100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities for 2016

Check out the profiles of the top ten communities followed by a list of communities rounding out the top 100.
Check out the profiles of the top ten communities followed by a list of communities rounding out the top 100.
Check out the profiles of the top ten communities followed by a list of communities rounding out the top 100.

Each year 55 Places reveals its prestigious list of the 100 most popular active adult communities in the country. These communities earned their spot based on the number of visitors to each community’s page on 55places.com over the past year. Check out our list of the communities that active adults choose to call home.  

1. The Villages – The Villages, FL

As the largest 55+ community in the country, it’s no surprise that The Villages retains its number one spot for the past four years in a row. This 56,000-home development features 48 recreation centers, 35 golf courses, more than 50 swimming pools, as well as town centers with retail shops, banks, and restaurants. Truly unique in its breathtaking size, this active adult community has everything retirees could want or need within its boundaries.

2. On Top of the World – Ocala, FL

Another Central Florida favorite is On Top of the World in Ocala. This active adult community provides retirees with more than 200 clubs, events, and activities that keep residents social and busy any day of the week. With plans to build 10,000 homes, this 55+ retirement destination continues to offer great floor plans at affordable prices, attracting Baby Boomers from across the country. On Top of the World is also renowned for its world-class amenities that include multiple clubhouses and outdoor recreational facilities.

3. Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC

This award-winning Del Webb active adult community offers resort-style amenities and quality homes nestled within the semi-tropical low country of South Carolina. Sun City Hilton Head features a 45-acre town center and amenity complex as well as three 18-hole golf courses, providing residents with unmatched resort-style living.

4. Sun City Center – Sun City Center, FL

This popular age-restricted community in the Tampa Bay area continues to be a favorite among retirees. Sun City Center opened in 1961 and has more than 11,000 residents. Luxurious amenities, reasonably priced homes, and a vibrant social atmosphere are what keeps this 55+ development buzzing with new homeowners every year.

5. Sun City Huntley – Huntley, IL

Sun City Huntley is a Midwest jewel offering low-maintenance homes and a rich lineup of amenities that provide retirees with an active and social environment. This age-restricted community is spread across 2,300 acres of lush landscaping with a 94,000-square-foot clubhouse and more than 80 clubs and interest groups. It’s no surprise that this active adult development continues to be a hit among the 55+ crowd looking to retire in the Chicago area.

6. Sun City Carolina Lakes – Fort Mill, SC

Coming in at number six is Sun City Carolina Lakes in Fort Mill, South Carolina. This active adult community by Del Webb features a world-class 40,000 square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course, low-maintenance homes, and a long list of social clubs. Retirees will never have a dull moment in this vibrant 55+ community.

7. Holiday City at Berkeley – Toms River, NJ

Making it to this year’s top ten list is Holiday City at Berkeley in Toms River, New Jersey. It is the largest 55+ communities in New Jersey and is comprised of different neighborhoods within its boundaries. This established active adult community was developed between 1969 and 1996 and contains more than 10,000 single-family homes. Retirees enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle as well as six clubhouses that provide a variety of amenities and activities.

8. Solivita – Kissimmee, FL

Solivita in Central Florida takes the number eight spot this year. This 4,300-acre master-planned community features award-winning home designs, an assortment of amenity centers, two 18-hole golf courses, as well as a long list of classes, activities, and events. Solivita also provides a beautiful, natural setting with picturesque lakes and wooded preserves that continue to draw active adults from all walks of life.

9. Sun City – Sun City, AZ

As the first 55+ development in the country, Sun City in Arizona continues to be one of the most popular active adult communities to this day. This vibrant community features a diverse collection of low-maintenance homes designed by renowned builder Del Webb. Not only are the homes affordable, but Sun City’s countless indoor and outdoor amenities along with its social atmosphere truly make this 55+ community the ideal place for residents to make the most out of their retirement.

10. Oak Run – Ocala, FL

Rounding out the top ten spot is Oak Run in Ocala, Florida. This active adult community was developed between 1985 and 2007 and consists of 3,509 homes. Oak Run was designed to fit the active lifestyles of Baby Boomers by providing multiple recreational facilities that keep them physically fit and socially engaged. Residents have a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities like game rooms, fitness centers, outdoor pools, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, sand volleyball courts, and an 18-hole championship golf course to keep them busy any day of the week.

