On January 1, 1960, Sun City officially opened to the public. This idea of a self-contained community for active adults who want a place to call home with neighbors that shared the same ideals and interests sounded like a bit of a gamble. Would anyone show up to buy a home on the site of the former ghost town in Maricopa County, Arizona?
When 100,000 people showed up for the opening weekend, it was clear that the demand was there. And in the years since, as the number of 55+ Americans grew and the desire to live the lifestyle promised by that original community grew with it, it’s become clear that the popularity of the active adult lifestyle is still only getting started.
Today, there are well over 2,000 active adult and active lifestyle communities across the United States. As the options, amenities, locations, and lifestyle opportunities evolve, so do the people who call these communities home. Today’s 55+ crowd is different than the one who moved into Sun City all those years ago and they want different things out of their retirement. Some people are even choosing active adult communities before they decide to retire. Some want a community that caters to relaxation while others look for a community that creates fun and excitement.
As such, active adult communities have to pull out all the stops if they want to appeal to today’s buyers. Quite simply, some communities do it better than others. But don’t just take our word for it. 55places’ 100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019 rankings are based on various internal data driven by our users, the ones who are choosing which communities to call home (our full methodology is available at the bottom of the post).
This isn’t us telling you which communities are the most popular, these are actual homebuyers telling you. In fact, rather than list out all of the reasons we think the following communities are the most popular in the U.S., we turned to our user reviews to say it. So without further ado, here are the 100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2019.
1. On Top of the World - Ocala, FL
What Do People Have to Say About On Top of the World?
“There is so much to do and, if you're bored, it's your own fault! I've met some of the most wonderful people and have developed a very strong circle of friends. Being single, it's an incredible feeling to not feel alone anymore!” - Becky A.
“We have only been here a few months, but in this short time, we have met new friends and have found much enjoyment in the activities. Saturday nights at the square, listening to music and watching the line dancers. Just golf cart rides around the neighborhoods brings much enjoyment.” - Tom & Kathy
“Great place to live… I stay so busy with all the physical activities (like) softball, wallyball, racquetball, pickleball, and more. People I meet while playing all these sports are nice and interesting. So glad I moved here, would recommend to anyone who is active.” - Andrew C.
2. Latitude Margaritaville - Daytona Beach, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Latitude Margaritaville?
“I am a long-time Parrothead and visited the models three weeks ago. I was so impressed that I bought a home while visiting from New York. Met my neighbors on Facebook and can't wait to move in by September. Gorgeous homes, beautiful pool and spa option, and fairly priced. My taxes are a fraction of what they are in NY, plus no snow! FINS UP!!!” - Carol E.
“We were tired of sleepy golfing retirement communities with their earth-tone homes in the middle of nowhere. But we gave Latitude Margaritaville a good look. Beautiful floor plans. Great future beach club. Excellent location with its own culture and festivities.” - James W.
3. Solivita - Kissimmee, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Solivita?
“Everything is organized with plenty of resources. The amenities are plentiful. The community is clean and very well maintained.” - Kathy & Darrell H.
“I have been living in Solivita for the past eight years. Every day I wake up I feel like I am on a vacation. Made many new friends and became involved in lots of clubs and volunteer groups. I visit the gym three or four times a week and enjoy long walks every morning enjoying the beautiful scenery. Love riding our golf cart around the development and just going at a slower pace. Solivita is my little bit of heaven, so thankful we retired to such a wonderful place.” - Dottie F.
“I moved to Solivita 10 years ago and am so glad I found the community. Its amenities and social life (more than 100 clubs) provide many opportunities for fun. Its proximity to Disney is a great benefit if you enjoy the parks. Homes are affordable and there are a lot of models to choose from either by building new or buying a resale.” - Lita E.
4. Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton, SC
What Do People Have to Say About Sun City Hilton Head?
“I moved here eight years ago. It’s a great place to live. The amenities, location, cost of living and climate all contribute to excellent opportunities for retirees. You can be as busy and as active as you want to be.” - Carol O
“This is a wonderful place to retire. Very upscale area, warm climate, incredible beaches. So many amenities at Sun City… There are resales, new construction and you can even build a custom home in Riverbend… We have met many nice people that live here. Everything you need is close by. We love it here.” - James M.
5. The Villages - The Villages, FL
What Do People Have to Say About The Villages?
“I have lived in The Villages for one-and-a-half years now and consider this my paradise for retirement. Although 74% of residents are married couples, there is more to do for singles than you will ever find anyplace else. It is a very large community, but with so many residents, they can offer more clubs, activities, classes than any other retirement community in the world.” - Donna N.
“The Villages is the only place to retire. I have been living here for over two years and just love it. [It has] 83+ pools, 48+ golf courses, approx. 3,000 social clubs and three town squares where we have restaurants, shopping, and free nightly entertainment 365 days a year.” - Donald M.
“The Villages is amazing! Over 100,000 people live here and it's a golf cart rider’s dream. Multiple town centers with restaurants, shops, and bars… It's Disney World for retirees! I love it!” - Francis J.
6. Sun City Texas - Georgetown, TX
What Do People Have to Say About Sun City Texas?
