Retirement. The very word conjures up images of sunshine and golf courses and backyard lanais. But is that what today’s retired population is looking for?

According to a recent article in the, a National Association of Home Builders survey revealed that today’s 55-plus crowd has a new set of preferences, and they’re not what you’d think.


  • In-unit washer/dryer sets
  • Lots of storage space
  • An entrance without steps
  • Private patios and/or porches
  • Main-level master bedrooms
  • Bigger bathrooms
  • Convenience features: user-friendly thermostats, garage door openers, easily opening windows, wide doorways, nonslip flooring


  • Fireplaces
  • Kitchen islands
  • Sunrooms
  • Workout rooms

The article also says golf courses are out (in favor of walkways and green areas) and high-tech items, while appealing to younger buyers, usually aren’t important to the recently retired.

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