Communities that cater to those age 55 and older have always

been either loved or hated. Let’s explore this further.

The planned housing communities that cater to the empty

nesters have been around for a number of years. The first

age-restricted community in the U.S. was in Youngtown,

Arizona, which opened in 1954.


Although Youngtown was the first development to have a

minimum age requirement, Del Webb’s Sun City Arizona,

which is adjacent to Youngtown, remains as the longest running

55+ community in the country.


Del E. Webb pioneered the active adult concept with the idea

that retirees should be able to live in a self-sustaining

community with access to every amenity and necessity they

could want or need. Sun City opened on January 1, 1960 and

attracted 100,000 visitors in its opening weekend. Retirees

toured the active adult community and witnessed all that this

vibrant development had to offer, including five home models,

a shopping center, golf course, and clubhouse.


Today, 55+ communities—both large and small, from coast to

coast—maintain the active lifestyle and social element that

make these communities stand apart from typical retirement

homes or suburban cities. More baby boomers seek

communities where they can lead exciting and vibrant

lifestyles. Retirees seek to belong to communities where they

can be as active as they please, share hobbies with other

like-minded adults, and spend their best years relaxing and

not worrying about exterior home maintenance.


Some of the most popular 55+ communities continue to offer

attractive amenities, elegant homes, and great social

atmospheres. When all of these components are combined,

they make for the perfect retirement lifestyle.


On the other hand, many retirees prefer to age in place,

meaning they plan to remain in the same home and leave only

if severe health issues force them to leave. Other retirees will

buy a “lock n’ go” condo and then winter in warmer climates.

Whatever your preference, you have options. Making wise

housing decisions requires good data. When you’re ready to

start the decision-making process, we suggest consulting

with trained, knowledgeable professionals such as your

financial planner, CPA, and Realtor. When selecting your

Realtor, it may be helpful to hire a Realtor with a Seniors

Real Estate Specialist designation (or SRES). By earning the

SRES designation, Realtors are prepared to approach mature

clients with the best options and information for them to

make life-changing decisions.


When you’re ready to Move Forward, Camarata Numrich are

the only SW Metro Realtors who combine experience, integrity,

and professionalism to elevate your Lifestyle and Exceed

your expectations. Call us for a consultation.