Retirement communities are nothing new, but recent trends show a change in the focus of these communities. As today’s retirees are becoming increasingly vocal about what they want and need, the design of the retirement community is changing. Here are some of the most desired amenities for today’s retirement communities.
Amenities in the Homes Themselves
Some of the amenities start in the homes themselves. Retirees are opting for slightly smaller homes, but they don’t want to sacrifice their amenities in favor of a small home size. One-story home designs with no steps between the driveway and the front door are increasingly popular as retirees consider the desire to age in place.
Active Living Amenities
Today’s retirees aren’t sitting around in their rocking chairs watching the world go by. They are active participants in their lifestyle. Active living amenities are an important part of this. Walking paths are increasingly common in retirement communities, as are pools, fishing ponds, bocce ball courts, and workout rooms. Golf courses remain popular, but they are not as popular today as they were a decade ago. Many retirees would prefer a beautiful walking path of a beautiful golf course.
Small Community Size
Retirees want a sense of community, and this often means a smaller community size. A community size of 10,000 to 2,500 units for 55-and-older communities is the trend, with numbers moving lower instead of higher.
Close Proximity to Continuing Education
Interestingly, retirement is a time when many people choose to pursue additional learning and study, and many look for both formal and informal means to increase their education after retirement. This means that having a retirement community in close proximity to a college or university is surprisingly appealing to the next generation of retirees.
Finally, today’s retirees are looking for “green” features in their homes. They want to see construction techniques that reduce environmental impact, as well as features in the home that help reduce their own energy consumption.
This list shows that today’s retirees are smarter than in previous years, and they are looking for something a little different in their luxury retirement community. Developers and families alike can learn from this list as they seek to create spaces that will appeal to those nearing retirement age.