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 October 1, 2014


Can Baby Boomers and the Suburbs Coexist?

City planning specialists, MDs and aging consultants of all types are thinking about the need to revamp the suburbs to better accommodate the swelling numbers of baby boomers who stuck down family roots there decades ago.  Continued at the bottom

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In each new issue of Top Active Adult Communities, we bring you new and established active adult communities from across the country.  Not all of these developments are age-restricted - some of them attract singles and families - but many of them offer the amenities and lifestyle sought by retirees and empty-nesters.



Cottages at Peach Creek

7505 57th Street Court West, University Place, Washington  98467

(253) 565-6151 

Apartment homes

Priced from $1,445 per month

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Attractive homes with pitched roof, attached garage, private patio


Eagle Point at Cahoon Plantation

1758 Eagle Pointe Way, Chesapeake, Virginia  23322

(804) 741-4663 

Single family homes and town homes

Priced from $260,000s

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Golf course, clubhouse, swimming pools, day trips


Palmer Ranch

Sarasota, Florida  34238

(941) 586-4790

Condominiums and single family homes

Priced from $99,900

Age Restricted:  All ages

Web Site

Large community with many neighborhoods and wide range of prices

Ocean Pines / Magnolia Grove

3196 Moonshadow Lane, Garden City Beach, South Carolina  29576

(800) 238-6565

Manufactured and mobile homes

Priced from $18,900

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Sister communities near the Grand Strand


Sun City Palm Desert

38-180 Del Webb Blvd., Palm Desert, California  92211

(760) 772-8899

Single family homes

Priced from $180,000

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Established community with more than 80 clubs, 36 holes of golf and more


Can Baby Boomers and the Suburbs Coexist, continued from left....

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, and health.

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 stay-overs from 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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