Baby boomers share the best location for low-maintenance, luxury living in Michigan
Michigan’s real estate market continues to move at a frenetic pace with low inventory and high demand driving up sales prices. A large portion of this market is made up of Gen X (ages 37-50) and baby boomers (ages 51-69) on the hunt to transition into new homes, and they’re not alone – about 76 million Americans are in the same boat.
As discovered in a recent survey, the majority of those 55 and older plan to stay in their homes during retirement. Among those who plan to move, one in five say they will sell their home. So, where will they move? According to these homeowners, Novi was – and is – an attractive choice for low-maintenance, luxury living.
Design trends tailored to baby boomers
Learn from a fellow Michigan baby boomer’s house-hunting story: Jodi Emmenecker and her husband Steve lived in Novi for nearly 30 years, but last year decided to look for a new home with a layout that had an open floor plan and a first-floor master bedroom.
The Emmeneckers chose to stay in their longtime city of Novi, but wanted a newer construction home that complimented their new retirement lifestyle complete with regular travel and family time. They settled on moving into Ridgeview, a new luxury villa community offering low-maintenance residences in a beautifully wooded, central location.
“We decided on the condo because we wanted to be able to lock the door and walk away for a few months at a time,” Jodi Emmenecker said. “That entails things like knowing our home is in a secure area, the snow will be shoveled and the mail is taken care of. We don’t have to worry about those things, so that’s definitely part of the draw.”
Ridgeview is being developed by national luxury community builder, Toll Brothers, who specialize in building luxury single-family homes, townhomes and villas. Ridgeview owners such as the Emmeneckers enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle complete with snow removal, lawn care and community landscaping handled by the Homeowner’s Association.
Residents also have access to nature paths around the perimeter of the community that conveniently lead to an all-sports gym, ice arena and dog park. The community is minutes away from Twelve Oaks Mall as well, the largest indoor-shopping venue in the state.
Downsize and upgrade
Another boomer couple, Ann and Ron Ketelhut from Novi, chose to relocate to Ridgeview because they wanted to downsize into a home with a first-floor master bedroom. “The size and layout are perfect for us,” Ron Ketelhut said. “Once we saw the opportunity to trade up into a new luxurious home, it was hard for us to picture living anywhere else.
“Moving to this place allows us to have peace of mind.”
Ridgeview is the newest version of condominium living, with more privacy and all the amenities of a gated neighborhood. These condos are designed with your wish list in mind – they’re a great option for those looking to simplify life and live more luxuriously because common stressors of being a homeowner, such as keeping up with lawn maintenance, are taken care of for you.
The community isn’t just for retirees or soon-to-be retirees, though: people of all ages interested in a more convenient, low-maintenance lifestyle would benefit here. That includes young professionals who travel frequently for work, along with young families drawn in by easy living and Novi schools, according to the builder.
Booming and diverse community
Less than five minutes from the community are the I-96, I-275, and I-696 freeways, providing quick access to major cities including Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Detroit.
Whether you’re retiring or not, Novi is a great place to consider calling home. Not many people know that Novi has become Michigan’s “Little Tokyo,” featuring Japanese restaurants, grocers and an annual Japan Festival. The diverse community has welcomed both small and international businesses of all sizes to set up office in it. The city’s job market is very strong, and the schools are some of the best in the state, making it easy to believe that home values have risen here since 2011.
Moving to Novi? Speak to a Toll Brothers representative today about the benefits of living in this low-maintenance, luxury community.
Members of the editorial and news staff of The Detroit News were not involved in the creation of this content.