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Boomers can downsize without losing the amenities of suburban living

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At Greenwood Avenue Cottages, low fences encourage interacting with neighbors; so do the short walks among the homes and the centrally located mailboxes.

Pocket neighborhoods are proving to be particularly attractive to boomers and offer an alternative to the sprawling developments, high fences and car-centered culture of suburbia.

According to the AARP 2011 Boomer Housing Survey, which polled nearly 3,500 adults ages 45 to 65, boomers want to live near shops, medical offices and churches, and value living in a place that fosters a sense of belonging. — Photo by Misha Gravenor

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Among the features of this development are its pedestrian and bicycle focus, affordable units designed for multi-generational residents, and close proximity to public transportation and key community services.

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