Active Adult Communities Offering “Test Drives”

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(NAPSI)-When shopping for a new car, buyers often take a vehicle out for a spin.

Now, some potential homebuyers are test-driving active adult communities nationwide before making a move.

There are more than 78 million baby boomers in America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with nearly 8,000 people turning 60 each day. About half of the over-age-55 crowd plans to move after retirement. Many of those boomers plan to move out of state, representing more than 5 million people potentially looking for a new home, according to Del Webb, the active adult homebuilder offering the community test-drives.

Del Webb’s vacation getaway program lets those over 55 who are considering an active adult community try out its amenities, social life and home designs in fully furnished villas or through partnerships with nearby hotels. The communities are in popular destinations for retirees and the accommodations are available for as little as $59 a night.

Kelly and Shari Jones decided to stay in a vacation villa at Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch by Del Webb in Arizona while visiting from Washington. "We really didn’t know what to expect, but living in the villa made a big ‘wow’ impression on us," Shari Jones said. "We ended up buying quicker than we expected because we really liked the whole experience and the beautiful amenities."

Among the program’s popular spots are Sun City Carolina Lakes, outside Charlotte, N.C.; Sun City Peachtree, near Atlanta; and Sun City Mesquite in Nevada. Even buyers who plan to "retire in place" near family and friends can try out the lifestyle at their local active adult community, like Bridgewater by Del Webb in suburban Detroit, Mich.

The getaway packages are available at nearly 20 Del Webb communities across the country and offer guests the freedom to enjoy all of the community’s amenities. Many offer complimentary golf, use of recreation and fitness facilities and social events with community residents. There are also resident-guided tours of the community, which give would-be homebuyers the chance to talk to people who aren’t there to sell, but to share experiences.

For those communities offering an on-site villa for rental, visitors can expect a fully furnished home, with linens, dishes and appliances. A variety of floor plans allows visitors to get the feel of a home and envision their art and furnishings in place.

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