Baby Boomers Challenge the Status Quo Even in Retirement

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~ George Burns

The way Americans are thinking about retirement is creating ripples of dramatic changes leading to a paradigm shift affecting policy, politics, behavior and the social fibers of our nation. As Baby Boomers reach the age of retirement many new challenges and opportunities are emerging.

Boomers are a diverse population, yet as a generality, Boomers do share some common ground with each other: Strong work ethic, self-assured, competitive, resourceful, disciplined, team-oriented. Boomers tend to have incredible focus on meeting their goals.  It is no wonder that investors, retailers and even property managers are taking notice of the unique opportunities presented during this fundamental shift about the way American’s think of retirement.

10,000+ Baby Boomers are retiring daily, with that number increasing yearly. Life expectancy is longer than ever before. Boomers are arriving at retirement with expectations.  Many of these coming of age folks want to enjoy their retirement years and anticipate spending the wealth they’ve accumulated, and taking a more leisurely pace in life.  Alarmingly, in contrast, others have not saved enough, or have had their investments shaken by unstable economic conditions leaving some Boomers to anticipate working well into their golden years.

Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave to another. ~ Richard Garnett

Retirement brings both relief and obstacles to the lives of Boomers. Boomers have been at the helm of their families, during their working years balancing career and family. Not surprisingly, many of this generation are arriving at retirement while still playing a vital role in the lives of their children and grandchildren, but many are also now needed as caretakers for aging parents.  Some Boomers are choosing to purchase neighboring homes for their aging parents or move them closer, but with the peace of mind of a care facility to assist with the more physical aspects of caring for a loved one.

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Downsizing can make retirement more enjoyable. Less house, but more home!

Another way that Boomers are addressing the challenges of retirement is by downsizing and purchasing affordable housing. Moving to Florida is a bucket list dream for many.  Some Boomers opt to become snowbirds and enjoy the best of both worlds. The cost to live in Florida is comparable or lower than many other places in the nation.  Florida has a lower tax rate and does not have a state tax which makes it quite enticing.

In the manufactured housing industry owners and investors know that they can offer some prime advantages to new retirees beyond just the economics.   There has been considerable reinvestment in communities.  It is clear that retirees want to enjoy their free time.  Clubhouses, shuffleboard courts, billiards, and heated pools have become the standard.  Retirees want to remain active.  Tennis courts, pickleball, lap lanes in pools, and fitness centers have become very desirable amenities. Some larger     communities even have golf courses, saunas, restaurants and more.

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. ~ Ausonius

Community managers know that retirement is a social time.   Planned activities are often a deciding factor for Boomers when choosing which community to settle into and call home.  Many have moved south for the warm, sunny weather and the Florida lifestyle, leaving behind family and friends. This can be an overwhelming transition for some, but community living has advantages when it comes to staying active and making friends.  As newcomers join activities, residents tend to be welcoming and their common interests create strong ties.  They often report these new relationships feel like extended family and lifelong friendships have been created.

No doubt that even in retirement the Baby Boomers continue to be a generation that has changed our nation. Baby Boomers continue to redefine retirement.  Aging is no longer about growing old gracefully, it is about living more, new beginnings, and chasing passions.  And who is more qualified to challenge the status quo than the Baby Boomer generation?

The good life is a process, not a state of being. ~ Carl Rogers

 

 

5 Reasons Active Adult Communities Can Change Your Life

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Pickleball Cookout at Rolling Greens, Ocala.

Did you know that living in an active adult community can change your life? Studies show that activities and events can have numerous cognitive and health benefits for seniors. Here are 5 reasons you should not only live in an active community, but get involved too!

SLEEP SOUNDLY

Research shows that people who have more fulfilling relationships tend to sleep better than those who don’t. If you’re experiencing insomnia, try getting involved in the community. Getting active and on a regular schedule will help you to reset your internal clock, which will also help you sleep more soundly. Try going to some activities in the community that happen at the same place and time every week. It will give you a schedule, and help keep you accountable.

