The New Trend in Baby Boomer Housing: Horizontal Living

While most American renters are still millennials, many baby boomers—the generation that dominated the housing market for decades—are deciding to sell their homes and move into rental properties. Instead of choosing the old apartment model, many baby boomers are opting for horizontal living as their best choice.

A horizontal living community features single-family, newly built homes for rent paired with resort-style amenities suited for all age groups. With no neighbors above or below and a private backyard, each single-floor home is designed with ultimate privacy in mind.

But besides privacy—which homeownership often provides—why is horizontal living such a hot new trend in baby boomer housing? The answer is quite simple once you understand the many benefits of horizontal living.

New Builds

It’s true that older homes can have character and hold sentimental value for their owners. But the cons of living in an older house—like frequent and expensive repairs—often outweigh the benefits. When you choose to move into a horizontal living community, you’ll rent a newly built home that’s outfitted with everything you need to live comfortably.

Our energy-efficient rentals at Christopher Todd Communities feature open-concept floor plans, stainless steel appliances, keyless entry systems, in-unit laundry machines, air conditioning and ceiling fans, wood-inspired flooring, and much more. You’ll want for nothing upon moving into your new horizontal living home.

No Hassle

Aging adults love horizontal living communities because it means living maintenance-free. Residents at Christopher Todd Communities don’t have to lift a finger to keep their homes and backyards in pristine condition. Instead of wasting time trying to make repairs on their own or hiring an expensive repairman, all our residents have to do is call our on-site team.

Between taking care of the lawn and handling other repairs, we have it all under control. So stop worrying about home upkeep and start enjoying retirement!

Fantastic Community Amenities

One major perk of living in single-family rental communities is the access you get to all of the complimentary community amenities. Whether you’re looking to cool off in the pool or stay in shape in our fitness center, horizontal living communities make it easy to enjoy your favorite activities on your own time.

Amenities at Christopher Todd Communities can include resort-style pools, outdoor fireplaces, picnic areas, yoga studios, fitness centers, gated entrances, and much more. Our community perks ensure you’ll be able to enjoy life to its fullest.


Many baby boomers may own their homes free and clear at this point, but retirement often comes with a fixed income. After this step, many homeowners decide they don’t want to combine a mortgage payment with separate lawn care, larger utility bills, upkeep costs, and other necessary services.

Relocating to a horizontal living community is one of the top senior housing trends because it can be much more economical than owning a house. Our energy-efficient homes even help residents cut their utility bills in half.

Proximity to Family

A large majority of American children grow up and move out of their parents’ house at some point. This transition can be tough for parents, as they want to stay connected to their kids and grandkids.

Instead of making travel arrangements to visit their children and grandchildren, one of the baby boomer housing trends is relocating to be closer to their families.

As a resident in a horizontal living community, baby boomers can host their family gatherings in their private backyard or take everyone down to the community pool. With so many amenities to choose from, adult kids and grandkids will both love spending time visiting.

Easy Entry and Living

Horizontal living provides easy access and relaxed living because each single-story home is located on the ground level. That means there’s no need to climb stairs or take an elevator to reach your new front door and experience all the luxurious spaces of your home. The convenience and ease of having everything on the same floor is unmatched.

Are You Ready to Experience Horizontal Living?

If horizontal living at Christopher Todd Communities has piqued your interest, then talk to our team today! We’d love to help you schedule a tour, and our staff members are available to answer any questions you have about our cities, communities, and lifestyle.

We’re confident that after seeing horizontal living for yourself, you’ll be eager to move in and make this your new everyday lifestyle.

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Christopher Todd

Christopher Todd Communities creates neighborhoods and communities for people to enjoy, share, and live. Here, you’ll find luxury, single-story, rental homes in gated, planned communities that are professionally managed. These come complete with amenities designed for socializing, energizing, for peace of mind, and even for pets.