Gainesville GA – 55+ Home Deals

Lake Lanier Gainesville retirement community

I have been surprised that the prices on many new homes in active adult communities have not dropped that much. Same for resales.  But there may be a opportunity for a deal on homes being finished at Seaons on Lake Lanier in Gainesville Georgia north of Atlanta.

Seasons on Lake Lanier in on beautiful lake lanier in North Georgia was started by Levitt & Sons as developer.  My wife and I went up and previewed this community on July 6, 2007. See our blog post.  Then Levitt & Sons the developer went bankrupt.

That was then this is now.  We spoke with a on site person who says 30 homes that were presales are being finished.  I saw that  John Wieland doing so of the building. The homes are being finished as ordered originally and will contain the extras like hardwood floors, paint colors, etc as ordered.  However these homes are offered at true saving of $30 to $60 thousand off the original Levitt & Sons price.  So if you find a home that has what you want or can live with, then you may get a very good price.

The plan is at the first of the year to select a developer to pick up Seasons at Lake Lake and continue the built off of 700 plus homes and the amenities.  At that time prices could go up.  This may be worth checking out if you are currently in the market for a home in an active adult community.  Their web site is seasonsonlakelanier.com.

Lake Oconee GA – Del Webb Community

Lake Oconee GA

Another month, another visit to 55+ communty at the lake.  Life is good.  This time Mary Ann and I visited the Del Webb community at Lake Oconee Georgia that was started about two years ago.  We did the vacation getaway for two nights staying in one of their villas. I think the price was about $190 including tax for the two night stay.
We arrived Sunday at about 3pm which is their check in time.  Sandy greeted us with big smile and good conversation at the sales center.   We met George our sales counselor and set an appointment for 10:30 the next day to meet with him and get the tour.  We followed Sandy over to check us in the villa model where we stayed.   It was clean and looking good.  The villas seem bigger once you actually stay in one. We jumped in the golf cart in the garage and headed to the lake front.  There was several boats at the community docks including 5 or 6 pontoon boats.  It seems everyone has one. We walked up to the covered pavilion which was large, including a fireplace, many sets of tables and chairs, an outdoor grill and a nice view of the lake and docks. On the way back, we saw the 80 sots for boat and RV storage with an automated gate and some of the walking trails.
Next we took the golf cart up to the clubhouse, oops I mean the Amenities Center.  Bob met us at the door (expecting us?) and gave us a tour of everything. Tom lives at the community and works part time, moving from Michigan via Canton GA.  The indoor pool was lovely, outdoor pool and spa also, giant ballroom with kitchen, game room, exercise room, pool room, craft room, etc.  But where was all the people?  It seems Sunday night is a slow time at the amenities center which is expected.

We head back to the villa and then head out to one of the restaurants mention by George, the Big Catch.  Mary Ann had a fish sandwich and I enjoyed a fish reuben sandwich, which were good.   Sleep well.

Next morning we made coffee and had cereal and toast.  The villa has all appliances, micro and toaster.  We meet up with George and after chatting got the overview.  This community will have 850 properties and about 130+ have already sold.  The sign in the lobby says 11 sales in the last 40 days.  We let George know Bob already gave us a tour of the Amenities Center the day before.  Most of the people who bought homes come from all over.  I was surprised to see so many states represented by yellow pins in the map of the US where people are from.  Must have been 25+ states or more, mostly in the Eastern half of the US (and some from overseas).

Next we toured the models. George got us started with the first one to show us what was included and what was an upgrade.  It starts with the smallest and then every model gets bigger.  Must have been 7 model homes we toured.  At first we thought we needed a basement, but after touring the models, we changed our minds.  You can get a loft and upstairs bath if you need more space, and at a lot better price.  George offered to show us a home with the loaf and Mary Ann said she would like to see it.  George really was very helpful and not pushy at all.   I think Mary Ann was ready to sign up for the Vernon Hill with the Loft.  I agreed that was our favorite.  Another feature we really liked for the sunroom and why not add a screened porch to boot?   Yes, that would do it.

We spend about 2.5 to 3 hours and before leaving George presented us with a card for $50 credit at Filet’s, the fancy steak house at the corner of Linger Longer Road, and two tickets to the movie theater.  We had our evening planned.

So we drove hwy 44 up to the town of Greensboro which I don’t think we have ever visited.  It has interesting little downtown of antique stores, sidewalks and restaurants.  We asked a local for a place to go for lunch and she pointed across the street to Yesterdays.  Since we were going out for steak later, we both got vegetables.  We loved this place.  Southern style food, fried okra, squash casserole, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, etc. Of coarse they had meats and fish also.  All at a very reasonable price. Out tab was $10 for both our meals.

Back to the villa to take a nap.  Then to the Amenities Center where a group was out playing Pickleball.  You play with paddles kind of like ping pong but on a court smaller than a tennis court.  There were maybe 15 people at this outing.  Inside I check my email one of their computers.  That night we did visit Filet Steak and Seafood at Lake Oconee Village. Mary Ann got the encrusted salmon and I got the filet. This is a top notch restaurant and we both enjoyed our meals.  Thank you George.

Overall I was very impressed with Del Webb at Lake Oconee.  No they did not pay me anything. They didn’t even know I have a web site and are not a paid advertiser.  We just try to visit with the eyes of someone looking at 55+ community to live in and at age 62 and retired, that just comes naturally.
More retirement homes at Lake Oconee Georgia.

St. Simons Island GA

It seems I hear more and more about St. Simons Island Georgia as a vacation spot, a second home location and now a great retirement place.

St. Simons Island is part of the legendary Golden Isles near Historic Brunswick, Georgia, St. Simons Island lies between Jekyll Island and Sea Island.

Marsh’s Edge is a full service senior community located on the beautiful Saint Simons Island.  From the photos on their web site, it looks simply gorgeous, with lakes and live oaks around the property.  Already a vacation and second home destination, Marsh’s Edge is in the midst of legendary golf courses, distinctive boutiques, art galleries and antique shops.

I can imagine living here without the worries about home maintenance, yard work and other chores.  It would be like being on vacation all the time. The Wellness Center includes senior friendly exercise equipment and an indoor swimming pool.

Continuing Care Retirement Community

This is a Continuing Care Retirement Community. CCRCs are so named because they address the entire continuum of care with healthy seniors moving into independent living apartments, but having the security of knowing they can “age in place” thanks to assisted living and skilled nursing services on site.

A big part of Marsh’s Edge is the regular retirement community living. They have a good variety of accomadations including:

  • Spacious one and two-bedroom apartments — some include a den
  • Two-bedroom plus den and three-bedroom cottages
  • I think a trip to check out Marsh’s Edge on St. Simons Island would be interesting and worthwhile.