“We have lived here seven years. We love it here! We are in two card groups, a church group, we bowl in a league, and I am in a neighborhood book club… We have gatherings in the neighborhood almost every month… We moved here to have fun and it certainly is fun living here.” - Gail S.
“If someone would have asked me at age 50 to describe in detail the ideal home and community for my dream retirement, I think I would have listed virtually every feature of Sun City Texas — safe, clean, quiet, beautiful, great neighbors, lots to do, great fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, nice single-story home, great weather, and generally "resort-like." I feel lucky to be able to live in a place like this. I have zero complaints after three years.” - Daniel H.
“Sun City is one of the best features of Georgetown, Texas. It has such a diverse group of people that welcomes all who decide to make it their new home. They have a plethora of activities for every interest you can imagine. The amenities are top-notch for all the active homeowners.” - Jacque S.
7. Sun City Center - Sun City Center, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Sun City Center?
“So far it's been great living here. I'm single and 60 and feel at peace and safe in this quaint community… Everyone I talk to loves it here.” - Julie I
“We moved here four years ago and love it. There are more clubs with professional teachers than I've seen anywhere. If you don't have friends it’s because you haven't taken the time to join one of the 100 clubs… Almost every home is neatly trimmed and well-kept.” - Nancy L.
“The neighborhoods are beautiful… Sun City Center is large enough to have excellent amenities and plenty of golf opportunities, but not so large as to be overwhelming. The folks here are very friendly and we felt welcome right away.” - Roger L.
8. Kings Point - Sun City Center, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Kings Point?
“My husband and I love it here. We moved here a few months ago and are really enjoying it. I love to invite friends to see our little paradise. Everyone is very friendly and helpful… My husband gets home from work and does not have to go outside and mow the grass, trim the hedges, or all the maintenance that goes along with owning a home… We are so happy we found this place.” - Marisela O.
“Wonderful place to live in the heart of shopping areas, filled with amenities… Something for everyone!” - Laura C.
“If there were more than five stars we would rate this place higher!... This place is like a paradise resort… We moved here a year ago and could not believe that we could afford to live here. We were so happy to have found our "forever home" and look forward to many great fun years here… Being able to drive your golf cart all over the place is an added bonus! You have to see it all for yourself.” - Darlene & Rich B.
9. Sun City Grand - Surprise, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Grand?
“This is one of the best retirement communities around. They have so much to do with swimming and exercise facilities and hundreds of classes and groups to get involved with. The location is great too.” - William M.
“My wife and I moved here from Akron, Ohio in 2013. We absolutely love the place!... Since settling here, we have made good friends and taken advantage of the many amenities appealing to our respective interests. We find ourselves in possibly the best physical conditions of our lives thanks in large measure to the many recreational opportunities the Sun City Grand community and our surrounding area offer.” - Doug P.
“I really enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Sun City Grand. I've made more friends than I have time for! I typically walk every evening and I really enjoy chatting with my neighbors and feeling like I am part of a big family. My home is the Desert Rose floor plan and I get so many compliments on how beautiful it is.” - Susan L
10. Pelican Preserve - Fort Myers, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Pelican Preserve?
“Okay so there are no pelicans, but everything else is perfect. No kidding.” - Philip
“I have been to Pelican Preserve many times and I am still amazed at the level of activities and the beauty of the facilities. The walking and biking paths in the lovely preserve, the sports complex that includes tennis, pickleball, bocce, softball, and an incredible fitness center. Low impact classes such as water aerobics and stretching provide something for everyone… This community is one you want to visit!” - Jody
“My husband and I have been living at Pelican for nearly two years now and I still feel like I'm on vacation. I can't say enough about how wonderful the community is. The beautiful boardwalks are what really sold me… Golf here is fabulous, the fitness center and pools are great, and having a nice restaurant is so convenient. We are very happy living here and have made many new friends, plus we've each lost about 10 pounds!” - Susan
11. Sun City - Sun City, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City?
“My husband and I moved to Sun City from Denver almost three years ago. I really think it is the best retirement community in the valley. It has great amenities and is big enough that you do not feel you are living in a fishbowl… New clubs are always being formed to meet the current interests and all the facilities are well-maintained. I don't play golf but enjoy the beautiful scenic views they provide while biking around the neighborhood. It is not a gated community but it feels very safe.” - Lynn W.
12. Oak Run - Ocala, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Oak Run?
“My husband and I purchased our home in Oak Run two years ago… We couldn’t be happier with our decision to buy here. Since then we have made wonderful new friendships, as well as enjoying all of the great amenities and [the] beautiful 18-hole country club golf course. We hope to enjoy many years to come.” - Tracy A.
13. Stone Creek, Ocala, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Oak Run?
“We have lived here for five years now… The reunion center always has activities scheduled for both indoor & outdoors. It's great to just hop in the golf cart & go to any of the activities. The championship golf course is a big plus, as is the onsite grill with a full bar. If you’re looking for a quiet, smaller community, Stone Creek would be for you!” - Current Resident
14. Del Webb Ponte Vedra - Ponte Vedra, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Del Webb Ponte Vedra?
“My wife and I have lived in this Del Webb community since 2017 and we love it. The landscape is beautiful, the facilities are great, the residents are friendly and helpful, and there are numerous activities available within the community, as well as in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. We especially like the well-equipped gym in our community center, plus numerous other amenities, such as indoor and outdoor pools, meeting rooms and space for presentations of movies and live acts… We don't have a golf cart, but many residents do, and we like the fact that the community has a manned entrance gate, 24/7.” - Ronald
15. Tellico Village - Loudon, TN
What Do People Have To Say About Tellico Village?
