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Over-55 LI crowd seeks fun-filled luxury communities

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Fresh out of a relationship, Aaron Jenkins, who moved into the 55+ rental community of Sutton Landing in Uniondale a little over a year ago, was ready to let go of his single-family home and embrace apartment living. For Jenkins, a retired corrections officer with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department after his 26-year stint, the allure of living in a location with an upscale clubhouse with a pool and promenade is more than just a variety of social activities and new friends. There was also a special benefit. .

There is also a social director who organizes coffee bars, poolside and clubhouse parties with DJs, Sunday brunch and other activities.

“You can go to wine tastings and billiard tournaments,” said Jenkins, 58, a former Freeport resident. “I plan to participate in a chess tournament in the near future.”

Fountaingate Gardens executive chef Bill Yocum and resident Bonnie Soman (left) and Michelle Leone at one of the Commack complex’s restaurants.
Credit: Barry Sloan

For Bonnie Soman, a typical day at the new Fountaingate Gardens, part of Gerwyn’s new series of care complexes in Commack, begins with a fitness class, followed by coffee and a chat in the bistro. attend happy hours, attend lectures, and appreciate artwork on the pool and walls.

“It feels like being on a cruise ship without the seasickness,” says Soman, 70, who moved with her husband, Stu, from another Bayshore 55+ community.

But what she appreciates most is saying goodbye to a lifelong habit.

“I don’t have to cook dinner anymore,” Soman said. “We have dinner at the restaurant every night. It’s great.”

Led by Robert Spiot, Event Director at Country Point in Plainview "The...

Robert Spiot, event director at Country Point in Plainview, heads up July’s ‘The Joy of Oy’.
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Community, Seeking Fun

Some people over the age of 55 are relatively wealthier and more active than their parents at that age, want a laid-back lifestyle and often expect high-end amenities in their chosen community. I have.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2021 Nassau and Suffolk Counties will have approximately 744,000 residents aged 60 and over, or 26% of Long Island’s population. This was an increase of 160,000 from a decade ago when people over 60 made up 21% of her on the island.

The rapidly growing complex developer offers private dining rooms, fully equipped gyms and saunas, in-house cinemas, pickleball courts and spacious clubhouses, whether units for rent or purchase. Incorporating a functioning clubhouse, it attracts attention. A fascinating hub for activity.

“We sell a lifestyle,” said Diane Meyer, distributor of The Vineyards in Center Moriches and Mount Sinai, where prices range from $749,000 to $899,000.

All of these perks are built into the cost of purchase or rental at these complexes.

At Plainview Country Point, 80% of our suites and villas are reserved for guests 55 and older. Two-bedroom units range from $765,000 to $1.4 million, homeowners association fees range from $540 to $897, and annual taxes vary by model.

The three-story clubhouse has a ballroom with bar on the top floor and hosts galas several times a year, said Robert Spiot, Country Point’s event director. Recent bashes held around the pool and in the ballroom include black and white parties and his ’60s revival nights.

Many events draw up to 300 residents. Even the smaller ones, such as “The Joy of Oy” Catskills-style comedy show in July and a concert by singer Tommy Sullivan, a founding member of the 1960s group The Brooklyn Bridge, were attended by 200 members. get together.

“There is a camaraderie here,” said Spiotto. “That’s what we offer.”

Besides the elegant clubhouses and large pools, socializing is the number one reason people move to these communities. After raising children and working hard, living in a resort-like atmosphere often fosters new friendships with people of your own age.

Resident Madeleine Ariano chats with Marketing Director Tamar Segura...

At Commack’s Fountaingate Gardens, resident Madelaine Aliano chats with Gurwin Healthcare System Marketing and Sales Director Tamar Segura, Executive Director Ryan Grady, and President and CEO Stuart Almer.
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affordable amenities

Ridge’s Leisure Village may have been built in 1972, but the complex, along with two nearby affiliates, Leisure Glen and Leisure Knoll, house 1,500 units in 18 styles. and prices range from $225,000 to $275,000 for two-bedroom condos. $335,000 for a one-bedroom and $425,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath home with a formal dining room. Annual taxes are $3,000 to $4,500 and HOA fees are $335 to $445.

