Is Cape Cod the Right Retirement Community for You?

Cape Cod has long been regarded as a premiere retirement community by many over the years, and has made several Top Retirement lists by AARP. Forbes, Market watch, Top Retirements, Coastal Living and more. Cape Cod ’s allure includes world renown golf, fishing, boating, beaches, rich history, eclectic shops, dining, antiquing and fabulous arts & culture. Because of it’s remarkable arts & cultural scene, Cape Cod has also been home to and has inspired numerous artists, musicians and actors such as Norman Mailer, Julie Harris, Carly Simon, James Taylor, Patti Page, Kurt Vonnegut and Henry David Thoreau.

While Cape Cod is indeed a fabulous community, would it be the perfect retirement destination for you? As a successful Senior Real Estate and Retirement Specialist, I would suggest that anyone looking for the   perfect retirement community consider a few very important factors that would qualify a community as the right choice for them. Choosing where to retire is an important “life decision.” and should be entered into carefully and thoughtfully. With proper planning and research, you can determine what is important to make sure your choices will help keep you happy, active, fulfilled and supported as you age in place. I always recommend the following important rules of thumb.

  1. Buyers under 50 yrs tend to purchase the “house” itself. A space for the big TV, pool, big upgrades, lots of yard etc.   50+ buyers typically purchase not just the home, but the community as well. As we age, we need a community with services such as transportation, medical, shopping and more to help support us as our needs become greater.
  1. When purchasing a home, make sure that property will fit your needs today, tomorrow and ten years from now. Not ready for a downstairs Master? Consider buying a home with that option as you may not want to move again in six years.
  1. Make sure to hire an experienced Senior Real Estate and Retirement Specialist who also has their Accredited Buyer’s Representative designation, so they may best advise and represent you as they are experts in this field. They will know all of Cape Cod’s Retirement communities inside and out and will help target the community best suited to you and your needs. This is a free service and you deserve to be properly represented.

Why Retire to Cape Cod?

Location

Our location is just one of the reasons we are an ideal retirement community.. Cape Cod is located just over an 1 hr. from Boston and Providence and 4.5 hrs from NYC. Our residents enjoy gorgeous beaches and yet, are just a short drive to great skiing in the north or three major cities. Nearby by boat are Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and a quick flight to Bermuda from Boston is only 2 hrs.

Housing

Cape Cod offers a myriad of housing options for it’s retirement population. From single family homes, ranches, condos, golf & luxury communities, 55+ options, affordable housing. Independent Care, Assisted Living, Continuing Care and Skilled Nursing facilities

Supportive Services

As Cape Cod boasts a large Boomer & Senior demographic, there is a large presence of home & community based care-giving support services. Availability of home health care, senior centers, meals on wheels, and adult day cares are fantastic.

Social Integration

Another great reason to retire to Cape Cod is that we have an outstanding social scene with loads of arts & cultural events, fairs, exhibits, social groups, gardening,   gaming, women’s & men’s clubs and large LGBT community .Clubs, theater, museums, marinas, aquariums, sporting events, plays, biking, running, political, places of worship, libraries, Hyannis, Provincetown and Woods Hole provide world renown theater groups, and musicals, Symphony, ballet and the Melody tent which bring top notch talent to our summers.

Transportation

Cape Cod offers three municipal airports in Hyannis, Provincetown & Chatham. Cape Cod’s Regional Transit Authority in Hyannis provides long distance busing to Boston, NYC, Providence and more, while local buses travel from Provincetown to Falmouth. Ferries located in Hyannis and Woods Hole provide service to the Islands. Cape Flyer Train service has now begun to offer weekend Boston to Hyannis throughout the summer months. As we are a resort town, one can always count on numerous taxis and cabs as well. Most Councils on Aging will also provide transportation assistance based on need.

Continuing Education

Cape Cod Community College, located in Hyannis is open to all generations and offers it’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, dedicated to the continued learning , volunteering and teaching possibilities for mature students. In addition, several local schools offer a variety of courses with their adult programs, mostly held in evenings.

Safe Neighborhoods

Cape Cod has relatively enjoyed a low crime status. As with any community, please feel free to contact the local police department to confirm.

Good, Services & Amenities

Cape Cod boasts an endless amount of shops, stores, vendors. shopping centers, large mall, pharmacies, farmer’s, meat & fish markets, dry cleaners and more

Climate & Weather

Cape Cod typically experiences relatively mild winters. We boast beautiful warm summers and our best kept secret is our spectacular Fall…when our days are still warm, perfect swimming temps with cool, crisp evenings for the best sleep of your life!

Medical Community

Cape Cod boasts some of the best medical care with two of it’s hospitals, Falmouth and Cape Cod Hospital, recently being named in the country’s top 100. Many public medical centers, outpatient lab, services, rehab facilities and the outstanding Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.   ** The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority is now offering round trip fares to Boston Hospitals 1-800-352-7155