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Are Active Adult 55+ Communities More Beneficial Than Master Plan Communities?

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Each?

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Are Active Adult 55+ Communities More Beneficial Than Master Plan Communities?

By Carmelita Black   
Posted on Aug 03, 2021 in Topic: Realtor Only
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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Each?
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Peter Wright
about 2 months ago
I saw your question and got curious myself. Out of all the articles I read, I found these insightful:

55+ Communities
https://www.55places.com/blog/the-pros-and-cons-of-55-active-adult-communities

Master Plan Community Pros and Cons
https://www.elend.com/2014/03/17/pros-and-cons-of-living-in-a-master-planned-community/

Curious to know what 55+ communities people might recommend in the Houston area.


about 2 months ago
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Yvonne Chauvin
about 2 months ago
Hi Carmelita,

Active Adult 55+ Communities can also be master planned, and honestly, you're comparing apples to oranges. :)

As the name suggests, 55+ communities are only for individuals aged 55 or older. Children and young adults are typically not allowed to live there (age is not a protected category).
There are some (very few) 55+ communities that allow for 20% of their population to be younger. If you're showing homes in these communities, I'd recommend you check the age restrictions.

Master planned communities are for everyone- regardless of age, and offer homes in deed restricted areas with amenities, that come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges.

You will also find sections of mater planned communities to be 55+. It all depends where.


about 2 months ago
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Koshy Oommen
about 2 months ago
55+ communities as the name implies, is catered to that age group or higher. Master planned communities are more more catered for families with kids and younger home owners. The amenities are different in both communities.
In some 55+ communities, you will find more 2 bedrooms homes than in MP communities.


about 2 months ago
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Charles Rawls
about 2 months ago
I may depend on your age. 55+ could be good for younger seniors and not so good for older seniors...............

take a look here

https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr_edge_featd_article_071213.html


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https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr_edge_featd_article_071213.html


about 2 months ago
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Tracie Benton
about 2 months ago
Great Question! Some 55 + communities are set up exactly like master planned communities, and we know that not all master planned communities are the same. The real research starts with ground work and figuring out which communities has the best vibe by going out and visiting them. Asking the residents questions and seeing what type of activities they offer. After you conduct your research you can then see which community matches you or your clients interest and needs. Good luck!


about 2 months ago
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Pauline Clement
about 2 months ago
Both options of a choice of a community can be the right fit for the intended purchaser or user. While a master planned community can be both beneficial to families, and an active adult 55+ community, some active adults may choose the specific active adult community that best suits their needs. So the benefit in my opinion is to the beholder.


about 2 months ago
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Doris Snipp
about 2 months ago
Are Oranges better than apples? Both have a place. A buyer should give considerable thought to their lifestyle and do they want to change it up. Certainly friends are easier to make in an over 55 community. While there are many activities and amenities for an adult group one can pick and choose when they want to be alone or partake in something of interest. Privacy is an issue. Are you a person who likes spending your time pursuing your interest alone and finding comfort in being on your own. One could be seen by the “group” as stand offish and find themselves in the midst of “cliques.” However reading the book at the pool without being splashed or solitude interrupted by crying or boisterous children is a plus! One can love their grandchildren dearly, but they can send them home also. My grandmother always said there is time for everything. Young families love to live in neighborhoods with young families. Middle age adults with teens find they have nothing in common with those who’s small talk is the latest thing in pre-school. Master planned communities offer many amenities and a degree of privacy. People may be resourceful in seeking out those people with like thinking or interest at church, gym, work. They are moving up in their career and many conversations are work related. The over 55 have been there and done that. Over 55 is “group living.” Those who live alone may find a feeling of safety and security in a 55+community. One thing to consider as you approach the later years is your extended family are now living their own busy life and visits may not occur as often. You could find your self feeling isolated. There is a house for all taste. Select the home that could well be your “forever home” with pricing continuing to rise. It is always about your lifestyle. What best fits your lifestyle?


about 2 months ago
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Tami Johnson
about 2 months ago
The answer to this question really depends upon your Client's needs. Some want to downsize; and have less maintenance and landscaping responsibilities. Others also want socialization with other residents in their age group. I've noticed lately that there are Active Adult 55+ Sections within Master Plan Communities. In those situations, you may have the Annual Homeowner's Association Dues plus any monthly maintenance fees. I always ask prospective clients to disclose their needs, wants and resources, then we discuss their housing options.


about 2 months ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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