Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, there have been 76.four child boomers – these born between 1946 and 1964 – in 2016. The height of boomers within the nation was in 1999 when there have been 78.eight million.
The primary master-planned grownup neighborhood opened in 1954 in Arizona. Devoted solely to retirees, Benjamin Schleifer developed Youngtown and the energetic grownup neighborhood caught on. After garnering nationwide media consideration, different builders started to view the sort of surroundings as worthwhile and needed for the burgeoning group of dwelling patrons.
In a 2018 Pew Analysis Middle article, boomers had been cited as nonetheless being the primary group of homebuyers, although millennials are on “the cusp of surpassing Child Boomers because the nation’s largest residing grownup era . . .”
However not but.
Child boomers are extra energetic than ever earlier than and residing longer and more healthy lives. Del Webb Solar Metropolis in Arizona was the primary energetic grownup neighborhood to have a minimal age requirement and continues to be the longest working 55 plus neighborhood within the nation. The developer pioneered the idea and over the a long time, all these neighborhoods have sprung up all around the nation.
This inhabitants is as various because the communities through which they dwell. Lowcountry builders acknowledge that. Over the previous decade the panorama for these energetic grownup communities has modified. They’re not “retirement communities.” They’re as an alternative a way of life – not of retiring from work or settling in to dwell out the “golden years.” These patrons are simply getting began.
The brand new horizon of energetic grownup residing
Only a decade in the past, energetic grownup communities weren’t plentiful within the Lowcountry. That has modified and continues to take action.
“We don’t categorize these communities as retirement houses or communities,” mentioned Lindsay Martin of the Martin Freeman Group, Carolina One Elite Actual Property. “These patrons are energetic adults – they’re 55 and higher.”
Martin, alongside together with her colleague, Britt Freeman are specialists on this demographic. “They (55 plus) are thriving,” Freeman mentioned. “They need to maintain their thoughts and our bodies younger so as an alternative of spending their post-career years confined to their dwelling, they’re becoming a member of their friends in actions, touring collectively and staying very important.”
The 2 agreed that the “stigma” of what 55 plus communities as soon as represented has vanished.
“A lot of these neighborhoods are undoubtedly trending up,” mentioned Martin.
Freeman mentioned that she believes the development will proceed. “Within the final three years we’ve had three energetic grownup deliberate communities open their doorways.”
The 4 Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay opened in June 2016, Del Webb at Nexton in 2017 and in the summertime of 2018, Lennar Properties purchased the Liberty Cottages in Park West. The Liberty Cottages in Park West in Mount Nice is a small gated, 55 plus neighborhood that has develop into so widespread it bought out on the finish of September 2019.
There are a minimum of 10 communities which can be age-targeted or true energetic grownup communities within the Charleston space.
“In 2007, Del Webb opened its first location in Cane Bay Plantation in Summerville,” Martin mentioned. “They set the bar for all these communities within the Charleston market.”
Freeman mentioned that a number of different nationwide and native builders have adopted swimsuit from the Del Webb idea. “When these patrons strategy shopping for a brand new dwelling, they’re placing an emphasis on the neighborhood over a house.”
These facilities are world-class – indoor and out of doors swimming pools, lovely shared areas and clubhouses and chartered golf equipment akin to wine or golf golf equipment.
“Most of our shoppers keep so energetic, they really feel as if they’re within the prime of their lives,” Freeman mentioned.
The 2 have two listings in Cane Bay Plantation. One house is within the 4 Seasons subsection for $449,900 that has 2,490 sq. ft and the opposite is in Del Webb subsection for $369,900 that contains 2,535 sq. ft.
Cane Bay Plantation
Cane Bay Plantation in Summerville could be very widespread and amenity wealthy. Advertising Supervisor, Blanche Sullivan of Ok. Hovnanian’s 4 Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay mentioned that this space was extensively researched for the sort of growth in Charleston.
“We felt assured that the Summerville space would maintain an incredible attraction – significantly these searching for a perfect place to retire – because of its location in South Carolina,” she mentioned. “The realm has grown by leaps and bounds as builders, medical organizations and different companies have acknowledged the expansion potential and entered the market to deal with this rising shopper want.”
Sullivan cited the realm having proximity to downtown Charleston, however added 4 Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay’s “unparalleled facilities” as one of many important the reason why this specific neighborhood appeals to energetic adults.