“My wife and I have lived in [Tellico] Village for almost 12 years and love the community’s lifestyle and convenience. There are two bank branches, a supermarket, hardware store, pharmacy, gas station, three hairdressers, and yacht club, plus more than a half-dozen restaurants either on the property or just outside the community… The Village has three championship golf courses, three recreation centers, two outdoor pools, three tennis complexes, three marinas, a medical center, a pickleball complex… Tellico Village is on the shores of 16,000-acre Tellico Lake with spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains.” - Joe B.
16. Sun City West - Sun City West, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City West?
“We moved here from Wisconsin and are enjoying our new lives thoroughly! Everyone is so friendly and there are so many things to do. Walking, swimming, and biking for starters...Over 100 clubs to try and think about joining.” - LouAnn C.
17. Sun City Festival - Buckeye, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Festival?
“We looked at every active adult community in Phoenix before making a decision to purchase in Sun City Festival. Del Webb's amenities are awesome and the home values, energy efficiencies, and low HOA dues are only a few reasons that made our decision to call Festival home. But truly, it's the people who make this community. I honestly believe you'll be hard-pressed to find a friendlier community out there.” - Michelle S.
18. Holiday City at Berkeley - Toms River, NJ
What Do People Have To Say About Holiday City at Berkeley?
“Homes here are a tremendous value. The clubhouses are very active and there are always lots of activities as well as seasonal parties planned. All the shopping and conveniences you need are along Route 70.” - Jen G.
19. Lakeside Crossing - Conway, SC
What Do People Have To Say About Lakeside Crossing?
“No regrets. Residing here for two-and-a-half years so far. Consider this the last home you will need to buy. Houses are affordable, great design and features… So much to do, no need to be bored. HOA fee includes leased land, all amenities, trash removal, lawn cutting, full-time activities director, etc… It's a wonderful neighborhood, full of fellowship, caring, nice people. What a great place to grow old.” - M.G.H.
20. Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods, CA
What Do People Have To Say About Laguna Woods Village?
“The location of Laguna Woods is incredible. It sits right next to Laguna Beach, which is an incredible vacation town. The access to excellent restaurants cannot be beaten. The three 9-hole golf courses are great, as well as the par-three course.” - Mira P.
21. Province - Maricopa, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Province?
“Province is an oasis in the middle of the desert! I was so impressed, from the moment I drove through the front gates. I have never seen such a gorgeous community with all the lakes and open space. The community center is like a resort. I feel like I'm on vacation every day. I love the community and the small town feel of Maricopa. It is also a very convenient drive to Sky Harbor Airport to pick up my friends and family.” - Linda S.
22. Sun City Huntley - Huntley, IL
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Huntley?
“Best decision we ever made, we feel like we live at a resort. We like the size of our community that offers so much to do: Golf course, softball, bocce, bags, pickleball, tennis, indoor/outdoor concerts, plays, day trips, indoor pool, two outdoor pools, two fitness center with many classes, indoor walking track, massage spa, golf cart community, holiday parties, dances, cards, and the list goes on.” - Diana T.
23. PebbleCreek - Goodyear, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About PebbleCreek?
“We are so happy that we made the decision to move to PebbleCreek. We had our home built and we couldn’t be more pleased with it. Our life in PebbleCreek is working out better than we could have asked for. There is so much to do and so many great people, many of whom have become our friends. Truly, life is good!” - Cathi H.
24. Century Village at Deerfield Beach - Deerfield Beach, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Century Village at Deerfield Beach?
“Love it here. There is so much to do. The clubhouse is huge. It is a very well-kept community. The internal buses take you to multiple places. It's possible to not have a car here and still get around… The condos are very affordable and I have seen some very beautifully renovated ones… I'm very happy to have bought here.” - Emily R.
25. Timber Pines - Spring Hill, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Timber Pines?
“My wife and I have lived in Timber Pines for nine years. We have friends that live in similar places and nothing compares… This is a beautiful place, the staff is amazing, and the grounds are kept in perfect condition. There are so many activities, clubs, and committees. You will never be bored… For our money, this is the place to live!” - Charlie T.
26. Sun City Carolina Lakes - Fort Mill, SC
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Carolina Lakes?
“Bottom line: No other active adult community in the Charlotte offers the full-features, resort-style life that you'll find at Sun City Carolina Lakes. You've got to include it in your priority list.” - Neil W.
27. Spruce Creek Country Club - Summerfield, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Spruce Creek Country Club?
“Spruce Creek is a wonderful place to call home! I enjoy being involved in lots of different activities, it keeps me young! There are plenty of options to choose from, lots of different clubs to join, daily activities, and everything is very well organized. I go to the community center or fitness center nearly every single day. My calendar is full and I love it!” - Susan L
28. Savannah Lakes Village - McCormick, SC
What Do People Have To Say About Savannah Lakes Village?
