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10 Best Retirement Communities for LGBT in the US

10 Best Retirement Communities for LGBT in the US

Retire fabulously in these non-discriminating LGBT retirement communities


Baby boomers in the United States who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) want to live in areas that can provide their needs and comfort. As of today, not all cities in the US are LGBT-friendly and only a few selected places provide a safe and welcoming community for LGBT residents to live out their golden years.

According to a study done by the institute for Multigenerational Health at the University of Washington, there are likely 1.5 million older LGBT seniors in the United States and the number is expected to double by year 2030 as baby boomers reach their retirement age. The study also highlighted the rapid growth of the LGBT seniors that are needed to be prioritized as they transition in the stage of retirement.

As the population of baby boomers continues to grow, more and more unique types of communities are created to accommodate their needs. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender retirees who are looking for a new living options, there are broad of choices in today's market that are beginning to develop for the LGBT seniors to live freely without fear of discrimination.

Here's a look at the LGBT retirement communities in the country that respects their gender preferences and their right to retire fabulously.

Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa, California is one of the first community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered seniors with its continuous class of services. It consist of spacious and well-designed apartments with an allotted patio and balcony for every unit owner. The kitchens are full-sized and equipped with high-end facilities and appliances. Fountaingrove lodge also have wide areas for fitness centers, a salon and day spa, gardens, swimming pools and as well as parking garage for residents. Its nearly perfect luxury living and environment is a bit expensive but it is truly good to be true.

Seashore Point is located in the heart of Provincetown with its unique residential community for seniors from 55 years of age and over. It has a fresh and beautifully-designed houses with a convenient access to a full range of amenities and personal medical services. They offer a wide variety of floor plans. One-bedrooms and two-bedrooms can be chosen in every unit with a laundry room on the second floor. Seashore Point also features a classy restaurant-style with private dining rooms, a multipurpose function room with a large screen TV, a fully-equipped fitness center, a well-stocked library, a reserved parking for each resident and is a pet-friendly community.

Carefree Cove known as the "High Country" is a lesbian and gay log home community in North Carolina where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Appalachian mountains. The community offers the natural assets with mountain views in a mature forest. Carefree cove also features a rural life with the relaxing sound of owls in the night along with the most beautiful night skies. Its amenities includes the clubhouse and trails for walking and biking.

A Place For Us is a new LGBT housing community that recently opened after two decades of work located in the border of Cleveland and Lakewood. It consist of one and two-bedroom spacious apartments with an oriented and dedicated staffs that offers a 24-hour emergency maintenance. Amenities includes the business center, community room with kitchenette, controlled access buildings, fitness centers, a library, a provided laundry room on every floor, meditation rooms, spacious closets and fully-equipped kitchens with energy star appliances. A Place For Us is also a pet-friendly community which is perfect for retirees who loves to take care of pets.

Spirit On Lake us an urban living located at the vibrant heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota that supports LGBT seniors. It is a 4-story frame building that consist of 46 units and an underground parking. Community amenities include laundry facilities, handicap units, fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, vintage buildings, playgrounds, clubhouse and car ports. Spirit On Lake also accepts housing vouchers from the government.

Rainbow Vista is an LGBT-oriented retirement community located at the Gresham, Oregon with a community size of 100 to 999 units. They offer housing and many amenities at affordable prices such as theater rooms, guest rooms, billiard rooms, fitness centers, BBQ and grilling area, a library and a garden for the residents. The area is located in a scenic view with landscaped grounds and several patios along with the astonishing view of Mt. Hood. It also offers activities that include BBQs on the deck, lunches and monthly dinners at their local restaurants and a monthly movies in their very own theater rooms. They also allow the residents in taking care of pets inside the units as long as the responsibilities of the owners are met.

Stonewall Gardens is an LGBT retirement community that supports the group of LGBT seniors. It is made up of 24 bungalow-style apartments with 3 different types which are the studio apartment, one-bedroom apartment and a shared deluxe studio apartment. Its class of services includes the 24-hour staffing to help the daily living activities of the residents, weekly housekeeping and linen service and the appartment ground maintenance. They also offers high-quality amenities such as cafe area, activity rooms with a large screen TV, serene courtyards, well-appointed seating areas, laundry rooms, guest dining options and common areas inside and out for different recreational activities and events.

Discovery Bay Resort is a luxury hotel-style LGBT retirement community located in the downtown of Kelowna. It offers a stunning views of the city and the vibrant atmosphere of the Lake Okanagan. There are also miles of waterfront walkways and trails that offers a relaxing park-like setting. Community amenities include coffee shops, restaurants and as well as the live entertainment venues within the reach. Discovery Bay Resort also features an easy access to two pools and two hot tubs, sauna and fitness centers, clubhouses with pool tables, couches and a wide TV screen to relax and have fun.

 

Stonewall Gardens in Palm Springs. California is the country’s first assisted living facility catering LGBT retirees. The community provides complete meals, on-site nurses, and a dedicated staff that works 24/7 to assists residents with daily living activities like dressing, feeding, managing medications, bathing and grooming.

Birds of a Feather in New Mexico was founded in 2004 as a community for gays and lesbians. They dubbed this place the “Land of Enchantment” because they are just a few miles away from the beautiful Village of Pecos and art haven Santa Fe.  Most of the lot owners and residents in the community prefer aging in place, while some work online in their homes as the community offers high speed internet for all its residents.


Aging has its own difficulties for every seniors, but lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered men and women are often lonely. Many of them face rejection and ridicule from family and friends. By the continuous growth and development of LGBT-oriented communities in today's generation, it would truly be much easier for them to settle in a community where they can live freely without a fear of discrimination throughout their golden years.


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