“Residents benefit from the Lake Home Amenity Complicated amongst a park-like setting that includes a 300-acre lake with eight miles of navigable waterways,” she mentioned. “The Complicated is 24,000 sq. ft on the lake and it features a Lowcountry Café, artwork studio, billiards, gameroom, state-of-the-art-fitness heart, motion studio and a grand ballroom with an audio stage with seating as much as 300.”
As well as, the huge clubhouse that opened in March of this yr has a catering kitchen, hearth lounge with a pizza oven, neighborhood dock, tennis courts and video games, three saline swimming pools and an indoor lap pool. If household and grandkids go to, there’s additionally an out of doors youngsters’s pool and an out of doors grownup pool with “beach-style” entry. Sullivan mentioned the neighborhood has over 30 social golf equipment amongst residents.
“These residents need fantastically designed houses, elegant options and out of doors residing area inside aesthetically interesting environment,” mentioned Sullivan. “They like a reasonably neighborhood – tucked away however but nonetheless near all of it.”
Sullivan mentioned due to the rising demand for these kind of communities that Ok. Hovnanian 4 Seasons neighborhood will come to Bluffton in spring of 2020. “The recognition of Hilton Head is why we’re opening this new neighborhood.”
It can comprise roughly 550 single household houses.
The Cresswind at Summerville
“Three elements have helped develop the realm’s attraction for 55 plus communities,” John Manrique, Vice President of Advertising of Kolter Properties. “First is the expansion within the job market with Mercedes, Boeing and others. An ancillary impact of those new jobs is attracting the guardian and grandparents of the brand new staff transferring into the realm. Second is Charleston’s rise in stature as one of many Southeast’s premier locations from publications akin to Journey & Leisure journal. The third driver is South Carolina’s welcoming tax local weather and price of residing for 55 plus energetic adults.
Cresswind Charleston, a nationally acknowledged and award-winning neighborhood for energetic adults has an infinite vary of facilities to fulfill this demographic’s way of life.
“Our way of life programming relies on the Cresswind pillars of health, vitamin and relationships which we see because the recipe for residing higher and longer,” Manrique mentioned. “Now we have a full-time way of life director who plans and curates actions based mostly on the Cresswind way of life program that has earned nationwide recognition and awards.”
As well as, Cresswind has a health heart, pool, pickle ball, demonstration kitchen and humanities and crafts. A part of that wholesome way of life consists of the best way through which their dwelling candy houses are designed – fashionable development and all that goes with it.
“These patrons need flexibility and low upkeep,” Manrique reiterated. “In addition they need the peace of thoughts of recent development with wholesome, energy-efficient options. They need contemporary, open dwelling layouts that may adapt over time akin to utilizing an area for a house workplace or artwork studio or recreation room.”
Manrique mentioned the Cresswind isn’t “your guardian’s retirement residing.” As a substitute, the neighborhood’s emphasis is on the subsequent chapter.
“Residents right here pursue passions, have enjoyable, keep engaged and are very energetic,” he mentioned. “They might retire from a profession, however they’re not stopping. Many occasions, the alternative happens as this ‘subsequent chapter’ offers them with a larger freedom.”
One of the best is but to return
Child boomers, senior adults and energetic adults – the “labels” and life utilized to this massive and wholesome inhabitants of our nation differ vastly from 20 years in the past. Elevated life expectancy, good well being, elimination of necessary retirement age in some industries are a number of elements that end result on this modernistic, mature group of individuals having fun with life to the fullest. Reinventing one’s self is part of this vibrant inhabitants’s way of life.
Consolation, connectivity and neighborhood are the frequent thread amongst their communities.
“Moreover residing longer, this demographic is really residing a extra energetic way of life than ever earlier than,” Sullivan mentioned. “They’re on the go, extra educated and really proactive about their well being. To not point out extra assertive relating to their happiness and a high quality of life that’s fulfilling and joyful. Age is irrelevant – they’re enjoyable, fearless and the envy of those that haven’t but ‘retired.’”
The Listing – Charleston-area age focused and/or energetic grownup communities
1. Del Webb at Cane Bay Plantation, Summerville
2. 4 Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay, Summerville
three. Del Webb at Nexton, Summerville
four. The Elms, North Charleston
5. Liberty Cottages in Park West (purchased by Lennar and reopened in summer time of 2018 – bought out), Mount Nice
6. Pines at Gahagan, Summerville
7. Cresswind at The Ponds, Summerville
eight. Carillon at The Ponds, Summerville
9. Marrington at Cobblestone Village, Summerville
10. Enclave Park, Johns Island
Supply: The Martin Freeman Group, Carolina Elite Actual Property