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Tips for Choosing an Active Adult Community

Last modified on April 14th, 2022 at 4:06 pm

Every active adult community is designed to meet the specific wants and needs of its target market. However, the specific characteristics and amenities offered by these communities can vary widely. Each will have its own advantages. It’s important to have a clear idea of your “must-haves” when choosing an active adult community.

To assist you in your search for the right fit, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things to consider when choosing an active adult community.

1. Location

One of the most important considerations in choosing an active adult community is located. For many people, being close to family during retirement is crucial. That’s why so many choose Gardens at Verde Vista Vista, an active adult community in Georgetown, TX. Conveniently located minutes from Austin, with proximity to a major airport, Gardens at Verde Vista is ideal for those with family in central Texas, as well as those who are a short flight away.

As a 55+ community in Georgetown, TX, Gardens at Verde Vista is close to the Texas Hill Country, outdoor recreation at Lake Georgetown, and exciting entertainment and dining options in the Live Music Capital of the World. Close enough to be convenient, yet tucked away in an idyllic, intimate setting, Gardens at Verde Vista is the best of all possible worlds.

Active Adult community in Georgetown TX

2.  Age-restricted vs. Age-Targeted

Active adult communities are usually designed for residents over the age of 55. It’s important to understand, however, whether the community is age-restricted or age-targeted. While age-targeted communities are designed with amenities that appeal to active adults, they’re open to residents of all ages. As the term implies, age-restricted communities are only open to residents of a certain age. Gardens at Verde Vista was created for active adults who want to retire in Georgetown, TX. While it’s not limited to those who are 55 or older, it has many of the same advantages as a traditional active adult community.

3. Budget

Of course, it’s important to make sure your new home fits comfortably into your budget. Be sure to consider not only the price of your new home, but any additional fees that may be required, such as HOA dues or fees for classes and other activities. The cost of living in the area you choose is a key consideration, as well.

At Gardens at Verde Vista, garden homes in Georgetown TX are priced from the $400s to the low $500s. HOA dues are $175 per month. Dues cover:

  • 100% of maintenance and watering of all community landscaping outside your private courtyard
  • Upkeep for community amenities such as the private Amenity Center
  • Maintenance and repairs to community features such as the ponds, fountain, solar street lights, entry signage, and streets

4. Needs vs. Wants

How do you visualize your ideal day after you retire in Georgetown, TX? Do you see yourself playing golf or tennis every day? Is being able to spend time with your children and grandchildren a top priority? Or are you seeking a balance between staying active and enjoying your downtime? Evaluate several active adult communities to see the amenities they offer and how they fit with your list of what’s important. Consider both features in the homes and community amenities. You’ll also want to take into account features in the surrounding area, such as proximity to medical facilities or airports.

55+ community in Georgetown, TX

5. Make a List

If you’ve been researching active adult communities online, you’ve probably already discovered that it can be difficult to keep track of your favorites. Make a list of the communities you’re most interested in, as well as notes on what you like about them. You might also want to list questions you have about each one. For example, with Gardens at Verde Vista, you have almost endless options when it comes to personalizing villas in Georgetown, TX. You may want to include a note to ask what choices are available in other active adult communities.

6. Visit Each Community

Choosing an active adult community is a big decision. Advice to visit each community may sound obvious. However, we also recommend that you visit communities you’re particularly interested in more than once. Visit at different times and days to get a feel for the atmosphere on a Saturday morning as opposed to a Wednesday afternoon or evening.

7. Explore The Area

Of course, you’ll want to check out the attractions and amenities, but remember to check out the nearest grocery store, banks, and pharmacies. You may also want to find the closest medical facilities and hospital. Driving through the neighborhoods near the community may also give you an idea about the general area.

Retire in Georgetown, TX

8. Enjoy The Freedom of Lock-and-Leave Living

As we like to say at Gardens at Verde Vista: Lock. Leave. Live. Enjoy the freedom of knowing you can take off for a day, a week, a month – as long as you’d like – and everything will be taken care of while you’re gone.

Low maintenance living is the hallmark of our single-level garden homes in Georgetown, TX that range from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet – perfectly sized to live comfortably. Open concept living areas, including a gourmet kitchen, flow harmoniously together to create an ideally situated space for entertaining. An optional 2nd floor with game/media rooms and an additional bedroom is available to allow guests a little extra space and privacy during their stay.

9. Compare Options for Personalizing Your New Home.

Simplifying doesn’t have to mean sacrificing. High-end features such as modern Hill Country exteriors, covered patios and porches, a spa-inspired master bathroom suite, and luxury custom finishes showcase the quality we build into every garden home. We also offer a much higher degree of customization than most builders.

Some of the most frequent requests we receive include built-in kitchens, quartz countertops, zero-entry walk-in showers, and tile flooring throughout the home. Other items and areas you can personalize include flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures, fireplaces, and interior trim and crown molding. You can even choose the brand of appliances you prefer. Our standard options for Smart Home appliances at Gardens at Verde Vista include Whirlpool and Kitchen-Aid. But you can upgrade to any manufacturer you like. Our homes can also be modified to meet ADA guidelines and allow for easier mobility.

10. See Yourself in Georgetown and Gardens at Verde Vista!

Imagine taking a stroll through the Historic Town Square, getting coffee at the local cafe, or enjoying the miles of trails around Lake Georgetown and the San Gabriel River. The freedom of lock and leave convenience afforded you by “Living Without Limits” in a low-maintenance garden home means you’ll have more time to do what you want when you want.

Garden Homes in Georgetown, TX

Ready to Visit Gardens at Verde Vista?

Contact us! Our model home and private amenity center are open for tours Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sundays from noon to 5. To schedule a tour, just give us a call at 512-746-1178.


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