Solera at Johnson Ranch, an Active Adult Community–a video peek

Solera at Johnson Ranch is an active adult community located as part of the larger master planned community of Johnson Ranch located in Queen Creek, now San Tan Valley.  Take a look.

Trilogy at Encanterra, an Active Adult Community– a video peek

Trilogy at Encanterra is Shea homes newest active adult lifestyle community.  It shares the 60,000 sqft club house with the master planned Country Club community of Encanterra.  This unique community may be perfect for the Baby boomer who isn’t quite ready to be in a 55+ only community.

Westbrook Village, a lush oasis in the desert

1WestbrookVillage So many people in Arizona come from some other state.  Most of those states have a much greater annual rain levels that we do,  and so they are accustomed to greener, lusher environments.  Coming to the desert can be a bit of a shock.  With that said, there are some communities that are greener, and more lush than others.  The Active Adult community of Westbrook Village is one of those communities.2WestbrookVillage

The two 18 hole golf courses wind thru the community with green fairways coming right up to the edge of the properties.  There are 2 restaurants, 2 club houses with lots of activities and Westbrook Village is one of the few communities with  condos, patio homes and single family homes too.

3WestbrookVillageThe location is great too.  Just off the 101 Freeway in Peoria, it can’t be beat for getting to town, seeing one of the sports teams, or the airport.

So consider checking out the 55+ community of Westbrook Village!

 

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West Valley–303 freeway opening up

Connectivity is always a concern when choosing a location for your home.  Living in a 55+ community, your not looking at how long it takes to get to work, commuting being a thing of the past.  But easy access to the city, airport, and other things going on in the greater Valley of the Sun is always a good thing.

The 303 loop section from I17 connecting down to Bell Road is opening this week!

This makes access to Trilogy at Vistancia, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Arizona Traditions, Corta Bella and more much nicer.

Now hop on the 303 and head north for freeway access to I17.  It comes in just south of Carefree Highway, making for faster access to the north and down to the rest of the city.

Introduction on how to use the home search feature on our websites

This video will give you a basic tutorial of the home search feature on our websites.

 

a House, a Home, a Community

There are lots of ‘houses’ on the market, and until you move in and make it yours it’s not a home… But a community is something special.

A community is where people come together. It may be because of where you live, what you like to do, things you are interested in and more.

This week I experienced community in my neighborhood. One of my neighbors had a serious accident. She is currently in the neurology ward at the hospital. Her family has come to town to sit by her side while she heals; and our neighborhood has come together to take care of feeding the family. It is a simple thing, providing a meal for others; it wasn’t just one person stepping up or volunteering to help. Everyone who knows her is helping.

Finding a house is easy. Having community is something that you have to participate in to have.

What is the story with 55+ how old do you really have to be?

What is the story with some of the 55 plus, Active Adult Communities allowing sales to people who are 45 and others being rigid on the 55+?

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in many things including age, of the lease or sale of residential property. One of the exceptions to this law is housing for “older persons”. In this usage, “Older Persons” refer to a person 55 years of age or older. The law has been added to, refined, altered and amended over the years. I am not a lawyer, but the way I have been updated on this is that in order to be exempt from the Fair Housing Act, a housing facility or community (defined as any dwelling or group of dwelling units governed by a common set of rules, regulations or restrictions) must have 80% of the occupied units occupied by at least one occupant who is 55 years of age or older. The facility must “publish and follow policies which support this exemption”. At one time the facility had to have “ significant facilities and services specifically designed to meet the physical or social needs of older persons.’’ That regulation has been changed and the facilities and services are no longer required.

This 80% also includes occupants who are present only part time (snowbirds) and rentals, it is not restricted to principal residences. The 20% remaining may be occupied by persons under 55. It is required that every 2 years the facility report to the government with accurate numbers, supported by a variety of identification methods, that they have met the 80% rule. This count is carefully monitored by the communities. To lose this exemption is major. The law governing the remaining 20% is not always clear and seems to be further regulated by the individual community rules. The law includes exemptions for heirs and caregivers and persons who maintain the community to be under 55. It is to fill this 20% that you see the 40+ and 45+ advertisements. Only a carefully monitored number under 55 can permitted to own or lease. The lower ages are most often seen in new construction where the percentage can be overseen more timely. Brand new construction must have at least 25% of the units occupied before the law kicks in so they have a bit of leeway to get their communities started.

Risks to living in a 55+ community…

Risks to living in a 55+ community are not as has been recently reported, the risk is not having a surviving spouse less than 55 years old having to sell, but grandchildren!

  • A recent article in the Arizona Republic “ Homebuilders pin hopes on retiring Baby Boomers” mistakenly wrote that “ …if the husband died before the wife turned 55, she would most likely be forced to sell the home and would not be allowed to remain there alone.”

The surviving spouse if under 55 is covered by the HUD regulation of 80/20.  Only 80% of the residents need be 55 or more.  The remaining 20% is designed to cover the heirs. That 80% is carefully monitored and checked every 2 years.  To drop under that 80% is a fearful thing in these communities and puts them at risk for losing their Fair Housing exemption and turning overnight into a multigenerational community.

The true risk in purchasing a home in a 55+ community is grandchildren!   Two scenarios create the risk.  The first is today’s economy and high unemployment rate.   Adult children are moving home to Mom and Dad and bringing the grandchildren with them.   The fine print in the 55+ communities HOA’s is that NO ONE under 18 years old can reside for more than a limited number of days.   So Mom and Dad may have to move out of their 55+ resort community and into a multigenerational one! The second risk factor is again Grandchildren.  Adult children move out of state for one reason or another and take those grandchildren with them.  Grandma & Grandpa do not want them to be so far away and choose to leave their 55+ lifestyle and follow the grandchildren.

Dream Big with Trilogy Vistancia and Trilogy Encanterra

Do you already know about Trilogy Vistancia. Trilogy Vistancia is an active adult community located in Peoria and is part of the larger master planned community of Vistancia. The gated community is beautiful and offers a country club lifestyle with all the goodies you would ever desire plus.

Trilogy Encanterra is an all aged country club community located in San Tan Valley with a section reserved for those who are 55 and up. Not yet 55?   Then this may be a wonderful community to choose.

Trilogy has a preview for preferred clients this week they are offering big savings (50% off the upgrade/options added to the homes) on their currently completed, move in ready, designer homes.  It will be advertised to the general public this weekend. So if you are looking for great savings on a move in designer home this could be the perfect opportunity to Dream Big with Trilogy at either location.

In Trilogy Vistancia these are the designer homes they have available.

  • Libertas Model – 2107 sq ft with the casita- discounted $58,888
  • Serenitas Model – 2092 – 2334 sq ft  – discounted $60,687
  • Aurora  Model – 2423 sq ft  –  discounted 139,875

Give us a call and we can get out to see these homes together.

Pickle Ball? Pickleball? Pick el ball?

What is Pickleball?

At last I found out!  Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong!

The court is a badminton size, can be on an indoor  basketball type surface, or an outdoor tennis court surface.  The paddle is wooden and slightly larger than a ping pong paddle the ball is a plastic base ball with holes in it!

The game is played with rules all it’s own with underhand serves, a no-volley zone, and an enthusiasm equaling the Wimbledon players.

All of the courts I have seen so far are in the 55+ Active Adult Communities.

In fact, Surprise was just the host for this year’s  Canyon State Championship games.

The sport attracts tennis players who have done in their knees or elbows with its’  no-volley zone and other rules making it a game of precision and patience instead of strength and endurance.   Might even be a sport for non-athletic types.