when Liz White When I visited my parents in Naples, Florida last year, I had no idea that I would be building my own apartment in the same building full of retirees.
In 2021, White lived in downtown Philadelphia, but the COVID-19 pandemic made his job as Marketing Account Director completely remote.
The 31-year-old found herself at a crossroads. Her apartment lease was coming to an end and she was going through a breakup.
While taking some time to figure out what happens next, White decides to retire and move in with his parents, who are living in a fellow retired people’s building.
“I love the sense of community. Everyone is so kind to each other and always helping each other,” White told CNBC Make it.
When an apartment in the building becomes available. White asked if he could rent it, and the owner said yes.
Each senior living arrangement has its own eligibility requirements, but generally occupants must be at least 55 years of age.
In White’s parents’ building, all residents except White meet the age requirements.
She says there are a few other residents still working, but most of them are retired.
“I think it helped that I knew the owners. They knew me. When I asked to rent their apartment, they knew what they were getting.” I know,” said White.
On rent for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, White pays about $2,000 a month. This is “roughly equivalent” to what I used to pay for a small apartment in Philadelphia.
Ms. White’s life is different from that of a retiree. Because she has her traditional 9 o’clock to her 5 o’clock job. But when it doesn’t always work out that she has dinner with her neighbors and her parents at 3:30, she watches the sunset every night with her neighbors. I like to go to
And of friendships with neighbors over the age of 65, White said: A door with leftovers, so it’s just a sweet, giving community. ”
For White, living in a retirement community means having to follow the rules, just like every other tenant in the building. Some of them include guests needing to be reported, no glass in the pool area, specific hours to use the laundry room, etc.
There are rules, but the perks are worth it, says White.
“I know there are a lot of rules, but I love the slower pace of life here,” she said.
Some perks include easy access to the pool, the beach across the street, and a handy tool closet with everything you need to fix anything around the apartment.
White’s rent includes beach gear and access to a storage room to store anything she doesn’t have in her apartment.