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What do baby boomers look for in a home? And where?

You worked hard all your life, raised a family, and are ready to enjoy your golden years. But where do you hang your hat? 

According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and AARP, nine out of 10 retirees plan to stay put and age in place in their own suburban communities, near their friends and family. Yet, as the survey found, these baby boomers undoubtedly will make a move — to something smaller with extra space for the grandkids to visit, or to luxury-laden home.

Whatever their preference, they are seeking out active adult communities that offer independent, relatively maintenance-free living to residents, aged 55 and over. In “age restricted” active adult communities, 80% of homeowners must be 55 and over, while “age-targeted” communities market to the 55+ crowd. 

Why the exodus to these communities? Many offer resort-style living, with clubhouses, social activitiies and fitness amentities, such as walking and jogging trails, and golf and beach access. Most provide maintenance and landscaping services, freeing residents from the worry of broken fixtures or tedious lawn care.

Many 55+ communities boast ranch homes with all or most of the living space on one level, with few stairs. Some homes are customized with wider doorways for potential wheelchair use, shower grab bars, lower light switches and higher toilets, even walk-in bathtubs. Others can be more luxurious, as with Delancey Court, the only new active adult carriage home community in historic Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania — designed by OMNIA Group Architects. 

“Baby boomer buyers want a lot more from their house — master bed and baths, lots of storage, large open living area and the best designs,” says Deborah Blake, an expert on retirement and housing for baby boomers. OMNIA Group Architects could not agree more. 

Delancey Court received the 2014 Synergy Award for Community of the Year from the Home Builders Association of Bucks & Montgomery Counties. The architectural design for the "Clarion" floor plan received the "Home of the Year” for 55+ over 2,500 square feet," Best Exterior Merchandising, 55+ over 2,500 square feet” and "Best Interior Merchandising, 55+ over 2,500 square feet.”

Delancey Court offers low-maintenance living combined with a superb location, allowing homeowners to live the life they deserve. Of course, for those looking to “age in place,” it’s all about location, and OMNIA Group Architects can help adapt your current home to meet your current and future needs.

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