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8 unconventional retirement communities

Lake Weir Living Whoever said retirement was about slowing down clearly hadn’t met the residents of Lake Weir Living, a “toy-friendly” boomer community in central Florida—built around the idea that no kinds of community restrictions should keep retirees from enjoying (or parking) their RVs, motorcycles, boats or vintage Buicks. Here you’ll find boomers whose lives revolve around hopping on their Harley or into their hot rod (their “adult toys”) and whizzing around town for a Sunday drive, thrill-seeker style. The community offers customizable homes (20 have been built so far, with room on site for more than 1,500 more) with the option for a five-car garage or even a 50-foot garage customized for an RV, so residents can keep all their toys safe in one place. Plus, the community sits amid roads and rolling hills and near a national forest and the beach, which Schuster claims offers residents “the best scenic riding in the state.” The community is right by The Villages—a massive retirement community big enough to take up multiple ZIP Codes—so residents have plenty of fellow retirees nearby. Home prices for the community start in the low $100,000 range, and currently about 50 people live there.

8 unconventional retirement communities

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