BRAIN BOOST

Did you know that research has proven people who stay mentally engaged can prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?  Newby Management community’s like Rolling Greens host numerous events that can get your mind going. Activities like book club, card games or woodshop can teach you new skills, revive your interest in books, and keep your mind sharp. Rolling Greens keeps the calendar full, and even has an on-site social director to plan events. Communities like these will help keep your mind in shape! In one study at Rush, researchers followed about 800 people, all about age 80, for four years. The participants had no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study, but some described themselves as lonely and tested positive on a “loneliness scale.” During the study, 76 people developed Alzheimer’s-like dementia. People with the highest scores on the loneliness scale had more than twice the risk of developing dementia as those with more social connections who had scored lower.

INCREASED IMMUNE SYSTEM

Get out there and active, because studies show that getting out and having people around you makes your immune system function better. As humans, being active and social is an important part of our overall health, so important, in fact, that it literally affects how our body operates. Stay healthy and find some new friends to have fun with.

LIVE LONGER

A strong social circle can actually increase the length of your life! Even more importantly, it’s actually friends, not family, who give you the boost. The Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging studied the effects of friendships on health and aging. Older adults with the strongest network of friends were 22% less likely to die during the study than those with the weakest network of good friendships.

HAPPY & HEALTHY

Socially active seniors usually have a more positive mood, and it can help fight depression. Loneliness is a unique risk factor for symptoms of depression, and loneliness and depression have a synergistic adverse effect on well-being in middle-aged and older adults. Get out, get active and make some friends. Finding a well-rounded community is important. When you’re researching adult communities for retirement, be sure they are active and have lots of events! (And then make sure to go to them, after all, it’s good for you!)

Sources:

https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-11-2008/friends-are-good-for-your-brain.html

https://www.livescience.com/55882-family-not-friends-increase-longevity.html

 

Secrets to Using Strawberries in Customer Service

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The delicious strawberry desserts.

How can you use strawberries to serve your customers? That’s easy! Top them with shortcake, whipped cream, and our favorite, ice cream.

At Newby Management, Strawberry Socials are a tradition that has continued for almost 30 years, hailing all the way back to our founder’s childhood. Martin Newby grew up on a farm in Iowa. Along with the normal crops, they also grew potatoes, cabbage, sweet corn and 3 1/2 acres of strawberries.

At the end of the season, his mom and dad had the idea to invite the neighbors to bring homemade ice cream and they would supply the delicious strawberries. The birth of the first Strawberry Social was enjoyed by some 200 people on the front lawn of the farm.

As an adult in business, Martin was always looking for ways to provide extraordinary customer service to his customers. As he researched, providing a quality experience for consumers was a good place to start. Thinking back to his teen years on the farm, he remembered the Strawberry Socials with fondness. He felt these could be recreated for all residents.

Today, these Strawberry Socials are a point of fun and excitement in our communities. Residents gather together to laugh, fellowship and share life together. These aren’t any strawberry desserts either. It all starts with a generous helping of vanilla ice cream, topped with a decadent piece of shortcake, followed with a large scoop of strawberries and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.

Newby Management team members head across the state during the months of February and March to help serve up these delicious deserts to residents. It’s a sweet way to give back to our residents through service.

Five Ways to Help Residents Get Involved in Your Manufactured Home Community

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Residents at Rolling Greens, Ocala, staying active.

If you ever talk to someone who loves where they live you’ll often hear the same thing. They love the community! For many people living miles from family, the friends surrounding them become their loved ones.

Fostering this feeling in your manufactured home communities and RV Resorts is so important. These communities aren’t just houses in close proximity, for many they represent home, family and a sense of belonging. But communities like this don’t just happen, they are built over years and become neighborhoods sharing experiences, laughter and love.

At Newby Management, we believe this sense of community is one of the most important aspects of managing manufactured home communities and RV Resorts. As such, we wanted to give you five ways to help your residents get involved in your community.

1. HOST MONTHLY EVENTS
Each month, plan several events that will bring the residents of your community together. Whether it’s something small, like coffee and donuts, or something bigger like a potluck, your residents will enjoy getting to meet each other. Each event will begin to feel more and more like a family reunion.

2. USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Today, communities are built in person and online. If you’re hosting monthly events in your manufactured home community, let people know about it! Get your residents talking on social media, whether you’re asking them to share pictures or use a certain hashtag. Eventually you’ll have a community of people who love promoting you! Plus, if your community caters to snowbirds they can stay involved during the summer months, too.

3. CREATE SOCIAL CLUBS
When people move into your community, screen them for their interests. Create a form that lets people select the type of things they like to do. For example, photography, knitting, running, woodworking, etc. Then you can give your new resident information on others in the community who like the same thing, what time social clubs meet and how to best get involved. Some people are too shy to find people who like the same things they do, so this gives them a head start!

4. CREATE BUZZ
If you’re hosting an event in your community, make sure to create some buzz. Pass out flyers, hang banners and get people talking. When people come into your office remind them about the event and tell them to bring a friend. Use social media to help your cause. If you’re excited about the events going on other people are going to get excited too! Once word gets around you’re more likely to have a full house.

5. ENGAGE THE LONERS
Sometimes people will come to events but will sit by themselves. Engage these people, talk to them about their interests, see if they filled out an interest sheet. If not, have them do one. Introduce them to people at the event with similar interests. Try to help them engage with the community around them. Sometimes shy people just need a little budge to become the social butterfly!

At Newby Management, we believe strongly in the power of community. We strive to promote a sense of fun, friendship and fellowship for all our residents. That’s part of why we host strawberry socials in the spring and chicken BBQs in the summer. We love to see our residents get together and have good times! How do you promote resident involvement in your manufactured home community?

Home Buyer Incentives Make Manufactured Homes More Affordable

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Stylish New Home at Rolling Greens.

Have you heard of Ocala’s best kept secret? Tucked away just minutes from the Ocala National Forest sits Rolling Greens, an idyllic 55+ golf community.

Winding tree-lined roads give way to resort-style amenities, including a state-of-the-art clubhouse, an executive golf course, on-site social director, a fitness center and athletic fields.

Active adults looking for affordable custom-built housing will now have access to exclusive incentives for brand new manufactured homes.

Rolling Greens is excited to announce the following incentives:

  • 1st Year- Buyers Receive $350 off Land Lease Fee
  • 2nd Year- Buyers Receive $300 off Land Lease Fee
  • 3rd Year- Buyers Receive $250 off Land Lease Fee
  • 4th Year- Buyers Receive $200 off Land Lease Fee
  • 5th Year- Buyers Receive $150 off Land Lease Fee
  • 6th Year- Buyers Receive $100 off Land Lease Fee
  • 7th Year- Buyers Receive $50 off Land Lease Fee

These incentives will save buyers thousands of dollars on the land lease fee, which is a fee buyers pay in land lease manufactured home communities. In these types of communities, buyers own their homes, but not the land on which they sit. The lot rent at Rolling Greens is kept at a competitively low price, and covers base rent, water/sewer, lawn maintenance, curbside trash collection, access to amenities and monthly events.

The on-site social director keeps the calendar stocked with events like yoga, swing dancing, cards, corn hole, golf tournaments, holiday parties, potlucks and more! Join our community and find out what’s going on today at Rolling Greens on Facebook.

Combined with the affordability of our new manufactured homes, these incentives make living in Rolling Greens a steal. Starting at $115,000, our homes are not only modern, they are also energy efficient. Like comparable site-built homes, they include stylish upgrades like granite counters, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile.

Rolling Greens’ homes are EnergyStar certified, which means they meet or exceed energy efficiency standards in the following areas:

  • Top-Grade Insulation
  • Extensive caulking and tight construction to eliminate unwanted drafts
  • High-Performance Windows and Doors
  • Use of UL and Energy Star approved materials including low-escape air ducts

For buyers looking to enjoy the Florida lifestyle, Rolling Greens is a great and affordable place to call home. With a yearly average temperature of 82, residents can enjoy breezy evenings outside with neighbors or a nice round of golf.

Find out more about the incentives available, and Rolling Greens, by calling our dedicated team today. We’ll help you choose the home that’s perfect for your needs. Don’t miss out on this amazing offer.

