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8 unconventional retirement communities

Nalcrest Hey there, Mr. (or Ms.) Postalworker. Wondering where you’re going to retire? Nalcrest, a retirement community founded in the early 1960s in south central Florida, was built exclusively for postal workers. “Before the strike of 1970, wages for letter carriers were very low; in New York City some of us were even on food assistance,” says Tom Young, who handles operations for Nalcrest. “So the idea behind Nalcrest was to create an affordable place for letter carriers to retire.” Even today, this community charges a maximum rent of just $520 per month, which includes the home, utilities other than electricity, and grounds maintenance. There are 500 one-story apartments with around 700 residents, as well as a recently renovated pool, shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, a 75-acre lake (for fishing, kayaking and boating) and a small restaurant.

8 unconventional retirement communities

Aspiring Hemingways, die-hard recreational-vehicle fans, Harley-obsessed boomers: If you’re feeling a little uninspired about your retirement options (another community based around a golf course? Really?), you’re in luck. A new breed of retirement community is catering to those whose interests lie a little outside the mainstream. —by Catey Hill, Marketwatch