Active Adult Communities are growing in popularity because of their favorable living environments.  And, while there may be plenty of choices, identifying the right 55 plus community requires you to take some important steps. 

Step #1: Identify 3 to 4 Areas.

Consider about 3 to 4 areas, which you feel you would want to live in. Take a trip to visit these areas to see how it feels to live there. During your trip, look at things like the activities, taxes, climate, hospitals, and the lifestyle in that area. Remember this is the place you will be spending your retirement years and it should be the best. 

Charleston, SC is one place you would want to put on your list of areas to visit. The rich culture, friendly people, and the desired cost of living allow you to have the best experience in your golden days. During this visit, don’t even look at the real estate.  Spare that for some other time as you narrow down the right location. 

Step #2: Choose the Location That Impresses You.

Now that you have visited those 3 to 4 locations, choose an area, which resonates with your desires. Follow your instincts because you'll already know what to expect when you finally relocate to that place. 

Now, plan a trip specifically intended to shop for a new home. In Charleston, SC you may want to visit active adult communities such as Carillon at The Ponds, The Elms of Charleston, Del Webb Charleston, Cresswind at The Ponds, The Pines at Gahagan, and Del Webb Nexton, which is a new planned community coming soon. 

Look at the walk-ability of the area.  See how easy it is to commute to town. Look at the convenience to restaurants, grocery shopping, and banks. See what each 55+ community offers including the facilities, events, the surroundings, and amenities to keep you active. 

You, of course, want to look for things like gym facilities, nature trails, swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, and other sports facilities. Check out that communities calendar of events to ensure the activities are interesting to you. 

Visiting these 55 plus communities will help you narrow down the neighborhood that offers the best amenities and facilities for your particular lifestyle. 

Step #3: Put Your Present Home Up for Sale.

Now that you have settled on a community to live in, place your current home on the market. Take a trip back to the area you have chosen to live with the intention this time to narrow down your preferred home. Make a desirable offer on the home to buy it.

Choosing an Active Adult Community to spend your retirement days may not be that difficult if you know what to look for and what you want. With these tips, rest assured you will find the right home. 

If the area you have chosen is Charleston, SC and you would like to view the available homes in Charleston's 55+ communities, contact Debra Whitfield, an award-winning agent and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  Debra has been advising the 55 plus community for over 10 years on how to relocate in retirement. 

Visit to view Charleston's BEST 55 Plus Communities. 

Then, give Debra a call at (843) 367-4845 to schedule a showing.

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