Retirement or aging in place can be a wonderful time of life, and choosing the right home is an important part of that process.
Whether you are in your 40s or 50s preparing for the future, in your 60s or older approaching retirement and thinking of downsizing (or right-sizing), perhaps you are looking for a place to house your grown-up children (or future grown ups/ grandkids) to have room for them to come visit on holidays, or need a space for a home office, it’s important to find a home that meets your specific needs.
Maybe you want to plan for the future and do not want to live in assisted living or active adult communities that charge fees or rent, the real estate options below may work for you.
These options allow you to live in a home you own and to retain control over your financial assets and future. With the right real estate investment, you can enjoy now or prepare for a comfortable, secure, and independent lifestyle for years to come.
#1 Single-Story Homes and Condos
For those who want low-maintenance living and easy access, single-story homes and condos on one level are a great choice. These homes are typically easier to navigate and eliminate the need for stairs. Some also lend themselves well to a lock-and-leave lifestyle for those who travel frequently.
#2 Single Family Detached Homes with a Master Bedroom Downstairs or (Homes with a Master on Main)
These homes are ideal for those who want a bit more space and a bit of privacy. With a master bedroom on the main floor, it’s easy to access your bedroom without going up and down stairs. Ideally, you will want to have the laundry room downstairs or have the option to add one on the first floor.
#3 Condos and Homes Located in Age-Restricted 55+ Communities
If you (in the future) or your parents are looking to live among other active adults, 55+ communities are a great choice. They often offer a variety of social activities and amenities, such as clubhouses, fitness centers, and more.
#4 New or Newer Built Lower Maintenance Homes in Retirement Friendly Locations
These homes are a great choice for those who want to live a low-maintenance lifestyle. With newer construction, you’ll have less maintenance to worry about, and with lower maintenance homes, you’ll have more time to enjoy life. Adding safety features, such as grab bars in the bathroom and wider doorways, can help with mobility and accessibility.
Great news! There is a new San Diego 55+ community project called The Junipers, 55+ community in Rancho Penasquitos and will consist of 536 detached and attached homes for 55 and over adults to be built by Lennar. Learn more about The Junipers here.
Also, Haddington at Côta Vera in Chula Vista will soon have new 55+ homes for sale!
Please contact Ken Tritle, Realtor® SRES® Senior Real Estate Specialist at DreamWell Homes Realty, by filling out this form, calling, or texting 760-798-9024 for more information or visit our The Junipers Rancho Penasquitos 55+ community page for any updates.
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# 5 Single Family Homes with a Guest House or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), Casita, or “Granny Flat”
Homes with ADU are a great choice for multi-generational family living. Some new home builders are producing what they call “Next-Gen” homes. These are homes that typically have a separate entrance for a space inside the main home, with a bedroom, laundry, kitchenette/bedroom space, enabling multi-generational living. This also could allow for income producing space within your home.
You may also want to look into homes with dual master suites.
In addition the the suggested property types above, here are a few things location considerations that go hand in hand with finding the best property types.
- Access to healthcare: Look for communities that are close to medical facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, for easy access to healthcare.
- Transportation options: Consider communities with convenient transportation options, such as public transportation, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, to reduce dependence on driving.
- Social opportunities: Communities with a variety of social activities, such as clubs, community events, and recreational activities, can provide opportunities for socialization and a sense of community.
- Proximity to shopping and dining: Properties located near shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants can reduce the need for transportation and provide access to a variety of services.
- Safety: Safety is a top priority for retirees and aging adults, so consider communities with a low crime rate and well-maintained streets and sidewalks.
- Walkable neighborhoods: Properties located in walkable neighborhoods with nearby amenities, such as shopping, restaurants, and healthcare facilities, are ideal for those who want to live a more independent lifestyle.
For retirees who want to stay as independent as possible and maintain control over their financial assets, owning a home in San Diego County is an excellent option.
Living in a single-story home, a single-family detached home with a master bedroom on the main floor, a newer low-maintenance home, or a home with an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) can provide retirees, or future retirees with the comfort and convenience they need to live a fulfilling life.
These options also offer the benefits of long-term real estate equity, which can provide financial security and independence.
At DreamWell Homes Realty, we understand the unique needs and desires of retirees and are committed to helping them find the perfect home to meet their needs. Whether you are downsizing, rightsizing, or looking for a new community to call home, we have the experience and expertise to help you find the perfect property that meets your needs and helps you realize the benefits of long-term real estate equity.
Contact us today to learn more about your options for retirement living or how to prepare for your future real estate needs in San Diego County.
Contact Jean and Ken Tritle, a husband and wife real estate broker/agent team at DreamWell Homes Realty.
Call or Text: 760-798-9024