Active adult communities come in different sizes and styles, from the quaintest neighborhoods to the largest and most luxurious developments. With so many options, retirees may want to search a bit more to find an active adult community that is not only stunning to look at, but also comes with some magnificent amenities or homes you won’t find anywhere else.
At 55Places.com, we tour hundreds of communities every year all across the country. We’ve compared communities both small and large, new construction and resale only, and from affordable to the most luxurious. Throughout our time exploring these age-restricted communities, some of them stood out more than others for a variety of reasons.
Whether it was stunning mountain views, unique amenities, waterfront homes, natural surroundings, or a unique location, these active adult communities have something truly special to offer. So if you’re curious about communities that stand out from the rest, then check out these ten most exotic communities that are sure to take your breath away.
Trilogy at Tehaleh is a 55+ community located within the Tehaleh master-planned development in Bonney Lake, Washington. The age-restricted neighborhood is situated against the backdrop of protected forest preserves and the majestic Mount Rainier, offering residents beautiful mountain views and endless options for outdoor recreation.
Shea Homes plans to build 500 single-family homes upon completion and will design homes that tie in the community’s breathtaking natural surroundings. In addition to the stunning outdoor environment, residents also have two amenity centers: Seven Summits Lodge and The Post.
Residents of Trilogy at Tehaleh have exclusive access to Seven Summits Lodge where they can utilize the state-of-the-art fitness center, artisan studio, culinary studio, indoor golf, on-site restaurant, and an outdoor pool. Perhaps the most breathtaking amenity of all is the indoor pool.
More than just a place for your early morning laps, the pool’s floor can be raised above the water line, suddenly becoming an extra room for dances, aerobics, or a meeting space. The Post is a 3,300 square-foot, dog-friendly clubhouse that acts as the main clubhouse for the master-planned development and is open to all residents. It also doubles as a trailhead for the community’s system of walking and biking trails.
Located in the highly desirable Palm Springs area, Trilogy at The Polo Club is an active lifestyle community that offers modern homes designed by Shea Homes, resort-style amenities, and a vibrant social atmosphere in a prime location. The area is well-known for its lush golf courses, year-round pleasant climate, outdoor recreation, and natural beauty.
Trilogy at The Polo Club offers a 55+ section within the larger, non age-restricted community that will allow residents to mingle and build lifelong friendships. The community incorporates the area’s natural environment by including extensive park systems, open-air homes, and unobstructed views of the surrounding Santa Rosa mountains.
The 25,000 square-foot Polo Club is the ideal place for rest, relaxation, and fun. It offers world-class amenities including a yoga studio, fitness center, full-service restaurant, grab-and-go market, and a game room. Residents also take advantage of the warm climate all year long thanks to Trilogy’s three outdoor pools, tennis courts, 19 pocket parks that weave throughout the community, and the tiered outdoor concert venue.
This oceanfront community is like no other. Landings on Skidaway Island spans across more than 4,000 acres of lush landscape, yet retains a small-town vibe. This community is a water lover’s paradise. Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, Landings on Skidaway Island not only offers breathtaking views but also has plenty of clubs and activities for boaters.
The community features a variety of private, gated neighborhoods with a wide selection of home designs as well as world-class amenities, six championship golf courses, two marinas, 34 tennis courts, endless recreational facilities, and more than 100 clubs and social groups for the ultimate in resort-style living. Ideally situated on the Intracoastal Waterway and just twelve miles south of Savannah’s historic downtown, Landings on Skidaway Island offers residents easy access to nearby attractions, restaurants, shopping, and outdoor recreation.
This new 55+ community near Atlanta, GA will consist of 650 single-family homes upon completion and offer the perfect combination of Southern tranquil charm with modern day amenities. Builder Kolter Homes plans to offer its thoughtfully designed floor plans that feature luxurious fixtures, quality craftsmanship, and top appliances. One of the highlights of this active adult neighborhood will be its golf-cart friendly lanes as well as its resort-style amenities that include the proposed The Club at Cresswind. It will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga and aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, ballroom, lounge area, game and billiards room, outdoor pool, multiple sports courts, and an outdoor amphitheater. What makes Cresswind Peachtree City stand out from the rest is its incorporation into the surrounding environment. Kolter Homes designed this community around the area’s rolling ravines and hills, with the state’s iconic pine trees surrounding the neighborhood.
