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Are Houses Too Close?

One of the negatives people considering active adult communities bring up is “houses are too close together”.  At first glance, that’s an understandable concern since the houses are closer together than in many communities, even though smaller lots have been the trend for some time. That’s why many older homes have larger lots.

Having lived in a Del Webb community for almost a year, here is my take on this.

The developer has done a wonderful job positioning the homes for maximum privacy using different lot elevations, varying house set backs, curving streets, berms, green belts  and woods.

Terraced lots
Terraced lots. Taken from the back corner of my lot.

I have only heard this “too close” concern voiced by people who do not live in an active adult community, not by those of us who do live in one. Here is why.

On a personal level, I know my house being close to the neighbors house on the side yards is not a problem.  In fact, I like my yard better than the one-half acre suburban lot I moved from. Getting a good lot for me was just luck because I didn’t even conscientiously consider that.

back yard
right side of my back yard
  • I have a better view that my last house. I can see the sun rise every morning from my back door. From my patio I see a larger view of the sky and at night I can see the stars.

    sunrise from my patio
    sunrise from my patio
  • I have never ever heard the neighbors while inside our house. The hardie plank siding plus extra insulation helps, but hey we don’t sit around playing ZZ Top and ACDC at full volume either. Remember most noise is made by kids, so that is not a problem.
  • Because lots are terraced, at least here at Village at Deaton Creek, I have a very private back yard.
  • Smaller yard is easier to take care of.  Even though the HOA cuts lawns and provides other services, I do water and flower planting. Much easier with a small yard.
  • Our smaller back yard is more usable. We rarely ventured off our deck over looking our larger yard at the last house. Here we are not lacking in yard to use. In fact we can make the surrounding area to our large patio more tailored to our likes. Smaller can be better. We added a railing along the edges of our patio ( with HOA approval of course!), put out some planters, put out Mary Ann mother’s Irises along the sunroom foundation and some calico river stones. I am thinking of my next project right now.

    patio
    patio
  • Because the community has plenty of green space and is located in a forest, there is all kinds of wild life. There are deer, foxes, coyotes, turtles, plenty of birds. There are also 8 miles of walking trails and a pretty large creek. So the allocation is really smaller lots to more undeveloped green space, not a bad trade off.

    Does this look too close!
    Does this look too close! Taken from my patio.

Pay Attention To Your Lot

Lots and homes vary quite a bit. I am sure some have more privacy than others. If this is a concern to you, then pay attention to the lot and position of the home, not just the inside of the home. Consider the back yard, the front yard, front door and window views.

Don’t let your first observations that “houses are too close” throw you off in your home search. Just be observant and mindful that your lot is important too.

View from my front door
View from my front door

Kind of nice not looking directly into a house across the street.  That’s just a little 8 house cul de sac street with not much traffic.  I don’t know that I would like the same set up with a street with heavy traffic.

 

Front looking left
Front looking left

One good thing for privacy is that the driveways are not right next to each other.

 

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Party Time

We are going to a lot more parties since moving to a Del Webb Community.

For instance, this week we went over to the neighbors house for a dinner party which included 4 couples. We arrived at 5:30pm and enjoyed cocktail hour, appetizers, and a great Italian dinner over conversation with our neighbors and friends.

Today we are going to Scott’s Downtown Gainesville for a birthday party for Pete, who is turning 80. The restaurant is closed to the public today so we will have the place to ourselves.

Two days from now it’s New Years Eve and we are going to two parties. A group on our street has been going out to a special New Years party dinner for several years and this year they invited us to go. We will be at the restaurant at 7pm for a special dinner of several courses plus your beverage of choice.

Next we are planning on making it back to our beautiful clubhouse for the traditional New Years Party in the Grand Ballroom to dance with music by a live band. After midnight we will drive the one mile back home on safe community roads.

Contrast that to before we moved to our lovely community. We usally stayed home on New Years because ee don’t drink hardly at all and it’s not safe of the roads. But you don’t have to be a heavy drinker to have a good time. Socially we like to bond with our neighbors and we never run out of things to talk about. Plus different people will be at each of these parties this week, so you get to socialize a lot.

These parties don’t drain you like the ones you went to when you were young and drank too much. These parties give you a good feeling and are fun!

Socializing is another advantage of living in an 55 and Over Active Adult Community with people you like and call your friends.

People like to socialize and there are even health benefits of doing so, especially as you age.

Isolation is a big problem with many seniors, mostly because they don’t have a way to meet new friends or stay in contact with old friends. Plus it can be difficult traveling to meet someone, say for lunch. People don’t become less social because they age, it’s just they lose the opportunities to do so.

All that changes with Active Adult Community living. At least the opportunity is there at your door step, if you want to be more socially active.

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