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Absolutely Golden: Everything You Need to Know About Moving to a 55+ Community

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In recent years, millions of seniors have made the choice to move to a city. Reaching retirement age doesn’t mean quitting excitement or a social life. It’s the opposite for many people: retirement is the perfect time to seek out new friends and new experiences.

Moving to a city is one way to get those experiences. However, 55+ communities also let you expand your horizons while staying in the areas you love best.

Wondering what 55 and over communities can offer you? We’ll answer all your questions here — keep reading to learn if active senior living is right for you!

What are 55+ Communities?

In short, 55+ communities allow people to move in only if they meet the age requirements. That automatically surrounds you with people going through the same life experiences as you!

Many of these communities also offer other perks, from organized events to added security. This easily offers everything you might want from life all in one place.

Your community might offer different types of security to make sure the only people that can come in are the ones that are supposed to be there.

For example, you might have a gate with a guard present to monitor who enters or leaves the grounds. Most communities have one entry point for residents and a different one for non-residents. Some add security patrols to go around the property and make sure everything’s safe at all hours.

Other communities have automatic security gates without any guards present. This still offers great security, and often makes the community more affordable. You can use a code or a remote to come home, and give your apartment code to your visitors so you can let them in.

Pros and Cons of 55+ Communities

These communities come with lots of benefits, as well as some things you should be aware of before you transition. Let’s take a look at both the pros and cons of active adult communities.


First, the benefits. While there are too many pros to list here, these are a few of our favorites.

1. Extra Security

First, many people love the added security measures in active adult communities. You can live stress-free in any area knowing that gates and guards protect your home at all hours.

In addition to the gate system, you’ll also enjoy security measures like well-lit walkways, and properly maintained smoke alarms.

2. New Friends

When you move into a community filled with like-minded people, it’s easy to make friends. This can help you stay active and social, whether you move in with a partner or live alone.

3. Plenty of Support

In addition to meeting new people, you’ll also benefit from all the support services offered by your community. This helps you live independently for many years to come.

These services can include meal prep or delivery, cleaning, running errands, pet sitting, and much more. You might even get to access medical support, such as medication reminders or physical rehab opportunities.

Although it costs more to add these services, the quality of life value they bring makes it worthwhile.

4. No Maintenance

Getting tired of yard work and scrubbing windows? An active adult community lets you transition to living with a no-maintenance exterior. Your home will look beautiful, and you’ll only have to take care of the inside.

Moving to one of these communities also might mean downsizing, which can be great for people 55 and over. Taking care of a big house that you no longer need gets exhausting. Why not move to a place that’s easy to keep beautiful without much work?

5. Active Living

One of the things people love most about these communities is the chance for truly active living. You’ll find a wide variety of activities that are fun and accessible for many different people.

The activities will range depending on which community you choose. They could include anything from shuffleboard to yoga, or from dance to cooking classes. If you want more low-key activities, you might find book clubs and Bible study groups, too.

With so many activities to choose from, you won’t need to worry about meeting your neighbors. Try a few new things out and making friends becomes easy!

6. Peaceful Environment

In 55+ communities, you’re mostly free from the noise and hustle of younger people with children. You’ve probably already made it through that part of your life. While you might welcome visits from grandchildren, it’s also nice to have a peaceful environment on most days.


The pros outweigh the cons by a long shot, but let’s take a look at some of the drawbacks people might find in these communities.

1. No On-Site Healthcare

Although many facilities offer medical support, you won’t find a full range of healthcare services online like at an assisted living community. For people with certain health concerns, this can make things a bit difficult. But for most people, it won’t pose any problems.

2. Limited Age Range

For many people, the best thing about 55+ communities is being surrounded by people near their age or older. But if you prefer to have lots of young people around, this might not be the right choice for you.

Of course, your younger friends and family members can visit you often. But they won’t be living as nearby as you might want — unless they move into the residence with you.

Ready to Give 55+ Communities a Try?

Do 55+ communities sound like a good fit for you? There’s no time like now to start transitioning into the life you really want.

It’s easier than you might think, and you can find many different types of communities to meet your needs. You don’t have to give up the lifestyle you love, and you’ll reap the benefits of being surrounded by a great community.

When you’re ready to take the leap, check out our California communities here!


by Kelly Laird Smith, CA BRE #01359555
Pattie, Kelly, Wink & Associates
(562) 522-5173 (m) (e)

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