Just what is an “Active Adult Community” in Atlanta?

The term Active Adult is relatively new to the housing industry, yet the concept has been around for a very long time. Retirement communities have been popular for many years in the states of Florida and Arizona.  Folks used to retire, pack up and move to a warmer place.  Things have changed.  More and more people over 55 are choosing to move close to their children or remain in their community instead of the ‘destination’ retirement that Florida and Arizona offered.  Builders all across the country have responded with the community concept – Active Adult.
Active Adult communities serve the 55+ population.  They can be age-restricted communities (registered and approved by HUD) wherein the residents must meet a set of qualifications based on age.  Others can be age-targeted Active Senior Communities, or Retirement Communities; designed to attract the baby boomer, yet have no legal age restrictions.  Typical over 55 communities will offer amenities geared towards older couples and singles.  Such amenities include a private clubhouse with scheduled activities,  a pool, walkable streets, etc.  Most do not offer amenities such as playgrounds that would attract younger families – however, some Active Adult communities have provided small playgrounds for grandchildren.

The reasons people move to active adult communities are as varied and the people themselves.  Some move to be closer to grandchildren; others move out of the two story home into a smaller ranch home which is much more accessible; still others move to be in a peaceful neighborhood where the only children playing are the visiting grandchildren.

So whether you call it an Active Adult community,  an Over 55 community,  a 55+ community , Active Senior Living, or Age-Restricted; they are all essentially a different name for the same place – a community of similar ‘life-stage” people who want to enjoy their retirement years with others.

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