About this time of year, we all dream about putting away the snow shovel for good and look forward to spring blossoms. I'm not a weather forecaster, but experience tells me you should have your shovel ready for a few more months of cold and snow.
Spring will soon arrive as the crocuses push through the ground, them we can look forward to a different aspect of home upkeep. In the Spring and throughout the fall, we tend to our yards and gardens. Pruning, weeding, fertilizing, mowing the grass and edging. Owning a home comes with year round maintenance! While some people find pure enjoyment in getting their hands in dirt, planting flowers and pulling weeds (BTW, I'm not one of those people), many prefer someone else take care of these endless tasks.
Maintenance free and low maintenance communities provide a perfect solution for homeowners who love the freedom of owning their home, but prefer a Saturday on the golf course, instead of in the yard. In my case, almost anything is preferable to yard work.
Maintenance free communities are as varied as the neighborhoods where they exist. Throughout Indianapolis and the suburbs are many wonderful homes featuring a maintenance free lifestyle. The characteristics of the different styles of homes and amenities included will ensure you can find something to meet your needs. The most popular home styles in these communities are:
Paired Patio Homes -Generally two homes attached at the garage. Examples of neighborhoods with paired patio homes include:
- Oxford Park in Avon
- Emerald Village in Noblesville
- The Arbors on Bluff in Indianapolis
- Crooked Bend in Greenwood
Free Standing Condos: Although classified as a condo, they are actually more like a home. Examples of neighborhoods with free standing condos:
- Holiday Pines in Brownsburg
- Wood Park in Carmel
- Ashwood Condominiums in Greenwood
- Nottinghill in Plainfield
Fees for services in maintenance free communities depend on the services provided, the type of homes and the age of the neighborhood. Most offer common area maintenance, lawn care and snow removal. Fees for these services begin at about $50.00 a month. It's worth checking out whether they shovel the driveway and sidewalks.
For those who want full maintenance free lifestyle, in addition to the above, many communities offer building insurance, as well as exterior maintenance, including the roof, siding and brick. Additional amenities may include pool, clubhouse, walking trails, exercise facilities and putting greens.
If you're thinking about a maintenance free lifestyle, check our list of communities.