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    Planned adult communities on slopes

    With the "Baby Boomer" generation hitting the age where they can retire, active adult communities are becoming a popular form of housing in my area. I have seen these communities before various boards within my neck of the woods. However, I live in a region where there is not a lot of flat land, and so I'm wondering can active adult communities really be built on sites that have slopes up to 15% and still be enjoyed by people who are 55 years and older? Does anyone know of any active adult communities that are on some sort of slope and what are the pros and cons?

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    Do they allow golf carts on roads? if so, perhaps it can work

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    I haven't heard of any talk of having golf carts.....From what the applicant says, these will be "active" adults who are 55 years or older who are still able to move around with ease, maybe in the last few years of their jobs before they retire, and so the various changes in topography will not be a problem. I'm curious to know if there are any developments out there that exist. These proposed developments are not on large slopes, but they aren't on flat land either, so I'm just curious if anyone has any knowledge or experience in this????

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    Quote Originally posted by jfmirles22 View post
    I haven't heard of any talk of having golf carts.....

    If you really knew Chet, he was making a joke...

    It seems the topography you are forced to contend with will be the deciding factor in the effectiveness of a senior-oriented or older-adult development. ["Adult development" sounds like a housing project for porn stars...] A thoughtfully designed project should be successful as the residnets are very mobile. The devil is in the details, so my suggestion is that you should be very mindful of the interrelationships between public and private spaces (residences to community facilities to recreation areas) and their connections.
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    Almost every such facility is designed to be ADA compliant. Just because it is on a slope does not mean that it cannot be designed without ranch homes or flats, gradual inclines on its paths, etc. Short of prohibiting seniors from living in your region, if it is hilly, they will have to cope.
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    I did one on a very hilly site.

    Remember, 55 really isnt old.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jeff View post
    Remember, 55 really isnt old.
    As someone who is about to turn 57, I have to agree. I do get AARP discounts. But my parents did just buy themselves a golf cart to get around at their senior development, but since it's in Virginia Beach, it is dead flat.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jeff View post
    I did one on a very hilly site.

    Remember, 55 really isnt old.
    Where? Is there a website or something that I can see online that shows how it turned out or what it looks like?

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