Weekend Newsletter: September 17, 2011
How to Develop Your Own Community Rating Scorecard
Welcome to our occasional weekend newsletter, which focuses on interesting active adult and 55+ communities and the issues surrounding them.  We are very excited about this week's sample spreadsheet, which makes it easy to rate and compare the active communities you are considering. It can also be used to rate towns. 
The image above highlights the view from Talking Rock, a Showcase community in Prescott, AZ.
Featured Article:
Once you have visited or done research on a lot of communities or towns they often start running together. Or worse, you might get dazzled by one feature and forget to consider another rating factor that is quite important to you. That's why we think you will like this article, which comes with Jay Michaels' easily customizable rating spreadsheet. It makes the rating process a lot more scientific. Let us know what you think.
Community Profiles: 
Here is a tiny sample from the almost 1500 active and 55+ communities profiled at Topretirements.com.
New Communities
Talking Rock - Prescott, Arizona 
This community is in the heart of the high-country near Prescott, AZ. Golf at Talking Rock is special and unique. Ranch Cottages, Ranch Homes and Custom homes are available as are beautiful homesites, many with mountain views.  Talking Rock is one of our Showcase Communities.
Explore Talking Rock
Windsor Gardens - Denver, Colorado 
This  established active adult community is definitely on the big side with its 3500 townhomes and condominiums. It is set on 143 acres of lawns and gardens amid ancient elms and towering pines. There is a 9 hole golf course, indoor pool, and a lot more.
Windsor Gardens
Oldfield - Bluffton, South Carolina 
One of the best things about Bluffton and the Hilton Head areas are the astonishing variety of active communities there are to choose from. Oldfield is an example of a very established community. It offers great golf, fishing and kayaking on the Okatie River, and lovely architecture. 
Lake Weir Living - Near The Villages, Florida
Are you  into big toys like boats, RVs, or motorcycles?  Lake Weir Living with its large lots, big garages, and custom homes might be for you. No Home Owners Association.  Check out the videos this Showcase Community puts out every week about their unique lifestyle.
We invite you to explore more communities - there are over 1450 in this directory:
Looking for Information about where to Live for 19 Different Lifestyles?
Check out our new website with highlighted videos of various towns - BestPlacesinUSA.com 
Promote Your Community! Is your community listed at Topretirements? There is no charge to list your active adult or 55+ community at Topretirements.com.  Call 203 415 4792 for help.
Our Schedule: This weekend edition of our newsletter, which focuses on 55+ and active adult communities, is published about 20 times per year. The weekly Wednesday newsletter delivers timely articles about general retirement issues and best places to retire.
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