“[Savannah Lakes Village] is unlike any other 55+ community we saw. We both love the outdoors so when we found out about Savannah Lakes Village, we were in heaven. The lakes offer great fishing, boating and just relaxing, something that is rarely offered with a 55+ community. The golf courses and clubhouse are great to have as well. It was so easy to meet people and make friends, which was important to us as well.” - Barbara & Don
29. Valencia Lakes - Wimauma, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Valencia Lakes?
“Fabulous clubhouse with a variety of events for everyone. Gated community. Great fitness center. Numerous clubs. Most of all...friendly and helpful residents. Nearby theaters, sports events, museums, and ongoing community activities.” - Mara P.
30. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head - Hardeeville, SC
What Do People Have To Say About Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head?
“We look at the models this summer, went back for a second look...this is the place… Can't wait to spend some time there next summer. This is a happy place and the homes are perfect.” - Kenny T.
31. Sun City Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Summerlin?
“I feel so fortunate that I decided to buy in Sun City Summerlin. I visited numerous age-restricted communities throughout the country and Sun City Summerlin stood head and shoulders above the rest. Our community is stunningly beautiful, immaculate, and active.” - Michael K
32. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA
What Do People Have To Say About Rossmoor?
“We've lived in Rossmoor for three years. It has something for everyone in a beautifully maintained valley setting surrounded by rolling hills just minutes from the prime shopping area of Walnut Creek. Home prices in Rossmoor are good when compared to the surrounding area where homes start at $1 million… There are 250 clubs to choose from, three pools, four clubhouses, two golf courses, 10 tennis courts, five pickleball courts, bocce courts, and three lawn bowling courts… Can't say enough about how much I enjoy living here.” - Lee H.
33. Clearbrook - Monroe, NJ
What Do People Have To Say About Clearbrook?
“My husband and I moved to Clearbrook about seven years ago. We have found that the people in the community are friendly and not competitive. We both have a large group of friends and are very happy that we moved here. There are plenty of activities to participate in or not. There is a wonderful maintenance department who do just about anything that is needed… The taxes are a lot lower than the newer communities… Lately, there has been a large influx of younger people, which is refreshing.” - Sandy
34. Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch - Florence, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch?
“I moved here two years ago from Northern Pennsylvania. It was the best move I've ever made, wish I would have done it sooner. I love my home, my neighbors are the greatest, the people that operate the facility are kind and helpful. It's quiet, but lots of things to do.... Weather is just heavenly, the sky at night unbelievable… Thank you, Del Webb, for my beautiful spot at Merrill Ranch!” - Arizona R.
35. SaddleBrooke - Tucson, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About SaddleBrooke?
“Fabulous… So many activities. Warm desert but a lot cooler than Phoenix with foothill location and views. Between all the various sections there are already four and a half golf courses and multiple clubhouses… [I] really like the full range of ages. from folks in their 40s on up.” - Sara I.
36. Brunswick Forest - Leland NC
What Do People Have To Say About Brunswick Forest?
“Brunswick Forest is the friendliest, most active, nicest amenities, best location community on the planet!” - Mara P.
37. Del Webb at Cane Bay - Summerville SC
What Do People Have To Say About Del Webb at Cane Bay?
“Fantastic community, so much to do… Amenities are wonderful. Pools, fitness center, tennis, pickleball, and so much more. Can't say enough, one has to experience [it] for themselves.” - Ron
38. Sun City Anthem - Henderson, NV
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Anthem?
“My wife and I moved here two years ago to enjoy beautiful desert scenery, hiking, and the casinos. We are very happy with this decision because the [Sun City Anthem] HOA has provided us with many opportunities to join over 50 clubs and use the wonderful fitness center, pickleball courts, and pool facilities. Property values are trending up and spirits are high so all is good.” - Michael
39. Sun City Peachtree - Griffin, GA
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Peachtree?
“The community is a little remote, but that's why I love it. The clubhouse is fun to hang out in and the tennis courts are in great shape. I love walking the streets and talking to my fellow neighbors!” - Sebastian L.
40. Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln, CA
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Lincoln Hills?
I moved here about one and a half years ago. I just love it! There are so many activities to get involved in. It has an amazing feel to it like you’re out in the country but with stores [and other essentials] very close… Everyone is very nice and it has a very safe feel. - Christine
41. Del Webb Lake Providence - Mt. Juliet, TN
What Do People Have To Say About Del Webb Lake Providence?
“I've been living here almost seven years now, and just love it! In my old neighborhood, I really didn't know or socialize with any of my neighbors. But here, I know everyone in the 40 houses that are on my street!... Everyone is very friendly, helpful, and supportive! The community is beautifully landscaped, always clean, safe, and welcoming. I never dreamed that I could possibly retire and live in such a lovely spot!” - Susan S.
