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November 19, 2014


Ranch House Plans Find a New Market:  Baby Boomers

Home is wherever you are most comfortable--so goes the old saying. Or at least it should, because the days of lavish spatial excesses seem to be behind us.

More and more, modern families are finding that a great home is a home that can become an extension of the family itself. A home should fit a family's lifestyle and make its inhabitants more efficient, the new thinking goes. And for many baby boomers--members of that economic and social powerhouse of a generation--comfort is the most important lifestyle element as they advance in age, retire, and become grandparents.  Continued at the bottom right....

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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.



Ross Bridge

2101 Grand Avenue, Hoover, Alabama  35226

(205) 475-5437

Single family homes

Priced from $119,000

Age Restriction:   All ages

Web Site

Several neighborhoods, golf course, spa

Voyager RV Resort

8701 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, Arizona  85756

(800) 424-9191

Park models and manufactured homes for sale and lease

Priced from $18,000 (sales) and from $795/month (rentals)

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

9-hole golf, spa, wellness center, 300 planned activities a year


Red Mill Village

1 Codding Road, Norton, Massachusetts  02766

(508) 285-2040

Age restriction:  50+

Town homes and single family homes

Priced from $469,000

Web Site

Quintessential New England style community

Compass Pointe

8178 Compass Pointe East Wynd, Leland, North Carolina   28451

(888) 717-6468

Single family homes

Priced from $229,900

Age Restriction:   All ages

Web Site

Water access, beach, golf, amenity center


SunRiver at St. George

1860 Horizon View Drive, Saint George, Utah  84790

(888) 688-6556

Single family homes

Priced from $195,900

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Beautiful golf course, community center, fitness center, restaurant


Ranch House Plans Find a New Market: Baby Boomers, continued from left....

That's why many boomers are turning their eyes more frequently to ranch house plans.

Ranch house plans are commonly thought of as comfortable, single-story homes, the type frequently occupied by singles, couples, families and retirees. What many potential homebuyers do not know, however, and what an increasing number of middle-aged people are finding out, is that ranch homes have plenty to offer.

With the eldest of the group now well into their 60s, one of the greatest concerns of the boomer generation is health. Whereas at one time things like providing food and education for children worried them, lately new concerns have arisen. Retirement, healthcare, and mobility are now prime factors in home buying.

Enter the new class of ranch home plans.

Modern ranch home plans fit perfectly into the lifestyle of the typical baby boomer. The single floor layout addresses any concerns about climbing up and down stairs. And ranch homes are being built with all of the amenities and spaciousness homebuyers have come to expect from multi-storied abodes. Indeed, many ranch home plans even include a basement or split-level area for those buyers who may be wary of living on just one level.

Furthermore, the common 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom layout supports the changing living arrangements with which today's middle-age homeowners are becoming increasingly accustomed. The usefulness of this second bedroom goes beyond just being a place for the occasional sleepy, happily spoiled grandchild.  With today's elderly population (the parents of baby boomers) living longer than any generation previous, and with more families opting for in-home elderly care, one of the ranch home's secondary bedrooms makes for a wonderful sanctuary for aging relatives in many households.

Similarly, many of today's middle-aged population are finding that their responsibilities to their children are extending far beyond the teenage and college years. Boomerang children, as they are called, are graduating from colleges across the country with heavy burdens of debt and grim job prospects. They often have no choice but to move back in with their parents until they can get on their feet. The ranch house plan functions wonderfully under this type of temporary arrangement as well.

What seems to be true about baby boomers choosing ranch homes over other types of homes is a sense of contentment and comfort. While they may be downgrading in square footage or losing an extra floor, many new owners do not feel like they are giving up their living style at all. In fact, when efficiency is considered, many feel their sense of home has improved. After all, no matter what age you are or what generation you are from, home is always the place where your favorite chair is, the place that fits your lifestyle best.

~About the Author:  Sarah Deloud provides expert information for the stock home plan industry and regularly covers advantages of particular architectural styles and stock house plans. To find more information on ranch house plans or readily available stock house plans for purchase she recommends visiting The House Plan Shop. Article courtesy of GoArticles.

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