I recently started thinking about retirement when I got handed my first pension scheme along with my paycheck, not too long ago now.
Other than the island I’ll buy for myself when I retire at 40, I can’t imagine doing much with myself. If that doesn’t work out (which, as a Millennial, is a pretty distinct possibility), I think I will happily settle for the odd holiday cruise every now and again, not to mention regular visits from grandchildren and (hopefully) great-grandchildren.
If like most, you relish your days as a tourist covered in oil and smelling shrimp boil (either on you, or just in general), get ready: your retirement dream awaits. Jimmy Buffett, the major-domo of song, drink and Parrotheads, is ready to make your autumnal years the most relaxing of your life.
Buffett will be opening a retirement community called Latitude Margaritaville. The legendary easygoer and soft rocker has partnered with Minto Communities, a housing and development firm based in Florida, to create a set of homes made of those of us who are aged “55 or better”, as the the Communities’ website claims.
As you can imagine, the concept is rigorously dedicated to doling out margaritas and chill vibes. The first will open in Daytona, Florida, complete with beachfront access, live entertainment, lap pools, spas and more, according to news sources.
Parrotheads seeking an “active adult community” will also find other exciting recreation available, such as unmatched dining and a fin-tastic nightlife.
Bill Bullock, Senior Vice President of Minto Communities, says: “It’s going to be a very fun place. We expect our first residents to be living in the community by late summer of 2018.” As you can imagine, such a lavish rest and relaxation won’t come cheap. Since announcing Lattitude Margaritaville a while back in March of this year, the property has received over 10,000 registrations.
The 7,000 homes being built in Daytona Beach will reportedly cost a billion dollars in total, with individual two and three-bedroom homes in the community going for a price range between $200,000 and $350,000. I guess if you have the money, why worry anyway?
2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Buffett, as the singer’s greatest hits will serve as the inspiration for a Broadway musical, entitled Escape to Margaritaville. While the musical won’t arrive on Broadway until spring 2018, the show has already debuted with a six-week run at La Jolla, California’s La Jolla Playhouse.
Following that, Escape to Margaritaville will play for audiences in New Orleans, Houston and Chicago, before setting a course for New York. After all that, you’d like to think he’s got a little rest planned at his new digs.
Once Margaritaville opens up and you’ve got your spot, your literal job then becomes to kick back all day, every day and ask yourself — with the studied conviction of a Buddhist monk — “What would Jimmy Buffett do?” The answer? Pour yourself something tall and strong. Take a lunch break that takes all afternoon. Live your best life.