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Atlanta's Active Adult Communities Offer A FRESH START!

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 12/26/15

Atlanta's Active Adult Communities Offer A Fresh Start for Baby Boomers Entering a New Stage in Their Lives. 
An In-depth Look at Cobb & Paulding Counties.

Active adult communities come in 2 forms:
1.  age RESTRICTED developments require that 80% of residents must be 55 and over, OR,
2. age TARGETED developments simply marketed to 55 and over buyers.

Buyers in an active adult community range from "empty-nesters" and retirees to those still working full-time.  The commonality is found in the desire for a more "MAINTENANCE-FREE" level of home ownership in an amenity rich environment within a community of common interests.

One of the key components in an active adult community is INDEPENDENCE. These developments generally consist of detached single family homes, townhouses or condominiums.  They are not assisted living communities and do not provide help with transportation, housekeeping, personal care, medication, healthcare, meals, etc.  

Active adult developments are often referred to as "LIFESTYLE NEIGHBORHOODS."  According to a 2005 housing survey, nearly 85% of these communities were located in metropolitan areas with easy access to recreational and cultural attractions, shopping and dining, healthcare facilities as well as a variety of on-site activities. Active Adult Lifestyle Homes in Marietta

All of these factors and more have made Cobb & Paulding Counties very attractive areas for the development of both age restricted and targeted Active Adult Communities.

Let's start with the proximity of many of the state's colleges and universities. As children transition from area high schools to colleges such as Kennesaw State University, Perimeter College, West Georgia, UGA, Georgia State & Georgia Tech, parents are often inspired to downsize their living space without moving away from the area in which they raised their families.

Cobb & Paulding Counties both offer an established yet still growing healthcare network.  Wellstar, Kaiser Permanente, Resurgeons and the VA Outpatient Clinic all have a presence in the area.

Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is located in the heart of Cobb County at 677 Church Street, Marietta GA 30060.  The Wellstar network includes two additional hospitals in Cobb at Austell and Windy Hill as well as a host of urgent care centers and associated physician practices and imaging centers throughout the county.

The new Wellstar Paulding Hospital is conveniently located at 2518 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram 30141 and offers state of the art facilities for the fast growing communities of Hiram and Dallas.

Both counties are home to private airports capable of handling jet traffic for private and corporate air travel.  Cobb County McCollum Field is located in Kennesaw near Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw State University.  The airport houses several flight schools, charter services, bi-plane rides and a restaurant.

Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport is the newest jet capable airport built to serve the Atlanta market in over 30 years.  Located at 730 Airport Parkway, Dallas GA 30157.  The facility offers a flight school and hangar rentals in addition to the standard services.

Great amenities for active adultsOutdoor recreational opportunities in the area are abundant.  The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Silver Comet Trail, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona are just a few!  Residents can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, horseback trail riding, swimming, boating and a host of other outdoor activities.

The Atlanta metro has a unique strategy to satisfy the retail needs of its residents. Nearly every niche neighborhood is home to its own shopping, dining and entertainment district.  Grocery, discount retail, upscale retail and specialty stores, movie theaters, museums and concert venues are plentiful in and around both counties.  
Of course, the Buckhead & Midtown Atlanta shopping districts are only a short drive. For super short cuts and traffic avoidance techniques, contact Jenna directly!

On-site amenities vary by neighborhood and go far beyond the "retirement" community stereotype of shuffleboard and Mahjong!  

These lifestyle-centric developments can bring the resort or vacation feel to your new home.  Pools, tennis, golf, country clubs, club houses, community events, fitness centers and classes like pilates are often available.  Walking and biking trails may be incorporated into the neighborhood.  You may find a stocked lake or fishing pond, a marina and more.

For some, never having to leave home is a BONUS.

Focusing on the physical and social needs of their residents bring Atlanta's Active Adult Communities to the forefront when searching for a new home!

"Maintenance free" home ownership is also an attractive quality.  Particularly in Cobb & Paulding, many Active Adult Communities are built upon the condominium concept. With that comes a HomeOwner's Association that manages exterior maintenance, lawn and landscaping services, trash removal, irrigation and the inclusion of some utility services.  

These services free residents to enjoy traveling without the restrictions of a more traditional model of home ownership.  No need to worry about the grass getting too tall or dying while on vacation!  It's all taken care of!

"Maintenance free" can also mean no exterior painting, gutter cleaning, etc.  In a condo association these items are included in the monthly or annual homeowner's association fees.

Imagine...taking a 3 month European vacation without giving home a second thought!

Go ahead, spend the summer at your beach condo.  Everything will be fine!

Visit the children or grandchildren for a few weeks.  No worries!

Let's explore what the "typical" home is like in an active adult community.  The most common terms used in describing these homes are GARDEN HOMES, PATIO HOMES, RANCH CONDOS, RANCH TOWNHOUSES.

The controlling theme is generally ONE LEVEL LIVING.  You will likely find a master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor as well as the common living areas. Main floor living makes "aging in place" easier.  In addition, step-less entries, grab bars in bathrooms, wider doors and hallways make future mobility issues simpler to deal with.

Homes are usually between 1500 and 2500 sq feet but never compromise on style!  Open floor plans, soaring ceiling heights, gas fireplaces, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, tile kitchens and baths, hardwood floors and more can be expected.

What is not common is basements.  While not unheard of or impossible to find, basements are not a standard feature among the homes in Active Adult communities. In keeping with the idea of "downsizing" and letting go of items that become unnecessary as residents move into this new phase of their lives, basements are extraneous and no longer desirable for many.

Don't worry! Storage won't be an issue.  In addition to guest bedrooms, many builders include "flex" space into their plans.  Areas such as bonus rooms, craft rooms, sun rooms, home offices, etc. often find their way into these homes.

Finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, floor plan and price range for your needs is my primary objective!  

If you need assistance selling your current home and finding all of the resources your will need to transition to your new home, I will be happy to help!

For more information about Active Adult Communities in Cobb & Paulding Counties, feel free to call Jenna Dixon at 770-374-4230 or email!

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