Contact Us Now:

Learn More About Rolling Greens

Rolling Greens Sales Office
5907 Cherry Rd
Ocala, FL 34472
Phone: 941-479-2849
Email: sales@newbyrealty.com

 

7 Reasons Newby Management’s Active Adult Communities Will Change Your Life

If you’re ready to retire, it can be hard to decide where to go. We have 8 reasons that will make you want to pack your bags and head to sunny Florida today, because we think our active adult communities could change your life.

1. Stay Active, Live Longer

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Ladies’ areobics at Camelot East in Sarasota.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, almost all older people can benefit from additional physical activity. Regular exercise prevents chronic disease, improves mood and lowers chances of injury. Getting active can be hard, but it’s easier when you have yoga, swimming, pickleball, shuffleboard and more right in your back yard. In our communities, these activities are free to residents and a ton of fun!

2. Life Long Friends

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Derby Day at Camelot East, Sarasota.

Once you’re in the swing of getting active, you’ll start to meet friendly neighbors who will turn into life-long friends. Our communities pride themselves on being places where neighbors care about and look out for each other. They are safe places with warm, inviting people. And the only thing that makes fun events more fun is good friends.

3. Affordable Housing 

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Beautiful home for sale in Camelot East, Sarasota.

Downsizing homes in retirement can be daunting, but our manufactured homes are sure to wow you. In many Newby Managmeent communities, we are placing brand new manufactured homes at affordable prices. These homes are energy-efficient, craftsman built and stylish. Plus, there are tons of options for renovated and upgraded homes as well. Find a style and price that fits your budget!

4. Resort-Style Amenities 

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Resort-style amenities at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re at a resort? Many of our active adult communities feature resort-style amenities like oversized heated swimming pools, hot tubs, shuffleboard and tennis courts, libraries, business centers, clubhouses and more. These kind of amenities make every day feel like a vacation.

5. Sunny Weather

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A Florida sunset over Camelot East in Sarasota.

What good are resort-style amenities without resort weather? Florida is home to beautiful year-round weather, with our average temperature in the 80’s. Most days are sunny and breezy, perfect for your outdoor activities or just enjoying a book on your front porch.

6. Exciting Events

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Follies at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Many of our communities keep their calendars stocked with fun monthly events from dances and potlucks to bingo and group classes. These events are a great way to stay active, meet neighbors and become part of the community. The best part is, you don’t even have to go far from home to find a great time.

7. Maintenance-Free Living

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Lovely landscaping at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Besides caring for your home and yourself, you won’t have to worry about your yard! In many of our communities, lawn maintenance is included in your monthly fee. Which means you get to spend your time outside golfing instead of trimming hedges. Plus you get to enjoy a pool, clubhouse and more, all without added upkeep!

 

How to Prepare for a Hurricane in Your Manufactured Home

Property Management Florida, Manufactured Home Property Management, RV Property Management, Hurricane PreparednessFlorida is days away from one of the largest hurricanes on record making landfall in the sunshine state. Hurricane Irma is recorded as a Category 5 Hurricane, one of the strongest in history, and although its path is unknown, Florida is still a target. Right now, the state is urging residents to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

If you live in a manufactured home, preparation is key. Here is a checklist of items you should check on your home today:

  • Ensure your manufactured home has secure anchors and tie-downs as required by Florida law.
  • Make sure your address is clearly marked on your home.
  • Purchase plywood, shutters, plastic sheeting and nails to secure your home.
  • Review your insurance and document your home, along with your valuables.
  • Gather all outdoor furniture and decorations and move them to a safe indoor location. Tie it down or bring it in!
  • Check the skirting and roof on your home and make sure any loose pieces are secure. 
  • Trim dead or broken branches from trees.
  • Get your disaster kit ready with items like flashlights, batteries, radios and more. Check out USA Today’s Hurricane Kit recommendations.
  • Get out cash and fill up your tanks now.
  • Refill any prescriptions. 
  • Have an evaucation plan- if your area is evacuated please leave!

At Newby Management, our team has NEAT (Newby Emergency Action Team), which mobilizes after a natural disaster. NEAT was formed in 2005 to respond to disasters that may occur in our communities.

