Empty Nesters Doing Real Estate, Bigger and Better!

We’ve all heard about empty nesters downsizing their homes once the kids are gone or in anticipation of retirement. But the face of the empty nester looks markedly different today than as early as twenty years ago. For various reasons, including an aging population living longer with a better quality of life, as well as more active, healthy empty nesters who still work, the downsizing trend is changing in nature. The empty nester may or may not be buying bigger, but they are buying better! An article in Miami Real Estate paints the picture of the current empty nester demographic – those who are buying better and in some cases bigger, more luxurious homes. Says the article:

Today’s population is working past 65 and enjoying more active, more leisure filled time. Instead of the cliché of retiring to the front porch or the easy chair, they’re using the opportunity of becoming “empty nesters” to look into a variety of opportunities, including buying a different type of house, one that’s on a golf course, luxury condominiums, or even lofts with home gyms.

Moving Up, Not Moving Out

Many empty nesters finds that they bought a house for one reason when the kids were younger–maybe schools were most important or a back yard—and now they find that, still vibrant, still working, they are excited about the possibilities of a new style home. Younger empty nesters, not even close to retirement, are looking for outdoor recreation, good weather, a different life-style. Some, according to MSN are also taking in older parents so the possibility of downsizing isn’t as practical. For these empty nesters, they might move to a more affluent community or closer to the city, but keep the size of the home or in some cases even go bigger. For the majority of empty nesters who do downsize, the focus becomes ‘moving up’ rather than simply ‘moving out’. Says Scottsdale real estate expert Sandra Wilken in her article titled, Living Large as an Empty Nester:

We know it can be difficult to leave behind the home your kids grew up in, but moving up can have many benefits. Entertainment, a fresh start and convenience are at the top of the list.

Lake Sherwood Homes and Surrounding…

If you are a young empty nester you might be looking for a community closer to your grown children, maybe your grandkids, but that will also accommodate your luxury life style. Consider the Lake Sherwood area. A guarded golf club community, only 30 minutes from the Los Angeles area, it’s the perfect mix of luxury and active life style because let’s face it 50 is no longer your grandmother’s 50. Lake Sherwood has gorgeous lake view homes, close proximity to hiking trails, terrific restaurants and shops and last but certainly not least, perfect weather. Additionally, it’s ideal for the middle aged couple who wants to be close to their grown children who lives in Los Angeles or Orange County. An empty nest doesn’t have to resemble less of a home! It can actually offer you so much more!

If you are planning on selling or buying a home in the Lake Sherwood area, contact Lydia Gable for a consultation today.


Spotlight on Old Agoura

Old Agoura

Only ten minutes from Malibu and 12 minutes to the Pacific Ocean, homes in Old Agoura are nestled in a country setting surrounded by acres of land which separates Agoura Hills from nearbyCalabasas.

Old Agoura is an eclectic mix of luxurious estates and ranch style homes. A maze of horse trails connects to Old Agoura Park which is centrally located and essentially the “city center” of the town. Old Agoura, while still in suburbia has a hidden away, rural feel to it, even though you are still only a short commute to Los Angeles. Those who love outdoor recreation are drawn to Old Agoura for the miles and miles of trails through the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

According to OldAgoura.org, this area holds the perfect balance for families and up and coming single outdoor lovers alike:

Residents have direct access to some of the best hiking and biking trails that the Los Angeles area has to offer, in addition to public equestrian facilities and horse trails that line many streets in the community. Old Agoura is a prime example that one can have a rural countryside home, while still enjoying the conveniences of suburbia.

Top Ranked Schools & Fun for the Fam

Home to the top ranked Las Virgenes School District, the area is attractive to many families not only for its great schools, but also for its various activities such as the United States Pony Club of America. According to U.S.News and World Report the schools rank nationally,

California’s Las Virgenes Unified School District contains two schools that received gold, silver or bronze medals in U.S. News’s Best High Schools rankings.

And, for families there are awesome shops, restaurants and Old Agoura Park which is famous for its rich history and amazing equestrian trails. For avid riders, the park offers an equestrian warm-up arena as well as trails that connect to Cheeseboro Canyon. The park even has a baseball field and a children’s play area so your whole family can enjoy outdoor recreation.

Safe at Home in Old Agoura

Not only is Old Agoura a beautiful place to live but Agoura Hills, CA was ranked 14 out of the 50 on the list of safest cities to live in the America. According to the Safewise Report, the explanation might be attributed to many factors:

From pee-wee yoga, fencing, Kindermusic, and senior socials, Agoura Hills makes every effort to offer its citizens a wide variety of affordable programs. That could be one reason why its crime rate is impressively low. Agoura Hills is surrounded by colleges and universities and also offers a unique program that honors its citizens who serve in the armed forces.

One of the most exclusive communities in Southern California, Zillow lists the average home listing in Agoura Hills at just shy of $800,000 – for all the aforementioned perks as well as its close proximity to Los Angeles. If this neighborhood sounds like the perfect place to call home and you would like to view home listings in Old Agoura, please contact Lydia Gable today.


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