Sarasota 55+ Communities
Florida is a beautiful place to retire. The consistent warm temperatures and warm waters make Florida a top destination for those looking for a 55+ community.
There is a lot to keep you busy in Sarasota, so you will never be bored. Trips to the beach, fantastic shopping, and friendly people from all over the world. This is the perfect place to retire for the active adult that likes to spend a lot of time exploring the world around them.
If you like to play golf, then you are in luck because Sarasota has many courses for you to enjoy with your friends and family. The many sunny days mean you are rarely without a day perfect for golfing.
Cost of Sarasota Independent Lifestyles
The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment as of December 2015 was $1335 with a two-bedroom commanding a price tag of $2350.
Independent living is costlier than standard apartment rent. Basic rents include housekeeping, laundry, your housing, some transportation, and community activities.
The Autumn of Sarasota offers luxury retirement living and allows small pets. Beautifully landscaped green spaces and helpful staff make this a premiere place to retire.
The Desoto Beach Club is a good value and offers pools, fitness facilities, and chef-prepared meals.
SeniorAdvisor offers the best detailed listings of independent living communities in Sarasota. You can find a lot of information about individual facilities such as rates and reviews. Amenity listings and pictures will also help you narrow down your choices.
Paying For Your Next Life Step
Before researching communities, you will need to take a look at what your long term finances look like at this point in your life. If you own your home, then the equity from it could be used to partially fund your expenses.
The cost of independent living is higher than what people may expect. Over the years, you will likely need a higher level of service and care, which can increase your expenses depending on the type of insurance or benefits you are eligible for.
Retirement funds and 401Ks can be used to fund your time in a 55+ community. There may be rules for what you can withdraw before you reach 62, without facing a penalty. Regardless of limits, some can be withdrawn before you are 62 to help pay for your expenses.
Getting All The Details About A 55+ Community
You deserve to be happy and this means finding a community that you can live and thrive in. Finding the right one is not always easy especially if you don’t take the time to think about what things matter to you the most. Here are some things you should know about these types of communities.
You Will Make A Lot Of Friends
Many communities have planners that are in charge of arranging a variety of activities. Special meals and musical events will bring you together with others. Group trips are common and are usually included in your rent.
Bringing Your Pet Is Probably Okay
More and more communities have relaxed or eliminated rules against pets. Dogs and cats help reduce the chance of depression and help those in 55+ communities live longer and healthier lives. Check with each place you are considering and find out the exact rules such as size limits or breed restrictions.
Being Close To Everything Can Be Important
Independent living communities are often located near shopping and recreational activities. The activities will vary based on location. Make sure to ask for a list of close attractions or a map if you are unfamiliar with a neighborhood or area.
Visitor Policies Vary
Some communities may have different rules regarding guests. These polices are usually pretty flexible, but if you intend on having extended guests very often this is something to be discussed. Family and friends are always welcome but overnight guest policies may limit the amount of time a guest can stay.
Have A Meal And A Chat
The quality of the food at a community is important. You need to know that the food is good before you move in or sign-up for meal plan. Special diets are usually not a problem for staff. Always make sure to let them know well ahead of time so you can have a great meal.
Talking with others over a meal will help you get a feel for what it would be like to spend your days there. Taking the time to consider your decisions thoroughly makes it far more likely for you to find long term happiness.
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