Empty Nesting


Typically, this means that the kids have flown the coop, are creating lives of their own and possibly starting their own family.

Questions to ask yourself if you have become an Empty Nester:

  • Are you still in the same house in which you raised your children?
  • Does the house have more space than you need or want?
  • Has the house become costly due to untimely repairs and the dreaded upkeep?
  • Have you been feeling overwhelmed by the upkeep or no longer have any interest in working around the house?
  • Are you spending your weekends and free time fixing, cleaning and maintaining your house and not able to do things you love to do and spending time with people you want to be with?
  • Are you starting to have costly repairs?

Have you answered YES to any of these questions?

If so, it may be time to think about transitioning to a more manageable environment.

DOWNSIZING is NOT a dirty word! It’s really about RIGHTSIZING your life—simplifying your life so you can free yourself from having to maintain a larger home. With proper planning and focus, this transition does not need to be so daunting.

So, let’s break it down into the different types of living environments. There many communities for empty nesters who want to remain active and vibrant.

55+ Communities

Margaritaville Living

These 55+ communities tend to be a very lively atmosphere that offers a very social environment. This includes, live music, dancing, and a late -night social life. Golf, tennis, hiking, water sports, and of course pickle ball are all the activities available to residents in this type of community. The activity’s directors are very tuned into what the residents want, making day to day life exciting with a fun packed lifestyle.

Country Club Living

Although most communities have their own activities, such as golf, tennis and pickle ball, country club type living offers a bit more of a laid- back lifestyle. Like all 55+ environments, the activity directors at these country club communities are excellent at providing wonderful programming including theme nights, concerts, tournaments and social clubs.

Large City Communities:

Unlike the other 2 communities, Large City Communities actually have their own zip codes! They actually operate as a city onto their own—they have their own post offices, banks, organized government, town squares, shopping, restaurants and entertainment.

And like the other communities, they too, have golf, tennis, pickle ball and all the other great activities that active mature adult communities offer. The biggest difference is that the residents are in a ‘city’ like environment with people only in their age range.

There is, however, a large segment of the 55+ population who do not wish to live in a 55+ community, but would rather remain in a neighborhood with people of all ages and happy to create activities and fun of their own.

Independent Living

For people who are not interested in the 55+ communities but may want or need 24/7 emergency help, independent living  and attention but are not quite ready for an assisted living environmentally, it is a perfect move for those who are not quite ready for assisted living but want if needed.

Typically, the living arrangements are an apartment or villa where one rent as a single or double and may even include a roommate if the resident so desires.

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC)

Very often, Independent Living Communities are connected to CCRC’s (Continuing Care Retirement Communities). This enables the resident to start off in the Independent Living sector of the CCRC and move through the various stages of aging, including Assisted Living, Memory Care and end of life nursing care if needed.

Depending on the needs and financial capabilities, there is something for everyone.