100 Most-Popular Active Adult Communities for 2013

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The Villages is the most popular active adult community for 2013 according to visitors to 55Places.com.

The 100 most popular active adult communities as compiled by the team at 55 Places offers a wealth of knowledge for anyone in search of the perfect 55+ or active adult community. From sea to shining sea we highlight the most popular communities on 55places.com, as evidenced by the number of visitors to each community page over the past year. Below are profiles of the top five most popular active adult communities in 2013, followed by a list of communities rounding out the top 100. 

1. The Villages – The Villages, Florida The Villages is one of the largest age-restricted active adult communities in the world spanning three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. Construction on this 55+ mecca planned for some 75,000 households began in 1978 and continues still today. The Villages is a self-sustaining town complete with retail establishments, restaurants, banks, hundreds of active adult amenities and over 100 miles of golf cart legal streets and trails.

Residents flock here for the unmatched lifestyle highlighted weekly in a 50+ page newsletter and special perks including free golf for life. The Villages boasts more amenities per capita than any other city or active adult community in the country. At last count there were 48 recreation centers, 35 golf courses, 50+ swimming pools, 200+ retail shops, 60+ restaurants, 10 worship centers, and even a hospital. The outstanding collection of amenities and the superb lifestyle have drawn residents to The Villages from across the country and worldwide

Resort style pool at Sun City Arizona
Sun City Arizona is well known as the very first 55+ community in the entire country.

2. Sun City – Sun City, Arizona Sun City Arizona holds the distinction of being the very first 55+ community in the country. Opened in 1960 by Del Webb, Sun City Arizona pioneered the concept of active adult living. Today over 26,000 homes complete Sun City Arizona where residents appreciate the low cost of living thanks to attractively priced homes plus low property taxes and reasonable homeowner association fees. The amazing collection of amenities includes 7 recreation centers, 11 golf courses, 19 shopping areas, 31 worship centers, 2 bowling alleys, 2 fishing lakes, and countless other amenities designed to encourage an active lifestyle.

As the pioneer of active adult living, Del Webb believed residents should have access to nearly every imaginable amenity as well as opportunities to engage in countless activities and events. An estimated 200 clubs and interest groups encourage residents to make the most of living the famous Del Webb lifestyle. Over 50 years since opening, Sun City is still a highly sought after active adult community among today’s new generation of Baby Boomers and retirees. A brand new community recreation center and newly updated homes continue to attract residents to this one-of-a-kind Arizona retirement destination.

Sun City Hilton Head In South Carolina
East coast retirees cherish the southern charm and elegance of Sun City Hilton Head in South Carolina.

3. Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, South Carolina Sun City Hilton Head is the largest 55+ community in South Carolina with over 8,000 homes. Since opening in 1995, this Del Webb active adult community has won highly acclaimed awards and enjoys the distinction of being one of the most desirable 55+ communities on the east coast. Residents experience world-class amenities including 54 holes of golf, a 45-acre town center and amenity complex, grand social hall, performing arts center, 4 swimming pools, 2 fitness centers, 10 tennis courts, 2 restaurants, and countless additional amenities.

A mild climate with average yearly temperatures in the 70s enables residents to enjoy exciting outdoor recreations nearly all year long. Del Webb caters to the active adult lifestyle by supporting over 200 chartered clubs and special interest groups as well as organizing special events throughout the year. An ideal location just 13 miles west of Hilton Head Island gives residents a true taste of coastal living combined with world-class active adult amenities.

Sun City Anthem Las Vegas Nevada
Sun City Anthem is renowned for its world-class amenities and fabulous location near Las Vegas.

4. Sun City Anthem – Henderson, Nevada Sun City Anthem is one of the largest active adult communities in the Las Vegas area with just over 7,100 households. Built between 1998 and 2008, this Del Webb 55+ community offers ranch homes in nearly every price range situated in the foothills of the Black Mountains, 800 feet above the valley floor. The unique location ensures a comfortable year-round climate and offers breathtaking views of the mountains and the nearby Las Vegas strip.

An impressive collection of world-class amenities are featured throughout three community clubhouses boasting over 130,000 square feet of indoor amenity space plus acres dedicated to outdoor recreations. The communities’ Revere Golf Club is one of the most premiere golf clubs in the area with two 18-hole championship courses, a 23,000 square foot pro-shop, driving range, and putting greens. Residents enjoy an exciting social life with a wide variety of special events plus over 50 clubs and interest groups. At Sun City Anthem residents share in a passion to live life to the fullest in a picturesque setting tucked away for privacy yet minutes from the entertaining Las Vegas Strip.

On Top of the World Ocala Florida
On Top of the World is a grand 55+ community offering reasonably priced homes and impressive amenities.

5. On Top of the World – Ocala, Florida On Top of the World is one of the largest 55+ communities in Florida planned for 10,000 homes upon completion. Retirees from around the world have flocked to this retirement mecca in Ocala for its impressive collection of amenities and reasonably priced homes. The lifestyle offers something for everyone with over 200 organized clubs and interest groups as well as daily events and activities. The community has a myriad of facilities that include enviable amenities such as three golf courses, several clubhouses, fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis courts and restaurants. The Circle Square Commons is the social hub of the community featuring an 800-seat cultural center where residents gather for theatrical productions, concerts and conventions. The Master the Possibilities Education Center caters to continuing education where residents have several hundred course options available to discover. The lifestyle at On Top of the World Florida is scarcely matched by any active adult community in the country.

