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55 Plus Retirement Homes

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For those who have emptied the nest and want to downsize, housing in a 55 plus retirement community is an ideal way to live. There are a number of different options available to you, including gated communities, and active adult or active lifestyle communities. Below is an overview of some styles of communities for those 55 and over; our guide to active adult communities offers more comprehensive information. These communities are designed with senior couples in mind and tend to friendly to those whose kids have moved out. Communities are not legally allowed to exclude anyone on the basis of age. 

Gated Communities

There are a number of retirement homes known as gated communities and these offer the same services, features and options as 55 plus retirement communities.

Active Adult Communities

Active adult communities like those listed here on essentially cater to the same group.

The services and amenities at an active adult or gated community might include restaurant style fine dining, fitness centers, onsite golf courses, indoor sports complexes an indoor or outdoor swimming pool, a fireside lounge or luxury furnished suites. Your choice of accommodations could be anything from single detached homes to boutique style retirement residences in an apartment building.

The advantage of this kind of community is that you live in an entire complex that is designed with people like you in mind. The total effect is that you have a place that is maximally livable. Move away from the dense crowding and noise of other communities to the luxury and comfort of a 55 plus community, and you'll never look back. These communities appeal to boomers and seniors seeking independence and social involvement; these are key commitments by retirement communities listed here.

How much is housing in a 55 plus community going to cost me?

There are a variety of ownership options available to you if you want to move into this type of community, including rental, leasing and ownership. There is a wide range of costs but some of these homes will cost you significantly less than what you pay for a regular home. So if you downsize into one of these communities from a larger home, you can add to your savings account, assuming that you have leftover equity. 

Consider these examples of costs for senior communities:

  • A bungalow in small town in southern Ontario is listed at $210,000 for outright ownership
  • Lease a condo in a small town outside Ottawa, starting from $2700 per month.
  • Purchase a 1 bedroom unit in a gated lifestyle community in Brampton for as low as 206,900

These are just a few examples of the beginning costs or options you may find. There are many cases where you can purchase or rent high end luxury style housing with many features and options. Homes and communities in more expensive markets will be priced accordingly.

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Grand Cove

Grand Cove

77 Main St. East, Grand Bend, Ontario, N0M 1T0
Enjoy a friendly community where homeowners share a common interest as “empty nesters.” This small, mature neighbourhood consists of 450 bungalows that are beautifully surrounded by trees, a relaxing pond and nearby walking trails – some leading to Lake Huron.
RiverBend Golf Community

RiverBend Golf Community

2200 Jack Nash Drive, London, Ontario, N6K 5R3
This active adult retirement community in London, Ontario is all about lifestyle. Find single and attached retirement housing with some added luxury
Wilmot Creek

Wilmot Creek

1 Wheelhouse Drive, Newcastle, Ontario, L1B 1B9
At Wilmot Creek, you’ll find yourself 30 minutes from Toronto, in the Clarington Township, in a neighbourhood that features single-family homes. Enjoy the refreshing breeze from Lake Ontario, while enjoying a serene, laid-back cottage lifestyle.
Rosedale Village

Rosedale Village

10 Via Rosedale, Brampton, Ontario, L6R 0B2
A prestigious gated lifestyle community, Rosedale Village is designed for independent and active adults looking to live within a rich, vibrant, resort style community. Redefine your lifestyle at Rosedale Village.
St. Elizabeth Village

St. Elizabeth Village

393 Rymal Road West, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1V2
St. Elizabeth Village is a natural oasis on the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy the freedom of private independent living in a gated community where friends are neighbours. It's all here!

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