3 Things Empty Nesters Are Looking For in a New Home

Have your kids moved out, leaving you with an empty nest? Then this could be a great opportunity to start fresh and buy a new home. If you are looking for a house for the first time without children, here are some tips from our Calgary real estate agent on what to look for - and where. 

The empty nest can be a strange period of adjustment - your house goes from a space full of children, noise, and clutter, to a home that is suddenly too quiet and spacious. While it can be a challenging transition, the empty nest also brings with it unique benefits, including: 

  • Peace and quiet 
  • An opportunity to reconnect with your spouse 
  • Lower cost of living 
  • More free time to indulge in hobbies and other activities, such as travelling

The Future is Yours 

As an empty nester, your time, your future, and your life is yours to create. If there is something you’ve always wanted to do, be it travel, go back to school, or even write a book, now is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and achieve some of those dreams you’ve put on the backburner. 

Create Your Dream Lifestyle & Find Your Perfect Home With the Help of Our Calgary Realtors 

After years of focusing on your kids, it’s now your turn to pursue your dreams. This chapter of your life can be filled with exciting opportunities and the real estate agents at Mel Star can help you find the perfect home to suit this new lifestyle! 

Whether you’re looking to downsize or simply find a home that reflects the post-child rearing life you envision, we make the process simple and easy. 

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3 Things Empty Nesters Are Looking For in a New Home 

Sending your children off to university and out into the world marks a huge time in any parent’s life, and it can be both a joyous and difficult occasion. However, one thing is clear: your nest is now empty and it could be a great time to consider relocating to a home that is more appropriate for a smaller household and your changing needs. 

If you are considering making this change, here are the top things empty nesters look for in a new home: 

1. Accessibility

As you approach getting older, it’s wise to look for a home that can meet your future physical needs. You should look for a single-story house or a two-story house with a bedroom on the first floor. With fewer steps to climb, you can prevent falls and potential injury. 

You also want to make sure that your door frames are wide enough to allow wheelchairs, and although ramps aren’t necessary until or if you need them, you want to make sure one could feasibly be constructed. 

2. Proximity to Family Members 

Even if your kids have just left home, you should consider future needs and desires when buying a new home. Having your children and grandchildren close by is a wonderful amenity few people possess. 

If one or more of your children have an idea where they want to settle down, you might want to focus your search on nearby neighbourhoods or towns. That way you can still enjoy your new-found space, but you won’t have to travel too far to see your loved ones. 

Location Matters

When choosing a new home, you should look for a space that is close to important amenities, such as: 

  • Public transportation 
  • Grocery stores 
  • Parks
  • Hospitals 
  • Pharmacies 

Many empty nesters also want a new home that’s close to their original location so they can stay connected to their network of family and friends. If this is something you would like, an experienced real estate agent can help you find the dream home in an ideal location. 

3. A Great Community 

Today, more and more empty nesters are seeking homes in gated communities. These offer spacious living with enough privacy but without the feeling of being too alienated. You will be able to interact with people of your own age and with your own interests and maintain a healthy social life.  

In addition, such communities offer great benefits, such as: 

  • The properties are maintained, so it’s less work and lower costs for you. 
  • Most communities boast great amenities such as pools, tennis courts, and gyms. 
  • Greater security 
  • Easy accessibility to hospitals, shopping malls and restaurants
  • A peaceful and beautiful ambiance 

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With over 40 years of real estate experience, the Mel Star team in Calgary can help you find your dream home, no matter your needs, lifestyle, and specific preferences. To find out more about how we can help you transition into your new home smoothly and quickly, contact us at (403) 284-6333, fill in our contact form or visit in person at 206-2411 4 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2Z8.


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