Some people over the age of 50 are deciding to move in together as roommates to save money and be more active and social.
The higher number of divorces in the baby boomer age group are also a cause of people deciding to room together. Some of the reasons older people are divorcing is because they are healthier, living longer and wanting to focus more on themselves after the kids are gone.
Communities are being built specifically for this.
Silvernest Communities is based out of Colorado but has partner communities here in Arizona.
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"The introduction and adoption of services like Airbnb and Uber has really changed people's mindsets about what's normal and about what you think about in different parts of your life," said Wendi Burkhardt, CEO of Silvernest Communities.
These communities are not retirement homes, they are plush, beautiful neighborhoods with lots of things to do. They are reasonably priced as well, some as low as $80,000.
The Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort in Mesa is one of several neighborhoods targeting aging workers and retirees from as young as 50 years old. It's located near 85th Street and University Drive and has gorgeous landscapes, pools, work out centers and even a bar on property.
This community also keeps a calendar filled with activities to keep residents busy.
"We are really in the first stage of baby boomers coming in. They are retired or semi-retired in their early 50s and they want something to do, something low maintenance and they make a lot of friends...and we have a lot of activities we do," said Ryan Coslett of Viewpoint. "That really helps them stay young and social and that's what it's all about in these communities. It's not about playing cards and bingo, it's coming in and playing pickle ball and being really active."
Viewpoint has only been around for four years but there are more than 2,000 homes there. About 250 homes have already been sold. The price tag is not bad, starting at $79,000 and up to about $120,000. You don't have to buy either, you can rent instead!
For more information on Viewpoint RV and Golf Resort, click here.
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