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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.

 

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Bellaton

9795 Bellaton Avenue, Daphne, Alabama 36526

(251) 990-9410

Single family homes

Priced from low-$200,000s

Age Restriction:  All ages but caters to baby boomers

Web Site

Single level homes, lagoon style pool with palm trees

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Sun Village

Surpise, Arizona 85374

(623) 640-8493

Single family homes, patio homes, condos

Priced from below-$100,000

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Swimming pool, par-3 golf course

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Heritage Park

2549 E. Valley Pkwy., Escondido, California 92027

(760) 666-6038

Apartments

Priced from $1,194 per month

Age Restriction:  55+

Web Site

Lovely pool area, lush grounds

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Avalon

1800 Bards Drive SE, Bolivia, North Carolina 28422

(910) 742-7946

Single family homes

Priced from high-$100,000s

Age Restriction:  All ages

Web Site

Clubhouse, pool, single story homes, not far from Oak Island and Myrtle Beach

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Artisan Lakes

33 Ropemaker Ct., Ponte Vedra, Florida 32081

(904) 373-6114

Single family homes

Priced from high-$200,000s

Age Restricted:  55+

Web Site

Gated community with pocket parks, zero entry pool with infinity edge

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Feng Shui Architecture - The Foundations of Your Wealth and Happiness

Building your own dream home can be very exciting, especially if you decide to use feng shui architecture techniques to help you do it. You'll be able to plan, layout and build your entire home in the most optimal way that encourages positive energy flow around in every room. The foundations of your life-long happiness and fortune starts right here!

The Shape of Your House

If possible, you should choose to build a home that's a regular square or rectangular shape. These allow symmetry and balance in the house shape. Stay away from irregular shapes like U or L shapes where corners are 'missing' that would otherwise complete it and make it a regular shape.

Irregular shapes have more potential to cause money or marriage problems. Although very difficult and expensive to fix, these shaped houses can be corrected or remedied using feng shui architecture cures like mirrors or lights. They should be placed in the 'missing' corners to give the illusion of a complete shape, an extension of the home.

The Layout of Your Rooms

Layouts that are more regular in shape we mentioned earlier are much more favored in feng shui architecture. The size of each room should also be proportionate to each other and not too different in size. High ceilings should be high enough not to feel cramped but not too high that you feel overpowered. They should also be proportionate to the rest of the whole house.

Living Room layout

A large sized room that's open and welcoming would be the ideal living room to enhance the good chi and keep it flowing around the space. Living rooms should never be higher than any other room, like the kitchen and dining rooms because Sheng Chi (positive energy) of the occupants will attach itself to your guests instead.

Kitchen Layout

Feng shui architecture suggests that your kitchen be located on the right side of the house, next to the family dining room. Disagreements and arguments between your family will ensue if it's too far away from the dining room, especially between children and parents.

A large mirror in the dining room that reflects the bounty or food on the table is great for wealth luck and good fortune. Make sure it isn't hanging too low that it visually cuts off the heads of the reflections of people in it.

Layouts of your Bathroom and Toilets

Make sure that there are no doors facing either of these areas. More importantly, you should position the toilet away from the view when looking in from outside the bathroom.

The wealth and prosperity energy of you and your family can be flushed away so be sure to close the bathroom doors at all times. Avoid having them in the north areas of your home, where career energy is focused so opportunities can't be missed and flushed away.

In your houses layout of all the rooms, feng shui architecture practices strongly advise to avoid direct lines from one entrance to the next. This will encourage the flow of positive chi around your entire home, freely and smoothly.

The Ins and Outs of Your Doors

Great significance is put on the main entrance to your home in feng shui architecture. The door should be of a solid build, of proportionate shape and size in relation to the rest of your house and open inwards. The hallway it opens into should be bright, wide and welcoming and the door must be oriented correctly with entire house. Remember these feng shui architecture tips when planning the space for your main door as any shifts from these guidelines can bring lots of bad energy for the people living there. Nothing should serve as a block in front of the main door so clear the space and let the chi flow freely inwards. Back doors that line up exactly with front doors simply mean that your positive energy and luck will come straight in and flow straight out, which after all of your hard construction work, would be the last thing you want. So take precautions in your feng shui architecture planning to see that this doesn't happen to you, keep the energy flowing around so that it can work positively for you in your home, life and let you enjoy the benefits it brings.

Your Windows

Regularly shaped windows that open outwards are best to use in your home. Inward opening windows symbolize bad luck for your career or wealth. Windows that slide up or down or even have a offensive view like a brick wall or any protruding objects should also be avoided, so if possible change their location before construction starts. Be careful not to add too may windows as this too can be harmful. Disagreements with other family members, most between parents and children will follow so don't plan for too many windows. If you're reading this and have too many windows, don't start bricking them up just yet, you can use hanging wind chimes or crystals to cure the issue, another great feng shui architecture tip.

The Stairs

Homes with levels of 2 or more should consider having interlinking staircases that are broad and curve gracefully, from the first floor the the main floor for example, and ideally into a large hall. Spiral staircase should be avoided all together. Make sure that they don't start from the main door to your house as this will allow the chi in your home to flow right out. Stair steps should not have gaps between them as it symbolizes money flowing out.

Rounded, smooth edged banisters on the stairs are preferred along with good lighting throughout the staircase to bring good energy to the upstairs sleeping areas.

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These great feng shui architecture tips will help you to incorporate simple but very effective principles into the plan of your dream home. It's time to start building the right way, for a lifetime of health, wealth and good fortune!

~>~Lin Mai is a feng shui enthusiast and author. Visit Way to Feng Shui for more tips on feng shui architecture so you can correctly design the building blocks of your future success! Article Source: Ezines

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