11. Sun City Summerlin – Las Vegas, NV

12. Laguna Woods Village – Laguna Woods, CA

13. Stone Creek – Ocala, FL

14. Sun City Lincoln Hills – Lincoln, CA

15. Sun City Texas – Georgetown, TX

16. Del Webb Charleston – Summerville, SC

17. Kings Point – Sun City Center, FL

18. Sun City Anthem – Hendersonville, NV

19. Carolina Preserve – Cary, NC

20. Del Webb Ponte Vedra – Ponte Vedra, FL

21. Carillon – Plainfield, IL

22. Renaissance Manchester – Manchester, NJ

23. Century Village at Deerfield Beach – Deerfield Beach, FL

24. Timber Pines – Spring Hill, FL

25. Concordia – Monroe, NJ

26. Lakeside Crossing – Conway, SC

27. Sun City Grand – Surprise, AZ

28. Valencia Lakes – Wimauma, FL

29. Pelican Preserve – Fort Myers, FL

30. Villages of Citrus Hills – Hernando, FL

31. Greenbriar Woodlands – Toms River, NJ

32. Spruce Creek Country Club – Summerfield, FL

33. Sun City West – Sun City West, AZ

34. Rossmoor Village – Monroe, NJ

35. Frisco Lakes – Frisco, TX

36. Southshore Falls – Apollo Beach, FL

37. Sun City Roseville – Roseville, CA

38. Leisure Village West – Manchester, NJ

39. Lake Providence – Mt. Juliet, TN

40. Kings Point in Delray Beach – Delray Beach, FL

41. Clearbrook – Monroe, NJ

42. Sun City Palm Desert – Palm Desert, CA

43. Lake Ridge – Toms River, NJ

44. Westlake Golf & Country Club – Jackson, NJ

45. Sweetwater – Jacksonville, FL

46. Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, TX

47. Sun City Festival – Buckeye, AZ

48. Del Webb Naples – Ave Maria, FL

49. Greenbriar – Monroe, NJ

50. The Elms of Charleston – Charleston, SC

51. Plantation at Leesburg – Leesburg, FL

52. St. James Plantation – Southport, NC

53. Sun Lakes – Sun Lakes, AZ

54. Robson Ranch Texas – Denton, TX

55. Stonecrest – Summerfield, FL

56. Sun City Peachtree – Griffin, GA

57. Four Seasons at Lakewood – Lakewood, NJ

58. Rossmoor – Walnut Creek, CA

59. Four Seasons at Beaumont – Beaumont, CA

60. Ocala Palms – Ocala, FL

61. Century Village at Pembroke Pines – Pembroke Pines, FL

62. Heritage Isle – Viera, FL

63. Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club – San Antonio, FL

64. Cresswind at Lake Lanier – Gainesville, GA

65. Four Seasons at Mirage – Barnegat, NJ

66. Pebblecreek – Goodyear, AZ

67. Century Village at Boca Raton – Boca Raton, FL

68. Four Seasons at Gold Hill – Fort Mill, SC

69. Kings Ridge – Clermont, FL

70. The Colony – Murrieta, CA

71. SunRiver St. George – St. George, UT

72. Sun City Mesquite – Mesquite, NV

73. Oceana – Oceanside, CA

74. Anthem Ranch – Broomfield, CO

75. Trilogy at Rio Vista – Rio Vista, CA

76. SaddleBrooke – Tucson, AZ

77. Del Webb Orlando – Davenport, FL

78. Village at Deaton Creek – Hoschton, GA

79. Lely Resort – Naples, FL

80. Spruce Creek South – Summerfield, FL

81. Siena – Las Vegas, NV

82. Lake Ashton – Lake Wales, FL

83. The Fairways at Lake Ridge – Lakewood, NJ

84. Tellico Village – Loudon, TN

85. Canal Walk – Somerset, NJ

86. Sun City Shadow Hills – Indio, CA

87. Leisure Knoll – Manchester, NJ

88. Cascades at St. Lucie West – Port St. Lucie, FL

89. Prescott Lakes – Prescott, AZ

90. Carillon Club – Naperville, IL

91. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, CA

92. Wellington at Seven Hills – Spring Hill, FL

93. Greenbriar I – Brick, NJ

94. Casta Del Sol – Mission Viejo, CA

95. Heritage Hills – Clermont, FL

96. Trilogy at Encanterra – Queen Creek, AZ

97. Four Seasons at Manalapan – Manalapan, NJ

98. Royal Highlands – Leesburg, FL

99. Heritage Shores – Bridgeville, DE

100. Sierra Canyon – Reno, NV

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