Active Lifestyle Communities – Can I bring my pet?

It’s important to continue to live a lifestyle in your retirement that you’ve grown accustomed to, and by that we mean a life with your pet(s).


One of the first questions many retirees ask before making their move is if the active adult community is pet friendly. More builders have taken note of the increase in pet owners. There are adult lifestyle communities across the country that welcome pet lovers and offer amenities like parks and open spaces that cater to their furry friend. While many age-restricted communities have different rules when it comes to pets.

If you’re a pet owner and considering moving to a retirement community, there are several factors to consider:

  • Do the living spaces have enough room to accommodate pets?
  • Are there safe grounds to take the pets for a walk?
  • Are the premises well lit?
  • What kind of pets are permitted, and how many can I have?
  • Is there a size restriction on the pet?
  • Is a pet deposit required? If so, how much and is it refundable?
  • Is there an additional monthly fee for having a pet?
  • What veterinary care services are required before I may bring a pet?
  • Is a vet located nearby?

At the Villages of Sally Creek, we welcome pets. We are a pet friendly community with plenty of green space, trails, and amenities to keep your pet active and those tails wagging.

For more information, please visit us at MySallyCreek.com

Active Lifestyle Communities “Hidden Costs”

Clarify the costs of living in the community.


Some adult lifestyle communities require you to purchase a membership to live there, which can be expensive. There will usually be costs associated with community management, upkeep for your home, landscape, and possibly other expenses. The more services offered, or the more exclusive the community, the more costly it is to live there. It is essential to choose a community that works with buyers.

When considering moving to an Active Adult Lifestyle Community or other senior living options, the costs can range vastly depending on the type of living and level of care you are seeking.

At the Villages of Sally Creek, there are no hidden costs. You own your home, therefore there are no costly condo or maintenance fees. In fact, when you purchase a home with Sunlight Heritage Homes you will automatically receive a one-year membership free at the Sally Creek Recreation Centre.

For more information, please visit us at MySallyCreek.com

Active Lifestyle Communities: Community Involvement

One of the biggest benefits that 55+ communities offer is the community part. You have a built-in network of peers right there in the neighborhood that work together to advocate certain causes, such as the preservation of nature and character of the community in which they live.

Some of the ways 55+ communities can help build a sense of community are:

  • Connecting residents to their environment by fostering a sense of engagement within the community.
  • Setting up daily, weekly and monthly special activities that encourage sharing and fostering interests such as religion, hobbies, and games.
  • Resident-organized gatherings, group outings, bus trips, and community dinners are also great activities that promote a sense of pride.
  • Searching for opportunities to get involved in surrounding communities allows residents to partner with area brick-and-mortar organizations such as churches, schools, and hospitals. Residents can gain a sense of worth by being able to give back in ways such as tutoring, teaching and mentoring.

Additionally, many families worry about their loved ones living alone as they age. Sometimes the decision to move to assisted living is as much about that fear as any day-to-day needs a senior has. 55+ communities help address that fear. When you know your loved one lives around other seniors that know them and all keep an eye out for each other, those concerns evaporate.

For more information about 55+ Communities, check out our blog

For more information on The Villages of Sally Creek
55+ Active Lifestyle Golf Community, please visit:  The Villages of Sally Creek

Active Lifestyle Communities – Connecting Socially

Staying physically active is important, but are you aware of the importance of social health as well as the benefits of being social as you age?


Social contact can be just as effective as exercise at improving your mood and quality of life. If you aren’t maintaining social interactions on a daily basis, you may be putting yourself at risk for depression or even dementia. As we age, staying socially active can help you maintain good physical and emotional health as well as cognitive function. Staying social can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even some cancers. It can also help boost your immune system and improve your nutrition since you tend to eat more when you’re around others. Being social can lower your blood pressure and potentially reduce the symptoms of depression.

Active Lifestyle Community residents quickly find themselves integrated into a loving family that’s focused on mutual acceptance and friendly encouragement.

There is a sense of affinity in these active adult communities. When people live like a community, it enhances the quality of life and well-being. You will know your neighbours because you will meet often in recreation centers, shopping complexes, and sports activities such as golf. This way, the residents can connect to one another and have a sense of engagement along with building lifelong friendships.

Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

What defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community?

Adult lifestyle communities aren’t so different from other residential communities. Aside from their age requirements, most are designed with a retirement-friendly lifestyle in mind.

