February 21, 2013 10:00 AM
ShantiNiketan When you look around ShantiNiketan, you won’t find the usual retirement community amenities like a pool or tennis courts—and that’s how residents here like it. ShantiNiketan, near Orlando, caters to Indian Americans 55 and over, and its unique features reflect their cultural preferences. “Indians like to sit and chat and watch Indian movies or walk outside,” says Jeffrey Ignatius, who founded the community with his father Iggy in 2010. “They aren’t really into swimming.” The community also has an on-site prayer room and extensive vegetarian cuisine options. Home prices range from $160,000 to $180,000, and monthly fees, which include utilities, property taxes, homeowners’ association dues and an optional meal plan, are less than $1,000 per month. The community thus far has sold out, but Phase 2 with 112 more buildings will open by 2014.