“As a baby boomer, I want to be happy with my retirement lifestyle!”
Identifying the specifics of what it is we are looking for in our next home is key to finding that happiness. Our diversity, as I mentioned in my first blog has made it clear that there is no “one size fits all” approach for us. We can certainly use the “5 Real Estate Trends” to help us answer the question of where we will live. But what are we looking for in the home itself? What attributes will make it perfect for us now?
Quite simply it’s all about us. We want to be active doing the things we love, while offloading things we don’t. So what does that mean in our new home?
11 Must Haves in the Ideal Baby Boomer Retirement Home
- One floor living – Overwhelmingly for our retirement living, we all want to have our main rooms on one level, including Master Bedroom & Ensuites, Laundry Room, Kitchen with Eating Spaces and Great Rooms. For some of us this may be a response to mobility issues – for many it’s the convenience factor
- Large Eat-in kitchens – Many of us have enjoyed a chef’s kitchen in our previous homes or have promised ourselves one in our next. Either way this is a critical issue as both men and women enjoy cooking or entertaining for themselves and for family and friends. For more casual lifestyles, formal dining rooms are less of a priority but a large enough eating space in or near the kitchen is key.
- Home offices – We already know that a large percentage of us have decided we will need or want to continue working. Many will work from home. Others are looking for a private sanctuary to read or “follow” friends and interests on social media.
- Energy star rated appliances – Once again anything that helps cutback on work or provides a bit of extra indulgence will be appreciated.
- Technology equipped homes – Boomers have proven they are interested in new wave technology. WiFi TVs, smart homes with security features and connectivity will all play a part in everyday life.
- Wider doors and hallways – With aging comes the need for walkers and wheelchairs for some. This may be for aging parents initially but for us later!
- Better lighting and bigger windows – to help with dimming eyesight. Enough said.
- Easy to maintain exteriors and landscaping – Obviously we will be looking at no or low maintenance windows, decks, siding and gardens. Our outdoor living includes terraces or decks for entertaining but lawn cutting and snow removal is a no-no.
- Flex space to allow for guests or hobbies. A Guest Room or a Hobby room for a little peace and quiet.
- Security – Whether its alarm systems or concierges, personal security becomes increasingly important. Also with many of us traveling, for extended periods of time in the winter, knowing all is well at the homestead helps us enjoy our time away.
- Garage storage – While many of us will be giving up two cars, some of us will be adding different kinds of vehicles to the list: ATV’s, Snowmobiles, even Motorcycles for the more adventuresome.
What does this list say about us as Baby Boomers?
It means that our new retirement lifestyle is a second chance at life; a time to enjoy the family, friends, health and hobbies we may have neglected in our hectic middle age.
Would you agree with this?
Are there other attributes you would like in your retirement home?
Where are you headed in the next trimester of your life?
In my next blog I will provide governments, developers and builders with a heads up on why and what they need to do if they want to profit from the Baby Boomer lifestyle revolution.