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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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How Old Are People Living in Over 55 Communities?

Some people may want to know how old people are that live in an Over 55 Community.  The most relevant people to ask that question are those considering an early retirement and want to consider if they are ready to move in with older people.

A sales associate told me they were heading to the model home park with a couple in their 50s, when they saw a person using a walker. The couple immediately decided they didn’t belong there and they didn’t need to see the model. Another younger couple moved into Del Webb Hilton Head and after a year, moved out because there were too many older people for them.

Is age really as relevant as a 50 year old person thinks?

When you define old age, it is from the perspective of the person doing the defining.

There are a number of quotes about age, but the one I like best is by Bernard Baruch: “To me, old age is always about 15 years older than I am”.

Mark Twain had a good one with: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter”.

Back to the question of how old are people living in a 55+ community.  The obvious, they are at least age 55. In an Active Adult Community, the average age of residents may depend on when the community was built.  A community built out over 10 years ago may have a higher average age, than one being built now. This is because a lot of people moved in 10 years ago and are older now, but there have been resales and new people are always moving in.

If you ask the sales office how old are the people living in a community, they will tell you they do not keep a record of the ages.

Living in my Del Webb community which is 7 years old, I will venture a guess that the highest percentage of people are in their 70s. I would guess the next age decade may be people in their 60s, then 80s. There are people fewer in their 50s and 90s.  But the ages are pretty spread out from the 50s to the 90s.

I have admired and been inspired by people of all ages living in our community.

This year in our community, several people in their 80s have beaten me in pickleball and in bocce. Several play softball.  Last year at the National Senior Games, there was a 80 year old that had a faster time than I did for the 5k race walk. (I was age 68)

But even more impressive, I think, are the mental abilities, life experiences, enthusiasm for life and living in the present, people have.

Two members in our writing group around 90 years old are sharp as a tack.  I saw two 90+ years old participate at USA Track and Field events, setting national records.  But I have been most impressed with people in their 80s  and how much they are involved in activities. People in their 70s are in prime time, going as fast as they can to enjoy as much of life as they can.

Many of all ages, like to travel. Many write. Some of the hobbies people have here are just fascinating. Many mange their money well and stay abreast of financial conditions. Politics is alive and well. Volunteering is part of many people lives here. There is a joy of living and zest for what’s next. Being part of their grand kids’ lives is important to many, as well as church.  Staying active and engaged is the key common denominator.

I think most people that move into an Active Adult Community feel younger in a year. It’s all up to you, but you will have lots of good examples to show you how to stay younger.

As long as you are age 55, I don’t think you can be too young to move into an Active Adult Community. Most people I talk with say they wish they had moved here sooner.