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22 Luxury Retirement Community Amenities We Want in Our Life

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Think of the perfect retirement, where you live in luxurious surroundings with ready access to most any amenity you desire. Gourmet food, spa treatments, endless rounds of golf, time to pursue your neglected interests … after years of caring for others, you deserve it all. In many luxury retirement communities, these options (and many, many more) are a given. Of course, fees, services and policies vary, but as we're being hypothetical here, feel free to dream on … and start saving up for days when such pampering can be the norm not the exception. 

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Decor to Die For

Never got around to making your home your castle? You still have the chance. At The Preserve at SaddleBrooke in Tucson, Arizona, for example, homes feature "entertainer's kitchens, grand great rooms, expansive outdoor living, and spacious master suites." Select from floor plans that include optional hobby rooms, quartz kitchen countertops, Wolf appliances, coffered ceilings, multiple-car garages, and more. At the Isleworth community in Florida, which attracts some pretty wealthy retirees, expansive mansions feature amenities likened to those found in a grand hotel including art-deco design, majestic foyers, and private courtyards.

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Dream Landscapes

Settle into your true dream destination, not where you settled to raise the family and based decisions on school systems and the like. Upscale retirement communities dot the country, from Rio Verde Community and Country Club near the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona to resplendent beach living at Covenant Living at the Samarkand in Santa Barbara, California, from urbane surroundings at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights in New York to the old-fashioned New England charm of Applewood in Amherst, Massachusetts. After all, when you live in a place that feeds your soul — instead of one that simply allows you to get through each day — life is sweeter, don't you think?

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Backyard Beauty

Tired of your little patch of dirt? Many luxury communities have expansive walking trails, gardens, koi ponds and other traditional landscape attractions such as gazebos, patios, and porticos. Sculptures also play into the mix, notably the prestigious 2004 "Monumental Masterpieces of Modern Sculpture" show with works by Henry Moore, Salvador Dali and Auguste Rodin that filled the country club within Isleworth, the Florida luxury community of million-dollar mansions. Trilogy at Encanterra in Arizona offers bucolic surroundings, including a Portico Walkway, while residents can through wetland vegetation and Spanish moss along the Feeney Springs Nature Trail in the Village of Fenney, part of The Villages in Florida.

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Access to Attractions

While some communities pride themselves on the all-inclusive approach, others tout their proximity to local attractions that you could only dream of one day visiting. Among the latter are River Walk Branford in Connecticut, near to both marinas and casinos; Regency at Hualalai in Hawaii, with proximity to all of the tropical state's beach and tourist attractions; Covenant Living at the Shores in Washington State, which offers an easygoing lifestyle with ready access to Seattle's vibrant art and culture scenes; and the largest 55+ community in Nevada, Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas … need we say more? 

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A Driver

Having a driver at the ready is a true perk for anyone who wants to maintain his or her freedom while leaving the driving to someone else. Oak Harbor in Vero Beach, Florida, offers chauffeur-driven branded sedans, while One Lincoln Park in Kettering, Ohio, offers complimentary chauffeured transportation. One Lincoln Park and others, such as The Palace at Coral Gables in Florida, also offer valet parking.  

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Spa Services

According to Sagewood in Phoenix, where healthy living and wellness are priorities: "Nothing says luxury quite like a spa day. Luxury senior living communities even have them on-site, so you can pamper yourself anytime, any day of the week." Here, it adds up to an on-site hair and nail salon, as well as a barber shop. The Waters senior communities offer The Waters Spa & Salon where services, which vary by site, include beauty salon, barbershops, manicures/pedicures, massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials, body wraps and more. Sounds good, no?     

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Five-Star Dining

From trendy café fare and lavish buffets to room service and themed dinners, meals at luxury retirement communities can provide a truly gourmet experience. A prime example? Residents dress for dinner in the formal dining room at Edgehill in Stamford, Connecticut. There, the entrée choices might range from tenderloin of beef roulades with horseradish and wild mushroom duxelle over Yukon Gold potato hash and peppered asparagus to sake tamarind-Infused Chilean sea bass served with ginger-carrot emulsion and daikon red radish salad over green onion jasmine rice. At Vi at Aventura in Florida, chefs trained at The Culinary Institute of America serve up globally inspired dishes at several on-site restaurants, capped by "decadent desserts" created by an in-house pastry chef. Forget Jell-O or rice pudding — here it's tiramisu or créme brulee. 

