Act fast before these great communities become more popular!

Act fast before these great communities become more popular!

You may have seen some well-known active adult communities featured on our 100 Most Popular 55+ Communities for 2016, but did you know there are some spectacular communities that you haven’t heard of yet? With more than 1,500 active adult communities featured on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many options. You may have overlooked a few new construction communities because they are still pretty new on the market or are located next to larger and more established developments. 

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best communities that haven’t become too popular yet. These exciting new communities promote a healthy and active lifestyle by offering resort-style amenities, vibrant social atmospheres, and innovative home designs by premier builders. If you’re still looking for your ideal retirement destination, check out some of these great active adult communities that might have flown under your radar.

Trilogy at Verde River - Rio Verde, AZ

In 2015, Shea Homes broke ground on this new golf course community in Central Arizona and currently plans to build 1,285 single-family homes upon completion. With three luxurious design collections to choose from, homebuyers can find a floor plan that meets their style and budget. Trilogy at Verde River, which is located just under an hour away from Phoenix, will also feature a lavish clubhouse brimming with indoor and outdoor amenities including a culinary studio, restaurant, and ballroom as well as an outdoor pool, BBQ area, 18-hole championship golf course, and multiple sports courts for bocce ball, tennis, and pickleball.

Del Webb - The Woodlands – The Woodlands, TX

Located 40 miles from Houston, Del Webb – The Woodlands is a new construction 55+ community by premier builder Del Webb. The community is slated to have 550 single-family homes and homebuyers can choose from two elegant design collections. Homes feature energy-efficient construction, open layouts, gourmet kitchens, and sunrooms. Along with innovative floor plans, Del Webb – The Woodlands will have an 11,500 square-foot clubhouse that will provide endless options for homeowners to enjoy recreational activities.

Del Webb at Mirehaven – Albuquerque, NM

Del Webb at Mirehaven is a new 55+ community in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Opened in 2015, this gated active adult neighborhood will feature 538 single-family homes sprawled across 300 acres of majestic landscaping. Retirees can choose from a great selection of low-maintenance home designs that range in size from 1,572 to 2,504 square feet. In addition to great floor plans, residents enjoy 10,000 square-feet of social and recreational space. Del Webb at Mirehaven’s vibrant atmosphere will include a fitness center, billiards, great room, tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts, an event lawn, and an outdoor pool and spa. With so many amenities, Del Webb at Mirehaven is sure to be a sought after 55+ community in Northern New Mexico.

Brio – St. George, UT

Regarded as an outdoor adventurer’s paradise, active adults will love Brio’s prime location in St. George, Utah. Baby Boomers will live within proximity to beautiful open spaces like Pioneer Park or Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, making this community ideal for hikers. Along with a convenient location, this 55+ community offers elegant single-family homes that range in size from 1,595 to 2,773 square feet of living space and feature dual master suites, large courtyards, tray ceilings, and gas fireplaces. Residents also maintain an active and healthy lifestyle thanks to its resort-style amenities found within its 14,500 square-foot clubhouse that has a fitness center, social rooms, indoor pool and spa, and lounge. Like-minded adults can share hobbies or explore new interests in this welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

Hilltop at Inspiration – Aurora, CO

Hilltop at Inspiration is an age-restricted community in Aurora, Colorado. Retirees enjoy a luxurious and active lifestyle thanks to the community’s rich amenities, distinct home designs, and social atmosphere. With 1,800 homes planned for Hilltop at Inspiration, homeowners won't have a hard time getting to know their neighbors. Active adults will have an exclusive 8,000 square-foot clubhouse where they will find endless options for staying fit and active. In addition to the private clubhouse, residents will also have access to the amenities found throughout the master-planned community of Inspiration.

Skyestone – Broomfield, CO

Taylor Morrison’s newest 55+ community in the Denver area offers the best in active adult living. This age-restricted neighborhood blends elements of the great Colorado outdoors with their thoughtfully designed floor plans. Skyestone will have 532 single-family homes at completion and feature low-maintenance exteriors, modern Colorado styles, and plenty of customization options. The Lodge, which is the community’s clubhouse, serves as the central meeting point for physical activity and social recreation. It includes a fitness center, social spaces, an outdoor pool and spa, patio, event lawn, pickleball and tennis courts, a community garden, and miles of walking and biking trails.

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes – Nipomo, CA

Shea Homes began construction of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes in 2005 and plans to offer 1,350 single-family and attached homes upon completion. With a wide range of floor plans and sizes from six design collections, retirees can find the ideal home that fits their style and budget. Situated along California’s Central Coast, this active lifestyle community in Nipomo takes full advantage of its pleasant year-round climate and natural surroundings.

Active adults will love having easy access to nearby wineries, riding stables, beaches, and hiking trails that are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. Within the boundaries of Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, residents have an award-winning 31,000 square-foot clubhouse that houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, full-service spa, continuing education center, restaurant, private dining room, and market. Outdoor recreational facilities include everything from a sparkling pool and patio to tennis and bocce ball courts. Along with these resort-style amenities, homeowners also have The Monarch Dunes Golf Club, which offers 30 holes of golf along with breathtaking views of the lush landscape.

Heritage El Dorado Hills – El Dorado Hills, CA

Premier builder Lennar Homes began construction of Heritage El Dorado Hills in 2015 and will offer 1,000 single-family homes upon completion. This Northern California age-restricted community will feature a 5,000 square-foot clubhouse that will be the central hub of activity and recreation for all residents to enjoy.

In addition to world-class amenities, residents of this exciting neighborhood can choose from three design collections that boast cutting-edge styles with modern features and functional designs. Single-family homes provide spacious layouts, energy-efficient construction, low-maintenance exteriors, and designer kitchens. Located just 30 miles outside of Sacramento also allows residents to enjoy big-city entertainment and urban attractions close to home.