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Dear Phyllis,

I enjoy reading your questions and answers, and now I have a question: My youngest is nearly done with college (next fall). My husband and I want to sell the large home and get something more manageable. We hope to stay in the area. Can you shed some light on downsizing options?

Empty Nester

Dear Empty Nester,

I am missing a lot of details! But allow me to start with a few downsizing options. Many of my clients who hope to simplify their lifestyles move to Pasadena. There are numerous condos on South Orange Grove Blvd., which I am particularly fond of. Many were built in the 50s and 60’s. The mid-century architecture is attractive and conducive to those looking for a simpler lifestyle. Many other locations in Pasadena are desirable and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Recently Pasadena has had a surge of high-end luxury condos.

You didn’t mention that you were looking for a single-level living, but most of my clients looking to downsize are. The Americana in Glendale is also another option. Although the HOA dues are high, there are a lot of amenities, and if the idea of nightly dining out and happy hours is appealing, this is also a good option. Wouldn’t it be great to go downstairs, have dinner, see a movie, and return home without ever getting into your car?

If you are looking to rent, there are a couple of senior-only buildings on Honolulu. If you prefer a smaller home, the Spar Heights neighborhood is a popular destination because of its proximity to shopping and restaurants. These are just a few options; without knowing your particulars, it is difficult to determine the right fit.

Congratulations on your soon-to-be college graduate!

You might enjoy: Moving is my business, but I don’t want to move.


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