Southern Alabama’s The Legacy at Cary Creek is an intimate age-restricted community located in a picturesque setting in the master-planned development of Cary Creek in Auburn, AL. The private active adult neighborhood will consist of just 143 single-family homes spread across 57 acres of scenic landscape dotted with mature trees, ponds, and a stream.
The Legacy at Cary Creek provides a charming 3,500 square-foot clubhouse where residents stay healthy and have fun. This 55-plus community allows homeowners to enjoy an active and social lifestyle thanks to its lineup of organized events and activities that bring everyone together in a welcoming setting, including a full outdoor bar complete with a TV, so homeowners can make the most of the area’s beautiful, year-round climate.
Residents also never have to travel far for educational enrichment and attractions because the community is just seven minutes away from Auburn University, which offers lifelong learning classes, sporting events, and entertainment on campus.
Summit at Bethel is an award-winning active adult community in Fairfield County. Located atop one of Bethel’s tallest peaks, this 55+ community offers stunning mountaintop views within a scenic New England setting, yet provides residents with easy access to local conveniences.
A rich lineup of amenities is found at the community’s 5,600 square-foot clubhouse, which is the central hub of physical activity and social recreation. The community’s luxurious townhome designs have also received several HOBI awards and feature lavish first-floor master suites, spacious layouts, and plenty of options for customization.
Offering breathtaking waterfront views, The Villages on Mount Hope Bay is an idyllic active adult community in Tiverton, Rhode Island. The community, which will consist of 230 residences upon completion, offers homebuyers condos and attached homes on a new or resale basis.
In addition to charming home designs, residents have a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse where they can stay socially and physically active. The highlight of The Villages on Mount Hope Bay is the outdoor environment. The community’s walking and biking trails weave throughout the neighborhood and provide not only crisp, fresh air, but majestic views of Mount Hope Bay and the surrounding hills.
Situated along the shores of Hope Bay in Newport County, living here also allows residents to have easy access to the surrounding area for endless options for entertainment, recreation, and cultural attractions.
Lennar’s new 55+ community in Lancaster, South Carolina will be sprawled across 613 acres of lush landscaping and consist of 850 single-family homes upon completion.
Tree Tops will cater to active adults as well as the outdoor adventurer thanks to its world-class amenities that include a 10-acre lake, numerous parks and open spaces, waterfront amphitheater, a rookery, and access to a Village Center that contains ten log cabin-style buildings for recreational facilities.
This gated active adult community will be surrounded by nature and Lennar will incorporate natural building techniques and materials like stone and timber to create a rustic and outdoorsy vibe.
Hilton Head Plantation is known for its low-maintenance coastal homes, but the community is also popular for its picturesque setting and abundant natural beauty. Located on the northern tip of the popular resort location Hilton Head Island, this community is surrounded by mature trees like oak, palm, and southern pine and overlooks the scenic blue waters and white sandy beaches of Port Royal Sound and Skull Creek.
This community appeals to residents who love to spend time outdoors. Hilton Head Plantation’s amenities include a wide spectrum of indoor and outdoor spaces like fitness centers, game rooms, a full-scale marina, two miles of beaches, fishing lagoons, six miles of walking and biking trails, two nature conservancies, and four golf courses. And if that’s not enough, the community also offers more than a dozen activities, clubs, and events that keep residents entertained no matter what they’re in the mood for.
This active adult community located on Hawaii’s famous island of Oahu sets the standard for exotic communities. Olaloa in Mililani provides homeowners with easy access to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu, which is just 18 miles away.
The community’s prime location also allows homeowners to be close to urban conveniences and recreational facilities like Wahiawa Freshwater State Park, Mamala Bay, Ewa Forest Preserve, Oahu National Wildlife Refuge, and Nanakuli Forest Preserve.
This 55+ community features 360 condos that were built between 1992 and 1993. Along with charming condos, residents of this beautiful 55-plus community also enjoy well-appointed amenities that keep them physically fit and socially active. With a great location and nearby conveniences, Olaloa in Hawaii is a top exotic active adult community.