>> Saturday, January 26, 2013
Some of the ritziest retirement communities in the US are putting a new spin on the phrase “golden years.” In fact, these outrageously luxurious homes and neighborhoods, which are exclusively for the 55-and-over set, might as well come with gilt everything. From comfortable amenities designed to anticipate your every need, to concierge service so that you’re never stuck wondering what to do today, these exceedingly well-appointed spaces – for those who can foot the bill – are more like five-star hotels. Better let LTC Tree know well in advance if this is the kind of living you expect after retirement – and you’d better start saving.
Vi Living in Palo Alto, California
Formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt, the Palo Alto location of the Vi Living brand of retirement communities is well-situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, on 23 acres of land which provides beautifully-kept gardens and a 2,500 square-foot putting green. Highlights include a state of the art wellness center, full-service spa, three types of dining on-site (casual, bistro and fine dining, all of which offer table service and cuisine prepared by executive chefs) and transport service to nearby Stanford University. The homes are spacious and up-to-date, and entrance fees begin at $720,000 – for the smallest one-bedroom home – with the largest home (three bed and three bath) running you a whopping $9,000 per month.
Valencia Shores in Lake Worth, Florida
If California isn’t your thing, then consider the Valencia Shores community in Lake Worth, Florida, where the social calendar is second only to the available clubs on-site (acting, wine or tennis, anyone?). The beautifully-located retirement community also offers its residents salon and spa services, a casual internet café, a full athletic club complete with fitness center and all kinds of art classes, like ceramics and watercolor painting. The homes are all massive, come with modern appliances and amenities and start in the $250,000 range, going all the way up to the $600,000 range.
Trump Park Residences in Westchester County, New York
If you prefer to experience the four seasons, but you don’t want to sacrifice on style or substance, consider the Trump Park Residences, where the beautiful homes come in many different varieties of floor plans (with charming New Englander names like The Cedar or The Dogwood) and the location allows for vineyard tours, skiing in the winter, strolls by a picturesque lake and a convenient distance from New York City’s museums, restaurants and shops. The best part is that the rental costs are surprisingly affordable for all that you get – starting at $4,000 per month for the largest floor plan.