Exploring an urban lifestyle in retirement
My first move really made me realize just how much I rely on the automobile in my life. I have also become much more aware of how either the loosing the ability or the desire to drive seems to be the primary catalyst for people to begin searching for retirement living options.
I have always lived in suburban neighborhoods where driving is essential to connect me to “purpose”. It doesn’t matter what my age is, if I lost the ability to drive I would be extremely isolated. This is why I am very interested to explore an urban and walk able environment in the next move.
With all the talk of crime and traffic in cities, urban environments can be pretty intimidating to suburbanites. Definitely not a place for the “elderly” or a young child, which should make this next project even more interesting because we are combining both!
The more I reflect on urban living, the more I see how it could make sense for people of all ages and abilities. Easy access to transportation, culture, health care and being surrounded by the action and diversity of the city can keep a person connected and engaged. It will be interesting to experience this first-hand.
Urban retirement communities are not very common, according to a New York Times article there are only about 30 other communities similar to the one I will be living in nationwide.
Since I have stumbled into the world of “blogging” with this project I have become a follower Marlys Marshall Styne, who writes a blog titled It’s Never Too Late. Marlys is a resident of The Clare, a newly constructed luxury retirement community in Chicago. Her blog offers a first-hand glimpse into an urban retirement lifestyle and some interesting thoughts and insights on variety of other topics.
The other day I was visiting a nursing home on an extremely busy highway, a staff person was showing us some recent renovations and she shared that the rooms facing the busy highway were the most popular The other side of the building faced a peaceful park-like setting. . This definitely goes against all residential real estate logic! Having easy access to “life” is what is appealing to the rooms on the highway – I have a feeling it could be an advantage to living in a city too!
Some urban retirement communities:
- Residences at Thomas Circle, Washington, DC
- Friendship Terrace, Washington, DC
- Watermark at Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA
- The Clare, Chicago, IL
- Mirabella, Seattle, WA
- Leopold, Bellingham, WA
- Capital Lakes, Madison, WI
- Skyline at First Hill in Seattle, WA
- The New Admiral at the Lake, Chicago, Ill.
- Exeter House and the The Park Shore, Seattle, WA
Know of any others? Email me at [email protected]