Do you know about the Active Adult Communities in the Albuquerque metro area? Do you think the minimum age for being eligible for an Active Adult Community is 55 (it’s not…)? Do you know what Jubilee is? How about Del Webb Alegria?
I would guess you’ve heard of them as they are the most well-known and respected neighborhoods geared toward active adults.
If you’re not familiar with the term Active Adult Community, it can mean different things to different developments and neighborhoods. It seems as though Active Adult neighborhoods started in Arizona and spread. Most have community activities in which owners can choose to participate, lead clubs or not participate at all.
Some Active Adult Communities are all single-family homes, almost always single story, in a neighborhood of other homes all geared toward the 45+ year old population. Each neighborhood sets its own guidelines as to what ages they are geared toward and what ages the residents of the homes can be, with some starting at 40+ year olds. The homes are often considered downsizing for many of the owners. Some Active Adult Communities are like apartment homes, townhomes, condos and the like. It seems that lots of folks living in Active Adult Communities are enjoying travel and wish to have a home – however not a huge yard to maintain.
In our area, Jubilee in Los Lunas, and Del Webb Alegria in Bernalillo are two of the better-known Active Adult Communities. Both are gated, with lovely club houses, swimming pools and a myriad of activities based on community interest. A monthly calendar of events might show a bus trip to the Balloon Fiesta, poker night, dominoes, book club, hiking, wine tasting, barbecues – the list seems almost endless.
Having sold homes to people in these neighborhoods, I know that some residents don’t choose to participate in events but feel great comfort in knowing the opportunity is there. Others spearhead activities and spend time using the community facilities regularly.