Given the fact that some retirees are seeking an all-inclusive, full-service resort style living arrangement while others skew in the opposite direction of independent and DIY, there are many, many options from which to choose, writes Huffington Post columnist and founder of retirement planning site, GangsAway! Moira McGarvey.
Even for those who have a rough, or even a specific, idea of their ideal geographic choice, there are other considerations when choosing an Active Adult Community, McGarvey says, from specific niche-style communities to price and personal style.
“An AAC can mitigate all that and create instant connections,” she writes. “The key seems to be finding the right community that reflects your personal style, education, and political and personal outlook on life and is within your budget. You might find a place that is physically beautiful but makes you feel like an alien when conversing with your neighbors. So it’s important to make sure you like the homes and amenities as well as your potential new neighbors.”
From Arizona to hippies, McGarvey outlines her Top 8 active adult retirement community types, including details of active adult communities in her top five regions, as well as three niche communities that are appealing to particular interests, personality types or heritage.
Topping her list: Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Nevada, California, Indian, LGBT, Hippies.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker