The kids are grown and out of the house, you’ve put in time at your job and now you are ready to reap the rewards of the hard-earned golden years. You’re ready to downsize and enjoy your retirement. Fortunately, seniors are finding the perfect middle-ground of living arrangements — a home where they can enjoy the amenities of senior living, but still maintain their coveted independence.
In Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, with proximity to beaches and all that the historic Charleston community has to offer, Somerby Mount Pleasant is recognized as an ideal place to retire by several publications, including Forbes. It offers many different living options, including independent living rental villas for those 62 and over.
“It is carefree living,” said Paige Lacasse of Somerby Senior Living. “The thought of downsizing from a large house to an apartment can be very overwhelming for some seniors, but when you live at these villas, you are in your own home, not assisted living, with the freedom and independence to come and go as they please. Independent living residents have a full kitchen where they can cook, but they don’t have to. Villa residents have access to our full-service Chateau Restaurant.”
Somerby residents also have access to the activities in the community, including the use of a fitness center, a pool, a movie theater and an art studio. “The villas also include weekly housekeeping, transportation to medical appointments and all maintenance so if a light bulb goes out, or the dishwasher breaks, the maintenance team will just come over and fix it for them,” said Lacasse.
Housing options include The Atlantic Villa, a two-bedroom, two-bath unit with 1,334 sq. ft. of space, and The Breakers Villa, which comes with two-bedrooms, three-baths and an ample 1,978 square ft of space. The rental units are spacious and open-concept apartment homes with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. “The two-floor plans are identical except that the Atlantic Villa is a single-story, and The Breakers has a loft on the second floor,” said Lacasse.
Villa residents in this gated community include both singles and couples who are interested in downsizing and many of them have moved here from other places across the country. South Carolina has become a hotbed destination for the retirement-age community. A recent article in the Post and Courier stated that The Palmetto State ranked No. 7 in 2017 for inbound relocations.
With its beautiful beach towns, Fort Sumter and other historic homes that were once the residences of the rich and famous, Mount Pleasant has much to see and do. “We have a full activities calendar, which includes attending plays and symphony performances,” said Lacasse. “We also do Happy Hour three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and that's free. Residents can bring friends and family too. Living here definitely isn’t like going to a nursing home.”
Residents also have access to an indoor heated aerobic exercise pool, day spa with hair styling, manicure and pedicure stations, a barbershop, movie theater and game room.
For more information, call 1-800-984-4096 or visit https://www.somerbyseniorliving.com/community/mount-pleasant-sc.