Western NC

VOL12 ISS2 2017

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44 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 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. Some communities host events and festivals for your entertainment. Additionally, residents enjoy self-led activates, including hiking and biking trails, and sport courts, as well as 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. You may choose to live in a community that offers commercial and retail space in the neighborhood, featuring healthcare providers, restaurants, shops and entertainment hubs. Residents can easily enjoy the convenience and cultural experiences within their own neighborhood. Or you might prefer a community that provides 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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