When you begin the exciting chapter of your life that is retirement or semi-retirement, something you might especially be looking forward to is the opportunity to enjoy a fun, vibrant lifestyle and a rich social life. In Trilogy communities, these things are front and center. With amazing Clubs and outdoor spaces and a calendar of activities to keep Members living life to the fullest each and every day, we find that the incredible lifestyle is often what attracts people to us in the first place.

When you’re buying your next house – the home where you plan to enjoy your retirement – if socializing and entertaining is important to you, there are a number of features you should seek out. Here are several things to look for when shopping for the home and community of your dreams:

Floorplans ideal for entertaining
If you love to play host, you should absolutely select a home that puts the kitchen on center stage. Look for entertainment-centric amenities like a large or U-shaped island with ample prep space and seating, a separate bar, professional appliances, and a walk-in pantry. Make the kitchen the heart and soul of your home – and the place where you entertain and cook for friends new and old.

Basement recreation room
If it’s important to you to have a separate space for hosting parties and get-togethers, why not choose a home with a basement you can finish? Add a pool table or theater space, or create a lively bar area. The basement can be the perfect lounge for everything from football games to book club gatherings.

A popular area in today’s homes is the upstairs loft. Similar to a finished basement, the loft can serve as that perfect man cave or woman den. Deck out the space with a game table and ping-pong table, or transform it into a cozy movie room.

Outdoor spaces
Whether you’re moving to a warmer climate or one with lots of sunshine, during this stage of your life, spaces for lounging and relaxation might be at the top of your list. Seek a home that brings the outdoors inside with a courtyard, veranda, or covered patio. Elements like an outdoor fireplace offer a lovely spot for chatting with neighbors over a cocktail, and touches like optional rolling walls of glass blend indoor and outdoor living – and create an entertainment space that is relaxed and comfortable.

While the entertainment spaces in your home are important, so are those within your active lifestyle community. Here are a few aspects that will greatly enhance your life in a new home:

Dining options
Living in a community like Trilogy where everything is at your fingertips feels more like living in a luxurious resort. Picture yourself being able to walk to an amazing restaurant to celebrate a birthday with your neighbors or head to the café after a long bike ride on the nearby trails. If you’re a foodie, an abundance of dining options right in your neighborhood can enrich your life in the very best way.

Trilogy communities usually feature a stunning Club or lodge that has everything you could imagine – from dining options to fitness centers to resort-like pools – but one of the liveliest aspects of our Clubs is the bar or tavern. Friends come together regularly to enjoy Trilogy events or grab a light bite to eat and a drink. It’s always fun to host at home, but it’s great to have the option to enjoy an evening out as well – without having to go far.

Event spaces
A major benefit of living in an active lifestyle community like Trilogy is the extensive calendar of awesome activities. Even better? The spaces where these events take place. Trilogy communities feature a variety of event facilities – from our showcase kitchens where you can take classes or host parties to our event centers for weddings, anniversaries, and other larger celebrations. All of this could be just steps from your home!

Entertainment spaces
Sometimes the guys want to shoot pool and watch the game, while the ladies want to sip wine and paint. Trilogy has spaces for both. The Crow’s Nest, for example, is a media-themed escape that has poker and card tables, billiards, shuffleboard, flat-screen TVs, a golf simulator, and much more, while the Arts & Exploration Studio features a workshop and kiln and frequently offers fun classes for Trilogy Members.

If you want this period of your life to be fun and full of adventure, then opportunities for entertainment – both in your home and your community – should be one of your priorities when searching for a home. While you’re looking, we invite you to check out Trilogy. Here, life centers around exploration, freedom, wellness, and connection. Our Members enjoy a wide range of social activities, events, and classes with their neighbors as well as five-star amenities. So, come see what you’re missing – and what The Good Life is all about!