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On-Site Library

Curling up with a good book is one of life's simple pleasures. At Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, Alabama, that's easy to do thanks to an on-site library complete with a picturesque reading room. Meadow Ridge in Redding, Connecticut, also hits the books with its own on-site library along with book clubs and themed discussions.

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The Sporting Life

Any luxury retirement community worth its salt offers an array of recreational activities, so why be limited to just one? That seems to be the approach of the Tuscany Sports & Aquatic Complex at PebbleCreek in Goodyear, Arizona. At many communities, the breadth of sporting opportunities encompasses golf courses, tennis courts and indoor and outdoor swimming pools, all often in multiples. But there can also be access to softball, bowling, pickleball, bocce ball, billiards, shuffleboard, walking trails, biking paths, fitness centers, radio-controlled airplane flying fields (such as the one at On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida), skiing, fishing, boating, game rooms and more.   

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Home Theater

Perhaps your current "home theater" consists of the couch, a plush throw blanket and a bag of microwave popcorn … Then you'll love the luxury of a true movie-theater experience offered by communities such as Vivante in Costa Mesa, California, where Balboa Hall seats 40 in movie-style seats for the next screening.

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Continuing Education

At Vi at Silverstone in Scottsdale, Arizona, the lifestyle program includes university-sponsored lectures, the opportunity to learn a new language or take in a symphony performance downtown. It all echoes the emphasis many luxury communities place on lifelong learning and daily enrichment. 

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Concierge Service

Like many luxury communities, Vi at Highlands Ranch in Colorado features a 24-hour valet service to help with all aspects of life. Someone is at the ready to answer your questions or help make arrangements for transportation, connect you with any maintenance needs or greet your guests. Where was this all those years?

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Pet Amenities

For those who would never consider living without a pet, no need to worry. Many luxury communities recognize that your pup, cat or bird is considered a member of the family. That's why there are amenities such as the dog park at Del Webb at Lake Oconee in Georgia. And at Country Meadows Retirement Communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, for example, pet-care coordinators offer services that can include walking, feeding, changing litter, administering medication, brushing, and more.

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Hobby Opportunities

From dance studios to art workshops, woodworking sessions to craft rooms, the opportunities to continue — or learn — a new hobby or skill continue throughout life. Shell Point in Fort Myers, Florida, is a prime example, offering a digital photo studio, extensive arts and crafts facilities, a woodworking shop, and even a train room for those who love model railroads. 

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Help With (Dreaded) Chores

Those who never liked housework can opt for a community where it's included, from the housekeeping services offered at Arbor Terrace Teaneck in New Jersey. Many communities, such as River Walk Branford in Connecticut extend that care outdoors with landscaping, lawn mowing and snowplowing included.   

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Spiritual Services

You won't have to travel far to maintain your spiritual life when moving into certain retirement communities. There's meditation and more (think daily devotionals and an emphasis on the "spirit of life") at Edgewater in West Des Moines, Iowa, and an on-site chapel at Grand Living at Lake Lorraine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Many communities also provide transportation to nearby religious services. 

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Accessible Medical Care

As we age, healthcare becomes even more important. Residents at most retirement communities hold their medical concerns close, which makes amenities such as the round-the-clock health center at Stonegates in Greenville, Delaware, especially attractive. Many communities also offer "age in place" options where residents can advance from independent to assisted living as needed.

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Security Services

Security is another top concern, hence the popularity of gated communities and security patrols. A daytime doorman and 24-hour security at The Clare in downtown Chicago offer reassurance for older adults who don't want to give up the urban experience for the perceived security of a more rural setting.

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Guest Rooms

Never have room for out-of-town guests? That's not a concern at many luxury communities. Residents of Vi at Highlands Ranch in Colorado, for example, can take advantage of hotel-style guest rooms for overnight visitors, so there's no need to book a nearby hotel.

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Time to Get Away

Face it. Even the best home can sometimes feel a bit too familiar. If that happens — and you happen to live at Lake Forest Village Retirement Resort in Louisville, Kentucky, fear not. Residents can take advantage of the travel program that allows them to get away and stay at sister communities around the country. Reservations? Oh, your concierge will take care of that.

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