There are beautiful gated communities up and down the Front Range in Colorado. Whether or not you want to live in this type of neighborhood is a personal opinion and there are a few factors to consider when making your decision. Reasons that contribute to deciding to live in a gated community include: Wanting reduced traffic, access to shared amenities such as a pool or clubhouse which encourages fraternizing with neighbors, and relying on an HOA with a groundskeeper to take over landscaping so you have more time to enjoy what you like!
Many gated communities are also golf communities, but of course, if you’re looking for golf in your backyard – that is the attraction for you. I get it. I recently took up this frustrating yet rewarding activity and would be happy to show you homes in golf communities. Many of these neighborhoods are diversified also offering other amenities such as wellness centers with spa treatments, exercise classes and yoga: Allowing you to maintain your active lifestyle!
Lifestyle changes may result in the decision to move into an age-restricted community. These are planned communities specifically aimed at persons age 55 and older. Under rules set down by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) in the Fair Housing Act, the housing must include at least one person who is age 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units. Anyone under the age of 19 is restricted from being a permanent resident.There are quite a few of these community options in Colorado. Here are some of the features:
- Planned community, sometimes gated, with attractions tailored to those 55 and over
- Homes, condominiums, or townhomes
- Geared toward independent and active adults: walking trails, computer labs, and other recreational spaces
- Lifestyle center offering exercise classes, indoor/outdoor pools, craft rooms, outdoor areas for gathering
There may be a time when having a multi-level story home isn’t conducive to your lifestyle anymore and the thought of a Ranch-style home is a better fit. Generally speaking, Ranch home plans are one-story house plans. Ranch house plans are simple in detail and their overall footprint can be square, rectangular, L shaped, or U shaped. Some of the features of a Ranch style home in Colorado are:
- Single story
- Long, low roofline
- Rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped design
- Simple, open floor plans
- Living areas separate from the bedroom(s) area
- Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams