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Baby Boomers Love Villages

 gathering at neighborhood  at farmer's market-AshevilleSo 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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Hi janeAnne!   I agree that we boomers seem to like that village style lifestyle.   I think that it might be the fact that we are not running after little ones and can focus more on enjoying what we want to do or accomplish.    Your description of your community wants me to get in the car and drive on down. 

Posted by Carol-Ann Palmieri, "Cal" the Real Estate Gal (RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group) about 7 years ago

janeAnne, village style living is starting to appeal to more age groups than just the boomers.  Maybe its the perception that the world feels unsettled and people want to pull together for community and protection.  Personally, I love the idea and your well written description.  I feel like I just toured the neighborhoods around the Grove Park.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 7 years ago

We have a number of lovely and very popular communitites as you describe. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I love the idea of this as well, janeAnne.  It's hard to beat being involved in a close knit community. 

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 7 years ago
Thank you for the great education. I learned so much from your post.
Posted by Lucas Taylor (Keller Williams Miami Beach ) about 7 years ago
Especially good if you don't have family. Whatever allows you to enjoy your last half...
Posted by Nan Jester, Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery (Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL ) about 7 years ago

Hi Cal~ Appreciate your sentiments and you are most welcome to drive on down....

Mona~ YOU spotted the area, exactly! Good Eye! Next time you are up this way, let's have tea at Edna's (nearby)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

Lenn~ Good to know that the "village" concept is there in VA,USA- especially attractive to our clients who are moving into retirement and appreciate the proximity of neighbors...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

Jason~ I agree with you- and research shows that "being involved" is not only good for the spirit, but for over-all wellness, too. Thanks for your comments, Jason. Much appreciated!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

HI Lucas~ Miami has all kinds of wonderful "villages"...natural Coconut Grove...and I can imagine the conversion of the FountainBleu into a boomers'paradise =) (I attended U of M and lived and taught school in FL for mamy years)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

I many others... will be looking forward to that book ! When we lived in Chapel Hill we were at the top of "Southern Village" which was an inclusive community with market-movie theater-outdoor pavillion (great friday night movies and saturday farmers markets) .. loved the concept. Walked the dogs to the park, kids rode bikes on the sidewalks and friendly atmosphere made a neurotic mom like me- Relax !
Miss that neighborhood and agree 100% -- we do want that security. It was like years gone by where the street lights went on- and it was still safe outside to walk to a neighbor for wine or a chat on the proch.

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) about 7 years ago

janeAnne-I like the village concept, it makes a ton of sense. We have some communties, in the Seattle area, that are very close to the village concept. 

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 about 7 years ago

Hi Nan~

Actually the villages around Asheville tend to be multi-generational--kids, parents-grandparents...remind me to find a link to add to this post..

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

HI Michele!! =)

And the thing a group boomers are so powerful that we can influence the design and development of such neighborhoods/villages within a town and create homes designed for life. Hope you make it to Asheville one of these days real soon./...before my hair turns totally white from working on that book <G>

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago

Yes Adrian- I am thinking that Queen Anne has that feeling...and Edmonds to the north a bit, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 7 years ago
Hi janeAnne, like you said, it's not a new concept but a return to the tradition of neighborhood where people know each other and the return to bringing services and shopping back into the neighborhoods just like it used to be. It's a great quality of life improvement.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 7 years ago

I don't think it's just baby boomers, either. I see a big trend to folks everywhere wanting it like it was in the good old days... maybe it's living in a small "village" myself, but I can't imagine big city life any more.


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) about 7 years ago

I've written about this as well. It's definitely a trend showing up in every city.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) about 7 years ago
Debbie and I spent the afternoon in the Village of Corrales NM. It's Albuquerque's sister Village. If we find the perfect home for us you better believe we will making a move! There I go dreaming again ..... :)
Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 7 years ago


I'd love to know how to get your e-book after your published. Your ideas are always trendy, practical, educational, and important.

I've also had the vision of creating my own Village for some time now but it wasn't as clear to me as what you have initiated. The idea of being a member of a community is also very similar to the lifestyle I grew up in, in an old Chicago neighborhood. My mom and dad, as other neighbors had a perimeter set for me and all the kids in the neighborhood. In other words, we knew our boundaries and we didn't cross the line (streets, boulevards, alleys or avenues).

As for my mother and the other mothers of the neighborhood, only two had automobiles and only one worked at the Bakery Shop. The rest were House Wives, on foot, and they walked to the drug store, grocery store, tailor, butcher, deli, dry cleaners, department stores, flower shop, hardware store, newspaper stand, pizza place, bakery, toy store, shoe store, cigar store, barber shop, bicycle shop, liquor store, and fabric shop. Mothers made our clothes. A block away from my house was the dairy where we got fresh milk in glass bottles with the thick cream on top. During summer months, a man with a wagon and two horses came through the neighborhoods to sell fresh fruits and vegetables and of course the Good Humor Man did too. For entertainment or cultural experiences, we had two theaters, a social center (for kids only) and a library. The two women who drove cars were the more "Modern Moms," and could be depended on for emergencies only. One lady did hair for all the kids and the moms.

janeAnne, I'm so glad you brought this topic up. It's a great idea and worth exploring. I'm proud of all the things you do in your life and how persuasive and influential you are. You are a GREAT person and a keeper on ActiveRain. What you do for your community and to enlighten others is extraordinary.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 7 years ago

janeAnne, I love your term "Aging in Palace!"  I've focused on aging in place and working on how to help MN communities create "Communities for a Lifetime" or "Assisted Livings without walls" I'm book marking this post as well as your page to explore further.  Yes, I want to age in place... I mean palace.  Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Beth Paterson, CRMP, NMLS #342859 (Reverse Mortgages SIDAC, LLC, NMLS #1790592) about 7 years ago

janeAnn, the village concept is a great way to instill that neighborhood feel to a community.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 7 years ago

Very relevant post. Thanks for those observations.

Posted by Vanessa Saunders, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate) about 7 years ago

janeAnne, It has always been a great concept and I'm surprised there aren't more areas like that available.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 7 years ago

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