Newport builder helps couple design home with a focus on aging in place

America’s aging population spurs this greater national trend

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Note: this is not the actual couple.

NEWPORT, OREGON, May 21, 2013 – People plan for college, weddings, vacation – but aging? The latter concept doesn’t seem to receive much attention in our society but is a striking reality for anyone planning to retire with comfort and ease. So when Gary and Shirley “Jay” Hunter began looking for their dream home, the concept of “aging in place” was a top concern and Fowler Homes, Inc. was there to help.

“We wanted to make sure we picked a home in a community that would remain convenient and accessible well into our old age and Wilder Newport seemed like a natural choice,” says Jay. “We didn’t want to trade our community-oriented lifestyle and sustainable values either,” adds Gary.

Aging in place is a national movement to support the overwhelming majority of Americans who want to remain in their homes for as long as possible. According to the latest census findings, 18.9% of people living in Newport are 65 or older, which is nearly 5% higher than the rest of Oregon. More builders are working with designers to create homes specifically for aging in place.

Fowler Homes, Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Oregon and builds customized homes from beginning to end. President John Fowler says he has worked with many homeowners for whom aging in place a top concern. “The baby boomer generation is getting to that retirement age,” says Fowler. “They’re a big part of the population and we’ve revamped our business to support their needs for aging in place.”

These specially designed homes have features like low maintenance exteriors, one-level floor plans to eliminate stairs, doors that are a minimum of 36 inches wide, non-slip flooring, and more. For an expanded list of common features for aging in place visit:

All of Wilder’s sustainable, expertly crafted homes are set amid a beautiful planned community on the central Oregon coast. The people-friendly neighborhood is near Yaquina Bay in Newport’s South Beach neighborhood and features walking trails through a sustainable forest. Their single-level home option and flat terrain ensure ease and accessibility for anyone concerned about aging in place.



Sustainable coastal community adds to green charm with moveable sales office

Wilder Newport chooses Salem-based ideabox as display unit

IMG 8456 300x225 Sustainable coastal community adds to green charm with moveable sales officeMarch 27, 2013 (Newport, Oregon). Nestled amid a sustainable forest in Newport, Oregon’s South Beach neighborhood is the new Wilder development, featuring high-performance homes, and now an innovative unit manufactured by Salem-based ideabox.

“We chose ideabox because we needed an attractive structure that fit our environmental standards and something we could move to each new phase of development,” says Bonnie Serkin, co-owner of Landwaves Inc., the firm developing

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ideabox creates compact, eco-friendly prefabricated living solutions, working with clients to create site-specific design solutions to maximize their lifestyle. The result is a cost-effective, energy and resource-efficient, complete modern living experience. For Wilder the design was tweaked to be an open plan display center.

Wilder celebrates central Oregon coast’s first disc golf course

Sustainable development shares land for only pro course between Astoria and Coos Bay

hole 5 300x225 Wilder celebrates central Oregon coast’s first disc golf courseNEWPORT, OR, December 19, 2012 – Wilder Disc Golf Course opened recently in Newport, becoming the first professional course between Astoria and Coos Bay. The course is part of Wilder, a sustainable traditional neighborhood development located in the South Beach area of Newport.

“What better way to enjoy the beauty of Wilder’s natural surroundings than playing 18 holes of disc golf.” says Bonnie Serkin of Landwaves, Inc., the development company behind Wilder. “We’re dedicated to preserving the indigenous scenery, so the idea of a disc golf course that draws people into the woods seemed like a perfect fit.”

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Wilder development picks up speed in Newport

Green village moves forward with new construction, trail dedication

Emery JC1 300x194 Wilder development picks up speed in NewportNEWPORT, OR, October 29, 2012 – A new wave of energy is flowing through Wilder, a pioneering example of Traditional Neighborhood Development on the Oregon Coast. The green community is breaking new ground and experiencing a rush of activity, including the dedication of a hiking trail and forested disc golf course. The most recent round of construction on the eco-friendly village is the result of renewed interest in quality housing from the surrounding community. Continue reading