South Walton Beach Towns Pioneered ‘Niche Aging’ Before It Became a Hot New Trend

Posted by Destin Real Estate Sales on Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 9:25pm.

Niche aging was one of Time magazine’s 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years: A thinker’s guide to the most important trends of the new decade . Aimed at the 78 million baby boomers that are beginning to reach retirement age, niche aging refers to the new building trend of creating retirement communities that appeal to people who share a specific passion. Time mentions a country music community being built in Tennessee that will include recording studios and a feng shui-designed Asian culture community in California that will offer daily tai chi classes. The growing number of such specialized communities may be diverse in their focus, but they share the common goal of bringing together people that share similar interests to create active lifestyle communities – now and during their retirement years.

Niche aging may be today’s hot new trend, but it is old news to the residents of the Beaches of South Walton . The people who live in the charming beach towns that stretch along the Florida Panhandle’s scenic Gulf Coast between Destin and Panama City Beach share a love of the natural environment and a desire for an active, neighborly lifestyle. Many towns are laid out around a common square or old-fashioned main street to provide residents with easy access to stores and services. Walking and biking paths connect homes to shared spaces, parks, swimming pools, tennis courts and the beach. Peaceful walking communities can be found where cars are banned from quiet city streets. Regular community events such as outdoor movie nights, concert series, lectures, festivals and nature walks foster a friendly sense of community. The appeal is strong for both families and retirees, making for vibrant multi-generational communities. 

To find out more about living in the Beaches of South Walton, contact a knowledgeable Destin Realtor today.

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