Jeffrey Prostor, a luxury home builder in Southern California, says popular features in the 55-plus age group are low-maintenance yards just big enough for a lap pool and ground-floor master bedroom suites suitable for wheelchair use. Many retirees who can splurge on senior-style McMansions are awash in cash from selling a house in today's heated market they bought years ago. Also, "we're finding people over 55 are willing to take on more debt than previous generations," Burns notes. They would rather live in a million-dollar house with a $500,000 mortgage than a more modest home they buy outright. Just in time for Labor Day, here are two hot new barbecue items. Planning a cookout in the park? Rather than lug charcoal, take along the 41-pound Weber Q portable gas grill ($179). The cast-iron grate can hold 18 burgers, and one-touch ignition makes lighting the fire a cinch.
With the $75 stainless steel Grill Alert probe from Brookstone, just enter the type of meat you have and how you want it cooked, then clip a wireless receiver to your belt. The screen displays existing and target temperatures, and soon a digitized voice will say: "Your entr?e is ready."