13 December . 2018
5 reasons empty-nesters are choosing Austin master-planned communities like Sweetwater
Far from thinking their best days are behind them, today’s empty nesters have a very positive outlook on the future. A recent survey found what a whopping 95% of empty nesters are looking forward to enjoying more free time, and 80% are excited about planning their dream vacations and socializing more with friends.
The optimism of empty nesters makes them a growing force in the market for new homes in Austin and other cities that are magnets for retirees. As they forge ahead with exciting plans, many are choosing to find a new home and community that better fits their new outlook on life. This desire for change makes them the second-largest group of buyers expected to drive gains this year, according to a survey of homebuilders in 36 major U.S. markets.
Today’s empty nesters cherish their individuality and independence, meaning their idea of a dream home can range from a high-rise condo to a cabin in the woods. For many empty nesters, master-planned communities such as Sweetwater are the best choice. Here are the top 5 reasons why.
Social connections. Most empty nesters look forward enjoying more socializing, and that’s a way of life at Sweetwater, where the Sweetwater Club hosts events and activities throughout the year. Coming in 2019, the Overlook Club at Sweetwater will provide more opportunities for socializing amid spectacular Hill Country views.
Fitness. Keeping fit and healthy is a priority for many empty nesters, and Sweetwater offers many opportunities to stay active, including the fitness center at the Sweetwater Club, miles of trails and organized sports teams. Group fitness activities add a social element to staying healthy.
New home advantages. Empty nesters priority health and enjoying their free time, and today’s new homes offer many advantages compared to used ones. The green benefits of new homes include saving energy (and money) and enjoying enhanced indoor air quality. The many technologies included in today’s new home make it easier to stay connected to family and friends, and can enhance security and safety through features such as automated lighting and monitoring. This can be especially appealing to buyers who plan to travel for extended periods.
Advantages of MPCs. Master-planned communities offer appealing advantages to residents of all ages, and some of these benefits are especially resonant with empty nesters. The large scale of MPCs allows developers to offer a wide variety of new-home styles and price ranges, and makes it possible to set aside significant areas for recreation. Sweetwater’s 1,400-acre master plan devotes nearly half of its acreage to parks, trails and open space. Protective covenants provide a degree of visibility into the future, and help to maintain property values.
Location. MPCs are typically located in strategic areas that are close to healthcare, education and shopping. Sweetwater’s terrific location along State Highway 71 near Bee Cave Parkway is no exception. It is close to a major first-class hospital and world-class shopping at the Hill Country Galleria. Sweetwater is also convenient to many opportunities for lifelong learning and volunteering.
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