42. Lake Ashton - Lake Wales, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Lake Ashton?
“Love, Love, Love Lake Ashton! My husband and I retired from Palm Beach County to beautiful Lake Ashton in 2008. This community has wonderful amenities, activities and entertainment… Living here is like being at a resort everyday. It is our little piece of paradise. Come for a visit and you will fall in love with Lake Ashton, too!” - Kay & Bob
43. Robson Ranch Arizona - Eloy, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Robson Ranch (AZ)?
“This is a hidden gem in the greater Phoenix market...Very easy to access off the freeway and, although you have to drive a little to get to major shopping [centers], it is worth the peace and lack of congestion... Gorgeous clubhouse and everyone here seems to be unbelievably happy.” - William M.
44. Fairfield Glade - Crossville, TN
What Do People Have To Say About Fairfield Glade?
“I have lived in Fairfield Glade for nine years and absolutely love living here! Friendly neighbors, low cost of living, mild seasons, and so much to do. Most everyone here is very friendly, there are all types of social activities and things you can do on your own. The staff here are helpful, they do a great job maintaining the pools, golf courses, marinas, tennis courts, etc. You'll have a hard time finding a better place to live!” - Michael A.
45. Frisco Lakes - Frisco, TX
What Do People Have To Say About Frisco Lakes?
“We lived in Dallas for 24 years… We finally decided to downsize and after coming out to see Frisco Lakes we quickly knew it was the perfect place for retirement. It's still relatively close to Dallas and all our friends there. The clubhouse is fantastic, we love the gym and the pool, the indoor track, golf, tennis, trails...the list goes on.” - Susan L.
46. Hill Country Retreat - San Antonio, TX
What Do People Have To Say About Hill Country Retreat?
“Great place to live... friendly people, lots of activities,and reasonable HOA fees. My husband and I have lived here over four years and play lots of pickleball [and] belong to the wine and dance clubs. All that while still working!” - Jan P.
47. Century Village at Pembroke Pines - Pembroke Pines, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Century Village at Pembroke Pines?
“My parents used to live [here] for 10 years…, my sister has lived in Century Village for 12 years, I now live in Century for the past two years. I love it… I give it an A+ because it has everything… I am glad I chose Century Village to live as a part of my retirement, I LOVE IT.” - Carol W.
48. Trilogy® at Vistancia - Peoria, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About Trilogy® at Vistancia?
“We have been on "vacation" for the past 16 months now. That's what it has felt like since we purchased here. The residents in Trilogy are very friendly and we have made many, many friends. Trilogy at Vistancia offers so many clubs and activities such as tennis, pickleball, bocce, bicycling, hiking, softball, wine club, newcomers group, computer club, genealogy club, STEM club, history club, as well as many arts and crafts, cards and game activities. Trilogy also has an excellent lifestyle director who keeps the residents active by planning on-site socials...as well as day trips to casinos, concerts, sporting events and trips to other states and countries.” - Susan & Larry D.
49. Plantation at Leesburg - Leesburg, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Plantation at Leesburg?
“The community is very clean and well maintained. You can see the pride of ownership throughout the community. I would add the homes here are a great value. Prices are reasonable and the monthly fees are low considering how much is included… Nice homes, clean and safe community, great amenities, friendly neighbors. Couldn't ask for more!” - Sue
50. Leisure Village West - Manchester, NJ
What Do People Have To Say About Leisure Village?
“Leisure Village is a good value in a good location. You get a lot for what you pay for. Yes it's older and not all that fancy but it's got everything I wanted, for a good price.” - Sue
51. CantaMia - Goodyear, AZ
What Do People Have To Say About CantaMia?
“CantaMia is a wonderful, active 55+ community. From the moment you enter the private gates, you are treated to beautiful lakes and streams, a two-story clubhouse featuring an indoor and outdoor pool plus every activity you could imagine. The people are friendly and the homes are absolutely beautiful. There is a great cafe in the clubhouse serving fabulous dishes at very reasonable prices.” - Ric M.
52. Sun City Palm Desert - Palm Desert, CA
What Do People Have To Say About Sun City Palm Desert?
“I moved to this fantastic community a few years ago with some hesitation as I am still working five days a week. However, not only did I find living here was as enjoyable as staying at a resort, the people I have met have been so friendly and welcoming… The fitness centers, tennis courts, and swimming pools are all open late so I can use them when I get back from work. I also take advantage of the 18 hole putting course and occasionally the golf course on my days off… Moving to Sun City Palm Desert is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - David A.
53. On Top of the World Clearwater - Clearwater, FL
What Do People Have To Say About On Top of the World Clearwater?
“There are thousands [of people], myself included, who think this is a great place to live. The grounds are well kept and the pools are lovely. You won't find a lower HOA fee in Clearwater. The condos are great and very spacious. Numerous amenities that are fantastic.” - Marie B.
54. Kings Point in Delray Beach - Delray Beach, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Kings Point in Delray Beach?
“I sold my home in Arizona and moved to a villa in Kings Point as a widow. Later I met my husband and we both live in this lovely villa with two bathrooms and we don't have to take care of any landscaping. We are happy here and recommend Kings Point highly.” - Reva
55. Stonecrest - Summerfield, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Stonecrest?
“I have lived in this community for six years. I love this community! Its smaller than The Villages. More easier to get around… Very convenient, Many amenities. More house for the money. Purchase a golf cart and you can go to a lot of places.” - Linda K.
