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10 Most Luxurious Active Adult Communities in the U.S.

by Bill Ness on 15 Comments

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Sun City Anthem

With three world-class amenity centers, amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip and over 7,000 luxurious homes, Sun City Anthem is one of the most luxurious active adult communities in the U.S.

Active adult communities are available in many styles and sizes, making it possible to find an ideal home for nearly any budget. For those who can afford a more luxurious lifestyle, the following resort-style communities offer elegant homes, beautifully appointed clubhouses, diverse recreations and social clubs which support a variety of interests. Here is a list of our 10 favorite luxurious active adult communities in the United States.

1. Sun City Anthem (Henderson, NV) — Located in Henderson, Nevada, Sun City Anthem boasts over 7,000 luxury homes, three amenity-rich clubhouses, 36 holes of on-site golf at The Revere Golf Club and much more. Close proximity to the Las Vegas Strip furthers the community appeal with countless additional entertainment opportunities.

2. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes (Nipomo, CA) — While this Shea Homes community does not have an age restriction, active adults will love Trilogy at Monarch Dunes’ recreational and social activities. Attractive amenities include The Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Sandalwood Spa and The Monarch Club, a 31,000 square foot clubhouse.

3. Lely Resort Golf & Country Club (Naples, FL) — With plans to one day include over 4,500 homes, Lely Resort welcomes discerning active adults of all ages. This luxurious community is located in the heart of Naples, letting residents enjoy the numerous amenities within the community as well as a prime Southwest Florida location.

4. Sun City Lincoln Hills (Lincoln, CA) — Spread across nearly 3,000 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain, Sun City Lincoln Hills offers a wide range of resort-style amenities through two recreation centers: Orchard Creek Lodge and Kilaga Springs Lodge. Many outdoor recreations include two 18-hole golf courses, as well as facilities for tennis and other sports.

5. SaddleBrooke (Tucson, AZ) — Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, SaddleBrooke offers numerous resort-style amenities through three spacious clubhouses. Golf enthusiasts will love that the community also has two 18-hole semi-private courses and a private 27-hole course.

6. Valencia Reserve (Boynton Beach, FL) — Florida’s Boynton Beach is a popular retirement destination, and those who long to settle in the area will adore Valencia Reserve by GL Homes. In addition to its amenity-rich clubhouse and beautifully landscaped grounds, Valencia Reserve offers high-end single-family homes in a variety of styles and sizes.

7. Sun City Grand (Surprise, AZ) — As Del Webb’s third active adult community in the Phoenix’s northwest valley, Sun City Grand continues the tradition of resort-style living with a vast range of recreation and social opportunities. There are three championship golf courses, three clubhouses and much more.


Shea Homes' popular Trilogy communities are built for those who want the finest in luxurious homes and amenities. Trilogy at Encanterra is their latest creation and arguably one of their best.

8. Trilogy at Encanterra (Queen Creek, AZ) — Tucked in the larger all-age Encanterra golf community, Shea Homes’ Trilogy at Encanterra is an enclave which welcomes residents aged 55 or better. The community’s country club amenities include access to Encanterra’s private championship golf course.

9. Sun City Hilton Head (Bluffton, SC) — Since opening in 1995, Sun City Hilton Head has become the largest active adult community in South Carolina and one of the most acclaimed active adult communities in the country. Just a few of the amenities include a 45-acre Town Center, 54 holes of golf, sports courts, swimming pools, and a variety of hobby and game rooms.

10. Frenchman’s Reserve (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) — Built by Toll Brothers, Frenchman’s Reserve is a luxurious all-age community which has amenities which will appeal to active adults, including an elaborate clubhouse and a championship golf course. The community’s planned 392 single-family homes begin at 3,400 square feet, offering spacious floor plans and high-end design features.

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  1. I would also add Sun City Carolina Lakes by Del Webb to this list! It is THE number one selling community for Del Webb this year. It is 5 years “young”, has TONS of activities, clubs, and amenities, and indoora nd outdoor pool, a 3-level, state of the art fitness center, 10 lakes (fishing, anyone?), a wood working and stained glass shop, 14 miles of beautiful, shady walking trails, tennis / pickle ball / boccee ball, a pottery kiln and arts and crafts rooms, and even a canoe / kakay club with outside storage and greeting pavilion. It backs to the Catawba River and is truly incredible.

