Eagle Point at Cahoon Plantation
1758 Eagle Pointe Way, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
Single family homes and town homes
Priced from $260,000s
Age Restriction: 55+
Golf course, clubhouse, swimming pools, day trips
Condominiums and single family
Priced from $99,900
Age Restricted: All ages
with many neighborhoods and wide range of prices
Ocean Pines / Magnolia Grove
3196 Moonshadow Lane, Garden City Beach, South
Manufactured and mobile homes
Priced from $18,900
Age Restriction: 55+
Sister communities near the Grand
Sun City Palm Desert
38-180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert,
Single family homes
Priced from $180,000
with more than 80 clubs, 36 holes of golf and more
Boomers and the Suburbs Coexist,
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Suburbs can be hostile to boomers because of the high
dependency on the car to get around or even accomplish basic tasks
like grocery shopping. For most suburban areas reliable public transportation is a rarity
to nonexistent. Cars are expensive to buy, expensive to insure,
and expensive to maintain. For the boomer on a fixed income whose first non-health related priority is home maintenance,
reliable vehicle transportation can become problematic. The loss
of transportation leads directly to a loss of independence,
frustration and ultimately loss of quality of life.
A recent Wall Street Journal article "Making Suburbia More
Livable" offered several examples of communities that are
planning on redesigning suburban layouts so that more boomers can
age comfortably without moving out.
These forward-looking communities are:
* Redesigning street grids to improve walkability.
* Building town homes and condominiums closer to a central square.
* Adding greenways and parks to promote social interaction.
* Adding social spaces, shops, transportation options, and
recreation and entertainment facilities.
The same Wall Street Journal article pointed out that half of
the U.S. population currently lives in the suburbs and in that
group more than 30 million are age 55-plus, with that number
growing year to year.
An recent survey showed that 85 percent of people 50-plus do
not want to leave their homes or their communities unless and
until quality of life issues make it impossible to stay there.
The Seattle City Council is one such forward-looking community
that has adopted a pedestrian master plan.
The objectives of the plan according to the Seattle
Intelligencer newspaper are to:
* Complete a pedestrian system.
* Improve walkability with curbed sidewalks.
* Increase pedestrian safety at crossing areas.
* Create pleasant and entertaining public spaces.
* Encourage more people to walk for transportation, recreation,
Many more suburban communities must begin to adapt to today's
demographic trends. Better sooner than later.
~Got grandkids? An inexpensive way to encourage more visits and
the grandchildren is to have a kids
air mattress for each of them. For the adults in the group a twin
air mattress can be stored easily and brought out and inflated
on a moment's notice. New designs make an air mattress as
comfortable as a regular bed.
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