KNOWAtlanta takes a brief tour of some of the most popular 55+ neighborhoods and the outdoor offerings that allow homeowners to feel like they are on vacation right around the corner. read more
It’s no surprise that metro Atlanta is replete with incredible homebuilders. And in recent years, a number of them have become bona fide leaders in the active adult segment of the industry, providing outstanding options for residents aged 55 and older. They put great thought and care into creating communities and residences that speak to the specific lifestyle needs of active adults, and their successful endeavors have endeared them to an ever-growing section of the metro area’s population. If you are one of those interested homebuyers who fall into the 55+ category, then you need to familiarize yourself with the builders that keenly understand what you are looking for in a new home. And two builders you undoubtedly need to know are Traton Homes and Majestic Lifestyle Builders.
Traton Homes: New Kid on the Block
While Traton Homes has been building in the Atlanta market since 1971, the company did not enter the active adult market until 2018. And it did so with an idea of what is bringing 55+ residents to metro Atlanta in the first place.
“Many active adult buyers move to metro Atlanta to be closer to their children and grandchildren,” says Kimberly Garwood, Director of marketing for Traton Homes. “Atlanta has so many great schools that attract families, and parents and grandparents tend to follow them. Atlanta also is a good market because of its pleasant weather, great healthcare and proximity to a major airport, making it easy to travel and enjoy their retirement.”
With that in mind, Traton set out to up the ante for home buyers with first-rate homes in some of the metro area’s most coveted locations. Today, the company boasts three active adult communities: Courtyards of Camden in West Cobb, Kirk Ridge in Marietta and Courtyards at Ebenezer in East Cobb. Each community features its own unique style and fantastic amenities package. For instance, Courtyards at Camden offers a clubhouse, pool, bocce ball court, firepit gathering area and a dog park. Kirk Ridge’s location in the foothills of Kennesaw Mountain gives it an unparalleled atmosphere. And Courtyards at Ebenezer is only 15 minutes from Downtown Roswell, Downtown Woodstock and Marietta Square, opening up all kinds of recreation opportunities.
Of course, Traton Homes’ beautifully crafted and well-appointed ranch homes are the real stars of these age-restricted communities. From open floor plans and spectacular indoor and outdoor living spaces to affordable prices ranging from the $300s to the $500s, the residences are the epitome of elegant living. What’s more, the company is sensitive to the desires of the 55+ market segment. “We try to instill the comforts that enjoy in their current homes and pair those with the easy living lifestyle and functionality of a new home designed with their needs in mind,” Garwood notes. “For example, our homes feature an owner’s suite, as well as an additional guest bedroom or two, all on the main level. We also maintain landscaping, which means home buyers can leave their lawnmowers behind and enjoy the freedom of a lock-and-leave lifestyle.”
Fifty years of homebuilding experience coupled with a recently defined focus on the active adult market has allowed Traton Homes to become a real standout on the local real estate scene.
For more information, visit tratonhomes.com.
Majestic Lifestyle Builders: Filling a Need
When Majestic Lifestyle Builders arrived in metro Atlanta more than eight years ago, the company immediately recognized a void in the local homebuilding market: a builder that offered an active adult product with more customization options for buyers. So the company set out to become just that, settling into the master-planned Lake Arrowhead community, which has become one of the area’s most popular retirement destinations, and offering an unparalleled suite of 55+ homes.
“We are in the business of delivering dream homes at an affordable price,” says Judie Woodall, a managing member of Strategic Real Estate Advisors. “We keep track of what buyers want versus what we want. And most active adults surveyed say that they want low-maintenance homes with a lawn care service. They also want a sense of community, as they are retired and want to have the ability to gather and have a social life outside of their families.”
Majestic Lifestyle Builders found the perfect place to provide just that in Lake Arrowhead, a gated mountain, lake and golf community located outside of Canton that features a 540-acre lake with over 21 miles of shoreline, a marina, lakeside park, hiking trails and more. Homes from the company can be found in three of the community’s neighborhoods: Highlands Vista, Sanctuary Cove and The Woodlands. Ranch homes begin in the high $200s and include design-inspired choices, as well as features that may be needed for mobility issues. Additionally, the builder strives to provide access to finishes and options that buyers truly want so they can create the home environment they crave.
And when it comes to homeowners’ social lives, there’s no better place than Lake Arrowhead, which has everything 55+ residents could possibly wish for in a lakeside resort-style community, including a full-time lifestyle director who works on-site to maintain a bustling social calendar, with exercise classes, community events, seasonal workshops and more. The community also offers easy access to the championship Highlands Course, which is considered one of the best golf courses in Georgia. In addition, tennis and pickleball courts welcome active adults to participate in an array of seniors tournaments, while residents’ grandchildren can enjoy time with their beloved grandparents on a new state-of-the-art playground. “It has taken fun to the next level,” Woodall says.
From its peaceful setting to its remarkable residential offerings, Lake Arrowhead is the complete package for active adult home buyers. And with Majestic Lifestyle Builders as part of that package, there’s no doubt interested buyers will find what they are looking for. As Woodall concludes, “The goals are to deliver a quality home at an affordable price with features not found in other builders’ programs, as well as to create an environment where our property owners love where they live.”
For more information, visit lakearrowheadga.com.