To keep up with the times and changing preferences, active adult communities are continuing to evolve. In fact, they are much different now than they were just a few decades ago. Developers of new communities, as well as HOAs and management companies of existing communities, add and incorporate features (such as resort-style amenities) to accommodate the changing needs and interests of baby boomers.
Here are some of the trends in active adult communities across the nation:
- Gardening: Many residents pursue gardening, and communities encourage private gardens as well as community plots.
- Fitness Facilities and Programs: Communities continue to add and renovate fitness facilities, and offer programs, classes, and tournaments to meet the interests of their residents.
- On-site Healthcare: To help make it easier to stay well, healthcare providers work with active adult communities to bring their services and educational opportunities to the communities.
- Home Automation: Recent advancements in technology have made home automation more affordable and accessible (using voice commands and smartphone apps). Many home functions can be controlled through this technology, such as turning lights on and off, viewing security camera videos, opening and closing windows and doors, locking and unlocking doors, and much more.
- Sophisticated Dining: Discriminating tastes demand options, and communities respond by bringing high-caliber restaurants and new flavors to their residents.
- Community Involvement and Volunteerism: Today’s seniors are socially responsible, and both residents and HOAs / management companies run programs that benefit the surrounding neighborhoods, charities, and communities.
- Trips and Excursions: Many active adults enjoy traveling and taking day trips. Some active adult communities offer guided group tours to interested residents, or, at the very least, provide knowledge and guidance on noteworthy places to visit that aren’t too far away.
- Personal Creativity and Growth: Classes for a variety of crafts, as well as educational classes on topics of interest, are offered in adult communities.
You can find information about activities and events in Sun Lakes communities on the events page of our website. If you are interested in other activities that currently not offered, feel free to send us a note and let us know – We’ll do our best to inform those who might be able to arrange for them.
The Kolb Team
Before buying a home, a buyer can obtain a pre-approval letter from a lender which provides an estimate on how much the mortgage company will lend that person. This letter helps the buyer determine what he or she can afford.
When purchasing property in Arizona, if you are obtaining a loan, your lender will need to fill out the Arizona Pre-Qualification form. This form should accompany any offer you make on a home.
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The Kolb Team Sponsored the IronOaks Health Fair
Recipe of the Month
Pork Roast Carnitas Style
- 1Tbsp beef base
- 1Tbsp dried cilantro leaves
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp coarse ground pepper
- Boneless pork roast
- ½ cup water
- Juice of 1 orange or lime
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- Combine beef, base, cilantro, brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.
- Brown roast on all sides in oil.
- Reduce heat and coat all sides with spice mixture.
- Add water, orange or lime juice, and soy sauce, then cover. Simmer for 4 hours or you can roast in roaster at 200 degrees for 6 hours.
- Shred and serve on tortillas with toppings of choice.
Planning To Enjoy a Light Beer On July 4th? You Have This Man to Thank!
Miller Lite’s iconic "Tastes great. Less filling." slogan encapsulated a beer innovation by Joseph Owades. But, believe it or not, he wasn’t even a fan of alcoholic beverages – he just enjoyed the science of making beer taste good but have fewer calories and carbohydrates. According to Beer Marketer’s Insights, 40% of beer consumed in America today is light beer. So, who was Joseph Owades?
Known as America’s Brewfather, Owades was a NYC biochemist who not only invented light beer – he also is considered the man who motivated the craft beer phenomenon which started in the 1980s. In the 1960s, he invented light beer through a revolutionary method (more on that below). His parents fled Europe before World War I, arriving on Ellis Island in approximately 1905. They were seeking opportunity, and to escape the persecution that Jews were enduring.
Just a few of the breweries Owades helped are Anchor Brewing, Samuel Adams, and Pete’s Wicked. Now, in the USA, there are over 9,000 craft breweries, and the vast majority certainly wouldn’t even be in existence without his input, knowledge, training, and expertise.
But if you were to ask, “Who invented light beer?” or “How did craft breweries come about?”, it’s a good bet that people don’t know, and certainly, the name ‘Joseph Owades’ wouldn’t even be mentioned.
Through experimenting, he learned that amyl glucosidase, an enzyme, when used in the process of brewing beer, breaks down sugars that ordinarily wouldn’t be broken down during fermentation. Yeast feasts on sugar during fermenting, which creates alcohol, but this enzyme ate up more sugars, which results in fewer sugars but a higher alcohol content. Simply adding carbonated water brought the ABV down to 4-5%.
It was difficult to sell at first, but after going through a few iterations of names and brands, and once a string of high-profile athletes and celebrities (like Bubba Smith and Dick Butkus) were used in ads, Miller Lite was the first light beer brand to be widely accepted. Now you know whom to thank when you crack open that great tasting and less filling beer on July 4th!
See What Our Clients Are Saying!
“We now carry your business cards with us wherever we go!”
Lee & Bob
- Buyers looking for a 3-bedroom home on the golf course with at least 2.5-car garage.
- Buyer looking for a 2-bedroom home with a private yard, nice kitchen, and baths. Office space would be a bonus.
- Buyer looking for a 3-bedroom home with a full 3-car garage. Extra office space would be ideal. Private or view yard ok.
- Buyer looking in Sun Lakes Phase 1 for a manufactured home with a nice yard. Buyer is willing to do updates.
Recent Real Estate Sales in Sun Lakes
Wondering about your Neighbor’s Home Sales Price? Find out here to see what sold last month. The report is broken down by HOA, address, and floor plan (if the agent listed the model in MLS).
Vendor of the Month
Harrison Herbeck Residential Remodeling
Thinking of doing a major remodel? We recommend you check in with Terry Harrison of Harrison Herbeck Residential Remodeling. She has a degree in Architectural Space Planning and Design.
“We are currently working with Terry on the extensive remodeling of our recently purchased Sun Lakes home. Terry has a Master’s degree in architecture/design and specializes in residential remodeling. We have been especially pleased with her positive and supportive attitude in guiding us through this challenging project. Her skill in working with color design is the best we’ve ever encountered through our experiences in building and remodeling 9 homes in our lifetime. She has a great eye for space — that is, how walls, cabinets, flooring, furniture, and color all work together to build an attractive environment for us. While Terry leans toward a more modern flavor, she has fully accepted and enhanced our traditional design preferences. She has very good organization and documentation skills, and is not timid when working with our sub-contractors. Overall, she has been a great contributor and a delight to work with on this project.” – Denny & Gayle Zarnt
“Terry Harrison is our “go-to” for remodeling projects. Often, our buyers will find a lot that they love but parts of the house itself just aren’t what they desired. Terry has done top-to-bottom, down-to-the-studs major remodeling for a number of our clients. She creates a custom home that rivals anything you would find valley-wide. Terry also does smaller remodeling jobs and is available at a reasonable per hour fee for furniture placement, color schematics, and smaller remodeling projects. She and her husband live in Oakwood and while both have backgrounds in real estate and interior design, Terry has a degree in Architectural Space Planning and Design. After recommending Terry to several clients, I decided to hire her for a simple project. My house was dark in certain rooms. Terry made some recommendations to lighten those areas and edited some of our artwork creating a light, bright, and happy place for us. She can do it all – small, medium, and complete remodels.” – Becky Kolb