56. Wynmoor Village - Coconut Creek, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Wynmoor Village?
“Wynmoor is the best adult community to live in South Florida. It is very well managed [and] very well taken care of. Nothing gets neglected here. The council and the building directors are working hard to maintain the grounds and buildings. It has great amenities for everyone.” - Ilana S.
57. Leisure Village - Lakewood, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Leisure Village?
“Leisure Village is a good value in a good location. You get a lot for what you pay for. Yes it's older… but it's got everything I wanted, for a good price.” - Susan
58. Century Village at Boca Raton - Boca Raton, FL
While we don’t have any resident reviews for Century Village at Boca Raton, we know that people who live here marvel at the low cost of living coupled with an excellent resort-style amenities available.
59. Kings Ridge - Clermont, FL
“It's been almost a year since we moved in and if anyone [says there is] nothing to do here, they must not be looking. We have found that Kings Ridge has what they state on the website.” - Chris W.
60. Sun City Mesquite - Mesquite, NV
What Do People Have to Say About Sun City Mesquite?
“My wife and I are extremely lucky to have found this hidden gem in Nevada. The people are so friendly and there is plenty to do, both within the community and nearby. Small-town charm with Las Vegas and St. George nearby for any big-city needs you can imagine. The views are just great wherever you walk to and Sun City does such a nice job of keeping up the common areas. You can be just as active as you would like.” - Rc S.
61. Del Webb Orlando - Davenport, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Del Webb Orlando?
“After visiting several communities, Del Webb Orlando was our choice and we have not regretted our decision. The activities and events are scheduled and arranged with great thought in mind for all. There are so many clubs, it would be impossible to even try to name them all. The fitness program activities are available for any level. We love living here.” - Elizabeth R.
62. Carillon - Plainfield, IL
What Do People Have to Say About Carillon?
“Carillon has the best clubhouse and amenities of any communities in the southwest ‘burbs. We've got indoor and outdoor pools, a hot tub, fitness room, ballroom, cards room, library, billiards, ceramics, woodworking and a lot more. We have a broad range of home styles, sizes, and price points. The residents are very friendly and it's easy to meet people. We love living here.” - Tom & Sue R.
63. Rossmoor Village - Monroe, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Rossmoor Village?
“We have lived in the Rossmoor community for three years and love the beautiful landscapes and views of the award-winning golf course. We updated our New York I model which has 1,484 square feet of living space and is one of the larger models in this beautiful community. I would highly recommend making this community your next place to live!!!” - Donna D.
64. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound - Watersound, FL
It’s a little too early for resident reviews at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, but if this highly anticipated community is anything like the previous two of the same name, we expect to see Fins Up for this Panhandle hot spot soon.
65. Sun City Shadow Hills Indio California
What Do People Have to Say About Sun City Shadow Hills?
“We just purchased a home in Sun City Shadow Hills and are thrilled with the community. We are in our late 50s and wanted to find an active and welcoming retirement community that we can enjoy for the next 20-30 years. We feel like we have found the perfect place. The grounds are beautiful, my husband loves the golf courses, both fitness and pool areas are outstanding and we felt the value of the home prices was very attractive.” - Jan A.
66. Concordia - Monroe, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Concordia?
“My husband and I moved here September 2016. Can't believe it is almost two years. We have great neighbors and friends which makes it even more enjoyable… We love our home and would recommend this community to anyone. We have had a lot of great times here and are looking forward to many more.” -Judy B.
67. Leisure World - Mesa, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Leisure World?
“We purchased our home in Leisure World three years ago. The community is beautiful and well-maintained. It is safe and friendly with amenities for everyone… We have friends who have also purchased homes in Leisure World in the last few years and are completely happy. I would not hesitate to recommend this community to others.” - Pierrette P
68. Ocala Palms - Ocala, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Ocala Palms?
“Ocala Palms is an A+ community. Golf course is well maintained. Too many other amenities to list. Blanca's Cafe is a well-visited place for a good meal and entertainment. Residents are friendly and helpful. Homes are good quality and well maintained. Daily and monthly activities for all.” - Ron & Nancy
69. Lely Resort - Naples, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Lely Resort?
“We absolutely love the pool here. Our neighborhood is really a resort and we get to walk to the restaurant when we don't feel like cooking.” - Matt S.
70. Century Village at West Palm Beach - West Palm Beach, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Century Village at West Palm Beach?
“[We like] Karaoke, dances, cards [and we’re] looking forward to more when season brings Northerners down for winter and more trips and activities available like theatre, etc. It’s all what you make of it as long, as you leave your apartment and enjoy the activity!!” - Faye G.
71. IslandWalk at West Villages - Venice, FL
What Do People Have to Say About IslandWalk at West Villages?
“We have owned for nine months and… We love it. Neighbors have been wonderful, everyone seems so happy. There are many activities so anyone should find things they will enjoy. The pools are a lot like being at a resort, the gym has very nice equipment, and the eight lighted tennis courts are kept in very good condition. The community is very well maintained and when there is an issue it is taken care of quickly.” - Tom S.
