If you're a senior, new homes in a dedicated retirement community can be very appealing. There's a focus on active adult living, your lawn maintenance is taken care of, the community is committed to seniors and you get to live independently while enjoying the comfort of on-site health care amenities.

Today, thousands of retirement communities are being built across the country, replete with golf courses, recreation centers, on-site gyms, restaurants and inclusive grounds keeping and outdoor work. If you're considering moving into a community for adults over the age of 50 or 55, keep reading to find out what you should look for.

Proximity to Family

If you're close with your children and grandchildren, you may want to restrict your search to new retirement communities in the nearby area. Also, when planning on many visits from young grandchildren, you may need to opt for a larger home with more than one or two bedrooms.

Recreational Facilities

If you love to golf, then look for a retirement community with a golf course. If you enjoy painting, opt for one that offers an on-site artists' studio. And if you seek physical fitness, then consider one that offers a full-service gym and regular fitness classes.

Basically, you want to find a senior's community that appeals to your likes and interests as a senior. New homes are great but they can't be moved - so, look for a home that's close to everything you enjoy in life, otherwise you might find yourself regretting the move all together.

Health Care and Amenities

A good senior's community will have a pharmacy within close proximity and walking distance from all the houses. An even better senior's community will offer an easily accessible health care clinic. The best would be one staffed by an on-site nurse or close to a nearby hospital.

Pedestrian Friendly

Not only is walking a great way to stay in shape and keep your muscles moving, it's often easier than driving - and for some seniors, it's their only mode of transportation. Before you buy in a senior's community, ask yourself if you could walk to the nearest grocery store or pharmacy. If not, is there at least accessible transit nearby?

Your New Neighbors

Moving into a retirement community is about more than buying a house where you don't have to mow the lawn - it's also about living within a community and making friends with your neighbors. Before purchasing in a new development, take a look at the company's literature or attend an information session for potential residents. Could you see yourself fitting in there and getting along with the other residents?

If you're a senior, new homes in an age-restricted community are a great way to combine independent living with a neighborhood that's focused on the needs of seniors. But, before you buy, remember to evaluate the community itself, how close it is to nearby amenities and your family, and whether the facilities match up with your own needs.

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