In our blogs, we’ve been through more than a dozen reasons why moving to an adult living community is a great idea. In fact, just in our more recent blog we went over some of the less-obvious reasons that people move to an adult living community. After all, most people don’t think about the instant community they’ll have with people with a lot of the same interests, or the fact that you can “lock and leave,” meaning that we’ll take care of your exterior upkeep while you’re gone.
But that’s not to say you won’t have some time adjusting to your new 55-and-over community. While most everything about an active adult community is positive, it’s important to be aware of some stuff you’ll have to get used to.
There Are No Young People Around
One reason that people live in a 55-plus community is that they are interested in getting away from the problems that might pop up in a typical neighborhood. The family next door with five kids might have five cars lined up along the street. Kids riding bikes is nice, but they’re also a danger to hit with a car. And there’s often that one neighbor kid who might be in the early stages of living a life of crime.
Still, it’s possible to miss the action of a typical neighborhood after leaving it. When people first get to a gated community for active adults, they often go through three stages. First, they’re happy to be away from the hustle and bustle of a regular neighborhood. Then, after a bit, they kind of miss it. And then they simply get used to the quieter life in an adult lifestyle community like The Legacy.
You Have To Leave Your Previous House
Some people are more than happy to leave their previous home. Maybe the neighborhood took a turn for the worse, or perhaps they battled tree roots in the sewer line for years. These people can’t wait to move to a 55-plus community.
But others have a hard time moving away. They have become attached to the structure and the many family events that have taken place there. They most likely raised children there, and it can be difficult to leave because of all the memories associated with it.
For those who have a hard time leaving, there isn’t much we can say to convince them. It’s a decision that everyone has to make on their own, and as much as we talk about the pool, or the walking trailers, or the pickleball court, or the spacious floor plans, or the clubhouse with demonstration kitchen…well, you can’t blame us for trying to convince them to live such a fun-loving life!
You Have To Wait
Did you know that 55+ communities have been challenged in court? Some people believe that it’s a type of reverse ageism, but according to the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 it is legal for communities to market themselves as age-restricted.
Why is that a bad thing? Because if you and your spouse are 50 but want to live in an age-restricted community, you’re just going to have to wait! (Still, there are exceptions. Contact us anyway!)
Yes, You’ll Have an HOA
For those who have come from neighborhoods with HOAs, it’s not such a big shock. After all, the HOAs in their old neighborhood was probably paying for playground equipment or green spaces that they never used. The HOAs in our 55+ community will pay for things you do use, such as the wonderful pool.
If you’ve never had an HOA before, it might take some getting used to. But if you budget it into your monthly payment when you’re taking an early look at your finances, it’s not such a big deal.
You Don’t Want to Leave!
It can be easy to get pretty darned comfortable here. What with ways to exercise and a community of people with similar interests, you’ve got pretty much everything covered.
But what about food? What about prescriptions? With the Publix right outside the gate of our active adult community, you’re not going to have to go far to get just about anything you need. Most everyone at The Legacy will have the ability to simply walk down to pick up whatever they need. Forget something for a recipe? It’s a two-minute drive to save dinner!
So what’s the disadvantage here? With our adult community being so comfortable, you’re not going to want to leave! You might spend a week or more here before you need to go anywhere else in Auburn, whether that’s church or a shop that sells something Publix doesn’t have.
You’ll Be Set Aside
Some people feel that 55-and-older communities can be a bit too “separate” from everything else. If they’ve lived in the middle of town and like the sound of traffic going past, it might be hard to convince them that moving out into the rolling hills of Auburn will be better for them (we also have the creek nearby from which Cary Creek takes its name). If active adult living means being in the middle of a city, then this adult community might not be for them.
It’s true, we are a gated community, and we’re away from the center of town. But many of the people who are interested in living in such a community has been working toward this for some time. They want a simpler lifestyle than they’ve been living, whether that means doing away with their lawn work or having the ability to leave and know that their house is safer than it could be outside of an active adult community.
Of course, we don’t like to talk about the negatives of living in an active adult community very often. But when you get right down to it, the disadvantages that some people might cite are actually advantages for others. It all depends on the person. We admit, we’ll never convince some people that an over-55 community is right for them. But for so many others, the incredible advantages we offer is more than enough to entice them to visit The Legacy and pick out their floor plans. We’d love to show you everything The Legacy at Cary Creek has to offer, so contact us today!