When you hear someone say "I'm going over to Grandma's house,"
you picture a nice, cozy home with doilies, knitting yarn, and muffins cooling
on the kitchen counter. When you hear someone say "I'm going over
to Grandma's condo" however, the muffins are replaced with martini
glasses and the doilies and knitting yarn become video games and a widescreen
More and more these days, condominiums are being snatched up by retirees. The
days of settling in to a nice, quiet home during the golden years of life seem
to have taken a back seat to living it up in a high rise condominium. But why
the sudden change? Why are Mom and Dad suddenly selling off your childhood home
to move into a condo unit?
Let's face it - if we were our parents and had to spend twenty years
raising and providing for kids, the opportunity to live a little after they
left would be too much to pass up. After working for years to provide for a
family, it's no wonder today's retirees and empty nesters are putting
up their home for sale and moving someplace more carefree and relaxing.
Without question, the biggest luxury of retirement is relaxation, and what
could be more relaxing than finding some secluded property for sale,
snatching it up, and spending your free days lounging in the sun while listening
to the waves? What could be better after 30 years of driving septic trucks than
to sell off your fixer-upper home and buy a nice little condo where your only
worry is what to do with your day?
One of the biggest reasons for retirees buying condos may simply be convenience.
There's less upkeep, most condo buildings have amenities such as recreational
rooms and indoor pools, and there is ample opportunity to make friends with
other retirees looking for a break. For older retirees who cannot take as good
care of themselves but wish to avoid nursing homes, there are retirement condos
that provide home healthcare, soaker bathtubs, and some even come with on-site
dance floors and pubs!
Another big reason is the changing lifestyle for seniors today. Rather than
sitting at home whiling away the days, today's retirees prefer to be active.
So in a city such as Vancouver, many condos near Stanley Park are occupied by
retirees who make running around the Sea Wall every morning a regular activity.
The vicinity to downtown amenities is another factor for condo living, allowing
them to go shopping, to the theater, or out for dinner without the hassle of
For most, however, it's simply about changing scenery and enjoying life's
many pleasures. Retirement is meant to be leisurely, relaxing, and fun, and
leaving suburbia for a cozy little city condo provides all that and more. The
days of our grandmothers staying home to bake bread are gone. Today's
granny would rather be out jet skiing or sipping wine next to English Bay, and
who can blame her?