According to The New Retirement Survey, many of us FOFs are not interested in pursuing a traditional retirement of leisure. Studies show that the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs are aged 60 and older. And this year, the The Transition Network, a national women’s organization with the motto “rewiring not retiring,” grew 15%.
FOFs are no longer retiring in the traditional sense. Instead, we are transitioning to new experiences and reinventing ourselves in new places and spaces.
Take a look at these 5 non-traditional “retirement” communities–we’ll call them “transition communities”–and then answer our poll: Which would you consider moving to?
Burbank Senior Artists Colony in Burbank, California.
According to it’s website, Burbank Senior Artists Colony is, “the only apartment-rental community dedicated to providing exceptional independent living in a creative, art-inspired environment.” The community has a Hollywood-themed clubhouse, performance theater, art studios, art galleries and classes in writing, poetry, art and technology. We’ll try to overlook use of the word “Senior.”
A co-op farm in Baja California Sur, Mexico
Forget mowing the lawn and golfing…How about tending your own farm? Developer Dan Gallagher is planning two farm communities for in Mexico surrounded by commercial fruit orchards with central co-op farms. The farm will be run by residents of the community. Overflow fruits and vegetables will be sold at a Farmer’s Market outside of the communities’ gates. “The agricultural infrastructure is excellent [in Baja California Sur]. Both of these locations are near popular retirement centers such as Los Cabos and La Paz, providing additional outlets for retiree’s produce as well as recreational opportunities,” said the developer in an interview with Suite101.
Rocinante in Summertown, Tennessee.
Aging hippies rejoice! There’s a “transition community” just for you. Named after Don Quixote’s horse, Rocinante, the 100-acre community “promotes a simple lifestyle of cooperation.” Residents lease their building site from Rocinante and then must build their own cabin for a “reasonable,” rate “perhaps $30,000 for a basic one-bedroom cabin,” according to the website. The Rocinante community specializes in “making good, loving attention available to the beginnings and endings of life” and has Midwives on hand to help residents make use of “good energy” during the “death process.”
A Cruise Ship:
Waterfront Lifestyles International of Cape Canaveral, Florida
Transition to a life at sea! The former cruise ship, Algeria, is currently being converted to 100 retirement condos. Condo owners will also control 1/100th of the whole ship and have a say in onboard entertainment and the ship’s itinerary. The boat will take ten trips each year to the Bahamas and one big trip to the Caribbean or to Central America. If owners want to have guests, they can pre-reserve one of 12 guest rooms on board.
A College Campus:
Lasell Village at Lasell College in Newton, Mass.
Calling all FOF co-eds. Relive your college days at Lasell Village, a “transition community” right on the campus of Lasell College. Residents are required to complete 450 hours of education programming each year. They can attend classes on campus with undergrads or off campus through travel, museum visits and workshops. Frat parties are optional.