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Baby boomers have either reached the age of retirement or are getting close. And, for many boomers, timely questions arise, including where’s an ideal place to retire and what sort of lifestyle is desired. BoardroomMetrics.com takes it a step further to ask, what are the “must haves” for retirement lifestyle. Here are results by writer Tina Jagros.

“As a baby boomer, I want to be happy with my retirement lifestyle!”

Identifying the specifics of what it is we are looking for in our next home is key to finding that happiness. Our diversity, as I mentioned in my first blog has made it clear that there is no “one size fits all” approach for us. We can certainly use the “5 Real Estate Trends” to help us answer the question of where we will live. But what are we looking for in the home itself? What attributes will make it perfect for us now?

Quite simply it’s all about us. We want to be active doing the things we love, while offloading things we don’t. So what does that mean in our new home?

11 Must Haves in the Ideal Baby Boomer Retirement Home

  1. One floor living – Overwhelmingly for our retirement living, we all want to have our main rooms on one level, including Master Bedroom & Ensuites, Laundry Room, Kitchen with Eating Spaces and Great Rooms. For some of us this may be a response to mobility issues – for many it’s the convenience factor
  2. Large Eat-in kitchens – Many of us have enjoyed a chef’s kitchen in our previous homes or have promised ourselves one in our next. Either way this is a critical issue as both men and women enjoy cooking or entertaining for themselves and for family and friends. For more casual lifestyles, formal dining rooms are less of a priority but a large enough eating space in or near the kitchen is key.