Couples drawn to Shea’s active-adult lifestyle

The decision to stay with an existing home or look for a new one is not always an easy decision.

Jack Williams, a current Trilogy member, described his recent experience.

“We went home and sold our house that we actually owned for 36 years and made a big change that, in our lives, was probably one of the best changes we ever made, Williams said.”

For many, including Shea Active Lifestyle homeowners Tom and Gayle Cook, the most important question is: What is the cost of not pursuing one’s dreams for retirement?

“I don’t care what the values of homes are. If you are somewhere you don’t want to be, it does not matter how much that home is worth. Our home here, to me, is worth millions because it is where I want to be,” Tom Cook said.

Ryan Smith, sales manager at Shea Homes at Ardiente in Las Vegas, says baby boomers may be surprised that there are significant values to be had in the current economy.

“Interest rates are low and there are a lot of exceptional values out there. And in today’s market of lower price points, what seems like a great value in resale may actually be inferior to a new home. Our new homes are available with green features and premium brands like Jenn Air and Trane as standard, and each home comes with an amazing lifestyle. Those unique benefits make the value at Ardiente outstanding.”

When considering the cost of buying a new home, resale or staying with an existing residence, boomers should assess the cost and time associated with fixing up an older residence and savings that can come from green features built in to many new homes, according to Smith.

Homes at Ardiente come standard with green features that can help residents save as much as 40 percent on energy usage compared to other new homes and even more over older ones, according to Smith.

He said boomers should ask themselves: What is important in retirement? Location? Having access to amenities/activities? Maintaining connectedness with family and friends? Having time to enjoy life versus worrying about upkeep of a home? What is the cost of putting off enjoying retirement?

Located in North Las Vegas, Ardiente offers a private 20,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring two resort-style pools, a fitness center, group exercise studio, a multipurpose meeting facility and more. Outdoor amenities include seven parks interconnected by walking trails, tennis and bocce courts, and a Life Trail course.

Homes in Ardiente range from 1,218 to 2,444 square feet and start in price from the $140,000s.

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