The American dream has meant many things to many people.
For many of us, that dream has included owning a home.
But the American dream has not remained a constant throughout American history. Take it from us, we are lifestyle homebuilders. We sell homes to active adults in the 55+ segment. We are all about designing homes to meet lifestyles.
Even though we focus most of our efforts into building senior communities, we have a good understanding of how designing a home around the individual should look like.
Designing homes based on lifestyle.
What is Lifestyle Homebuilding?
Sometimes it’s far too easy to get caught up in the, “this is what a home should look like” mentality. If you grew up in the suburbs, you might think that you need a house in a cul-de-sac with a quarter acre lot and a fence.
When you think about it, no matter how fancy your house looks, it’s a cookie cutter idea. The suburbs were intended to be a place where middle class commuters could live and drive for thirty minutes to get to work.
Suburbs were a way to gain a little green area while sacrificing a little bit of cheap gas to get to your job. But let’s face it, if you grew up in a house like this, you might find it difficult to understand how to raise a family any other way.
That is just one example of how decades of the past are influencing our current biases. I’m sure that before the suburbs came along, the rancher/farmer kids could never imagine how to live in a “crowded” suburb.
But as we move forward, change is inevitable. But just because things change, it doesn’t mean that they’re bad.
Different segments have different needs
Let’s just explore a few age groups and see what their lifestyles might suggest:
Millennials: (Born after 1980’s)
This is the younger homebuying generation. Many of these people are buying their first home. They are tech savvy. They also have a flexible and open minded lifestyle. They are competitive but favor non-traditional working habits.
These people would do well in an urban, high density neighborhood. They might be more comfortable with public transit than the family town car. Thus they might only need a one-car garage for the whole family.
They’ll also be looking for more modern and tech friendly features in their home. They want zero maintenance and nearby amenities. They can’t likely afford a larger home.
Gen X: (Born between 1965-1980)
This generation is categorized by many highly educated people, many of which have entrepreneurial mentalities. They prefer a good work to life balance.
These are the ones who need more space. They may have larger families, and will want a house that accommodates. Extra rooms for kids or home offices are desired, as well as room for more cars.
Anything to improve function or location so that they can balance a busy lifestyle is preferred.
Baby Boomers: (Born between 1946-1964)
Many of these people are optimistically minded and live to work. They want to make a difference in the world.
These are probably the most flexible. If they aren’t already, they will soon be empty nesters. This means that they can either keep the large house for kids and grandkids to visit, or they may want to downsize. If they can have both, then all the better.
Many either can’t retire or don’t want to retire, so they don’t want to be too far from work.
This is the category of people that we at Leisure Villas focus most on, so we know them better than anyone else. If you want to see how well we plan for these people, check out our website or visit one of our projects to see all the ways we customize our communities to fit this lifestyle.
Traditionalists (Born before 1945)
These are/were hard working conformers with very traditional values. Extremely patriotic. Their focus is often centered on their family.
We also sell to this category. These people often have more special needs than the baby boomers. Health is declining and handicap accessibility is just around the corner, if not already here.
They too want a place to entertain family. Many of them are retired and have also lost a spouse, thus are in need of friends. Living in a community with more people their same age will help improve their overall happiness.
Where do you fit in?
Naturally, you can’t always be lumped into any single category. But take a look at your life and what your lifestyle demands. You might be surprised to find that the house you are looking at doesn’t serve your preferences.
Maybe it’s time to take a second look and see if there is something designed more with you in mind. Leisure Villas understands building homes and communities with lifestyle as the primary focus. Many other builders are also realizing the value of creating communities centered on lifestyle.
To learn more about how we serve the 55+ segment of the population, visit us at any of our outstanding communities.
For more details about population segments, check out this interesting report from the West Midland Family Center. They offer some great insight into the segments I’ve discussed.