7 great homes for retirees

Boise, Idaho

Address: 421 South Curtis, Home 320
Price: $249,000
What you get: Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,852 square feet
Price per square foot: $134

This ranch-style home offers single-floor living, great for the retiree who doesn't want to navigate stairs. We especially love that this home sits right above the Ridenbaugh Canal, which is used to divert water from the Boise River for irrigation. From the covered backyard patio, enjoy a relaxing view of the landscaped berm and water below. The house has a well-lit open floor plan with lots of windows and tube skylights. Other standout features include a remote-control gas fireplace, large pantry and an insulated and finished three-car garage.

This home in located in Brook View, a 55-or-older gated land-lease community. Since it's a new home, the land lease goes month-to-month when the home is purchased and renews each month. But watch out, financing can be tough with this type of home purchase. The monthly lease is $428.36, which includes use of the homesite, property taxes and on-site management. It also includes community bonuses like a social membership and planned activities at the clubhouse. Among Boise's pluses, according to Forbes: its arid climate and many volunteering opportunities.

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Michelle Richardson: Brook View; 208-344-2491