In the corporate world, “downsizing” sounds ominous, but in terms of lifestyle options, downsizing can be very exciting and fulfilling. If you are searching for a community for downsizing, you want to make smart choices in location and amenities. And you should consider your new smaller (or not) home’s design and features carefully.
Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your next move:
The Time Is Right
It’s never too early to start looking for your next neighborhood. There are a number of reasons why people search for a community for downsizing: Maybe they have just become empty nesters. They could be ready to spend less time on home and yard maintenance. Or, it could be time for efficient, one-level living.
Your “downsized” home might not be smaller than your existing home. In fact, many people choose to move to a new “right sized” home that could be about the same size, but laid out in a way that better suits their desired lifestyle.
Whatever the motivation, if you are dreaming of a new way of living, start looking at communities now. Talk to a real estate agent, search online or talk to friends or family who have made the shift.
As you check out each community for downsizing, take note of what type of homes are already in the neighborhood or are planned to be built. Could you find the open floor plan or single-level living you want? Do the lot sizes meet your needs?
Take a look at the home designs with aging in place in mind. Would everything you need be easily accessible, even for someone with limited mobility? Are doors and hallways wide enough? Could the kitchen and bathroom accommodate a wheelchair user?
Think about who will be living in the home or visiting. Would you like space for guests or extended family? If you plan to entertain, a home should have enough room for you to host, either indoors or out. If you’re an avid gardener, you might want a yard, or at least a place for container gardening.
The Bigger Picture
Once you find a home design you like, take a closer look at the community. Sidewalks, paths or trails could encourage walking, running or bike rides. Gathering places for community residents will help you make friends with neighbors. If having a clubhouse is on your list of preferred amenities, check out each community’s facilities.
Would the community support your interests or hobbies? Whether it’s swimming, playing tennis or cards, attending a book club or something else, it’s nice to be able to continue current hobbies or discover new ones. As you compare potential neighborhoods, ask about planned or available programs, classes or clubs.
Now take a look at what’s in the immediate vicinity of the community. How long will it take to get to a grocery store, gas station, library, school, church, gym, work or other places you regularly go? If you enjoy eating out, are their restaurants nearby? If you’re a culture vulture who likes to attend concerts, theater or go to museums, take a look at the options for cultural events near each community. Would the community make it easy for you to visit friends or travel depending on your preferences?
Choosing a Community for Downsizing
Is it time to turn your daydream of a “downsizing home” into reality? The master-planned community of Rivers Pointe Estates could be just what you’re looking for. Stop in for a custom home open house or call John for a tour at (859) 512-2426.