Nabotunet Aase Haugen offers new housing for active people over 50
Decorah’s newest neighborhood is taking shape.
Nabotunet, which in Norwegian translates to neighbor yard, is being developed by Aase Haugen Senior Services (AHSS) for active people ages 50+.
The homes are for sale in three different models and are located on a cul-de-sac just south of Vennehjem on Nordic Drive in Decorah, and are adjacent to the future location of the AHSS new assisted-living and state-of-the-art nursing facility.
“Nabotunet is part of the AHSS Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) and a beautiful neighborhood in a rural, wooded paradise, with great views and quiet of the country,” said Patty Casterton, AAHS Business Development director. “But it is only two minutes from downtown, making it so convenient to live in a private, serene area but have the convenience shopping just down the road.”
The new homes are competitively priced at $107-179 per square foot, well under the local average for homes of this type or for any new construction.
“A major advantage is that we offer a guaranteed return on your investment,” said Casterton. Much like the Vennehjem community, each Nabotunet member is guaranteed a return on their entry fee investment, ranging from 70 – 90 percent, depending on the number of years they occupy the home. In addition to the entry fee, the member pays a monthly fee based on the size of the home they choose.
“When members decide to move on, they simply pack and go, without the hassle of waiting for their home to sell,” said Casterton.
Jeffrey Schmitt, executive director of Aase Haugen Senior Services, said research has shown that today’s over-50 population is more active than ever.
“This is how people 50+ are living today. And Decorah is becoming a popular retirement destination,” said Schmitt.
“Neighborhoods like this are popping up across the nation. They offer all the benefits of home ownership without the hassles for those active baby boomers who have worked hard all their lives and are ready to enjoy more freedom with less demands on their time,” added Casterton.
About the homes
Nabotunet homes range from two to three bedrooms with open floor plans. Each handicap-accessible home is stick built and accented with masonry and energy efficiency in mind. The project relies on local vendors, such as Spahn and Rose Lumber, Fashion Floor Center, Singing Hammers Construction, Decorah Electric, Casper Plumbing and Heating and more. Nabotunet neighborhood for active people age 50+ is taking shape in Decorah. Lot 6 pictured on the left is a duplex of the KOS floor plan boasting a lower level and will be completed in January. Lot 8 homes (below)are the Marka and Skål plans built on slabs with rear patios off the 4-season sun room. These slab homes will be completed this month. See the floor plans on line at www.aasehaugen.com
Each model comes with custom cabinetry, tray ceilings, private guest baths, options to finish the lower level, private decks or patios and more. Ongoing maintenance and grounds keeping includes snow removal, mowing and other yard work, exterior window washing and more. All appliances are 100 percent covered and maintained and replaced at no cost, plus Aase Haugen Senior Services takes care of the
taxes, water, sewer and home insurance. “We handle the details so our neighborhood members have the freedom to choose to enjoy what matters most to them,” said Casterton. Members also gain priority access to move seamlessly to other areas within the organization, such as assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing. “Couples find this aspect of CCRC living especially important. Should one spouse need the services provided in another part of the campus, the other can easily visit any time of day,” said Schmitt.
Two homes will be completed this month, and two others are currently under construction. Tours are available seven days a week. To book one, contact Casterton at 563-382-3603. For more information about Nabotunet, visit aasehaugen.com.