Throughout the year 2017 has published some insightful and helpful content about retirement.

Throughout the year 2017, has published some insightful and helpful content about retirement.

Another year has come to a close. In 2017, the real estate world saw the opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Latitude Margaritaville, a surge of interest in the Carolinas, and the ever-popular The Villages in Florida topping several lists. To commemorate the year, we’ve compiled the most popular articles we published in 2017. These blog posts received the most unique pageviews last year – revisit any that caught your attention or catch up on any that you missed.    

55 Best 55+ Communities for 2017

Carefully selected based on hard data, customer feedback, and staff tours, our 55 Best 55+ Communities is a fantastic guide to the active adult market. Sun City Hilton Head earned the top spot this year thanks to its long list of classic and unique amenities and location along the beautiful Coastal South Carolina.

100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities for 2017

Based solely on unique pageviews from users, this list is our People’s Choice Awards. The Villages, FL took number one for the fifth year in a row. The sheer size of this 56,000-home development along with its breadth of amenities ensures that The Villages catches the attention of quite a few homebuyers.

50 Best Selling Active Adult Communities

Curious about what communities are selling the most homes on This list will tell you. Many homebuyers opted for the Carolinas last year, with Sun City Hilton Head of Bluffton, SC topping this list and Brunswick Forest of Leland, NC coming in second.

Community of the Year 2017

Extensive renovations, a brand-new fitness center, and the addition of a full-time activities director helped Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, FL secure Community of the Year for 2017. Aside from its recent improvements, Valencia Lakes’ fantastic location next to Sun City Center in the Tampa Bay Area also earned the community its distinction.

25 Best Value Communities for 2017

If you’re hoping to stretch your retirement fund as far as possible, this article is a must-read. Communities in this post offer affordable home prices while still featuring great amenities in enviable locations. Sun City West by Del Webb in Arizona, for instance, has plenty of homes in the 100k to 200k range as well as nine golf courses and over 100 chartered clubs and groups.

Latitude Margaritaville Sales Center Opens

The highly anticipated 55+ community inspired by the music and lifestyle brand of Jimmy Buffett opened its doors in 2017 to much fanfare. Minto plans to build a Town Center housing a wealth of amenities for Latitude Margaritaville’s residents to enjoy, such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and an outdoor amphitheater.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

With the Carolinas becoming increasingly popular retirement destinations, we pitted the two states against each other to see how they compared according to climate, outdoor recreation, and culture. While both states are fantastic places to call home, we found that each had its own advantages.

20 Best Locations for Retirement

Those just beginning their search for new locale to retire to will enjoy this list. The location of your home is arguably as important as the home itself, and it can be fun to imagine what life could be like in new and exciting locations. You may find a paradise you hadn’t considered.

Hottest 55+ Communities in Florida, according to

Of course, we had to pay special attention to the state known for its sunny climate, low taxes, and hundreds of active adult communities. Our readers pay attention too, and in this article we compiled the Florida communities visited most often by users.

10 Hottest 55+ Markets, according to

We looked at pageviews once again to find the most searched areas in the country as a whole. Metropolitan areas in Florida, New Jersey, and Arizona were represented here as expected, but so were Las Vegas, Denver, and San Diego.