So many boomers love the idea of living, working and/or retiring in a location where the atmosphere of a neighborly village is tangible- regardless of age.
Given the boomer home choice trend toward “aging-in-place” (-I call it Aging –in-Palace©- my upcoming eBook- ) the village-concept is getting lots of attention these days. The concept, though it appears innovative to some, is as old as the hills. There can be safety and comfort where caring people gather.
But the boomer generation, and those born just before boomers, the “Lucky Few,” may exert a strong influence not seen in the past. Boomers seek active adult communities (villages) that take into good account the needs of people who are dismissing aging stereotypes. From a “community limo” – for transportation to the doctor’s and grocery shopping, to shared organic gardens, to yoga, wellness programs, hiking/walking groups, to social and educational events and outings the neighborly village promises a happy, sustainable solution to home living arrangements….and fun.
How REALTORS® see a property in terms of innovative living solutions can open the way to possibility. For example: What if, given the trend toward a preference for “human scale” design the real estate professional’s very approach to a property changes? I consider this as I wander down the streets of a neighborhood in the process of gentrification in Asheville ....
This sweet place has responded to human needs. There’s a neighborhood grocery store, and not far away, an espresso café, and not far from that, the most attractive park. I see families there all the time. As I amble down the curving streets dotted with old-fashioned gardens, I see people out enjoying the company of their neighbors, chatting, stopping by to observe the work being done on a 1920s Craftsman Bungalow. All ages here- dogs in tow. ... Lots of talking goes on in such a neighborhood . Is it the “village” atmosphere?
Thoughtful New Urbanist architects and land planners have designed spaces and buildings that are inviting- encourage us to stay for a while- include gathering places for people to conduct whatever business or social activity is important during their stay. There are spaces and buildings where people actually want to congregate. (If there are no people around, the space has most likely failed. If there are many people around then the space has probably succeeded.)
So where can baby boomers of all ages come to live, or visit or work or socialize? Where do I you like to hang out? What is it that makes this space or building a place where you want to spend time? What characteristics give you that welcoming feeling And, bottom line…. what do the people regardless of age need?
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