Negatives of Active Adult Communities

I had written about the positives of Active Adult Communities and sometimes it looks like it is all positives. So for the last few months I have been asking people, especially people who live in Active Adult Communities, what are the negatives.

I had written about the positives of Active Adult Communities and sometimes it looks like it is all positives.  So for the last few months I have been asking people, especially people who live in Active Adult Communities, what are the negatives.

On a recent 15 day cruise to Hawaii we had 4 days at sea going and 4 days at sea returning.  This gave us a lot of relax time to talk with wonderful people we met living in Active Adult Communities in California and Arizona. These were mostly Del Webb Communities. They could talk for hours about the positives. When we finally asked them about the negatives, it took them a long time to come up with anything.  That is a good sign!

1. Number one complain was the Homeowners Association.  The HOA were to restrictive, or too noisy, too petty. I know in any subdivision that has a HOA they came become like little dictatorships and really piss people off. When you add all the additional restrictions an age qualified community must have, then all the more to deal with. Also mentioned was neighbors reporting neighbors for violations. Even some taking to doing their own inspections vigilante style.

2. Several residents of the communities originally built by Del Webb in CA and AZ felt the new homes built in their communities after Del Webb sold out to Pulte were not up the the same standards of quality.

The following comments were related to us from a third part.

3. One 50ish couple from Atlanta didn’t like the Hilton Head Active Adult Community they bought in, so decide to sell and move back to Atlanta. They feel the residents were too old for them. One article we read said: Be sure to find out the average age in the community. Older developments tend to have older residents, which, for many youth-seeking boomers, might just be a deal breaker.

4. A couple of people did not like The Villages in Central Florida. It may be been too large for them.

There is always the stories of people moving across the country to live in a new community but later deciding they wanted to move back to be close to their long time friends and relatives.  I don’t think that is a negative of the community itself.

Some people that have never lived in an Active Adult Community say they would not live in this type community because all the residents would be older and they like the diversity.  I don’t take that as a negative of the community, just one person’s view. The next person may think it is wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and socialize during the day with people who don’t have to be at work.

I would like to know if you have negatives about Active Adult Communities. If so please click on the title to this post and reply with your comments.

Seniors On Cruises

 Just returned from a 15 day cruise to Hawaii out of LA and met the most wonderful people on the ship.  No better place to talk with seniors about where they live, especially the ones living in the active adult communities.  My wife and I spoke in detail with five or six different couples.

On delightful couple was living in one of the original Del Webb communities in Phoenix.(Interestingly, another couple from CA said they were living in the original Del Webb community. I don’t know which one was correct.) 

Anyway we spend three and a half hours at the dinner table listening to them and asking questions about how they liked living in their Del Webb active adult community in Phoenix. They just loved it. They were very social able people and loved life. She took tap dancing classes and they both went on about all the activities they participated in at the community.  They told us about a new game like tennis but played in half the court with paddles. I wish I could remember the name of it but it started in Washington state and now it is very popular in their community in Arizona. They did not know that I work with Retirement Media Inc. They just knew we were 59 years old and looking at options. They could not have been more positive.

It is interesting to know that they really like living in their active adult community.  I have been to several model park and community openings this year and felt the excitement created by a new community, but wondered what it would be like when the community was settled in and the marketing people had moved on to another opening. It was not only this couple living in Phoenix but two other couples living in California adult communities, that were so positive about their experiences.

However these couples living in what they considered to be the original Del Webb communities before Pulte, all said there communities were better than the ones being build today. When I told them about the new Del Webb / Pulte communities we had visited, they were surprised at the amenities and the features of the new homes.  According to them the new homes being built in their existing communities did not measure up in quality to the original homes.

But almost all positives from the people we spoke with about their experiences living in over 55 active adult communities, mostly Del Webb communities. At the end I asked each one but what about the negatives of active adult communities. They had to think hard to even come up with anything, but next post, I will comment on the negatives of active adult communities. 

It was also nice to talk with such positive engaging people, some in to their eighties. We can only be so lucky to be doing as good at that age.  

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