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Old 09-14-2011, 08:21 AM   #21
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We live in a non-golf gated 55 and over community in Northern Virginia. This may not be the climate you are looking for but it is a great place to live. We have a large clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, lots of clubs and interest groups and we are close enough to D.C. for cultural events,
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Grumpy, thanks for the information about NoVa. We, ourselves, probably will rule out the lovely state of VA, since the tax advantages of moving across the MD line are few to none (for us).

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We live in a non-golf gated 55 and over community in Northern Virginia. This may not be the climate you are looking for but it is a great place to live. We have a large clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, lots of clubs and interest groups and we are close enough to D.C. for cultural events,
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We live in a single family home in a mixed (single family and townhome) 55+ gated community in Illinois. Our community has a three hole (professionally maintained) practice course (and there are several nice courses around it), but for the most part - it's not a gated golf course community. There are owners with golf carts, but they are not allowed on the practice course. I do play golf, but didn't buy here for the practice course (and don't believe the majority did either - can always walk-on anytime). The 55+ gated community across the street from us does not have a course, and the builder of this community is building another like it in the area w/o any golf related amenities.

The gated community does offer advantages over open area housing and townhome communities that are accessible by the general public (I've lived in both). Gates keep out door-to-door peddlers and door knob hangers, and normal public access to the local streets. You do feel safer walking at night throughout the community. The rules and regulations keep the neighborhood looking fairly homogenous, and grass gets cut and snow gets plowed all at the same time. Most people where I currently live keep pretty much to themselves, but you can join in the many activities (majority not related to golfing). Some of the drawbacks are the lack of young children playing in the area, and associating with neighbors of different age groups.
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Some of the drawbacks are the lack of young children playing in the area, and associating with neighbors of different age groups.
Well, I imagine "no resident kids" is what makes most people prefer a 55+ Community.

Interesting that most of the responses to this thread seem to involve 55+.

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Well, I imagine "no resident kids" is what makes most people prefer a 55+ Community.

Interesting that most of the responses to this thread seem to involve 55+.

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You did not specify retirement community as a requirement, but it had generally gone there before I commented on what I thought might be of interest to someone who is considering living in one. Your concern about close-knit golf associated (retirement?) type gated communities might be a good reason to evaluate "do I want to live in a 55+ gated community, or would I prefer a gated community that is not age-restricted" (or maybe neither). My comment regarding kids and associating with younger adults is something one has to consider when evaluating 55+ communities (if one has never lived in one).

There are some gated style communities targeted at younger empty nesters/pre-retirees that avoid the mandated 55+ restrictions. Whether it's 55+, or w/o age restrictions - gated (retirement) communities each come with their unique (sometimes severe) restrictions that need to be evaluated carefully.

I used to get "Where to Retire" magazine published 4~6 times/yr - you might want to check out the attached link.

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Our condo is in a gated no-golf community in Az. It's not 55+ restricted, but I believe the smaller units/little open space, etc has deterred families with kids from moving in. I suspect that our development is about 50% snowbirds. We do have a pool and a little workout are/clubhouse.

I too was looking for a no-golf community. I narrowed down my searches by looking on Google Earth to see where the golf courses were in relation to the condo developments. Since many are not listed as golf or no-golf, I was able to weed out golf condos by seeing their proximity to golf courses on the map.
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Now, that's using the old noodle/Google!

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O I narrowed down my searches by looking on Google Earth to see where the golf courses were in relation to the condo developments. Since many are not listed as golf or no-golf, I was able to weed out golf condos by seeing their proximity to golf courses on the map.
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