Since older buyers aren't a monolith, you can't sum up their needs and desires in one layout. Here are four plans ranging from 1,892 to 3,713 square feet from the Sater Design Collection. What do they have in common? Easy-to-access master suites (making it simpler to age in place), enough room for visitors or grown children to stay during holidays, and beautifully integrated outdoor living.

The Luxury Option

Photo by CJ Walker�
Photo by CJ Walker

This home may fit a narrow lot, but every room inside boasts lots of space and luxurious amenities. Start with the great room: upon entering from the two-story foyer, buyers are greeted with a lovely view out two sets of double doors to the rear veranda. A coffered ceiling, cozy fireplace, and snack bar from the kitchen make this space the undisputed preferred gathering spot. Two islands provide space in the kitchen for meal prep and easy socializing at the snack bar. Owners can entertain with ease by prepping drinks at the wet bar, tucked into a corner by the staircase and out of the way of the cook. An elevator makes going up to the second floor easy. Up here, you'll find three large bedrooms, including the deluxe master suite with its two-sided fireplace that warms the bedroom and luxurious bath. A large deck connects with storage space above the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Flexible Mid-Range Option

This terrific one-story home features three bedrooms, two baths, and 2,042 square feet of living area. Its stucco exterior is complemented with graceful arches. A loggia stretches across the back, with access points from the master suite, the great room, and even the hall bathroom (convenient for guests to use during a barbecue party). Inside, the kitchen’s snack bar overlooks the great room. A huge shower and soaking tub invite you to relax in the master suite, which enjoys plenty of privacy in the home’s left wing. For work or reading, the study offers a view of the front and double doors that open up this space to the great room. Abundant storage throughout the home includes walk-in closets in every room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Small (but Upscale) Option

This Mediterranean home represents luxury on a smaller, more manageable scale. A grand portico welcomes guests through the loggia into the foyer. To the left, a large, open area connects the great room, dining room, and island kitchen to one another. To the right, a guest suite, adjacent to another full bath, awaits visitors. Privately situated on the opposite side of the home, the master suite provides a tranquil retreat with a bath, shower, dual vanities, and double closets. Outside, the cabana offers a full bath. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

The Outdoor-to-the-Max Option

With most rooms opening to the back porch, this one-story home does a fabulous job incorporating outdoor living into everyday life. The great room in particular presents an airy and light-filled space with three sets of French doors, a cozy two-sided fireplace (the other side warms the study), and total openness to the island kitchen. Continuing the relaxed feeling, the dining room features an open layout and more doors to the porch. Owners will love relaxing in the master suite's deluxe bathroom or in the large bedroom, which (you guessed it) also opens outside. See more images, information, and the floor plan.