Guest post by The Orchards
As more and more baby boomers reach retirement age, many are faced with the important but daunting task of planning how to spend their golden years. Having watched their adult children leave the nest to begin lives of their own, the concept of downsizing is more enticing than ever. However, with so much left in their proverbial tanks, several new retirees find themselves hesitant to take this big step. After all, many of them are still in great health, and their idea of the stereotypical ‘old folks home,’ sounds more like a prison sentence than the exciting retirement of their dreams.
This mindset has led to the rise of a new trend in senior-living – active-adult communities. The concept is simple; in a market saturated with need-based living options – assisted living, memory care and specialized nursing facilities with extensive and expensive medical support services – active-adult provides a choice-based senior housing experience focused more on comfort and enjoyment. Residents choose to embrace the luxurious, hassle-free lifestyle these communities offer, and can tailor their personal retirement experience to a perfect fit.
Two communities in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, The Orchards Market Plaza and The Orchards Arlington Highlands, are taking this concept to the next level. The properties’ distinctively Lone Star State-inspired approach to luxury living has garnered significant interest from prospective residents looking to maintain their independence and active lifestyles, while also shedding the burdens and stress of homeownership and maintenance. This newfound freedom allows these newly minted seniors the opportunity to focus on what’s truly important – enjoying each moment of this special time in their lives to the fullest.
The high-end, active lifestyle offered at The Orchards is unique to this region, a distinction that not only makes them an important piece of the area’s senior housing offerings, but uniquely positioned to serve the growing market share of younger seniors looking for a unique blend of activity, excitement, relaxation and luxury as well. With no down payments or entry fees, The Orchards allows seniors who choose to downsize the opportunity to monetize the equity they’ve built in their home, all while enjoying the luxuries of living in a top-tier, maintenance-free retirement community.
Active-adult communities like The Orchards typically skew younger in resident age, and do not feature any type of in-house medical care. Instead, The Orchards offers residents access to high-end apartments, resort-inspired amenities and a vibrant calendar of programs and events. The result – a new type of senior community that more closely resembles a luxury resort than any of the area’s similar options.
Among The Orchards’ most attractive features are its luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments. Featuring spacious, open floor plans, fully appointed kitchens, top-of-the-line appliances, air-conditioning, in-room washers and dryers and private balcony or patio spaces, these units offer residents all they need to make themselves at home. Better still, The Orchards full-time staff is on call around the clock to handle any maintenance needs that might arise, offering residents a peace of mind previously unattainable due to the rigors of home-ownership.
A staple of high-end, active-adult communities is a diverse and exciting array of resort-inspired amenities, and The Orchards communities deliver here in spades. Whether at the property’s beautiful outdoor pool and spa, fire pits, open-air kitchen or on-site salon, residents will have no issue finding fun and relaxing ways to spend their free time. The communities’ crown jewel, their state-of-the-art clubhouses, serve as The Orchards social and activities hub, with a media center, game area and a Great Room perfect for hosting events. Those looking to stay active can take advantage of a fitness center and bocce and pickle ball courts, and can take their furry pals for a walk in the property’s picturesque dog park.
Even with this emphasis on individual comforts, it’s important to note The Orchards’ dedication to fostering a lively social environment. These efforts are spearheaded by the properties’ nationally recognized Senior Umbrella Network (SUN®) Program. This lifestyle initiative utilizes a multi-pronged approach to promote exercise, healthy habits, continuing education, social interaction and overall well-being with a full calendar of events, classes, programs and learning opportunities. Residents’ membership to this program, winner of The National Association of Home Builders’ award for ‘Best 55+ Lifestyle Program,’ is complimentary, and this perk has proven to be a big reason why so many have chosen to call The Orchards their home.
Interested in joining the vibrant communities at The Orchards Arlington Highlands and Market Plaza has never been higher. Interested potential residents are encouraged to attend one of two upcoming Lunch and Learn events to enjoy a complimentary meal, meet The Orchards team, tour the property and see for themselves what makes these communities such a special place to live. Admission to these events is free, but space is limited and going fast, so use the links below to RSVP today!
Lunch and Learn – The Orchards Arlington Highlands
131 E Bardin Rd., Arlington, TX
March 23, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn – The Orchards Market Plaza
3640 Mapleshade Ln., Plano, TX
March 24, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.