With an Empty Nest Can Come a Full Life, Here’s How

By Toll Brothers 3 minute read

Last updated on November 16th, 2022

The big day is finally here. The bags are packed and you are taking your last child to college. You share in the excitement of meeting their roommate, decorating their room, and checking out the campus before you give them a final hug and head home. As you walk in the door, it becomes overwhelmingly clear: the house is empty, and you’re an empty nester. This is the time to enjoy the positive changes that come with your newly discovered freedom.

It can be exciting to think about all the things you can do now that you don’t have the laundry, mess, sports events, and school activities that come with having a child at home. According to Mayo Clinic Health System, recent studies suggest that “having an empty nest gives parents a new opportunity to reconnect with each other, improve the quality of their marriage, and rekindle interests for which they previously might not have had time.” Being an empty nester also gives you the time and freedom to renovate your house or move to a place you’ve always wanted to live.


Stay and Play

If you decide to renovate, those vacant bedrooms are a good place to start. Even though your college student will still be coming home, the room doesn’t have to remain a teenage hangout. Expand your horizons of possibility and start with expanding your space. Tear down walls between two smaller bedrooms and create a guest suite or ultimate primary bedroom. Add a spa-inspired full bathroom and walk-in closet to create the space you’ve always dreamed of.

Additional uses for that space include:

  • Home office
  • Craft Room
  • Spa area with massage table and space for meditation and exercise
  • Reading Room
  • Game room
  • Storage
home gym design with lounge area
Vickery – Estate Collection by Toll Brothers in Copper Canyon, TX


On the Move

If you’re looking for an even bigger change than renovation, moving to a new home opens up a world of opportunity. Empty nesters are doing it all, from renting an apartment to buying a bigger house or even building their dream home. The one goal they all seem to share is the desire to stay social and active.


Empty nesters are not necessarily renting an apartment to save money. In most cases, they are just tired of mowing the lawn and maintaining a full house, but still want plenty of space along with luxury amenities. Topping the list are multiple-bedroom units with gourmet kitchens, high-end bathrooms, and walk-in closets, like Aster in Dallas, TX.

Luxe apartment interior design
Aster by Toll Brothers in Dallas, TX


Active Adult Communities

For empty nesters, active adult communities (often for those 55 and better) offer low-maintenance lifestyles in private communities that are typically located near cities. For those seeking high-end amenities, Toll Brothers’ Regency at Allaire in New Jersey is one of many luxury active adult communities featuring a clubhouse with heated pool, tennis and bocce ball courts along with spacious multi-bedroom carriage homes with open floor plans, large kitchens, and 2-car garages.

Community clubhouse
Regency at Allaire by Toll Brothers in Farmingdale, NJ


Single-Family Homes

In some cases, empty nesters are downsizing into smaller homes, but it may be surprising to learn that some are moving into bigger homes. The difference is in the way the home is used. Instead of bedrooms and bathrooms, many empty nesters desire more space for entertaining with gourmet kitchens and oversized pantries, large offices with fireplaces, home gyms, that dream garage with more storage and work space, and baths with luxurious steam showers and heated flooring. It’s all about enjoying the luxuries they’ve always wanted and having the space to welcome extended family and friends.

Stunning two-story interior design
Regency at Waterside – Liberty Collection by Toll Brothers in Ambler, PA


As a new-found empty nester, take advantage of this freedom and opportunity. Whether it’s going back to school, learning new languages, playing sports, joining health clubs, camping, or traveling, live in a place that makes it easy for you to do all the activities you enjoy. If you renovate or move to an apartment, active adult community, or new single-family home, just make sure you’re living these empty nester years to the fullest.

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    1. Myra Leader says:

      I do not see the prices of homes in this community. Please advise.

      • Sam M says:

        Hello Myra, to learn more about the communities mentioned in the blog, please visit TollBrothers.com, or you can visit our Regency at Holmdel page to learn more about this active-adult community. If you are interested in another location, please feel free to reach out to SocialMedia@TollBrothers.com, and we can better assist you. Thanks!

      • Domingo Ballesteros says:

        Place looks nice and cozy. May we know the price for a single homes for retirees/military. Thanks.

        • Toll Brothers says:

          We appreciate the kind words, Domingo. We do not offer adjusted prices for retirees/military members but are more than willing to work with you to help find a Toll home that both works for your budget and surpasses your expectations!

    2. Rosanne H says:

      I’d like to know how many homes are in Regency in Prospect, Ct. how many of those are occupied at this time? Thank you

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