Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Menopause: A day late and about $400,000 short

Once upon a time when we were newly-married and looking for a house in NC, we found one out in the country amidst rolling farms.

The house was a small ranch with just enough space for the two of us. After my son and daughter (not their real names) were born, we realized just how small the house was, and we moved. 

And now, on what was one of those rolling-hilled farms, there is a subdivision that has a new "old folks" section.

I'm sure if you're a woman of a certain age, you have seen these. They're touted as "life-style developments" for folks 55 and over. (Yes that's me, sadly.) The developers have several floor plans from which you can choose, all of them with a master bedroom on the main level. The kitchens have fewer cabinets (implying that we're too busy living out our adventures to actually do any cooking) but are open to the living spaces (implying that we also do a ton of entertaining...or maybe that we need to watch our decrepit husbands lounging in their La-Z Boys while we do the dishes).

This isn't officially one of those developments, but it is designed in a similar way--homes are roughly 2,000 square feet, they are close together and close to the street, there are parks with scheduled activities and a boule (or bocce, if you prefer the Italian) court. 

I can totally see DL hanging out at the boule court, talking smack to the other old guys.

I had an opportunity to tour a few of these homes a few days ago, and they were nice. (Of course for 400K they should be!)

They had that cute "small town" vibe to them...all plans have to be approved by the developer, and that's how they keep it cohesive.

Farmhouse elements were apparent throughout.

There was one house that had more than its fair share of "faux" shiplap. (All I could think of was dusting all those huge grooves.)

This house was one of the larger homes, and the draw was the upstairs porch.

Large enough for a place to enjoy your coffee in the morning...

While you look over the picnic shelter/boule courts.

There is also a community garden next to the picnic shelter (because old-timers like to garden?).

This kitchen has the added bonus of a pantry (most do not), but attention to detail is apparent in every home.

All-in-all, I loved the vibe of the development. I would live there, back in my old stomping grounds, if Brandywine were completely finished and we were ready to move. But it's not, and I'm sure these homes will increase in price as the development fills up. 

I just want to take a picture of DL playing boule with the other geezers.


Cassie Bustamante said...

i agree that it doesn't look like a bad little development! love the porch light fixture!

Rita C. said...

Ummm....I never even thought of the dust in the shiplap grooves before! Imagine those in the kitchen after frying chicken? (Does anybody still fry chicken??). Love your take on the premise of the design details. The smaller home appeals to me, and the idea of a MBR on first level, but if you have to climb steps to get into the house in the first place, not sure it makes a lot of sense. :/ These type developments are seriously lacking in my area. I guess it's expected most will leave our state to retire, as many are doing....

Kathleen George said...

Very farmhouse fancy, if you can afford it. My mom lives in a 55 and older community. An old one though, next to her is a new one and it has a better layout, especially for people with physical needs, wheelchair, walk in shower, etc. Mom has an upstairs master suite, but also one on the ground floor, which she sleeps there now. I think a one story house is better, especially if you live there in your golden years.
Kathleen in Az

kz1000st said...

Too white. I would be leaving oily, greasy handprints everywhere after working on the motorcycles. By the way are the garages big enough to fit my seven motorcycles and tools. Plus, what's the name of the developments Motorcycle Club? I don't know if Geriatric Angels fits me.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Looks really nice! Why oh why do they have to be $400....don't those developers know that most of the money you have over 55 goes to medical bills?!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I'm going to need a pantry in any house...a big one.
Looks like a very neat community, though.

Good Time Charlie said...

I love this post on so many levels. There are 2 HUGE 55 and older communities in my smallish city, both of them about 1 mile from my home. AND, I have plenty of friends in both of these communities. One is older, and is more focused on the Golf element, the other is newer, and much chi chier. There is Bocce Ball, a very nice Spa, fancy names on all the streets that are named after some kind of grape that makes expensive wine.

The price where I live is a bit more than the $400,000 range, and trust me, we could never afford it either. I hate to say it, but I really love it when my friends invite me over to the 55 and older community. It makes me feel like I crossed out of teenage land and into where the real grown ups live.

Junkchiccottage said...

Looks beautiful but a little out of my budget. Love the floors in the kitchen. Awesome!
Hugs my friend,

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Something to be said about simplifying as we get older, I think... Bocce ball for everyone!
xo Heidi

Donnamae said...

I used to think I wanted to live in a 55 and older community when I was under 55. Now that I'm over 55...by a great bit...I have no desire to do that. I'm not old enough! I'm afraid it might be too limiting for me. But...they are cute houses. Maybe in another 10 years or so! ;)

Rose L said...

Lovely place!

Andrea said...

No need for cabinet space when you can early bird special!

Bliss said...

I can so see my and mine building our next house with our ages in mind. And nothing extra to dust.

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