Forty-eight is the new 55 at Meadowbrook Pointe in Westbury. The luxury gated community, initially developed by the Beechwood Organization for active seniors ages 55 and older, got permission from the Town of Hempstead to lower the age limit and allow up to 20 percent of its homeowners to be as young as 48, provided they do not have school-aged children. “This seems to be the first of its kind,” says Jeffrey Stone, senior real estate specialist with Century 21 Laffey Associates in Greenvale.
“The reason we did it as a 55-and-over community is for empty nesters," says Michael Dubb, chair and owner of the Beechwood Organization. "However, sometimes there are people who aren’t yet 55 who are empty nesters and don’t have school-aged children. So it seems unfair to have to make them wait for the lifestyle they want just because of the technicality of their age."
The townhouses, condominium suites and villas, priced from $469,000 to $1.25 million, feature high-end details such as granite or quartz countertops, cherry cabinetry and crown moldings. The 25,000-squre-foot clubhouse has all sorts of goodies, including a movie theater, sports bar, ballroom, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, restaurants, spa and salon, fitness facilities and golf simulator. Common charges start at $350 per month, Dubb says.
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