What Defines an Active Adult Lifestyle Community

These communities can be comprised of single-family houses, condominiums, or townhomes, with units that are owned by the resident. Often, this type of community will be built near shopping, restaurants, parks, and other attractions, since residents are still eager to live an active lifestyle into their retirement years.

Also, unlike some other senior living options, active adult communities do not have on-site dining facilities for residents, nor do they provide any type of healthcare services. However, these communities are conveniently located close to hospitals and other medical facilities.

In a nutshell, these communities exist for people who not only share your interests and passions, and who will also expose you to new and exciting opportunities and become great friends along your journey.

An adult lifestyle community is designed for adults over 55 who are active and independent. If you are too young to be in a retirement home with meals and everyday care you pay for but do want a low maintenance lifestyle, the Villages of Sally Creek is the solution. Sally Creek gives you that flexibility by giving you the ability to transition and downsize to a simpler lifestyle, where you can choose a townhome or a detached bungalow family home.

Thinking about moving into an Adult Active Lifestyle Community?

Located within The Villages of Sally Creek is the adult community you have been searching for, boasting an adult recreation centre, the challenging conjoining Sally Creek Golf Course and walking trails throughout this beautiful area. The exclusive adult recreation centre features a games room, gym, library, craft room, and banquet facilities and is the perfect place to gather to make new friends. Scheduled events included breakfasts, dinners, dances, euchre nights, VON exercises, yoga, and an art club. Enjoying a golf game or taking scenic strolls, jaunting out on a bike tour or engaging in an easy-going cross country ski venture on the well-maintained nature paths are the perfect way to enjoy the beauty evident at the Villages of Sally Creek and surrounding area.
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

10 Places You Must Visit and Experience in Woodstock.

When you visit Woodstock, you’ll find the air is cleaner and the grass is greener, the people are friendly and helpful, and there are lots of things to do.
We’ve compiled a list of places of historic value and interest, from parks to markets, museums, and entertainment. Whether you’re just visiting or moving to Woodstock, make sure to make the time and enjoy what Woodstock has to offer you, your family and friends all year around.
10 places you must visit and experience in Woodstock.


Southside Park

Woodstock’s historic Southside Park has charming walkways with decorative lighting fixtures throughout the grounds. Take some time to admire the gorgeous flowering magnolias, cherry, and crab-apple trees during the first three weeks of May.
In the month of June, enjoy the colourful accents of over 33,000 tulips throughout the park. Stop by the Southside Park Gazebo covered by a stunning display of over 10,000 tulips of pastels and plum pudding.

Bring the kids or grandkids and enjoy the expansive play area for children of all ages, guaranteed to be a fun-filled experience.

If you’re a baseball fan, come out to Southside Park in the evenings and watch the local Woodstock Jr. Rangers and Wranglers play at the newly refurbished Tip O’Neil field, named after Woodstock’s own Hall of Famer.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Located in the historic John White Building in the heart of downtown Woodstock, opposite Museum Square. The Woodstock Art Gallery inspires, engages and enriches the lives of all community members through innovative programming and activities and Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery. Featuring a permanent collection of over 1,000 works of contemporary and historical art. The Woodstock Art Gallery also offers art instruction, TIFF film screenings, exhibit receptions, and special events.
REGULAR HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Free admission, accessible, and nearby parking

Woodstock Museum National Historic Site

Explore Woodstock’s Old Town Hall which once held Woodstock’s first public market, council chamber and concert hall. Serving later as the first firehall and police lock-up, the building became the home of the Oxford County Museum in 1947 and eventually the Woodstock Museum.

Originally constructed in 1853 as the Town Hall and Market House, the building was completely restored in 1993-1995 and offers a wide variety of programs and services. The Woodstock Museum National Historic Site strives to interpret the past, present, and future through conservation, education, and exhibition of local history.
Admission by donation. Located at 466 Dundas Street, Woodstock, N4S1C4
Labour Day to Victoria Day: Tues to Sat: 10 am – 5pmVictoria Day to Labour Day: Mon to Sat: 10 am – 5 pm

Pittock Conservation Area

Enjoy camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, hiking a 5km trail that goes through intriguing plantations, forests, meadows, and shoreline.
Many children’s activities and recreation programs are seasonally available at Pittock Conservation Area. Love bird watching? Come site seeing a variety of birds and ducks like the American Black Duck, Mallard, and Common Merganser.

