62% Beach Going
elderly parent moves in. These elements open the possibility for people to age
comfortably and remain in their homes. New custom homes are desired by 50%
and 38% seek a condo or townhome.
Low maintenance, exterior siding, like brick, cement board or stucco
on concrete block are popular with retirees. Insulated triple-paned energy-efficient, low UV windows and doors keep utility bills low. Builder Shea Homes
in their Trilogy adult neighborhoods, offer solar water heaters, solar panels and
good insulation as an upgrade starting at about $5,000, which make the home
completely energy independent. Home size does matter and retirees are cutting
down. Between 1,400– 3,000 square feet is what 90% desire. Open, multi-use
space plans that allow each area to have more than one purpose and let all
people be together most of the time are in demand. Outdoor kitchens and
telescoping doors are popular options to enjoy better weather.
Nearby area amenities like shopping (66%), and many amenities (44%)
including historic towns, attractions and museums to explore attract retirees.
Dining both nearby & on-site and healthcare are also important. While retirees
used to say they wanted to be near the grandkids, a more mobile society has
made it unlikely to predict where the kids will wind up for more than 3-5
years. Many unknowing couples have moved to a place they did not like only