Downsizing your home, upsizing to a showplace kitchen in Naperville

I suspect I'm not the only one who finds the "active adult" phrase that home builders use to describe age-restricted communities to be patronizing and a bit off-putting. The phrase seems to imply "wow, they're over 55 and still ambulatory!"

Setting aside the phrase, the age-restricted communities that I've visited have been undeniably appealing and attractive places, keenly crafted to the way many people want to live when they've reached a certain stage in their life.

A while ago I headed out to Naperville for a tour of the Carillon Club, a large planned community with a wide range of amenities and housing options.

In the video, Cambridge Homes' Andy Simac shows me around a "Bruges" model townhome that centers on a kitchen comparable to what I've seen in homes selling for well over $1 million.

The Bruges model features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2-car garage. Other models in the development are priced from the mid $180s to the $320s.

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