Community Living vs. Individual Homes – Which is Right for Your Lifestyle?

So, you’re in your fifties and have planned your finances effectively over your lifetime of working and investing.  You no longer need to be living close to work, your kids have flown the nest, and college is paid for. This may be the time to think about relocating for a final time and finding the perfect home for the way you want to live right now! You’re finally free to relocate to somewhere that suits your lifestyle and where you can really make the most of what every day has to offer.

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Of course, choosing the right location is vital. You want the right weather, the right transport connections, and the blend of city and outdoor leisure opportunities that work for you. But, it’s not only a question of where to move to. The type of property you choose to purchase can have a major impact on how much enjoyment you get out of life.

In this article,we’ll look at whether it’s worth choosing a home in a community over an individual property, and consider some of the pros and cons of each choice to help you decide which would be the perfect choice for your lifestyle. 

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Going Downtown

I’ve lived in quite a variety of areas in my lifetime. Suburbs, city, country, apartment, house, dorm…the list goes on. Right now we live in a house out in the country, where the loudest noise we hear are the cows mooing in the pasture next door. So when I visit a friend in the city, it always tends to give me a little bit of excitement. The city sounds. The fast pace. The ease of accessibility. Very different locations, yes, but so many positives to each, depending on your family dynamic! 

So when Matt Towns contacted me about an article regarding communities that are being super innovative in their urban core planning, I was pretty interested in it! After all, the Road to Domestication can be anywhere! Let’s see what Matt has to say…

Since the end of World War Two, people have been moving out of the cities and into the suburbs. Commuting between home and work was considered an acceptable sacrifice to escape the crowds and problems of urban areas and the American dream settled in the suburbs.

As new generations are born and come of age, however, the dream of near rural living that the baby boomers cherished is passing and cities are, once again, growing in both population and importance. The face of the suburbs has changed from nice houses on nice lots to an endless sprawl of postage stamp sized lots holding the largest house that can fit on it.

Welcome to Suburbia

The wholescale adoption of the automobile and access to easy financing after the war began the trend of sprawl in the suburbs. Prior to that, homes had to be within easy walking distance of mass transit and shops sprang up organically near the transit lines allowing people to shop on their way home from work.

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Automobiles made longer commutes and living further away from shopping centers easier for homeowners. The importance of mass transit declined and the retail stores located near transit lines were forced to compete against chain stores that were not part of their community.

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