Baby boomers have either reached the age of retirement or are getting close. For many boomers, timely questions arise, including where’s an ideal place to retire and what sort of lifestyle is desired. What are the ‘must haves’ you want for your retirement lifestyle? Many baby boomers want to be happy with the retirement lifestyle they choose. Identifying the specifics of what it is you are looking for in your next home is key to finding happiness. But what are you looking for in the home itself? What attributes will make it perfect for you now? It’s about you and what you want to do in order to be more active when doing the things you love. So what does this mean for your next home? Here are some must haves in the ideal baby boomer retirement home:
One floor living: overwhelmingly for retirement living, we all want to have our main rooms on one level, including the Master Bedroom & Ensuite, the Laundry Room, Kitchen with eating areas and Great Rooms. For some of us this may help if you have mobility concerns—for others it’s the convenience factor.
Large eat-in kitchens: many of us have enjoyed a chef’s kitchen in our previous homes or have promised ourselves one in our next. Either way it’s a must if you enjoy entertaining family and friends. For more casual lifestyles, formal dining rooms are less of a priority but a large enough eating space is key.
Technology equipped homes: boomers have proven they are interested in the new waves of technology that have appeared. Wi-Fi TVs, smart homes with security features and connectivity will play a big part in everyday life.
Wider doors and hallways: with aging comes the need for walkers and wheelchairs for some.
Easy to maintain exterior landscape: obviously you would look at little or no low maintenance windows, decks, siding and gardens.
Security: whether it’s an alarm system or concierge, personal security becomes important. Also with many of us traveling for extended periods of time in the winter, knowing all is well at home helps us enjoy our time away.
Garage storage: while many of us will be giving up two cars, some of us will be adding different kinds of vehicles to the list: ATV’s, snowmobiles, motorcycles, even seadoos. It is important to have somewhere to store our ‘toys’.
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