  2. There is an old adage; “you get what you pay for.” I ususally subscribe to that theory, but sometimes you get more than what you pay for and sometimes you get less.

    I know, sounds like the ramblings of a madman, but for sake of discussion, let me try and clarify. There is such a thing as value in the construct of age restricted retirement communities.

    As we were traipsing about the country looking for our dream retirement home, we always saw the beauty of the newer models and locations. It was easy to get caught up in the most luxurious settings and newest amenities.

    The challenge was were retiring at 55 and i wasn’t interested in returning to work because the cost of luxury eventually outstripped our yearly income stream. Reality set in and we looked for value as well as a community that offered the same amenities without the high costs (and the eventual inflation that would eat us alive).

    The original Sun City outside of Phoenix was the perfect fit for us. We were never “country club” kind of folks so looking at a downscale rather than upscale setting not only made sense but was far more practical in the long run.

    I smile within when i read that because with the changes we’ve made in our house and the rebuilding of amenities, Sun City is quite simply one of the best values in the country.

    Don’t get me wrong, most of us moving to age restricted environments end up thinking “ours” is the best. What is important is to find what is available before we make it “ours.”

  3. Thanks for the recognition that Sun City Anthem, where I am a resident and Realtor, is the most luxurious active adult community in the U.S. It is luxurious but not expensive. SCA was completed in 2007 with 7,144 homes, Almost all are detached single story homes with a minimum of 2 bedrooms and a 2 car garage, Resale prices start at only about $140,000. HOA dues are only $1,000 per year. The two champion length golf courses are at no maintenence cost to the HOA. Greens fees with cart for residents are quite low.

  4. Sun City Anthem was the last of the “top notch” Del Web communities in terms of the number and scope of ammenities. A nice place indeed. That said, my very favorite 55+ community is Sun City Texas. The towering oak trees are phenominal! As far as developers go, I would have to go with Del Web. Their main strength in my opinion is their oranization of the neighbohoods that facilitates resident interaction. My current abode, Sun River St George, Utah is ok for those wanting a desert climate and easy access to mountain ativities. However, missing is the neighborhood organization and a poor fitness center.

  5. I find BP’s comments of Aug 4th interesting. What other interesting comments would any of you make for this 55KC like me who is looking to retire (snowbird) in a 55+ community (Southwest) in the coming years, i.e., taxes, amenities, local shopping, close airports, etc.

  6. Sun City Lincoln Hills just outside of Sacramento, California is a dream place to live. I’ve been here nine years and wake up every morning living in paradise. There are activities galore, four swimming pools, two gymnasiums, bocce and pickle ball courts, etc. Monthly association fee is a paltry $105. Golfing on the two 18-hole courses cost extra. When we first moved here we kind of out by ourselves, but now we have loads of stores right by us.

  7. Sun City Anthem is also #1 in another regard…we seem to have the most wasteful and inconsiderate management company that’s costing the residents over three and one-half million dollars a year to manage this place. They have permitted our restaurant operator to completely avoid paying rent or utilities and to trash all of our kitchen equipment, they have given us inexperienced managers one after another that we have had to train on the job, they have failed to keep the association from violating city ordinances, they have failed to manage our funds to avoid an IRS audit, they are apparently not familiar with the term ‘do no shoot the messenger’, their corporate website promises superior service and prompt action to solve complaints yet they never respond. and…well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    1. Dear Anthem resident,
      I am so sorry to hear about your predicament. This is one of the biggest problems with BUYING into a community. Poor management is unacceptable especially when you are paying big bucks for a luxury retirement community.

  8. Buyer beware: don’t pay for medical prescription walk in jacuzzis out of pocket or much anything else with a Dell Webb Nashville area office. Write a $9125. Check & submit dr prescription as asked to and got a simple tab that opens. $1000 value. Numerous neighborhood complaints about similar bait & switch from Dell Webb realtors.

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