A few years back, we learned of a successful experiment in communal retirement living pursued by some old friends of ours in Australia. They had joined with two other couples, and built a special home to their requirements. While each couple has private sleeping quarters, they share most of the 3500 square-foot house. They love it!
What first caught our attention was the possibility of saving money, retiring sooner, and traveling more.
However, the more we looked into it, the more we discovered that the real value of their arrangement was the new community that came with it: something equivalent to a new family.
As we approach the next phase of our lives, we can feel our old communities slipping away. Our kids are preparing to leave home – we think. When we retire from our current jobs, we will quickly lose touch with former colleagues. Our friends are…
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