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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 70 CHOOSING A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY Find Your Best Fit Evaluate your lifestyle. First and foremost, consider the activities you enjoy as well as those you hope to continue throughout the next years. If you'll be hosting guests or parties, look for features such an open kitchen or spacious living room. Enjoy the outdoors? Explore houses with patios, porches and backyards. If you'll be traveling or don't enjoy extreme seasonal temperatures, opt for a small lot with minimal yard work. Look for a neighborhood with an existing social network. One of the key factors that influences your quality of life is a welcoming sense of community. Look for a neighborhood with a vibrant social calendar of on-site events and a plethora of activities to fill your free time. Briar Chapel, for example, hosts year-round events, such as the Pepper Festival — the state's largest chef competition. Additionally, residents enjoy self-led activates, including 24 miles of hiking and biking trails, a sport court, outdoor ping pong and pickle ball as well as several clubs and interest groups. Aim for ease and access. When it comes to floor plans, consider the long-term time you'll be spending in your home. Opt for single-level living that avoids stairs, offers easily accessible storage and provides thoughtful features such as walk-in showers and low appliances. a community that's right for you Get the most bang for your buck with amenities. When visiting a community, explore the amenities available to homeowners. Communities with pools, water parks, fitness centers and clubhouses offer ongoing activities and entertainment to fill your days. (And pools are the ideal hotspot to host visiting grandchildren!) For an extra bonus, connect with an age-targeted community that offers selective amenities only for 55+ residents tailored to your physical and social needs. Location, location, location: Close proximity. One of the most important qualities of your next home is its proximity to stores, businesses and healthcare. Retired residents may prefer not to drive far, and close proximity provides the ability to carry out your daily life seamlessly. For example, Briar Chapel will soon offer more than 1 million square feet or commercial and retail space in the neighborhood, featuring healthcare providers, restaurants, shops and entertainment hubs. Residents can easily enjoy the convenience and cultural experiences of a modern downtown within their own neighborhood. In addition, Briar Chapel provides more than 24 miles of hiking and biking trails that facilitate the option to also walk to amenity centers, parks and community gathering hotspots. [] SHANNON MCSWINEY Marketing Director, Newland Communities

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