For former nurse Carol Leonard, 79, it was the right decision to move to Leisure Village 23 years ago when her late husband became disabled. She focused on dozens of events, activities, and amenities to keep seniors active, including Bossy Her Court, a heated pool, and a 9-hole golf Her course.

“We have 42 clubs,” said Leonard, the president of her board. “You can be as quiet or as busy as you like.”

The clubhouse includes a card room, billiard room, woodworking shop, pottery room with kiln, dartboard room, library and fitness center. “We have him 33 miles of trail,” Leonard said. “I always see people jogging, walking their dogs, and going out for walks.”

Aaron Jenkins in the Sutton Landing game room...

Aaron Jenkins in the game room at Sutton Landing in Uniondale.
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rental too

The rental community is also eyeing the upscale market. While he is not specifically for those over 55, the unit is rented to many senior citizens due to the easy lifestyle and convenience it offers both in and out of the development.

Selby, a six-story apartment complex overlooking Westbury’s Eisenhower Park, opened in September with 210 units and 27 long-term executive suites, with studios priced at $3,200 and 2,200-square-foot three-bedrooms priced at $9,500 per month. is. unit. More than 40 percent has already been leased, according to Susie Foster, spokesperson for his organization Beechwood, who developed the complex.

Built in the French chateau style, Selby offers residents a 75-foot outdoor pool and terrace, great rooms with garden views, a club room with indoor and outdoor bars, a 6,000-square-foot dining room, and yoga space. It offers a fitness room, a studio, a space of tranquility and a private car park where you can charge your electric car.

Beechwood principal Steven Dubb said the new complex follows the success of its luxury rental properties in nearby Vanderbilt, where renters will have access to cabanas, yoga and fitness studios, fine dining and cafeterias. You can enjoy the outdoor heated pool with

“All year round or year round, our residents want well-constructed new homes with resort amenities and concierge services that reflect their coveted quality of life,” Dove said. Told.

For Jenkins, a former prison officer, that means saying goodbye to the days of cutting grass and thinking about oil bills, he said. Now he spends his summers poolside at the complex and meets his friends at the clubhouse, complete with gym and card/game room.

“I’ve had a long career of 26 years and it feels good to take it easy,” Jenkins said.

From left to right: Toby Epstein, Ellen Levine, Debbie Greenberg, friends...

From left to right, Toby Epstein, Ellen Levine, Debbie Greenberg, and friends from Plainview’s Country Pointe.
Credit: Howard Simmons

3 communities, 3 price plans

Vineyards on Mount Sinai, 55+ for sale: 91 homes from $749,000 to $899,000. Almost sold out. The HOA fee is approximately $428.

amenities: Two-story clubhouse with fitness center, bar, card room, great room, heated pool, fire pit, bossy court, walking trails, part-time social director.

Angkor Luxury Living in Jericho, Rentals over 62 years old. Rent starts at $7,000 for a one-bedroom, which includes $1,000 a month for his two restaurants in the community.

Amenities: Housekeeping, car service, full-service concierge, lectures, wellness center with yoga studio, heated pool with cabanas. Fully equipped units are available.

A full-time social director can not only run social activities, but also help residents navigate issues such as voter registration.

Commack’s Fountaingate Gardens Care Complex Continuum, 62 years old and over: No purchase required, but there is an entrance fee that is partially refunded when you leave. For example, a new resident may pay her $320,000 for a small apartment (up to $1 million or more), including assisted living and care if needed. Depending on the plan you choose, you may also need to pay a monthly fee.

Amenities: Chef-prepared meals, personal trainers, fitness and wellness classes, transportation, concierge, housekeeping, library, swimming pool, art center.

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