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Photo of couple 55+ enjoying time together and life in their senior condo No, it’s not the age of the condos, but the age group of its residents.

Actually, the term senior condos has really become a phrase of the past. If 50 is the new 40, and 60 is the new 45 as a popular advertising campaign would have us believe, then the word “senior” might just be…well, an old term.

Increasingly, people 55 years and above prefer to be known more for what they do than an arbitrary label put on them because of age. And, as savvy condo developers and marketers have learned, this new generation is busy, engaged and highly participatory in life. Call them “mature-age adults” and “active lifestyle” condominiums.

No matter the title, as the population boom progresses through life, an unmistakable housing trend has developed to accommodate people 55 years of age and above. Like never before, entire communities are now devoted to the particular wants and needs of a graying population, combining close proximity to shopping and medical care while also featuring plenty of recreation and other activities.

Condos and townhomes for mature-age adults are often located in warm climates but there are plenty around Chicagoland. The maintenance-free aspect of condo and townhouse living is especially appealing to mature-age adults seniors. Also highly appealing are on-site amenities such as a swimming pool, golf course, walking trails, activity center, fitness center, clubhouse and more. Sometimes there’s even a restaurant on the property. The communities are often gated which contributes to an exclusive feel.

The activities provided for residents can be substantial, depending upon the individual senior condo development.

But what if you’re in the 55+ age range and prefer a quiet home life? Well, don’t worry. No one forces residents in a mature lifestyle community to do aerobics or learn golf. It’s all there for you to take advantage of as much, or as little, as you wish. Even if you prefer curling up with a book to playing tennis, you can still reside in a desirable community of similar-aged people.

Your townhouse condo specialist at OwnACondo.com can help you locate a great place to live if you’re interested in one of the developments around Chicago that caters specifically to people 55 years of age and older. If you are looking to finance a condo, we can assist with that as well. There are lots of different amenities and different floor plans to explore. Choose a location close to your friends and family and begin enjoying a carefree, maintenance-free lifestyle. Just be careful calling them “senior condos.” We wouldn’t want you to get a blank stare from the people living there!

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