Patio homes can be a great option for individuals aged 55 and older. They offer a perfect balance between independent living and community support. Access to amenities, neighbors with similar interests, and lower maintenance are just a few reasons patio homes are a top choice for seniors looking to “rightsize.” Read our article to find out more about the benefits of patio homes for 55 and older to see if this option is right for you.
What is a Patio Home?
Patio homes are also called “carriage homes” or “cluster homes.” They are free standing or attached dwellings with a single level and may include a small backyard. Despite the name, a patio home does not, necessarily, need a patio to be classified as such.
Some patio homes may share at least one wall with another home, similar to a townhome. Unlike townhomes, however, patio homes max out at 1.5 levels. This does not mean they are smaller than a townhome, though. The single level or 1.5 levels are often wider to make up for the loss of square footage offered by an additional floor.
Why Would You Buy a Patio Home at 55 or Older?
In the past, the term “downsizing” was often used to describe the phase of life where individuals decide they can no longer manage a larger home. But this term often carries a negative connotation. Some might assume you cannot afford to live in your home anymore, for example, or that you are too tired to perform routine maintenance.
While these reasons may be true in some cases, they are certainly not the only reasons for moving to a smaller home. As we get older, the change to a more manageable property with access to great amenities and community support often just makes sense. For this reason, this type of move is now, more preferably, referred to as “rightsizing.”
Individuals aged 55+ may find that patio homes are a great fit for their style of rightsizing. There are lots of benefits to owning one of these homes, but some of the most popular include:
HOA: the HOA in 55+ patio communities may be more expensive than in other neighborhoods, but it is well worth it for most. Fees cover the cost of routine maintenance that would otherwise fall to the homeowner. This includes snow removal, roofing repair, trash removal, landscaping, and more.
Amenities: HOA fees may also be used to fund certain amenities to facilitate socializing between neighbors. Many 55+ patio communities have a pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, and meeting rooms, among other things. Walking distance to trails and parks may also be a feature in certain areas.
Independence: patio homes allow older individuals to maintain a sense of independence with a safety net of a close-knit community. You have your privacy and still perform most of the household duties yourself; but certain tasks are made easier by the smaller square footage and HOA assistance.
55+ Communities in Denver
Denver is home to some fantastic 55+ communities. If you or a family member is looking to rightsize to a new home, a Senior Real Estate Specialist is a great place to start. Brenda Kellogg Meyer is a compassionate and experienced Realtor with advanced knowledge of senior living communities in Denver. Whether you are looking for a patio home, apartment, or assisted living facility, Brenda can help match you to the perfect property. Call or go online today to get started.