Active adult communities were developed with an emphasis on socializing and exploring new hobbies. This makes the clubhouse not just an accessory to 55+ communities, but a necessary part of realizing the active adult lifestyle.
At 55places.com, we understand that the clubhouse is perhaps even more appealing than the homes or location of a community to some homebuyers. Every year, we visit hundreds of active adult communities throughout the country and talk about which clubhouses impressed us the most. Here is a list of our favorite clubhouses that made us stop in our tracks and say, “Wow!”
As always, Del Webb impresses with their amenities, creating consistent quality throughout their communities all over the country. This time it’s in the popular Central Florida area, and Del Webb Orlando has the stunning clubhouse to make it stand out from the crowd. Sleek hardwood floors give the 30,800 square-foot Montecito Clubhouse an enviable style while hosting a fitness center, walking track, and an indoor lap pool for breaking a sweat.
There are also several areas for exploring new interests including a hobby room, arts and crafts studio, and a card room. There’s even a Cyber Cafe perfect for grabbing a coffee and getting work done. Outside of the clubhouse, Del Webb Orlando has an assortment of riches, allowing homeowners to make the most out of the Central Florida climate. A resort-style pool anchors the outdoor amenities that also include tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts. Del Webb Orlando also has an amphitheater, miles of walking trails, and even a pet park, making the clubhouse not only beautiful, but an integral part of living the active adult lifestyle.
Del Webb makes another entry on our favorite clubhouse list with Sun City Texas, a community with enough amenities to match the oversized image of its home state. Built in a style that reflects modern tastes with a classic Southwestern flare, the clubhouse within Sun City Texas boasts 86,000 square feet of indoor space. The clubhouse is called the Village Center Amenity Complex, reflecting its role as a campus more than just a clubhouse.
And it has the amenities to make it feel like a college campus for adults. Sun City Texas has three 18-hole golf courses, 12 tennis courts, six bocce courts, two outdoor pools, and a fishing lake. Across the entire complex are meeting rooms, indoor pools, a library, cafe, catering kitchen two state-of-the-art fitness centers, and even a ceramics studio. Although Sun City Texas has an incredible location near Austin, most residents won’t have a reason to leave!
Colonial Heritage, staying true to its name, recalls the best of the classic New England aesthetic. A large front porch marks the entrance to the 25,000 square-foot Heritage Clubhouse. Indoors, homeowners can wander through the stately clubhouse and take advantage of the arts and crafts studio or woodworking shop. Beautiful marble floors lead residents to a stunning ballroom, library, dining room, or the on-site restaurant, The Grille.
Outdoors, residents enjoy an 18-hole golf course as well as four tennis courts and two bocce courts. In addition to the Heritage Clubhouse, homeowners have access to the Athletic Club that has a fitness center, an aerobics and dance studio, as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
The jewel of active adult communities in Illinois, Sun City Huntley has the clubhouse to match its renowned reputation. The Prairie Lodge, a 94,000 square-foot clubhouse, is the epicenter of this sprawling 55+ community. Residents are greeted with a modern, open layout that makes social interactions a natural and frequent occurrence.
The Prairie Lodge is heaven for the fitness-minded, featuring a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, an indoor pool, walking track, as well as an aerobics and dance studio. Neighbors often gather in the social areas that include a hobby and game room, card room, and the on-site restaurant, Jameson’s Charhouse (open seven days a week).
The amenities don’t stop with Prairie Lodge. Meadow View Lodge, with 20,000 square feet, boasts an additional fitness center, aerobics studio, and additional social spaces. Residents also love that Sun City Huntley has an 18-hole golf course, two outdoor pools, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and even a woodworking shop.
A porte cochére welcomes homeowners to their clubhouse in Heritage Shores in Delaware. The 28,000-square-foot Heritage Shores Club is a dream for active adults who would love to meet new neighbors and spend time with friends. Passwaters Restaurant and 1730 Tavern are where residents meet for a drink or a quick bite after playing a round at the Arthur Hills Golf Course.
This 55+ community (Delaware’s largest) also has all the expected amenities that active adults have come to expect, including an arts and crafts studio, billiards, card room, computer access, and a ballroom. The recently opened Sugar Beet Market means that residents can do their grocery (or wine) shopping without leaving the community.
Outdoors, Heritage Shores offers tennis and pickleball courts, as well as a driving range and three putting greens for some practice before your next game. There is even a separate building for the fitness center that also features an aerobics studio and an indoor and outdoor pool.
It was hard to narrow down just five of our favorite clubhouses from the hundreds that we've visited. Which active adult community's clubhouse impresses you the most?