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Count, why a "retirement community" necessarily? I'm delighted that Maryanne found a great "old people's home," but even at age 68 it has no appeal for me.

Sell the house and get a condo, for sure. Simply lock the door and go whenever the urge to travel strikes. No exterior maintenance issues.

As you probably know, many folks in Hawaii retire and continue to live in place. Of course, many of them have extended family nearby. In our building there are plenty of kupuna living independently in their 80s and even 90s, and also plenty of younger singles, couples, and families.
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