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Age-Restricted Communities A Burgeoning Trend for Active Adults

Norman Reinhard lives in Century Village at Pembroke Pines, an age-restricted active-adult community in southwest Broward County. He’s an unabashed advocate of its lifestyle.

Norman and his wife, Maxine, moved to Century Village at Pembroke Pines in 2001. He retired in 1998 after 37 years as owner of Tippy Togs of Miami, a manufacturer of children’s wear. “Our house in Miami was too big,” he explains, “and Century Village was within an hour’s drive of our family.”

Maxine died several years ago, but Norman stays on. “It’s a good place to make friends,” he says. “You meet a lot of people from different walks of life. You sit around in the clubhouse lobby and talk. There are 50 or 60 clubs, for Italian, Spanish, Yiddish, art, playing cards, you name it—and social clubs galore to take people to different attractions.”

Century Village at Pembroke Pines operates a trolley system that circulates through the community, stops at the clubhouse, and goes outside to a nearby shopping center. It’s a lifeline for Reinhard, who no longer drives.

The 135,000-square-foot clubhouse includes meeting, game, and party rooms; a health club; and a 1,042-seat theater with entertainment almost every night, sometimes free, sometimes at nominal cost. “They bring in entertainment from Broadway in the winter months,” Reinhard says. “To go to a show up there costs $50, $100, or more. Here it’s $5 to $8. There’s an in-house restaurant called George’s that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can go for dinner at George’s and then see a show.”

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