to family. 

 

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@Calhounwoman - Part of the problem is zoning codes that no longer work for current/future lifestyles. To protect homeowners, areas were designated 100% residential in the suburbs, with the understanding that people didn't want all sorts of stores & commercial development in their midst, and were willing & able to drive a few miles to shopping. But now that there are so many large 55+ developments, those old zoning codes don't work for the new residents.

 

As far as prices, NJ is very expensive, compared to a lot of other states. It's fairly typical for pay $700K for a 3 BR/2 Ba newer home, and double that for a larger house. Ditto for the property taxes; mine are about $13K annually. The big problem is when people want to get in at pre-construction prices in 55+ developments, and the developers/realtors lowball the projected taxes, and buyers don't do their due diligence, and are horrified when they get their 1st tax bill.

 

Equestra has lovely units; this link will take you to a few of their units on the market: Equestra - Farmingdale NJ. If you click on the "detail" tab on the upper right, you'll see the details of each listing, and there are also photos. Many of the homes have their own whole house generator!


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@ASTRAEA, Wow!  Half a mil?!!! And, limited infrastructure/lifestyle support amenities.  What are they thinking?  Why can't developers partnership with retailers like drugstores or grocery chains that have pharmacies?  Why do these "55+" communities seem to be designed like a hostage or  captive consumer compounds--separated from the rest of society?  My guess is that developers are still building with an outdated or limited perspective and mindset about the evolving needs AND expectations of today's senior population.  

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@Calhounwoman - There's a useful website called "55+ Places" that's user friendly, and lets you search for developments around the country, with a variety of search criteria: age restrictions, type housing, amenities & services, etc.

 

There's something like 230+ developments NJ, but that drops significantly, if you add that "community transportation" feature! There's one development under construction in my county, that fits a lot of my criteria: Equestra. The homes cost over $500K, but worse .. the taxes are > $10K .. so there's little savings moving from a single family house! When they first started there was NOTHING nearby. Now there's a tiny strip mall right outside the gate, but it's got a pizza place & Dunkin Donuts .. not exactly basic needs like a supermarket & pharmacy.


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@ASTRAEA, Exactly!  These new so-called aging-in-place communities are not cheap, either. However, I've noted that some of them are offering shuttle service for shopping, medical appointments, and even entertainment excursions.

 

The more built-in community infrastructure, the more it will cost.

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I would be happy if developers were forced to integrate basic shopping & services, within every 55+ development they design, if it has more than X housing units. Too often these developments are placed where land is cheap, and there's no infrastructure yet, much less shopping & medical facilities. That may sound fine for the 55 year olds, but if someone only moves there when a single family home becomes too much for them, in their mid-70s+, they may not want or be able to drive 10 miles to the nearest mini-mart or urgie-care, much less the nearest mall 20 miles away!


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Transforming Life as We Age
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What will it take to age the way you want to, with independence, dignity, and choice? We can all push for a better system of supports for older Americans. And individually, we can plan for aging and living fully. Look to this page for ideas, news and resources.

http://www.nextavenue.org/special-report/transforming-life-as-we-age/

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Not sure why, but I had a problem with the link; it never opened.


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Groups in Denmark and the U.S. are choosing to live in intentionally intergenerational communities, which emerged to strengthen social ties between aging seniors and their younger counterparts who are balancing work and family. #AgingNow

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