The best housing option for baby boomers in Ann Arbor
As baby boomers retire and begin the next chapter of their lives, they are looking for low-maintenance housing options that give them the freedom and flexibility to travel, spend time with family and friends and pursue new hobbies.
Bustling metropolitan areas like Ann Arbor are attracting baby boomers, who want to be near their families and have convenient access to public transportation as well as shopping, entertainment and dining. For these busy boomers, luxury and easy maintenance are must-haves.
Carole Casten and her husband, Richard, purchased a three-bedroom townhome in the Toll Brothers’ North Oaks of Ann Arbor community as a second home for their daughter — as she gets her medical residency at the University of Michigan — and themselves.
“The townhome is beautiful, and Ann Arbor is a great town,” said Casten, who lives in southern California but stays at the townhome every few months. “You can walk to a couple of different parks or go on the bike paths. You couldn’t ask for a better location. Everything is nearby — it’s so convenient.”
Casten has met many of her North Oaks neighbors — a mix of baby boomers, millennials and older Gen X families — who are drawn to the resort-style community.
“The luxury offerings attract people old and young alike,” she said. “The townhomes are very well done.”
Casten’s fellow baby boomers describe the development as the perfect place for retirement, she said. North Oaks is located near shopping centers, medical offices and grocery stores.
“Many baby boomers are downsizing and moving there,” she said. “One couple I just met the other day said they moved to North Oaks because they wanted to have a nice place to call theirs in Ann Arbor while they maintain a second home in Florida and visit their kids, who are all over the country. They want the freedom to travel without worrying about the upkeep.”
Sharon, also a baby boomer, likes the low-maintenance lifestyle that townhome living offers. She and her husband, who have traveled a lot over the last decade, spent much of their time in apartments — so the townhome style was perfect for their needs.
“We do travel often, and we liked the lock-up-and-go feel to living here,” she said. “The maintenance-free aspect — no grass-cutting or snow removal — was appealing as well. That definitely played into our decision to buy.”
Another selling point for the couple: being able to move into a brand-new, luxurious home that required no renovations.
“We were looking to buy a house in Ann Arbor,” Sharon said. “The market at the time was very fast, and it was difficult to even look at a half-decent home before it was snapped up. Most of the houses on the market needed renovation and just looked old and tired, but were still expensive. So, we decided to go for a new build... We liked that everything would be new and customized for our tastes.”
The townhome’s downstairs bedroom with an ensuite bathroom is perfect for guests — offering total privacy as the couple lives upstairs on the first floor.
“We also keep our shoes and winter coats down there, as our living area and the rest of the house does not get dirty at all, which is another plus,” she said.
The couple is also drawn to North Oaks because of the sense of community it offers its residents.
Sharon said she likes the fact that there is a clubhouse and she can see and run into her neighbors within the community.
“Although, we don’t hear them as the insulation is very good, “she said. “You never feel alone and isolated in North Oaks.”
Likewise, Sharon said she is drawn to Ann Arbor’s diversity and sees it as a welcoming city to people of all ages and backgrounds.
“People in Ann Arbor are warm, friendly and open to speaking to all different nationalities,” she said. “We have always been made to feel welcome. We have met some lovely people and made good friends here.”
Casten enjoys meeting new people in town and when she visits North Oaks’ clubhouse, pool and fitness center. North Oaks also offers yoga classes and entertainment rooms — “they are very nice amenities,” she said.
She remembers coming out one weekend to visit with her daughter and going to a University of Michigan football game. It was the perfect city to see a sporting event.
“We took the bus to the stadium,” Casten said. “It was very convenient. There are so many nice restaurants in town. We enjoy coming out to visit and take advantage of everything Ann Arbor and North Oaks offers us baby boomers.”
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