Active Adult Communities Welcome Animal Lovers

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting optout@55places.com. Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Dog-Lover

Many active adults are animal lovers and research has shown that the love of a pet can enhance a person’s physical and emotional happiness. Yet those who are considering moving to an active adult community often worry about the potential restrictions on pets, particularly when it comes to dogs.

While it is important to find out about a specific community’s rules before moving in, animal lovers will be relieved to know that there are many pet-friendly active adult communities throughout the country.

Know the Community Restrictions

In most active adult communities there are few restrictions when it comes to owning a pet, particularly for those who live in single-family homes. Those who live in attached homes—such as townhomes, duplexes, or attached villas—are often allowed to own pets as well, though there may be additional restrictions.

Regardless of home type, some communities may limit the number of pets in each home. For example, a community may limit each homeowner to a maximum of two dogs or two cats.

Apartment-style condominiums (whether garden or high-rise) are more likely to have pet restrictions. Some buildings limit dogs to those that weigh under 25-pounds, and others may not allow dogs or cats at all. Apartment buildings frequently limit the number of pets as well and may have additional rules in place to deal with “problem animals,” such as aggressive dogs or those that bark excessively.

Read the Rules

Even pet-friendly active adult communities will often have some rules regarding pets, particularly when it comes to bringing dogs out into the community. It is common for communities to have rules that say dogs must be on a leash and only turned loose in a fenced-in yard or in a community dog park. This is both for the safety of other residents and for the safety of your pet.

Active adult communities also commonly have rules about cleaning up after your dog when taking it out for walks. Failure to follow these rules could result in fines or other disciplinary actions.

Meet Me at the Dog Park

Many pet-friendly active adult communities feature their own dog parks. These fenced-in areas allow dogs to run off the leash and their owners to mingle with their fellow animal-lovers. Dog parks come in many varieties and the better ones usually offer separate areas for small-, medium- and large-sized dogs. A community dog park will have its own rules and regulations to keep things running smoothly, and failure to follow the rules could result in being banned from the park.

Communities to Consider

Just a few of the active adult communities that offer their own dog parks include SaddleBrooke in Arizona, Del Webb Naples in Florida, Sun City Shadow Hills in California, Village at Deaton Creek in Georgia, and Ardiente in Nevada. Here is a list of even more pet-friendly communities to consider.

When researching communities, remember that the rules are in place to help residents get along. Don’t let stories of overly restrictive communities keep you from considering an active adult community, but do research a particular community’s rules before moving in. There are many pet-friendly active adult communities that will be happy to welcome both you and your four-legged friends.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting optout@55places.com. Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Exploring the Del Webb Communities in Tennessee

Tennessee has excellent appeal for all kinds of lifestyles and tastes. Active adults who like to spend time outdoors will find solace in state parks and urbanites love access to cities like Nashville and Memphis. Buyers who want to move to a 55+ community in TN, Del Webb is behind two communities in the state.

A side-by-side image of Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee.

Charlotte vs Nashville: Which Is Better for Your Retirement?

While these cities share pleasant climates, big-city entertainment, and historic charm, each offers plenty of unique features to consider. Take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the retirement destinations of Nashville and Charlotte to help you decide which city best meets your needs.

The resort-style pool at Brightmore at Wellen Park in Venice, Florida

New Active Adult Communities Added to 55places.com

In this comprehensive roundup, we bring you the latest additions to 55places.com—a trusted resource for exploring active adult communities. Over the past 30 days, several new communities have joined the ranks, each offering different amenities and locations.

View of the Cumberland River and Downtown Nashville, an attractive place to retire to Tennessee.

Why You Should Retire in Tennessee

Whether you want to live in a city like Memphis or you want a small town like Jonesborough, you’ll find the ideal place to settle down in the Volunteer State. Tennessee has plenty of things to do, and here are five reasons why we think you’ll love it!

A side-by-side image of Houston, Texas and Dallas, Texas.

Houston vs Dallas: Where Should You Retire?

Both Houston and Dallas each one have their benefits and charm. It can be hard to pick one over the other. Let us help you weigh some of the factors to decide which one is right for you.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top