These disasters include hurricanes, fire, tornadoes, flooding and terrorism. The goal for NEAT at the community level is to equip community management to be prepared to deal with disasters when they happen within their communities in a professional and organized manner, that will help protect people and property. In this way, we are serving the residents and meeting their needs.

Our team is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma and working with our communities and team members to keep everyone safe. Please take this time to prepare, and stay tuned to the local news to watch progress as the storm nears.

Choosing Between a Land Leased or Land Owned Manufactured Home Community

Land Lease Community

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Camelot Lakes, a luxury 55+ manufactured home community in Sarasota, FL.

If you grew up in a small town, you’ll remember that feeling of community, that sense of living where everyone knew your name. What if you could recapture that feeling?

In manufactured home land-leased communities, that feeling is alive and well. There is often a sense of safety and security within these communities, where residents care about the well-being and health of their neighbors.

In land-lease communities, you will own your home, but rent the land on which the home sits. Depending on the community, these fees can range from $300-1,000.

In many communities, your monthly fee will cover lawn care, water treatment, and the use of community amenities. In resort-style communities, your fee may be slightly higher, but will often include access to luxury amenities.

For instance, in Rolling Greens, a 55+ luxury manufactured home community in Ocala, the amenities are state-of-the-art. In this community, the lot rent includes base rent, water/sewer, lawn maintenance and curbside trash service.

Residents also get to enjoy numerous amenities, from a new state-of-the-art clubhouse, to the 18-hole executive golf course. Like other land-lease communities, Rolling Greens hosts monthly events, which helps establish a vibrant and active sense of community.

When looking into land-lease communities, ask the manager about their guidelines to ensure they fit your lifestyle. These guidelines are in place to help maintain a pleasant environment for all residents, and to help ensure the protection of your investment.

You’ll find that the guidelines encourage residents to take pride in their homes and their community. It’s something you’ll see as you drive down the street, and something you can count on.

One great aspect of purchasing a home in a land-lease community is the low up-front costs. You won’t have property taxes assocaited with your home, nor will you have the up-front cost of purchasing land along with a home.

If you’re looking for affordability, great amenities, a well-maintained neighborhood and a sense of community, land-lease manufactured homes are a great option.

Land-Owned Communities 

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Lazy Days, a land-owned community in Fort Myers, Florida.

Land lease communities offer a lot of benefits, but the downside is that you don’t own the land on which your home sits. In land-owned manufactured home communities, residents own both their homes and the land.

When you purchase the land/lot in this type of community you will be purchasing the land with a specific legal description. The land price can range from $35,000 to $75,000. Monthly maintenance fees range from $100 to $300.

Monthly dues are for the use of the facilities, amenities and common area. This option means you will not have to pay a larger monthly lot rent, but your initial costs will be much higher, as you will have to purchase the home and the land.

Land-owned communities are a good option for people who have more money to invest. All lots in a Land Owned Subdivision will be owned by individual owners who form a Homeowners Association. The members of the Association elect a board of directors to manage common elements.

Land-owned communities still feature much of that same small town feel as land-lease communities. They will often host events and have resort-style amenities, just not as often as a land leased community.

Choosing a manufactured home community can be daunting. Whatever you choose, be assured that you’ll make wonderful friends and have a home that you can love for years to come.

Especially with new construction manufactured homes, you can expect all the same details and stylistic features you’d find in a comparable site-built home, with the added benefit of being energy efficient.

If you’d like help selecting a manufactured home community in Florida, our dedicated team of specialists would love to help. Contact us to learn more, or to see what homes we have available for purchase and to rent. Whether you’re looking for something permanent or seasonal, we’re here to help!

 

Why Florida is the Perfect Snowbird Destination

It might be summer, but if you live up north you know one thing. Winter is coming. And while your leaves are changing and snow flurries are falling, Florida is busy being sunny and sensational.

This retiree’s paradise is perfect, whether you’re looking for seasonal digs or permanent ones. We’re going to walk you through some reasons Florida is the place to be this winter.

