55places.com compiled this prestigious list of communities based on the number of sales through our website in the last twelve months, from August 1 of 2016 to July 31 of 2017. The best-selling list is based on sales made through 55places.com and does not represent overall sales in any given community.
With so many active adult communities spread throughout the U.S., retirees have a wide selection to choose from that fit their budget and lifestyle. These active adult communities are unique and offer diverse amenities and activities that attract Boomers seeking an active and social lifestyle.
These communities are located in sunny coastal hotspots like Florida and California, desert landscapes like Arizona or four-season climate areas like New Jersey and New York. Whatever retirement destination they choose, active adults are looking for exciting locations that provide the ideal setting to enjoy their Golden Years where they can have the amenities, homes, and social atmosphere that’s perfect for them. Check out which active adult communities made our best selling list for 2017.
1. Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC
This award-winning age-restricted community developed by Del Webb earns the number one spot once again thanks to its world-class amenities, quality home designs, and prime location in the Hilton Head Area. As the largest active adult community in South Carolina with more than 8,000 homes, residents enjoy the community’s endless options for activity and social recreation.
Some of the highlights include 54 holes of golf, a 45-acre Village Center, numerous sports courts, and multiple fitness centers and social areas. With top-notch amenities and recreational facilities within the community’s gates, homeowners never have to travel far from home to have some fun. And with more than 200 clubs and activities available, residents will also have their social calendars full throughout the year with exciting things to do like car crazy club, line dancing, painting, and softball.
2. Brunswick Forest – Leland, NC
Brunswick Forest is an active lifestyle community in Leland, North Carolina that will host 8,000 homes upon completion. Active adults are drawn to this picturesque coastal community that is spread across 4,500 acres of wooded landscape. Retirees have access to world-class amenities such as an 18,000 square-foot clubhouse, 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, and a small boat launch facility that’s near Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition to great recreational facilities, Brunswick Forest provides homeowners with a prime location in Coastal North Carolina. The community is just ten minutes from historic Wilmington and 30 minutes from Atlantic beaches, making it an ideal retirement destination that’s close to many attractions and entertainment.
3. Sun City Texas – Georgetown, TX
Sun City Texas is a beautiful 55+ community in Central Texas that offers retirees small-town charm, quality built homes, and resort-style amenities. Nestled in Texas Hill Country, Sun City Texas sprawls across 5,300 acres and consists of 9,900 homes, making it the largest 55-plus community in Texas.
Residents enjoy the community’s rich lineup of amenities including two world-class clubhouses, three 18-hole championship golf courses, and numerous recreational activities and social events. Homebuyers can also choose from a variety of distinct floor plans that come in different styles, sizes, and price points. This beautiful setting is perfect for active adults seeking a vibrant social environment with other like-minded adults and also provides an ideal location that’s close to the excitement and culture of Austin.
Del Webb Ponte Vedra is a gated 55+ community that’s situated within the master-planned development of Nocatee in Northeast Florida. Retirees flock to this Florida retirement hot spot thanks to its prime location that is just 20 miles south of Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. Active adults enjoy the tranquil enclave of this 55-plus section as well as exclusive amenities like the 38,000 square-foot Anastasia Club amenity center.
The list of impressive amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, arts and crafts studio, and multiple sports courts for bocce ball, tennis, and pickleball. Retirees are never too far from amenities or activities thanks to the community’s connected bike paths and trails that wind through the seven villages in this award-winning development.
5. Holiday City at Berkeley — Toms River, NJ
Holiday City at Berkeley is an established age-restricted community in Ocean County and it is also one of the largest active adult communities in New Jersey. This 55+ community has attracted retirees from across the country because of its low-maintenance living and active lifestyle as well as innovative home designs, resort-style amenities, and exciting social environment.
Holiday City at Berkeley is divided into five distinct neighborhoods with each section having its own clubhouse, pool, clubs, and activities. There is even a bus that takes residents between each clubhouse and around the community, ensuring they are never too far from an amenity within this 10,000-home development.
Ideally situated in Toms River, NJ, residents are never far from daily conveniences or attractions. They are close to stunning beaches, shopping, dining, and cultural attractions as well as within driving distance to popular cities like Atlantic City, New York City, and Philadelphia.