New Urbanist Development In Georgia Rethinks Aging In Place

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Serenbe, a walkable community of around 500 residents, is adding a new village that will accommodate seniors

September 02, 2016

Serenbe, a New Urban village in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. Photo: John Ramspott/Creative Commons

Since breaking ground in 2004, Serenbe, a New Urbanist community of around 500 outside of Atlanta, has impressed the housing industry with its walkability, wellness, and quality homes and commercial center.

Fast Co Exist reports that construction has started on a new village that will be a model for aging in place. While not a retirement community (it encourages multigenerational living), Mado will offer 16 two-bedroom, single-story garden cottages for buyers 55 and over.

These will incorporate universal-design features to accommodate aging in place—step-less entries, multiple-height kitchen work surfaces, and wider doors, staircases, and hallways than standard homes.

Throughout, integrated electronics will enable remote monitoring of residents’ health and wellness through wearable devices, GPS, and sensors. The 55-plus cottages are grouped around a shared medicinal garden, private clubhouse, and accommodations for visiting friends and families.

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