Located on the northern edge of Woodstock, Ontario. This 2000-acre outdoor playground offers visitors the opportunity to step into nature by camping, hiking, fishing, biking or simply relaxing in its natural environment. Several events are held annually including the Dragon Boat Races and Multi-Sport Triathlon. Or simply come for a weekend getaway to enjoy a family picnic or cool down with our splash pad. Canoe rentals available. Bring your furry friend to the leash-free dog park!

Woodstock Farmers market

Shop local! Woodstock is proud to have one of the oldest markets in Ontario celebrating 162 years, established in 1853. The year-round vendors provide a variety of produce, meats, dairy products, bakery goods, flowers, honey, maple syrup, and crafts.  Located one block north of Dundas Street at West Ave. on the Woodstock Fairgrounds. It is on the East side of the City of Woodstock. Hours of operation: Jan-Dec Saturday 7am-12pm

One of a kind antique mall

If you love vintage, this is the place to visit!
Canada’s largest antiques & collectibles store with over 500+ vendors 80,000 square feet of shopping. The One of a Kind Antique Mall is a vintage treasure hunt of furniture, toys, china, housewares, games, and collectibles. Enjoy three floors of antiques and nostalgia located in a historic textile factory.  Open Daily 10am – 5pm.

Gateway Casinos Woodstock

Located in Woodstock, Ontario and owned and operated by Gateway Casino Entertainment Limited, Gateway Casino Woodstock features more than 235 slots and games as well a quick eats restaurant which features two complete menus to choose from. The restaurant’s main menu features everything from appetizers, soups, and salads to entrees such as the Chicken & Rib Combo and English-Style Fish & Chips to yummy desserts., with drink service and bar fare. The venue is also home to Woodstock Raceway, a half-mile track for Standardbred Harness Racing, which features simulcast racing and a racebook.
The Getaway Express is the perfect place to grab a light meal and relax! Monday to Thursday: 8 am to 3 am and Friday and Saturday are 24 hours

Springbank Snow Countess Cow Monument

A definite roadside photo op you do not want to miss!
In 1933 she broke the world record for butterfat production and held the record for 21 years.  The Snow Countess statue is located on the original site of her home, Springbank Farm, which was known worldwide for their cattle breeding program. Taking a photo with the Countess has become a tradition for visitors to Woodstock.  She is located on the corner of Dundas St and Springbank Ave (parking access on Springbank Ave).
The monument was restored in the spring of 2007 and appointed a Municipal Heritage Site during a re-dedication ceremony on Aug. 4, 2007 — exactly 70 years after the initial unveiling.

Roth Park

Beautiful landscape and site seeing trails for the whole family to enjoy!
Roth Park is on the south side of Pittock Lake. There are picnic facilities and is home to the Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat.  Enjoy the trail with hard packed dirt and granular and provides a lovely view over the lake. There are also side trails, which branch through a pine plantation and go up and down some gentle inclines. These side trails link back to the main trail. At Lansdowne Ave. Length: 6.75 km approx. Difficulty: Easy, family Trail Uses: Walking, bicycle, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog walking. Located at the South side of Pittock Lake.

Sally Creek Golf Course

Hey Golfers! Be sure to book a tee time at the Sally Creek Golf Course, you will not be disappointed.
Sally Creek is a quaint golf course in the city of Woodstock. It offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. Well-groomed fairways and greens keep Sally Creek Golf Course difficult yet friendly, and the staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round. Sally Creek Golf Course is a great choice for your regular rounds of golf or a new destination for you and friends when visiting Woodstock. The 9-hole Sally Creek Golf Club is a semi-private golf course. Sally Creek Golf measures 3031 yards from the longest tees. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels.  Located at 190 Fairway Rd, Woodstock, ON N4T 1W3, Canada
Visit: www.sallycreekgolf.com/

Thinking about moving to Woodstock?
Contact our onsite Sales Agent:226-289-1943
Or visitThe Villages of Sally Creek

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.

Making the move to an Adult Active Lifestyle Community can be an exciting new chapter in your life. A retirement lifestyle can enable you to pursue your interests, enjoy an active lifestyle, and develop new friendships.

Here’s how retirement living can help you embrace these possibilities to ensure the next stage of your life is the best it can be.

