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55+ Active Adult Communities on Massachusetts' South Shore: Boston's south coast offers something for all tastes

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Active Adult Communities began to spring up on the South Shore about 20 years ago. This beautiful area is now home to over 35 communities with close to 2,500 residential properties. 

People often wonder why these lifestyle homes have become so popular in recent years. The number one reason that my clients give me is that they are looking to eliminate the exterior maintenance that comes with traditional home ownership so they can free up time to fully enjoy their retirement years. It’s also appealing to move into a community where people are at the same stage in life which creates a seamless transition by offering the opportunity to make new friends easily – with shared-interests – and, again, to take full advantage of the retirement years. 

The South Shore’s Active Adult Communities have a lot of things in common. Most have everything you need on the 1st floor so that you can age in place. These amenities include 1st floor master bedrooms and laundry rooms. Most homes have at least a 1 car garage, central air, gas fireplaces, hardwood flooring and granite kitchens and baths. In addition, a good number of homes also include a 2nd floor that houses a guest suite and loft or a second living area. 

One of the questions I get most often is “why do the builders put 2nd floors on these 55+ homes?” The answer is twofold. First, the builders can build more homes and therefore make them more affordable by building vertical rather than horizontal. A builder can fit more homes on the land if each home is 2 stories instead of having all the living space spread out on one floor. The second reason is that most buyers want an area for their visitors, especially out-of-towners, – family, friends, kids or grandkids – to spread out in a private space without impinging on the main living area. 

Some of our South Shore communities do offer strictly one floor living. Most of the communities have homes that are attached in duplex or triplex buildings, but there are some communities that offer detached homes. 

What else sets this area’s communities apart? The most diverse qualities include the size of the community, the price range, the number of group amenities that are offered, and the size of the homeowners’ association fee.

For the purposes of this article, I am going to highlight four of the active adult communities on the South Shore. If, however, you are interested in learning more about any or all of the communities, please feel free to reach out to me anytime. 

Plymouth | Great Island by Del Webb 

If activities are important to you, then Great Island located within The Pinehills in Plymouth is definitely the place to be!

 With 600 homes located within the woodland beauty and towering pines of this community, Great Island also boasts a 12,000 square foot clubhouse that includes a full time activities director, an indoor pool, fitness center, pool tables, activity rooms, gathering rooms, kitchen, grand ballroom, outdoor patio with grills, bocce courts and tennis courts. In addition, there are miles of walking trails and two ponds for canoeing and kayaking. Residents also have access to the amenities within the Pinehills including two championship golf courses. 

There are a dozen different floor plans to choose from, and there are attached and detached models as well as some homes that are one level only. Alas, this community is all sold-out for new construction, but with such a large community, there are usually some resale homes available at any given time. Lately, resales have been selling anywhere from the $400s to $600s, depending on the size and features of each home. 

Weymouth | The Village at Weathervane 

Are you looking for a community closer to Boston? Then, look no further than the Village at Weathervane in Weymouth. 

This stunning community is one of the South Shore’s best kept secrets. This community offers beautifully designed, detached homes that are bordered by a nine-hole golf course. Many of the homes overlook sweeping fairways while other homes enjoy views of the luscious landscaping. 

You don’t have to be a golfer to live here as golfing is separate, but you do get to enjoy the views regardless! Prices at The Village at Weathervane are at a premium with recent resales commanding from the mid $600s to the low $700s. 

Marshfield | Spyglass Landing 

Looking for a neighborhood location in the seaside town of Marshfield? Spyglass Landing is a beautiful community located on Telegraph Hill. 

These 84 townhomes are ringed by wooded views, and the high vistas allow for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Although there is no clubhouse, make no mistake, there are activities if you desire them. This community is very well organized and there are tons of opportunities to get exercise, to socialize, and to stay active and involved. 

The location affords you access to all of the beaches in Marshfield, as well as being close to the highway for those getaway trips to the Cape, Boston and skiing up North. 

Oh, and the homes are lovely! 

Designed by the award-winning builder, Pulte, every home was thoughtfully designed and contains all the bells and whistles that you won’t be giving up for retirement living. Resales here are generally in the low to mid $500s. 

Plymouth | Sawyers Reach 

Do you have your heart set on new construction? This is a beautiful community currently under construction in an ideal location in Plymouth. 

Situated just behind the Colony Place shopping complex, you will have access to an abundance of nearby options for groceries, retail, restaurants, recreation and healthcare. It is also convenient to the Rt 44 extension connecting Routes 3 and 495. The Cape or Boston or Rhode Island are all within easy reach. 

In the words of the builder, “Prepare to be wowed by our contemporary sophisticated condominium homes inspired by the Back Bay.” 

There will be 224 homes upon completion. This community offers traditional townhomes or condos that are located in a building that is serviced by an elevator. That is a great option if stairs are not your thing. And, the community will have a large clubhouse containing a saltwater heated pool. 

Homes here are selling in a very broad price range of $300s to $600s depending on whether you are purchasing a condo or townhome. This community will offer something for everyone! 

About the author, Mary Mabey:

Mary Mabey, Molisse Realty Group’s resident Active Adult Community Expert, has been with MRG since our inception in 2008, and she took an interest in 55+ communities right from the start. She would be thrilled to answer your questions and help you find the right home for your needs. You can reach Mary at 617-688-0358.

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