Retire – Downsize – Golf

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Avid golfers who are close to retiring usually look forward to more golfing on the next chapter of their life. Some ensure there is more “time on the green” by downsizing to a golf community with like-minded retirees. For Canadians, there are at least three variations of this approach that allow for maximum time on the course despite Canadian winters.

The three, main variations involving a Canadian or US golf community are:

1. Summer in Canada (owned unit) + Winter travel/cruise

This choice is based on downsizing to a Canadian golf community plus Winter travel abroad. Golf community properties are typically resale homes with a land lease. You pay a monthly land lease fee and a monthly maintenance fee.  Travel during the winter allows you to continue playing golf in a warmer climate or take a cruise for a change of scene. Of course, you are still carrying the monthly costs for the Canadian property.  You could consider allowing family members or friends to use the property while you are away.

This overview from Sifton Properties introduces RiverBend Golf Community in London, ON Canada.

This video from PerryGolf illustrates this choice very well. A cruise allows golfers to “combine their love of the game with their passion for travel”.

0:34 min.

2. Summer in Canada (owned) + Winter in the USA (owned or rented)

This choice illustrates Downsizing to a smaller property in Canada (condo or bungalow) to allow golfing at local, public or private courses plus travel to a US golf resort for winter

This video introduces the Anglers Green Central Florida Retirement Golf Community, an affordable location with American and Canadian residents.

1:26 min.

3. Summer golf home in Canada (owned) + Winter in USA (owned)

This choice involves downsizing to a Canadian golf community for spring and summer PLUS ownership in a US golf community for the fall and winter months. This is for avid golfers and would be a good fit when both spouses golf.

Here are Five Reasons to Live in a Golf Community in Ontario courtesy of Crimson Ridge Community.

This video is from a corresponding community in Florida.

12 Buying Tips For THE VILLAGES in FLORIDA

10:11 min.

What golf community would you recommend?

This post is part of an on-going series on this blog on the topic of Retire – Downsize – …., covering a variety of possible activities to pursue after retiring and downsizing.

* You may notice some Canadian spelling in these posts. The words may look odd but that’s how we spell them. We’re used to it.

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Unless otherwise credited, all posts are happily authored with a quill pen …
Paul Ferri, Broker, ASA (Accredited Senior Agent)
RE/MAX Unique Inc. Brokerage*, Toronto, Canada
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