Greenbriar Oceanaire is a 55+ community just 2 miles from the coastal Barnegat Bay in Waretown, New Jersey.

Retirees and empty nesters will find many impressive active adult communities scattered up and down the East Coast. These diverse, amenity-rich developments include both age-restricted and age-targeted communities.

There are up-and-coming new neighborhoods and more established settings, giving buyers the option of either new construction or resale homes.

1. Greenbriar Oceanaire – Waretown, New Jersey

Greenbriar Oceanaire is a beautiful golf and country club community which was opened by Lennar Homes in 2002. The 38,000 square-foot clubhouse offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, an indoor pool with a retractable roof, hobby and game rooms, social areas and an on-site restaurant. Resident golfers will love the private 18-hole golf course, while additional outdoor recreations include tennis courts, bocce ball courts, an outdoor pool and scenic walking trails.

2. Colonial Heritage – Williamsburg, Virginia

Historic charm and modern amenities greet homebuyers at Colonial Heritage. Community highlights include an 18-hole championship golf course, the Magnolia Grille restaurant and lovely homes in both single-family and attached duplex designs. The spacious clubhouse provides social and recreational activities with amenities such as hobby and game rooms, a fully equipped fitness center and outdoor sports courts.

3. Brunswick Forest – Leland, North Carolina

Offering new and resale homes from multiple builders, Brunswick Forest is an open-age community which has many appealing features for active adults. Multiple clubhouses provide resort-style amenities, while resident golfers can purchase a membership at the community’s public Cape Fear National Golf Course. Residents can also enjoy fishing, boating and kayaking with access to Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway.

4. St. James Plantation – Southport, North Carolina

St. James Plantation is a golfer’s paradise with four different 18-hole golf courses. Although, residents don’t have to play golf to appreciate the amenities offered at St. James Plantation. The open-age community has multiple clubhouses, fitness centers, swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as a marina and market area. Residents also enjoy exclusive access to St. James by the Sea, a private beach ten minutes from the community.


Hilton Head Lakes offers boat access to a 155-acre inland lake plus a location close to Hilton Head Island.

5. Hilton Head Lakes – Hardeeville, South Carolina

Active adults in the Hilton Head area who want a lakefront, golf community with boat access will love Hilton Head Lakes. This open-age community is set amid 450 acres of nature preserve and also includes a 155-acre boat-navigable lake with a boat ramp and day docks. The development’s 18-hole golf course and amenity-rich clubhouse also support an active lifestyle with social areas, a fitness center, business center, swimming pools and sports courts.

6. Sun City Hilton Head -Bluffton, South Carolina

With world-class amenities, 54 holes of golf and plans for 8,000 homes, Sun City Hilton Head is a Del Webb community designed to provide resort-style living for active adults. The 45-acre Village Center offers an amenity complex in the charming style of a Southern town square. An active lifestyle is supported with hobby and game rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sports courts, on-site restaurants, a fishing lake, a pet park and much more.

7. Valencia Falls – Delray Beach, Florida

Built between 2002 and 2004, Valencia Falls is a well-established guard-gated community with 724 beautiful single-family homes. The development offers resort-style living just 15 minutes from the beach with a variety of amenities, events and social clubs. Highlights of the spacious clubhouse include swimming pools, a fitness center, hobby and game rooms, a demonstration kitchen, tennis courts, a putting green and a fishing lake.

8. Valencia Reserve – Boynton Beach, Florida

The single-family homes at Valencia Reserve are specifically designed for active adults with styles and sizes to meet nearly any budget. Residents enjoy an impressive collection of amenities centered around the spacious 41,000 square-foot clubhouse. This grand facility features a large social hall, a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, outdoor swimming pools, sports courts and more. Whether looking for a new construction or resale home, active adults will love the amenity-rich communities found along the East Coast.