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Real Estate, Aging and Mobility Town Homes and Condo’s

I wanted to continue our rolling discussion on real estate and mobility within the home by considering town homes and condos as options for folks looking to downsize in part due to mobility concerns that often come with age.

Now, townhomes are an interesting option for people looking to sell a single family home but still in need of a reasonable amount of space. One thing that I would note is that many townhome communities have a real mixture of housing stock within them so you will have to look carefully to find homes that have useful mobility features. And what do I mean by that? Well I am thinking specifically of townhomes with main level bedrooms/ bathrooms/ master bedrooms and town homes that allow access to that main level while climbing very few or no stairs.

Another option (and one that is becoming increasingly popular) is to buy a townhome that has an internal elevator so that you have access to the whole property without going up and down stairs.

Condo’s are of course another option – more often than not they are on one level (within the unit) and there is an elevator providing access to the unit itself. A mobility consideration for condos may be to look at access to the building itself – are there stairs? A ramp?

That is all for now – I will have more thoughts on real estate as we age next week.

As I mentioned – these posts are just snippets to get you thinking about these issues. Feel free to email me with specific questions. It should also go without saying that I am happy to meet with you to discuss your real estate needs and assist you in developing a real estate plan that takes into consideration your needs as you age. My email is raj@rajabout.com and cell is 240 486-3921