When we attempt to picture a retirement home or community, what comes to mind? Is it slow and dim environments? Maybe rude grouchy people telling kids to get off their lawn? See, most of what we watch on T.V portrays retirement communities in this negative light, and at one point maybe it was like that, however, times have changed, and these communities are evolving to include amazing homes, beautiful amenities, and engagement with one another.
It is no secret that the Florida Retirement community is taking the lead in the evolution of these “Disneyland” communities as many call them now. One such community is located in Sumter County, Florida has taken the leadership role in changing the perception of the golden years living. On land the size of Manhattan and still growing! Many have found their ideal settlement for their golden years here, with over forty gold courses, venules for sporting events and countless of events like theaters, it is no wonder why they have been deemed the fastest growing metro area in the past two years.
So, what is a day like communities like this community? Picture this, a morning filled not by coffee and reading the daily newspaper, but groups of 70-80-year-olds doing Karate! Or the ever-popular water polo. Needless to say, this is not a slow-moving community. As the men are kicking and tumbling on the mats, the women are ready to take their dancing to the next level with belly dance classes. Violet Ray from this community states that her mornings are “crazy”. From morning hula dancing to choreographing a theater show, her days are fuller of work than when she wasn’t retired. I hope we all have her enthusiasm and energy at that age!
Although this community prides itself on its amenities, a new Florida community backs away from the general look of golf carts and gold. The Niche retirement concept is exactly what it sounds like, a community for every kind of hobby you can imagine. For example, the “abode of peace” markets itself to older Indian people who want to mingle and with other Indians. Their daily events range from watching Bollywood movies in the local theater to focusing on serving authentic Indian food every day. The most unique community we found though was one that has been mentioned throughout the nation’s media because of its preferred clientele of toy lovers, and no we are not talking about children’s toys. This community boasts of providing the best homes for people who like collecting large RV’s, boats and cars. The reason this community has been getting so popular is due to the restrictions that other retirement locations have on how much you can have in your home, making this particular location the best option for a hobbyist. For now, the future looks as bright as the Florida sun for these growing retirement communities. It goes without question that we have yet to see the tip of the iceberg, I for one am excited.