6. Sun City Center – Sun City Center, Florida

7. Laguna Woods Village – Laguna Woods, California

8. Sun City Lincoln Hills – Lincoln, California

9. Sun City Summerlin – Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Sun City Carolina Lakes – Fort Mill, South Carolina 

11. Robson Ranch – Denton, Texas

12. Sun City Palm Desert – Palm Desert, California

13. Carllon – Plainfield, Illinois

14. Sun City Texas – Georgetown, Texas

15. Sun City Huntley – Huntley, Illinois

16. Kings Point – Sun City Center, Florida

17. Sun City West – Sun City West, Arizona

18. Frisco Lakes – Frisco, Texas

19. Pebblecreek – Goodyear, Arizona   

20. Carolina Preserve – Cary, North Carolina

21. Timber Pines – Spring Hill, Florida

22. Stone Creek – Ocala, Florida

23. Solivita – Kissimmee, Florida

24. Del Webb Charleston – Summerville, South Carolina

25. Carillon Club – Naperville, Illinois

26. Del Webb Ponte Vedra – Ponte Vedra, Florida

27. Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, Texas

28. Four Seasons at Beaumont – Beaumont, California

29. Oak Run – Ocala, Florida 

30. Sun City Grand – Surprise, Arizona

31. Trilogy at Glen Ivy – Corona, California

32. Anthem Ranch – Broomfield, Colorado

33. Lely Resort – Naples, Florida 

34. Sun Lakes – Sun Lakes, Arizona

35. Heritage Isle – Viera, Florida

36. Lake Providence – Mount Juliet, Tennessee

37. Sun City Festival – Buckeye, Arizona

38. Plantation at Leesburg – Leesburg, Florida

39. Trilogy at Encanterra – Queen Creek, Arizona

40. Kings Ridge – Clermont, Florida

41. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, California

42. Rossmoor – Walnut Creek, California

43. Heritage Ranch – Fairview, Texas

44. Sun City Shadow Hills – Indio, California

45. Del Webb Naples – Ave Maria, Florida

46. Sun City MacDonald Ranch – Henderson, Nevada

47. Sun City Roseville – Roseville, California

48. Saddlebrooke – Tucson, Arizona

49. Siena – Las Vegas, Nevada

50. Ocean Hills Country Club – Oceanside, California

51. Spruce Creek Country Club – Summerfield, Florida

52. Villages of Citrus Hills – Hernando, Florida

53. The Elms of Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina

54. Valencia Lakes -Wimauma, Florida

55. Stonecrest – Summerfield, Florida

56. Oakmont Village – Santa Rosa, California

57. Heritage at Eagle Bend – Aurora, Colorado

58. Palm Isles – Boynton Beach, Florida

59. Sweetwater – Jacksonville, Florida

60. Pelican Preserve – Fort Myers, Florida

61. Rossmoor Village – Monroe Township, New Jersey

62. Casta Del Sol – Mission Viejo, California

63. The Colony – Murrieta, California

64. Solera at Anthem – Henderson, Nevada

65. Sun City Peachtree – Griffin, Georgia

66. Province – Maricopa, Arizona

67. Covered Bridge -Manalapan, New Jersey

68. Trilogy at Vistancia – Peoria, Arizona

69. Concordia – Monroe Township, New Jersey

70. Trilogy at Rio Vista – Rio Vista, California

71. CantaMia – Goodyear, Arizona

72. Del Webb Sweetgrass – Richmond, Texas

73. Carillon Lakes – Crest Hill, Illinois

74. Carolina Arbors – Durham, North Carolina

75. Oceana – Oceanside, California

76. Seasons at Prince Creek West – Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

77. Canal Walk – Somerset, New Jersey

78. Sierra Canyon – Reno, Nevada

79. The Villages Golf and Country Club – San Jose, California

80. Heritage Grand at Cinco Ranch – Katy, Texas

81. Four Seasons at Hemet – Hemet, California

82. Solera at Stallion Mountain – Las Vegas, Nevada

83. Summerset – Brentwood, California

84. Sunriver St. Greorge – St. George, Utah

85. Southshore Falls – Apollo Beach, Florida

86. Sun City Mesquite – Mesquite, Nevada

87. IslandWalk at West Villages – Venice, Florida

88. Solera at Oak Valley Greens – Beaumont, California

89. Del Webb Orlando – Davenport, Florida

90. Spruce Creek South – Summerfield, Florida

91. Prescott Lakes – Prescott, Arizona

92. Lake Ashton – Lake Wales, Florida

93. Four Seasons at Murrieta – Murrieta, California

94. Heritage Park – Sacramento, California

95. Clearbrook – Monroe Township, New Jersey

96. Ardiente – North Las Vegas, Nevada

97. Trilogy Orlando – Groveland, Florida

98. Four Seasons at Gold Hill – Fort Mill ,South Carolina

99. The Haven – Bluffton, South Carolina

100. Windsor Gardens – Denver, Colorado

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