72. Carolina Preserve - Cary, NC
What Do People Have to Say About Carolina Preserve?
“We closed on our home in Carolina Preserve [in] 2015… We love it! During the first week, ALL of our neighbors...came by to welcome us into the neighborhood and many brought us food! We love our home, the community, the Bradford Hall clubhouse, and all the myriad of activities!... If you want to live an active life, physically and socially, this is the place for you! We moved here to be close to our daughter and her family. We couldn't be happier with our choice of community!” - Pam & Barry W.
73. Carolina Arbors - Durham, NC
What Do People Have to Say About Carolina Arbors?
“Carolina Arbors is an amazing place to call home. The residents are the nicest people you will ever meet and are incredibly welcoming. The floor plans are fantastic with great kitchens and oversized closets. The Clubhouse will take your breath away. The pools, fitness center, swimming pools, and clubrooms are phenomenal!” - George & Kathy
74. Royal Highlands - Leesburg, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Royal Highlands?
“Moved here from up north a couple of months ago. My wife and i love it… Our neighbors are very nice and have made us feel at home.The community is very well kept… We feel this is the best move we ever made.” - Eddie and Cindy D.
75. Legacy of Leesburg - Leesburg, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Legacy of Leesburg?
“We love our home here at Legacy. We are right on the water and just love how quiet the neighborhood is. We didn't really want to be in one of those huge communities but yet we still wanted the nice clubhouse with all the bells and whistles. All the perks here are great... Everyone we've met is very friendly, our neighbors are great and we are happy with our decision to buy a house here.” - Susan
76. Leisure World of Maryland - Silver Spring, MD
What Do People Have to Say About Leisure World of Maryland?
“We bought a place here in August. We enjoy the neighborhood very much. I like to walk the dog along the pathways throughout the community. It is relaxing and healthy and beautiful!.” - Phyllis B.
77. Sun Village - Surprise, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Sun Village?
“Really great community in an excellent location. Surprise is growing so quickly and this community is situated next to so many restaurants, shopping, and other activities. It is right off the freeway too and has a very pretty landscape.” - Cameron M.
78. Victory at Verrado - Buckeye, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Victory at Verrado?
“We are presently building a new home in Victory and cannot wait to enjoy this one of a kind community. We have over the past several years check out so many communities and this one just continued to stick in our minds… This community has everything we have been looking for and more.” - Bruce & Yvonne
79. Del Webb Bexley - Land O'Lakes, FL
It’s too soon for resident reviews but if the reception we’ve seen Del Webb Bexley has gotten so far holds up, there are going to be some very positive reviews soon enough. The Land O’Lakes location and plans for a resort-style clubhouse are very promising.
80. Sweetwater - Jacksonville, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Sweetwater?
“We moved to Sweetwater four months ago and we are loving life here! So much to do if you want to, but peace and quiet when you want it. This is the perfect place to enjoy an active lifestyle in retirement. Check it out, you won't regret it!” - Sylvia S.
81. Four Seasons at Beaumont - Beaumont, CA
What Do People Have to Say About Four Seasons at Beaumont?
“This is like living in a resort. Every day there is something to do, or stay in your home and do nothing… Three pools, four new tennis courts, new lodge for ping pong, weight room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Close to Palm Springs but 10 degrees cooler.” - Mara P.
82. Leisure World® Seal Beach - Seal Beach, CA
What Do People Have to Say About Leisure World® Seal Beach?
“Best real estate value for downsizers in Southern California, only 1.5 miles from a charming seaside downtown and great amenities and people who serve the community.” - Dan C.
83. Wellington at Seven Hills - Spring Hill, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Wellington at Seven Hills?
“Wellington is a great place to live. The pictures do not do justice to this beautiful community. Excellent maintenance of the common areas keep it beautiful, and it is a fun place to live, with a nice clubhouse and great neighbors… Low monthly maintenance includes part of your basic cable cost and there is no CDD fee on your tax bill!” - Dave C.
84. Robson Ranch Texas - Denton, TX
What Do People Have to Say About Robson Ranch Texas?
“This is an amazing community in such a beautiful setting. The home designs are some of the best I've ever seen and the clubhouse is incredible. There is so much to do and the people around here are all so nice! You would not be making a mistake to live here.” - Cam
85. Heritage Shores - Bridgeville, DE
What Do People Have to Say About Heritage Shores?
“We have found living at Heritage Shores a delight. The people are very friendly and helped us get acquainted with our new surroundings. There are many things to do here with many different activities to choose from. I highly recommend Heritage Shores as a great place to live.” - Tom & Jackie S.
86. Four Seasons at Smithville - Galloway, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Four Seasons at Smithville?
“My neighbors are wonderful, the clubhouse has tons of activities. I call it adult summer camp. Lots of great shopping within 10- 12 miles. 13 miles to Atlantic City casinos. The Smithville shops are in our backyard. I absolutely LOVE living here. Maintenance fees are reasonable & the grounds are well kept.” - Happy C.
87. St. James Plantation - Southport, NC
What Do People Have to Say About St. James Plantation?
