February 23, 2022 — We have heard many people fantasize about home sharing like in the popular TV show “The Golden Girls”, which featured four older women having a ball sharing a home and life together. NextAvenue.com had a great article and discussion about home sharing recently. This arrangement can be financially and socially beneficial solution for many retirees, whether they are single or in a relationship.
February 13, 2022 – A group of Connecticut would be homeowners and investors is greatly disappointed about the demise of Rocky Corner, a planned co-housing project in Bethany, CT. It was to be Connecticut’s first collaborative living project, but ultimately failed because it took too long to develop and costs grew too high.
After years of planning the group that sponsored it finally broke ground in 2018. Group decision making sometimes added difficulties to the process. Then it took years to get the co-housing community approved by the town’s planning authorities. Rock ledge was discovered which greatly added to the costs. Claudia Ruffle, a retired teacher and secretary, was one of the early home purchasers. Unfortunately she and her friend, who sold their home to buy one in Rocky Corner, were two of many who lost all of the money they put into it, and are now struggling, according to a story in the New York Times.
February 14, 2018 — The front edge of baby boomers turns 72 years old this year. By now many are well into retirement. Experts are curious – will this revolutionary generation stick to the patterns of their parents in retirement, or will they break new ground, just like they did in music, the arts, and lifestyles? We think the answer will be yes – to both questions.
Most things won’t change. Millions will move to 55+ and active adult communities in their 60s and 70s, searching for non-stop activities and a social setting where making friends fast is easy. The vast majority of boomers will be like their parents in that they won’t move anywhere – they will either stay where they live now as long as they (more…)
December 1, 2015 — We are very happy for the folks who find their perfect place to retire -it is wonderful that you can live your dream. But we know there are many others who haven’t found their Goldilocks place, yet anyway. For those who haven’t, perhaps your experience is something like… the right community is too old… HOA fees are too high or restrictive… they have amenities you don’t want… too many young people… or, it would be perfect, except it’s in the wrong place. But maybe the problem is that your community hasn’t been invented yet. Perhaps it is up to you to build it yourself.