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Monday, January 25, 2010

55+ Communities: Its a lifestyle – not discrimination.

I read an article this morning questioning why 55+ communities get away with being discriminatory. Perhaps There is a misconception out there.

First of all, who wants to live in 55+ communities? Best answer: those who are 55+ years old.

Why do they want to live in 55+ communities?

Some choose to live in 55+ communities like Grand Isle or Heritage Isle in Viera (Melbourne, Florida) because it offers

  • gated/security
  • exterior maintenance
  • club house
  • recreation (tennis, golf next door)
  • planned activities
  • concierge services
  • active lifestyle
  • and much more!

There are other reasons like Florida living, access to beaches and cruise ships, proximity to Orlando and more. Some like the Indian River Colony Club in Viera offer total maintenance and its own golf course inside its gates!

Back to my original point:

The Fair Housing Act provides that a senior community is exempt if

It houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates intent to house persons who are 55 or older.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has some very valuable information for senior citizens regarding housing options. Take a look if you are researching housing options and 55+ communities.

If you are considering a move to 55+ living in Florida, drop me an email at or call me at 321-693-3850 to discuss Brevard County Florida’s active lifestyle communities.

Gary Waters, Florida licensed real estate agent, Bucci Realty working exclusively with Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida.

Read my blog Brevard County Florida Real Estate Information and Moving to Brevard County Florida.

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