If you’re a suburban empty nester considering a return to the city, you are not alone.
“All of our projects, all brand new, are attracting empty nesters who want to be done with the upkeep of a large house… who just want to live as though they’re on vacation,” Karen Mansour of Douglas Elliman Development Marketing told BrickUnderground recently. “Over 50 percent of the apartments in The Residences at 400 Fifth above the Setai Hotel, are occupied by empty nesters….Who wouldn’t want to live in the center of the universe, walk to the theater, movies, shopping, restaurants?”
While they’re typically more financially prepared than the average twentysomething moving to NY, empty-nesters face their own set of challenges, ranging from what to do with all their stuff to where to stash the grandkids.
Here are tips from four empty nesters — all in their 60s — who’ve made the move:
1. Jean, from Florida to a three-bedroom co-op on the Upper East Side:
“My husband and I moved to New York from Miami area and now live in an apartment that overlooks Central Park. I raised my kids first in New Jersey and then in Florida and always wanted to live in the city. My one regret is that I didn’t insist on living here just as soon as we got married.