Toying with the idea of moving to a 55+ active adult community in Georgia? You’re not alone. With over 80 million Americans turning 65 by the year 2050, the demand for these types of neighborhoods is enormous. After all, active adult communities offer tons of benefits that Baby Boomers find appealing. Most who are age 55 and older are looking to live the good life — to be happily social and active throughout their Golden Years. So moving to a vibrant, thoughtful, well-planned neighborhood full of newfound friends makes a lot of sense, but what factors set the best communities apart from the rest? In no particular order, here are the top five benefits we hear most often from Soleil Laurel Canyon residents.
- There’s profound sense of community
Quite different from traditional neighborhoods, you’ll actually get to know your neighbors at an active adult community. Lots of programmed activities, clubs, amenities, and facilities encourage fun social engagement so that making new friends is effortless. Southern charm, and a warm sense of community, leads to a happier and better quality of life for residents.
- Fitness is featured
Physical activity is essential to healthy aging. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), older adults should strive for at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. In Georgia, you can go inside or out, which keeps workouts varied and exciting. Look for resort-like amenities, such as well-equipped gyms, cardio and strength-training classes, swimming pools, walking trails, tennis, pickleball, gardening options, access to golf, and more.
- Homes built for aging in place
Empty nesters often find themselves in a massive house with a large yard and all the maintenance woes that come with both. It’s better to downsize to a smaller home with an efficient floor plan and maintenance-free living. Well-built, single-level dwellings with energy-efficient construction are ideal, mainly since they will keep you cool in the Georgia summer and cozy in the winter. A well-designed, right-size home makes for comfortable living and improved accessibility while buying back time for owners to pursue more enjoyable activities.
- Location, location, location
Let’s face it, no one wants to shovel snow–especially as we get older. Living at a place with a desirable climate (like Canton, Georgia) is vital. Also consider other location factors, like being near a vibrant city, such as Atlanta; as well as convenience to grocery stores, restaurants, medical care, and more. Living in a great location provides ways to take better care of yourself — and to travel more, eat well, and gain new experiences.
- Live with like-minded people
Living in an active adult community means that almost all residents are age 55 and older. Combine that with Georgia’s Southern hospitality, and it makes for a more peaceful and quiet lifestyle (except maybe when the grandkids are visiting!) Amenities like the walking trails and pools are therefore more serene and amenable for use. And don’t get us started on the dating scene! Let’s just say that those that are single are much more inclined to meet someone special at a 55+ active adult community.
If any of this sounds intriguing, you owe it to yourself to learn more. We invite you to come “sneak a peek” at Soleil Laurel Canyon. Who knows? You may love it! But, you won’t know unless you try, so arrange to be our guest today.