“We wanted to live close to Southport and the beaches so St. James Plantation was the perfect fit. The clubhouse and amenities make us feel like we are living in a resort every day. The homes are incredible and the builders do a great job.” - Helen S.
88. SunRiver St. George - St. George, Utah
What Do People Have to Say About SunRiver St. George?
“When we first moved to Sun River we had no idea just how wonderful it would be. We have made the best possible friends and feel like we're in our forever home. We also enjoy the numerous activities, from pickleball to photography, golf, hiking, live entertainment, and so much more. What a great place to live!” - Margaret & Fred C.
89. Prescott Lakes - Prescott, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Prescott Lakes?
“We built a new home with fab views, love Prescott more and more every season… Love the mild winters and perfect-weather summers.... [The] city plans lots of town square concerts and farmers markets all summer long. Prescott is the official Christmas City and goes all out” - Sandy S.
90. The Villages of Citrus Hills, Hernando, FL
What Do People Have to Say About The Villages of Citrus Hills?
“We have lived here for five years and it is like no other place in Citrus County. When we have visitors, they are amazed at the views and always remark on how they did not know this place was here. It is well-kept and pride of ownership is obvious.” - Chris M.
91. Leisure Village East - Lakewood, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Leisure Village East?
“I love living here. The people that live here are very friendly, loving, and caring. I have been living here for 20 years… There are many amenities here. Lots to do, Or do nothing.” - Phyllis L.
92. Southshore Falls - Apollo Beach, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Southshore Falls?
“Have lived here for one year now and still love it. Met so many nice people, have a lot of great new friends. Love pickleball, volleyball, (pool) parties, pub night, and classes. Not enough time to do it all. Best thing we ever did moving here.” - Sam & Sandie
93. Arizona Traditions - Surprise, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Arizona Traditions?
“We love this friendly neighborhood where everybody keeps their homes looking great and the neighbors are a friendly crowd. We appreciate the 55+ active lifestyle, friendly activity centers, [the] bar and restaurant, and all the other amenities. Traditions has all the amenities of much bigger places but keeps that small neighborhood charm.” - Frank & Dorna M.
94. Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club - San Antonio, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club?
“I’ve had a house here for 10 years as my second vacation home. It a convenient location and not far to go to beaches… Lots of activities and the restaurant has great food. The golf course is challenging and the par-3 is a fun little course… Plus, I feel very safe here in our gated community. I’ll take walks at 10 at night and not feel scared at all. The houses are very well-kept and beautiful. It’s a great place to live or have a winter home.” - Dawn G.
95. Heritage Pines Florida - Hudson, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Heritage Pines Florida?
“My wife and I researched various communities and towns… We elected to purchase in Heritage Pines. Great community, well cared for, nice golf course, driving range, beautiful clubhouse, restaurant and bar, nice pool, tennis courts, cart paths, pet-friendly, and plenty of nature. A safe gated development well-prepared for whatever mother nature throws at us. Homes are well-built and fairly affordable, taxes are relatively low compared to other areas. Very happy with our decision!” -Edward E.
96. Sun Lakes - Sun Lakes, AZ
What Do People Have to Say About Sun Lakes?
“I have recently retired and my wife and I enjoy all the amenities that this adult community has to offer. There are 20,000 residents, five country clubs, plenty of restaurants, pools, retail, banks and even churches” - Dave H.
97. Vitalia at Tradition - Port St. Lucie, FL
What Do People Have to Say About Vitalia at Tradition?
“We love the community and everyone we have met have made us feel welcome… We look forward to many wonderful years in our new home in Florida!” - Laurel K.
98. Renaissance at Manchester - Manchester, NJ
What Do People Have to Say About Renaissance at Manchester?
“The location is nice because it's quiet and private but still close to all the things you need often like shopping and restaurants. We've got all the amenities we could ever need here, the golf course is nice, and the clubhouse offers something for everyone… The people here are friendly and there are tons of different activities.” - Susan
99. Canal Walk - Somerset, NJ
What Do People Have To Say About Canal Walk?
“This community is so wonderful. The homes are lovely and the clubhouse is so active. There are many amenities and frequent social gatherings.” - Eileen L.
100. Spruce Creek South - Summerfield, FL
What Do People Have To Say About Spruce Creek South?
“We bought our house in Spruce Creek South in 2016. We love it here. People are so friendly and we could be busy 24/7 if we wanted to. Great place!!!” - Sarah Q.
To create 55places.com’s 100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities rankings, we compiled a series of internal data points for every active adult and active lifestyle community listed on 55places.com. These data points include:
- Unique Pageviews: The total number of pageviews that a community page received between April 2018 and March 2019.
- User Account Saved Communities: The total number of times a 55places.com user saved a community on their User Account for tracking and alerts between January and March 2019.
- Number of Leads: The total number of internal sales leads generated by each community on 55places.com between April 2018 and March 2019.
- Number of Sales: The total number of home sales in each community that initiated as a lead on 55places.com between April 2018 and March 2019.
Each community was assigned a weighted score per category based on the total numbers in each. Those scores were then added together for a total score. Each community was then sorted from highest score to lowest score to determine the overall rankings.
*Additional writing & compiling by Jessica Powers