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Backyard living doesn’t just mean swimming pools and patios anymore. With the growing focus on health and wellness, today’s homebuyers are demanding access to health/wellness and nature-based amenities.

As the largest generation to retire in five decades, the spending trends of Boomers continue to drive the economy. They have spent much of their lives in cars and offices and now want fresh air and walkable neighborhoods within easy reach of parks, beaches, shopping, dining, entertainment and culture.  New home communities like The Islands on the Manatee River on Florida’s Gulf Coast are just minutes from beaches, waterways, sporting facilities and other preferred outdoor adventures.

“Our community is surrounded by peaceful waters and nature preserves,” says Roy Premer, CFO at The Islands Development Group. “The residents love being able to boat, fish, and bird watch whenever they want.”

Research shows that group-oriented outdoor exercise improves social skills and confidence, while even increasing mobility and dexterity. Outdoor activities can also be an effective way to exercise and get your daily dose of vitamin D.  It’s no secret that nature reduces stress and increases relaxation. Positive mood, better concentration and more creativity are also added benefits.

Buying a home in a waterfront community can provide a relaxing sanctuary for the mind, body and spirit. At the Islands, private boat docks behind every home afford homebuyers the luxury to easily spend more time on the water, launch a kayak or simply witness a colorful sunset.

Even more intriguing for the real estate industry is that 41 percent of leading-edge boomers – a group with over $500 billion in spending power*, they will definitely purchase another home. What’s at the top of their list? You guessed it. Nature- based amenities.

To find out more about The Islands on Manatee River in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, click here.

* Brent Green, author of “Marketing to Leading Edge Baby Boomers”