Would You Like Active Adult Living?

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[et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”]The article I linked to below caught my eye. Lennar Homes, the nation’s largest homebuilder will be developing a 2000 acre master planned community in Surprise in the west valley, called Asante. Within the larger community will be “Heritage at Asante,” an Active Adult (over 55) community of 1500 homes.

Surprise already includes, or is near other major “over 55” communities, such as Sun City West, Sun City Grand, Sun Village, Arizona Traditions, etc. Asante will be built at 163rd Ave and Grand.

The amenities at this community piqued my interest. Yes, there will an upscale community center with an extensive fitness center, resort style pool, dog park plus amenity newer-comers to the active adult fare, pickle ball and Bocce ball courts.

What about golf? That’s something else of interest that even a hacker like me might consider. Per the article, there will be a 9 hole putting course. But not just any putting course. No, this course will feature holes of famous greens around the country including, TPC Scottsdale, Pebble Beach in California and Augusta National in Georgia. Apparently the courses are done by computer to be identical to these holes.

The community will include a variety of single-family detached homes ranging from 1,600 to 2,300 square feet as well as duplexes ranging from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. Prices will start in the low $200,000s.

Now here’s the question you must answer. Would “you” like active adult living?

Kay, who is now 86, and unarguably the most wonderful mother-in-law in all of God’s creation, lives in Sun City West (SCW). Her husband Dexter passed shortly after moving here. Mom (yes, Kay is my mother-in-law) has lived in the same home they bought there ever since. Kay, being very social has no shortage of friends and neighbors, enjoys weekly card games, frequent dining out, and her local church in SCW is a spiritual anchor for her.

Most important to Kay is that she lives near many of her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. In light of that, she could live anywhere.

So even though Kay no longer uses SCW amenities, her family and friends are the quality of life she enjoys. Could she have done that apart from living in an active adult community? Probably. But I think she would be the first to say that SCW more easily facilitated her circle of friends and neighbors that she enjoys “life” with.

All of that is to say, if you’re the social type, you could very well feel right at home in active adult living. If you prefer privacy and don’t need community amenities, then many communities might work for you, so why pay extra monthly costs for amenities you won’t use?

One final word about this new community called Asante. I did some checking to find out what this word Asante means? It’s Swahili and can be translated “thank you.”

Another definition translates it, “but do you like it?” So perhaps you already know the answer!


About the Author

     I was born and raised in San Rafael, California, from the mid 50’s to the early 70’s. I had super parents who worked hard to provide 5 kids with a good Catholic education – despite my best attempts to overthrow the knuckle-cracking regime of Sister Mary Anselma. My dad worked as a self-employed butcher until his retirement at 65 and enjoyed many wonderful years until mom passed away in 1992.

     Dad passed away in the fall of 2006 having lived a great and full life into his early 90’s! In California, I attended college in Chico and Sacramento as a “Sosh” major, but like many of my contemporaries, I did not have a clue what I wanted to do when I grew up. Because of my age, I missed the Vietnam War and into my early 20’s I had many typical youthful indiscretions.

     Thankfully, that was a brief period of my life, and with greater thanks, not too much damage was sustained in those early and rebellious years. And by the way, those thanks are due to the answered prayers of faithful relatives who prayed for years that a wayward Michael would turn his life over to the Lord, and in January of 1982 that’s what happened.

     I lived in Sacramento, California in the mid 70’s, and later moved to Truckee, California, which is near Lake

Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. Truckee’s often labeled the “coldest spot in the nation.” Why did I move there?

My father-in-law was a real estate broker in Donner Lake, California, and despite his cantankerous disposition, he seemed very successful in his real estate endeavors. I joined him in sales in July of 1976.

    The Truckee and Lake Tahoe area was a wonderful place to raise a family, but a difficult and cold environment to live in, but we did so for 18 years. In 1994, my wife, Karen, and I visited Scottsdale at a friend’s request, and within 8 months, our family of 5 had relocated to “the valley” – or is it a desert? Whatever it is, it’s warm. At any rate, 24 years have gone by since we made the break from the late great state of confusion, uh, California, and it’s turned out to be a great move.

     As for hobbies, I enjoy family, friends and travel. My kids Robert, Kendra, and Jonathan are now 40,

34, and 31 respectively. I recently became “gramps” for the 4th time as well. It’s a nice time of life. Karen remains as lovely on the inside and outside as the day we were married. We continue to wonderfully grow together as the years advance. As an ordained Christian Chaplain, I volunteer Preaching at Florence Prison with Along Side Ministry. The ministry helps make the formerly incarcerated able to function, even thrive, on “the outside.”

     Should you choose to have me represent you in the sale or purchase of your home, you’ll be receiving my 40+ years of real estate knowledge, counsel, and experience (including negotiation experience).

    Beyond the transaction, I’m always available to you, should you ever need my real estate advice.