Feb 25, 2016

Baby Boomers Redefine Housing Options


Author: Marsha Keefer

Carol Retsch remembers well the reactions of friends and family when she told them she and her husband, Frederick “Fritz” Retsch were selling their home and moving into an age-restricted community for people 55 and older.

“You’re moving into what?” they asked incredulously, picturing the anything-but-sedentary couple living in a soporific environment spending afternoons daubing bingo cards and evenings watching “Wheel of Fortune,” sipping tea.

“You have no idea,” Carol said, referring to Traditions of America at Liberty Hills, an active-lifestyle community in Economy.

“All our friends thought we were crazy to do it, but once they came and saw the community, saw our house, they just loved it.” The Retsches are among a growing segment driving housing trends for those 50 and older, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.