NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Boomers are packing up their McMansions and making a lifestyle change: they're moving from their houses with room for the kids and making room for their RV. In some cases, walk-in closets are being replaced with a drive-through home.
Bud Dietrich, an architect in the Tampa Bay area, says it’s all a part of a Boomer transition.
“Boomers have spent the last 40 or 50 years collecting stuff,” Dietrich says. “What I've been seeing over the last couple of years -- which seems to be an ongoing trend that's accelerating -- is Boomers trying to shed some stuff. Boomers are trying to simplify their life.”
Prior to the Great Recession, Dietrich says Boomers were building giant houses -- used to entertain large groups of family members just once per year. Now, the generation is downsizing. Many are moving to their vacation homes as more permanent addresses while trading the sprawling family home for a condo or townhouse.
"They're happy to pay homeowner association fees to have somebody take care of the grounds and the exterior maintenance -- as opposed to spending every weekend out there mowing the lawn," he adds. "They don't want to do that anymore.”