The benefits of Adult Active Lifestyle Communities and what they have to offer.


4Active living at its best:

An active adult community will provide you with many opportunities to exercise, socialize, and stay sharp into your retirement years. In addition to the many amenities like pools and fitness centers, these communities’ residents will often organize social events, clubs, volunteer groups, and other ways to stay active and involved.

A sense of community:

Opportunities to make friends with other like-minded people; When moving someplace new, there’s something to be said for having a conveniently located group of potential friends. In active adult communities, residents are essentially all in the same place in life, having worked hard for many years, raised a family, and now looking to enjoy a relaxed retirement, Therefore, it is easy to establish friendships when there are so many common interests in mind.

No need to be retired:

Although Adult Lifestyle communities are commonly referred to as “retirement communities,” there’s no need to leave your present job to live here. That’s what makes living in one of these communities so unique.

Location, Location, Location:

Initially, since these communities are built with you in mind, great location was a key aspect to consider.

Many are conveniently located close to recreation centres, golf courses, and all the amenities to make the most of your experience. Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, museums, libraries, medical offices, hospitals, parks, walking trails, and entertainment, are all part of the careful thought and planning that goes into building an Adult Lifestyle Community.

For more information on Adult Active Lifestyle communities, please contact our onsite Sales Agent: 226-289-1943
Or visit: The Villages of Sally Creek

Top reasons for moving into an active adult lifestyle community

As you transition into an active retirement life, you may find that your family home is just too big for you and your spouse or significant other. You are using fewer rooms since the kids moved out and you might be thinking this is the time to make a fresh start. A start with you in mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What defines an active adult lifestyle community?

Adult lifestyle communities aren’t so different from other residential communities. Aside from their age requirements, most are designed with a retirement-friendly lifestyle in mind.
These communities can be comprised of single-family houses, condominiums, or townhomes, with units that are owned by the resident. Often, this type of community will be built near shopping, restaurants, parks, and other attractions, since residents are still eager to live an active lifestyle into their retirement years.
Also, unlike some other senior living options, active adult communities do not have on-site dining facilities for residents, nor do they provide any type of healthcare services. However, these communities are conveniently located close to hospitals and other medical facilities.
In a nutshell, these communities exist for people who not only share your interests and passions, and who will also expose you to new and exciting opportunities and become great friends along your journey.

Benefits these communities have to offer with you in mind:

Active living at its best:
An active adult community will provide you with many opportunities to get exercise, socialize, and stay sharp into your retirement years. In addition to the many amenities like pools and fitness centers, these communities’ residents will often organize social events, clubs, volunteer groups, and other ways to stay active and involved. Residents can also enjoy keeping an active lifestyle, travelling or volunteering.

A sense of community:
Opportunities to make friends with other like-minded people: When you move someplace new, there’s something to be said for having a conveniently located group of potential friends. In active adult communities, residents are all pretty much in the same place in life, having worked hard for many years, raised a family, and now looking to enjoy a relaxed retirement, so it is easy to find people with whom you have much in common and wonderful friendships can result.

No need to be retired:
Although Adult Lifestyle communities are commonly referred to as “retirement communities,” there’s no need to leave your present job to live here. That’s what makes living in one of these communities so unique.

Location, Location, Location:
These communities are built with you in mind and a great location is key.
Many are conveniently located close to recreation centres, golf courses, and all the amenities to make the most of your experience. Shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, museums, libraries, medical offices, hospitals, parks, walking trails, and entertainment, are all part of the careful thought and planning that goes into building an Adult Lifestyle Community.

Living in the Villages of Sally Creek Adult Lifestyle community in Woodstock.

The city of Woodstock has a historic downtown centre with boutiques, a farmer’s market and restaurants. Shopping malls, big-box stores and supermarkets are also nearby. Woodstock General Hospital, Woodstock Library, Woodstock Art Gallery, and highways 401 and 403 are easily accessible.

The Villages of Sally Creek is a master planned community located on 230 acres of rolling hills, nestled in the northwest corner of Woodstock, Ontario. Located with 30 minutes of London, Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo. Residents can remain in the same community as their lifestyles evolve.

