Don’t expect the Baby Boomer generation to stick to the script when it comes to retirement and housing decisions. The new Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey, Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices, turns conventional wisdom on its head.

  1. Living in downsized homes -condos, rental apartments and houses smaller than where they lived before?  Not every boomer wants to sell their home and move to a condo. “About half of people we surveyed didn’t downsize at all when they moved,” said AgeWave President and CEO Ken Dychtwald. Many Boomers are going larger so their children and grandchildren can visit for extended periods of time.
  2. Living around only people their age? No thank you. Roughly 67% of people 65 and older said they prefer neighbors of diverse ages and generations. Turns out, only 7% of retirees today live in age-restricted communities. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris said, “Boomers want diversity now; they want to live with people of all ages.”
  3. Living in homes they’ve settled for? Quite the contrary. Two thirds of retirees surveyed said they’re living in the best homes of their lives. And if they don’t like the homes they’re in, they’ll find a place they like better. When the boomers were younger, they often had to live where they could get their kids to school or commute to work. “Now they’re free from those anchor points and can live where and how they want,” said Dychtwald.

In Florida, nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life have chosen GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee. Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. All this and you’re only minutes away from the white sand Gulf Coast beaches. It’s little wonder that GlenLakes is consistently named “One of the Best Places to Retire” by Where to Retire magazine, as well as a “Top 50 Community” by Ideal-Living magazine.

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