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8 unconventional retirement communities

NoHo Senior Artists Colony The brand-new NoHo Senior Artists Colony is a community for those 62 and up in the trendy North Hollywood neighborhood; it was created exclusively for artists. Being that it’s Hollywood, most of the current residents are writers and actors, but it’s open to anyone who has a desire to be artsy. Noho is built adjacent to a performing arts theater that plays host to the well-regarded Road Theatre Company. Residents of the community get to use the theater when there are no professional shows running, and some of the actors in the theater company live in the community. The NoHo colony doesn’t simply give a nod to arts: In addition to artists’ studios, the community offers an array of educational programs. “The arts classes and programs can culminate in a performance or publishing or creating a film,” says Tim Carpenter, founder and executive director of EngAGE, a nonprofit devoted to turning senior apartment communities into vibrant places to live. “We want people to achieve a goal.” Though only a handful of residents have joined Noho thus far (it just opened last month), the management expects roughly 150 to move in within the next year or so.

8 unconventional retirement communities

February 21, 2013

Aspiring Hemingways, die-hard recreational-vehicle fans, Harley-obsessed boomers: If you’re feeling a little uninspired about your retirement options (another community based around a golf course? Really?), you’re in luck. A new breed of retirement community is catering to those whose interests lie a little outside the mainstream. —by Catey Hill, Marketwatch