Great Snowbird Communities

CantaMia is an ideal 55+ snowbird community tucked into the stunning scenic landscape of Goodyear, AZ.

Each winter, many active adult snowbirds close up their homes and head out to spend the season in a warmer climate. Some snowbirds own second homes, some travel in RVs, and others prefer to rent their seasonal homes. Here are 10 communities we consider hidden gems for snowbirds:

Heritage Palms – Indio, California

Heritage Palms is a guard-gated golf community that will appeal to a wide range of snowbirds with its diverse homes and fabulous amenities. Warm winters provide the perfect weather for outdoor recreation, such as golf, tennis, bocce ball, swimming or just enjoying mountain views from the gorgeous grounds. The spacious clubhouse also offers hobby and game rooms, including an arts and crafts studio and a woodworking shop.

Coral Lakes – Boynton Beach, Florida

Coral Lakes is an affordable gated community just minutes from Southeast Florida’s ocean shore. Though the community has just 365 homes, its 72,000-square-foot clubhouse features many of the amenities found in larger communities. Resident snowbirds will enjoy indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, tennis courts, a 600-seat theater, an on-site cafe, and much more.

Solera at Anthem – Henderson, Nevada

Solera at Anthem is a smaller Del Webb community that contains around 1,822 homes. Yet, its 24,000 square-foot clubhouse offers amenities such as a fitness center, indoor pool, library, and sports courts for tennis and bocce ball. Solera’s affordable homes include both single-family and attached home designs, giving snowbirds many options for comfortable, low-maintenance living.

Sun City Oro Valley – Tucson, Arizona

Just 20 miles north of Downtown Tucson, Sun City Oro Valley welcomes snowbirds with mountain views, challenging golf, and affordable homes. Community amenities are spread across three spacious clubhouses, including a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and swimming pools.

Resident artists enjoy studios designed for a variety of arts and crafts, such as ceramics, lapidary, photography, stained glass, and woodworking. Sports courts also keep residents active with pastimes including tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, racquetball, basketball, and horseshoes.

Villa Portofino – Palm Desert, California

Set in the heart of the Coachella Valley, Villa Portofino greets resident snowbirds with Mediterranean architecture and lush native landscaping. The community’s affordable, maintenance-free single-family houses make ideal second homes, and the 30,000-square-foot clubhouse provides a wide range of amenities. Residents can enjoy features including an on-site restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Huntington Pointe – Delray Beach, Florida

With 1,096 condos and attached villas, Huntington Pointe is an ideal destination for snowbirds who want affordable, low-maintenance living. The 50,000-square-foot clubhouse also provides a wide range of activities, including dances, theatre performances, variety shows, movie screenings, art classes, and special interest club meetings. The fitness center offers several exercise classes and the amenities continue outdoors with swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and a putting green.

Province – Maricopa, Arizona

The gated Province community offers scenic living with a 50-acre lake and over 30 percent of its grounds dedicated to parks and open spaces. After the initial developer filed for bankruptcy, the community was acquired by Meritage Homes in 2009. This has led to a variety of affordable new and resale homes in both single-family and attached designs. Province also offers a fabulous 32,000-square-foot clubhouse with a wide range of resort-style amenities.

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The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

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