Buying a Home After Retirement

Are you considering buying a home after retirement? If you’re no longer working, and/or your children have grown older and left home, it’s common to start looking for a new house.

This search will likely be very different from previous ones because you’ll be less concerned with living near a good school district or having bedrooms for all the kids. Instead, you’ll need to focus on finding features that will let you age happily and healthily. That’s why active retirement communities like Westlake Golf & Country Club are the perfect option!

Here are 10 things that active retirement communities offer:

1. The right location

When looking for a retirement home, you’ll want to have easy access to shopping, restaurants, other local attractions, and quality healthcare, all within a short drive. If your family lives far away or you travel a lot, you may want to be near a major airport or mass transit. What do you like to do for fun? Make sure your home is convenient to these activities.

2. Lots of layouts

With a variety of floor plans and options, many active adult communities offer luxurious homes for retirees (often age 55+) sized anywhere from 1600 to 3500 square feet, along with meticulous landscaping and accommodations that can fit anyone’s needs. Whether you prefer single-level living, or two floors for family visits, you’ll be able to find the layout you love.

3. Space for visitors

Multigenerational living is more and more common. If you expect an adult child or parent to join you, consider spaces that would work for them, too. A guest suite over the garage or a second master suite on the first floor for an aging parent may be just what you need.

4. Maintenance
Many active retirement communities are run by homeowners associations that maintain the exterior, as well as lawn maintenance and snow removal. If the home you want is not in an association that provides the services, how will you get them done? And if you decide to handle your own maintenance, ask yourself how long you will want, or will be able to, do the work.

5. Pet-friendly amenities
If you’re buying a home after retirement and have pets, make sure you know the regulations before you buy. Consider also how you’ll accommodate your dog, for instance, if it becomes difficult to walk them. Living in a high-rise will mean taking the dog down on the elevator every time he or she needs to go out.

Westlake Offers it All

There are plenty of retirement homes for sale, but none compares to what you’ll find at Westlake Golf & Country Club. Located in Jackson, NJ, each home is surrounded by acres of beauty in the comfort and safety of one of the state’s most sought-after gated 55+ active retirement communities. Come visit today to find your new home!