Exclusive Amenities

Sunlight Heritage Homes -The Villages of Sally Creek provides something for everyone, including a fully-equipped community center with an indoor pool, sauna, exercise facilities, and greenhouse solarium. The games room, library and computer lab, crafts room and workshops are available on site and exclusive to the residents here within the adult lifestyle neighbourhood of the Villages. There is also the conjoining Sally Creek Golf Course, which opened in the fall of 2008 and provides an enjoyable and challenging golf opportunity for all golfers. Check out sallycreekgolf.com

Something for everyone

Walking trails throughout the Villages and nearby parks make a perfect playground for all families. Taking scenic strolls, jaunting out on a bike tour or engaging in an easy-going ski venture, these well-maintained nature paths are part of the beauty evident at The Villages of Sally Creek and the surrounding area.

Quality & Luxury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two distinct options are available at The Villages of Sally Creek. Sunlight Heritage Homes offers Bungalow/townhomes with a walk-out basement and detached bungalow designs on 50-foot lots.

For more information, contact our onsite Sales Agent: 226-289-1943
Or visit: The Villages of Sally Creek

Adding Style To Your Home On A Budget

It is not always necessary to spend thousands of dollars to give your home a stylish touch. There are many ways you can decorate your house when you are on a budget, and it can look even better than some of the furniture stores you see today.

Some suggestions include: shopping second hand, seeing what family members have that they do not use, garage sales, antique stores, and more.

If you are hoping to redecorate your home but you are on a tight budget then don’t worry about hiring someone to come in and help you. There are some awesome sites on the internet such as Pinterest, that have lots of DIY ideas that allow people to create fabulous items on a low budget, which you can also personalize to your own liking, that can end up looking like they’re right out of a furniture magazine. You can also see room design ideas online as well, which can be very helpful. This is also where your family and friends can come in to assist with the helping of moving items and building them, which overall can become a fun experience for everyone.

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Chunky X Media Console

 

You could even hold a party to help you with the efforts of painting, laying tile, or anything else you have in mind. Friends and family are always willing to come and help with a design and/or decor project and if you provide the food and drinks then they usually will never say no.

When you are on a budget it is hard to find the best pieces and you have to be flexible. You can shop at second hand stores and find really nice furniture, paintings,
rugs, and more. Sometimes what you may find will need a bit of love but they make for great pieces. If you are willing to shop used, you will be surprised at some of the awesome items you can find at these places that you can use that will make your home look fabulous!

You can go to furniture stores and find defective furniture that is still brand new for very low prices. Some of the furniture might have a scratch that is barely noticeable at an excellent price.

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3 Strategies for Updating Thrift Store Finds!

When you are on a budget, you have to think cheap but be creative and it can look like you paid a good penny for it.

Tell us about some of your success stories for adding style to your house on a budget, we would love to hear about them!

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades!

 

Over the years we have gathered what most people are wanting to incude in their future home Kitchens.

Here’s our Top 10 Upgrades to include in your Kitchen.

1.  Extended/Raised Breakfast Bar– This adds some character to your Kitchen along with a space for yourself of Kids to have a quick breakfast or casual lunch/dinner.

2. Pot & Pan Drawers- What better way to get all of your pots and pans in one area and to keep them organized!
3. 36″ Upper Cabinets- with our standard being 30″ this is a great and simple upgrade to help you get that grand look in your kitchen.  Although this photo shows the upper cabinets with soffit and detailed crown molding,  you can still see the difference in the actual cabinet height.
4. Crown Molding – Finish off those extended 36″ Upper cabinets with a sleek crown molding.
5. Microwave Upper Shelf- Usually our Kitchens dont come with a shelf to include a microwave if you are not getting it as a Over The Range Unit.  This is a great space saver and a unique touch to your kitchen.
6. Corner Pantry – Maximize your Storage Space with this built in Corner Pantry.
7. Deep Cabinet Over Fridge- This will frame your fridge nicely and allow you to get better access to the cabinet above as it will be flush with your fridge and not so far back.
8. Quartz Counters- Selecting Quartz over granite will allow you to get a more consistent pattern in your stone.
9. Soft Close System-  Softclose door hinges and drawers glides are a must have.  This allows you to shut doors and drawers with one push and no slamming.
10.  Light Valence & Under Cabinet Lighting- This will add that extra light and brightness into your kitchen.  Highlighting backsplash, the light valence finishes off the look of your cabinetry and hides your under cabinet lights.
This list is also printed off in our design centre kitchen for you.  We hope you enjoyed our must haves for kitchen upgrades!
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