Columbia, SC is a growing city with plenty of great options for active adults.

As the state capital of South Carolina, Columbia is a growing city of around 130,000 people, has a low cost of living, plenty of outdoor recreation, and a temperate climate. The city has been named one of the 30 most livable cities in the United States, and it’s been voted one of the top retirement cities as well.

Also, the University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the city and offers free tuition to state residents over 60. If you’re thinking about moving to the Columbia area and you’re looking for an active adult community nearby, allow us to make some recommendations.

Savannah Lakes Village

Low $100s - High $600s

Located about 70 miles from Columbia in McCormick, South Carolina, Savannah Lakes Village is a community with 4,600 homes in various neighborhoods. Homes are available on a new and resale basis. The attached homes range in size from around 1,200 to 2,400 square feet and are often situated in duplexes with two to four bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and an attached garage. Single-family homes range in size from 1,900 to more than 4,000 square feet with two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and an attached garage.

Homeowners pay an association fee that allows access to all of the great amenities, golf courses, and recreation. Speaking of amenities, Savannah Lakes Village offers resort-style amenities including a recreation center with multipurpose rooms, a ballroom, a fitness center including an aerobics studio and indoor and outdoor pools, and a bowling alley. There are two 18-hole golf courses with practice facilities, and access to Lake Thurmond, a 71,000-acre lake that can be used for fishing, boating, kayaking, and more. There are also parks and trails for walking and hiking. 

ClubRidge at Woodcreek Farms 

High $200s - Mid $300s

ClubRidge at Woodcreek Farms is a 55+ community in Elgin, just outside of Columbia. There are 66 single-family homes that make up this community, with three customizable floor plans ranging in size from 1,519 to 2,445 square feet. They include two bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. All homes have first-floor master suites with spacious bathrooms and barrier-free showers. Generously-sized kitchens feature granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Woodcreek Farms’ amenities include the Members Club, which has two restaurants, a ballroom, two outdoor pools, 14 tennis courts with tennis pros on staff for lessons, walking trails, and two 18-hole golf courses. A homeowners' association (HOA) fee means that things like lawn maintenance are pest control are taken care of by professionals.

The Villas at Woodcreek Villas

Mid $300s - Mid $400s

This gated, active lifestyle community is also located in Elgin and has 58 single-family homes available in four different model collections. Each collection offers two or three floor plans to choose from. Homes range from 2,050 to 3,300 square feet with two or to three bedrooms, up to three bathrooms, and attached garages for up to three cars. All homes offer hardwood floors in four different colors, tile floors in bathrooms, brushed nickel plumbing features, a variety of custom trim packages, and comfort height cabinets in the bathrooms.

Residents of The Villas at Woodcreek Farms can enjoy access to two separate clubhouses: The Members Club and the WildeWood Country Club. At the Members Club, residents enjoy access to an 18-hole championship golf course, a swimming pool and patio, eight tennis courts, and locker rooms, as well as walking and biking trails throughout the several hundred acres of parks, natural spaces, and scenic lakes.

For an additional fee, residents can access the WildeWood Country Club, which is home to a bar and grill, a pro-shop for all your golf shopping needs, another 18-hole championship golf course to play, as well as a driving range to practice your swing. There are six tennis courts available, as well as an outdoor pool and patio.

Palmetto Shores - The Cove

Mid $200s - High $200s

Located about 23 miles from Columbia in Chapin, South Carolina, Palmetto Shores - The Cove is a low-maintenance community featuring 55 single-family homes with first-floor living. Floor plans range in size from 1,720 to 2,641 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a two-car garage.

Amenities include an outdoor pool with cabana and surrounding patio, access to Lake Murray, boat storage and a community boat launch area, as well as kayak storage. The HOA fee covers common area and entrance maintenance, keeping the neighborhood clean and inviting. The HOA fee also covers front-yard maintenance and annual power washing, so homeowners can relax knowing their home will always look fresh.