Basketball hoops in the road for the local pickup game. Skateboarders weaving all over. Kids screaming and splashing in pools. For some of you, living in a neighborhood where these things happen on a daily basis sounds undesirable. I get that. Sometimes I don’t want to be around my kids either. The thought of altering my driver’s license to indicate that I am a senior sounds appealing sometimes particularly after the 3rd request to go to bed. Think my kids would notice if I just moved out to someplace quiet?
I occasionally get requests for information about 55+ communities in the Salem area. People coming from Florida and Arizona, where they are really popular, often struggle with our lack of planned senior communities here. I think it’s because we have so many great neighborhoods that are diverse with families, seniors, couples, etc that people just end up buying what feels most like home to them.
If you are over 55, then you can consider one of the local 55+ communities. Now I’m not talking about retirement living that has a continuum of care, but neighborhoods that are just dedicated to seniors only. In the Salem area we have a few of these communities, but they are not a large part of our real estate landscape here. In Salem proper, Salemtowne is a community located in west Salem that has a golf course and club house. All one level, the homes are moderately sized for minimal housekeeping and more golfing time. You can see homes for sale in Salemtowne here.
Senior Estates in Woodburn also surrounds a golf course and has a club house. Potential buyers need to fill out an application packet and be approved for residence in this development. You can see current Senior Estates homes for sale here.
In Dallas, Ceres Gleann is the 55+ community and is the newest of the communities in the area. It was developed in the past few years so homes are more updated with modern upgrades as compared to Salemtowne or Senior Estates. See homes for sale in this neighborhood.
If you decide to move into one of these communities and find yourself reminiscing about children running about just let me know. I’ll let you borrow mine for a couple of hours. I’m really generous that way. Just think of it as a part of my ongoing customer service to you.