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Many baby boomers are in the process of giving up their single-family homes in favor of attached living (condominiums or townhouses) as they seek a more carefree lifestyle, according to David Kennedy, principal of KTGY Architecture + Planning.

Many of these “anti-outdoor maintenance” boomers are gravitating to suburban downtown areas where they can walk to restaurants, theaters and bars and also have easy access to public transportation that will take them to downtown Chicago for even more activity.

Others are opting for smaller single-family homes on smaller lots because they want to maintain their privacy and are concerned about hearing their neighbors in a multifamily living arrangement. This group of boomers often enjoys gardening and grilling and will choose communities where boating, hiking, bicycling and other outdoor endeavors are king.

“There is lots of demand for both types of housing. Those with out-of-town children find it particularly difficult to give up space because they want it for when their children come to visit. They also find it difficult to give up a houseful of furniture,” he noted.

But no matter the housing choices boomers make, indoors they are seeking similar amenities, Kennedy said.

They want ample space to entertain, including en-suite bedrooms where their out-of-town children and grandchildren can stay while visiting.

Boomers also tend to want at least one multifunctional room to tranform to suit individual needs — from a music room, to an office, to a formal living or dining room.

They also want well-designed spaces that incorporate “universal design” principles without screaming “age in place.”

Read more here about where baby boomers are living in retirement! Thanks Jean for sharing!