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, but there are some provisions for this (notably BC's Strata Property Act. See more below). 

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Edgewood Suites  

270 Hagan Street East, Southgate, Ontario, N0C 1B0

Welcome to vibrant, carefree, adult living community, Edgewood Suites, a unique adult lifestyle community located in Dundalk, a place rich in small town charm, natural beauty and superb amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sawmill Flats  

12 Jack Crescent, Arnprior, Ontario, K7S 3Y7

Brand new luxury riverfront adult lifestyle rentals in Arnprior. A community designed with modern comfort and convenience in mind, including riverside amenities building and clubhouse. Come join the community.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Two Neptune Drive - Reuben Cipin Healthy Living Community  

2 Neptune Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M6A3E6

2 Neptune Dr. is a unique residential community designed for active adults 65+ who enjoy being part of a large, close-knit community and taking part in various fitness and social programs. Move-in incentives available!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Picton  

15 Wellings Drive, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

The Meadows of Aurora  

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5

The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Active Living

River Crest Estates by Estates of Niagara  

2626 Mewburn Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 0G4

River Crest Estates is pleased to present an upscale boutique property that sets a new standard for a 55+ Active Lifestyle Community. Designed to make the everyday extraordinary within an engaging connected community.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Mahogany Platinum  

#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, V2S 0H4

A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Stittsville  

2500 Wellings Private, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 2R5

Enjoy a vibrant new community for adults 55+ who share a passion for an active lifestyle. Studios,1, 2 bedroom apartments to rent include full kitchens, appliances, laundry, balcony, parking, concierge & onsite dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

St. Elizabeth Village  

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8

St. Elizabeth Village is a place where community comes first. The Village is set on an impressive 114-acre natural oasis of parks and ponds. Enjoy a non-stop slate of social activities in a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Corunna  

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0

NOW OPEN - Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sifton Riverstone Retiree Apartments  

1961 Shore Rd., London, Ontario, N6K 0K5

Riverstone is offering a lifestyle designed just for you. Our energy-efficient retiree apartments boast up-scale interiors that bring the outside in, to create a one-of-a-kind sustainable environment powered by the sun.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Waterford  

111 Bruce Street, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0

Welcome to Wellings of Waterford, a vibrant villa community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost, all maintenance is included.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

The Crossing  

66 Elizabeth Avenue, Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, B0N2T0

The Crossing is a vibrant active living community in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, an award-winning wine region. Residents will enjoy nearby walking trails, community gardens, golf, skiing & casual or fine dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Royal Heights Inc.  

30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8

Royal Heights is designed with your active & independent lifestyle in mind. Luxury apartments feature en-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances & balconies. On site Fitness room, salt water pool, movie theatre & more!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Gates of Bayview  

4003 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2M 3Z8

Welcome to The Gates of Bayview, one of North Toronto's most exclusive rental communities. Offering residents spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with unmatched amenities, community events, and stunning floral scenery.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence  

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

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 ComfortLife.ca 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?

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.

Legal use of terms "55 plus" or "55 and over"

Use of phrases like "55 and over" is seen as discriminatory by some, and in North America there are cases where communities have been successfully fought in court. (See for example, a discussion at trulia.com.) The province of British Columbia has a Strata Property Act, originally amended in the year 2009. This specifically allows corporations to "[restrict] the age of persons who may reside in a strata lot." In Ontario, the legality of this age restriction has been upheld in court by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. 

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