ONE: “Winter isn’t coming?”

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Because you can’t shovel sunshine, ya’ll!

Techically, there is a winter in Florida, but we’re you’re spending Christmas at the beach it sure doesn’t feel that way. The average annual temperature is a comfortable 81 degrees, while the annual low is just 60. So you can be pretty sure most days will be perfect for the beach, enjoying drinks outside or playing a round of golf. While the summers may be hot (and you might not even be here), the rest of the months more than make up for it!

TWO: “Let’s Talk Taxes!”

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No pictures of taxes, but here’s a golf course on the beach in Indian Shores, FL.

Alright, no one really wants to talk about taxes, but here is the low-down you might want to know. Florida doesn’t have a state income tax, interitance tax or estate tax. That’s why even many of our seasonal residents choose to have their main real estate here in Florida. Time to save money, and have fun doing it!

THREE: “It’s Beach Keen!”

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Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida.

Love the ocean? We have some great news for you! No matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than two hours from the beach. We have the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, plus loads of lakes and canals! Check out the east coast for some awesome waves and drive-up beach access. Or visit the west coast for beautiful sunsets and sugar sand in Siseta Key (voted America’s #1 beach in 2017). Whatever water floats your boat, Florida’s sure to have it.

FOUR: “Active Adults Unite!”

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Fun and friends at Camelot East in Sarasota.

Forget retirement where you sit on the porch and drink sweet tea (okay, that actually does sound pretty nice). Today’s retirees are active and ready for adventure, and the sunshine state is ready to deliver. Florida has a wide range of amazing 55+ communities where you’ll find resort-style amenities, affordable housing, great friends, monthly events and more! These aren’t your mom’s retirement communities. Check out our website to learn more about some of our 55+ communities that you can call home this winter!

FIVE: “Activities for all!”

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Golf Course at Rolling Greens, a premier 55+ community in Ocala.

Speaking of active adults, you’ll never get bored in Florida. From amusement parks and water sports, to golf and fishing, this state has it all. We’re home to over 1,300 golf courses too! Why stay inside and shovel snow when you could be outside enjoying life? Take a bike ride on the beach, or try America’s new favorite sport: Pickleball! Great ready to live the life of you dreams, right here in Florida!

Want to find homes for sale or rent this winter in our Newby Management communities? Check here! We can’t wait to welcome you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Pickleball is Becoming America’s New Favorite Sport

Pickleball, seniors pickleball, pickleball in florida, 55+ community, active adult community Watch out, tennis because there’s a new sport in town. A combination  of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s a great way to get active for young and old alike.

The sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a plastic ball with holes in it and they serve across the net, much like in tennis. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced game for more experienced players.

In fact, it’s becoming so popular one business was able to go from an online store to a retail store in just three years. Pickle Pro started off selling pickleball paddles online, and was able to open up a store four years ago in Naples Florida. The owner says the company grows about 150% per year.

For two years, more than 1,300 athletes compete in the U.S. Open, a seven-day national pickleball tournament held at East Naples Commuity Park. That’s a 40% increase in participants from the first tournament held in 2016.

Although the sport is growing in popularity across the nation, Florida is becoming a hub for pickle-ball lovers everywhere. The U.S. Open is helping Naples become the ‘Pickleball Capital of the World’. While in town, local stores sell everything from paddles and balls to special shoes designed with pickleball in mind.

Players say the sport is addicting, and it’s being touted as the number one way for active adults to stay in shape. It’s great cardio, while being easy on joints. This combination is causing 55+ communities to start adding pickleball courts to their list of amenities.

At Newby Management, we are no exception. In fact, many of our communities now have dedicated pickleball courts, along with hosted games and even tournaments. With Florida’s year-round beautiful weather, there’s never a bad time to get outside and see why pickleball is America’s new favorite sport.

See Pickleball in action at one of our premier 55+ communities in Ocala, FL: Rolling Greens Pickleball 

Sources:

Pickleball Grows In Popularity As A Way To Get Moving

https://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

 

 

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/sports/2017/04/27/us-open-pickleball-popularity-means-big-business-sport-grows/100925432/