Senior Living With Your Pup: Top 55+ Communities With Dog Parks

Dogs playing in the park on a sunny day.
Retire with your favorite four-legged friend at one of these dog-friendly communities for active adults.

If you’re thinking about moving into an active adult community, you won’t have to leave your four-legged companion behind. Active adult communities across the country are becoming more pet-friendly and providing amenities that cater to dog-owning retirees.

Many studies have shown that owning a pet during your Golden Years can help promote a healthier lifestyle. With so many positive benefits when it comes to owning a dog, it’s no surprise 55+ homebuyers look for communities that allow dogs.

If you want to live an active lifestyle with your furry companion, check out these active adult communities with dog parks.

Ardiente – North Las Vegas, NV

Mid $300s – High $500s

Palm trees beside the entrance to Ardiente in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ardiente is a beautiful 788-home community in North Las Vegas. This age-restricted neighborhood features a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, a long list of recreational facilities, and stunning outdoor spaces.

Ardiente has six landscaped parks, including a majestic rose garden, a community garden, and a spacious dog park. All of these parks are woven together through an extensive network of walking trails, making it easy for residents to get outside and enjoy the Southern Nevada climate. Retirees can enjoy scenic strolls with their dogs throughout the neighborhood’s walking and biking trails or play fetch at the dog park.

Village at Deaton Creek – Hoschton, GA

Mid $300s – Mid $700s

The dog park at Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Georgia.

This 55+ community in Northern Georgia provides beautiful homes and a tranquil setting within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Village at Deaton Creek features community gardens, nature preserves, and numerous neighborhood parks connected by miles of walking and biking trails. Homeowners can also enjoy an off-leash park where their furry friend can run free.

Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC

High $200s – Mid $1Ms

The activity lawn at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Sun City Hilton Head will have more than 8,000 homes upon completion. Current residents love the quality home designs as well as the top-notch amenities, such as the 45-acre Town Center and Amenity Complex.

The community also features The Sun City Dog Park. This dog park has designated hours for small and large breeds, making it convenient for dogs to run freely without being intimidated by other breeds. Sun City Hilton Head also promotes a pet-friendly environment, thanks to its community of dog-loving residents who set up doggie play dates, games, and events.

Del Webb Naples – Ave Maria, FL

Mid $200s – High $500s

The outdoor amphiteater at Bonterra at Woodforest in Montgomery, Texas.

Active adults flock to Del Webb Naples in Southwest Florida because of its low-maintenance homes, resort-style amenities, and vibrant social atmosphere. Del Webb Naples will host 2,000 homes upon completion. Also, it’s situated within the 5,000-acre master-planned development of Ave Maria in Florida.

Residents have access to a wide selection of amenities spread throughout the development. When homeowners aren’t having fun at the 12,000-square-foot Oasis Club, they can take their dogs for a walk or play catch at the South Park. This park features a picnic pavilion, a softball field, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, and an amphitheater.

Bonterra at Woodforest – Montgomery, TX

High $300s – High $600s

A fountain on the grounds of Bonterra at Woodforest in Montgomery, Texas.

Bonterra at Woodforest provides active adults with a variety of amenities, activities, and home designs. Residents can enjoy the picturesque views of the community’s vast woodlands via the scenic trails. Residents especially love hanging out with their furry friends at the Admiral Bark Park. The dog park (named after the community’s first canine resident Admiral Paul) features vast open spaces, watering stations, dog clean-up areas, and shaded areas. It also has designated places for small and large dogs.

Woodforest also provides residents with more than 700 acres dedicated to walking trails, parks, and open natural spaces. It’s no surprise to see so many homeowners staying active with their four-legged friends in this 55+ community.

Sun City Shadow Hills – Indio, CA

Low $400s – Low $1Ms

The golf course and grounds of Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio, California.

Sun City Shadow Hills is a lushly landscaped community in the desirable Palm Springs area. It’s also one of the few communities with two dog parks.

This community has beautiful walking trails and scenic ponds, giving a varied landscape for those frequent walks. Sun City Shadow Hills also has a Pet Club that runs a pet adoption fair every month. The homeowners’ association (HOA) also allows some fences on properties, giving your dog a home to call his own.

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