The Best Communities for 55+ Athletes

A senior tennis player with a racket serving tennis on the tennis court on a sunny day.
Check out these communities that all embrace an active lifestyle!

Nowadays, many retirees are more active than ever! For homebuyers who want to keep moving, there are plenty of age-restricted communities that are perfect for 55+ athletes. Many of these neighborhoods offer top-notch workout facilities, pools, sports courts, and walking and biking trails. Some of these 55+ communities even offer athletic clubs and onsite lifestyle directors who plan fitness programs like Zumba, aerobics, water workouts, and more.

If you’re not looking to slow down anytime soon, then check out these 55+ communities that are great for athletic retirees.

Sun City Summerlin – Las Vegas, NV

Low $300s – Mid $1Ms

Aerial view of the baseball field at Sun City Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As the first and largest 55+ community in Las Vegas, Sun City Summerlin is the ideal retirement destination for energetic retirees. This community has four clubhouses sprawled across 2,400 acres and surrounded by majestic mountain views. Each clubhouse features world-class amenities such as fully equipped fitness centers, outdoor and indoor pools, multiple sports courts, and more.

Residents enjoy staying active outdoors by playing mini golf, horseshoes, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, basketball, softball, or pickleball. Sun City Summerlin also offers a long list of clubs and activities such as aquacize, tai chi, yoga, and night golf. The community is also just an hour’s drive from Lake Mead where visitors can spend the day boating, fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Anthem Ranch – Broomfield, CO

Mid $600s – Mid $1Ms

The tennis courts at Anthem Ranch in Broomfield, Colorado.

Ideally situated between Boulder and Denver in Colorado, Anthem Ranch is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. This prime location is surrounded by mountains, hiking trails, ski resorts, and other open spaces. Residents who wish to stay closer to home can also remain physically fit and active within the community.

The Aspen Lodge is a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse with plenty of indoor and outdoor amenities. It has a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor walking track, and 48 miles of walking and biking trails. On the community grounds, residents can also play bocce ball, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and softball. Athletes at Anthem Ranch can pick their game of choice and start a team to have fun with their neighbors.

SunRiver St. George, UT

Mid $300s – High $700s

The bocee ball courts at SunRiver St. George in St. George, Utah.

With a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, residents will never run out of activities to keep them fit at SunRiver St. George. Active retirees in this community love having access to a state-of-the-art fitness center with workout machines, an aerobics and dance studio, and an indoor lap pool.

Outdoors, residents also have a resort-style pool, three tennis courts, four bocce ball courts, a basketball court, and 14 pickleball courts. A full-time activities director is also available to help plan programs for all residents to reach their fitness goals.

In addition to the lavish main clubhouse, homeowners also have access to the private clubhouse in the gated Reflections neighborhood within SunRiver St. George. Here, they can work out in the smaller exercise room or swim in the outdoor pool and avoid the crowds at the larger fitness center.

Laguna Woods Village – Laguna Woods, CA

Low $200s – High $1Ms

Mountains surrounding the green grounds of Laguna Woods Village in Laguna Woods, California.

Laguna Woods Village has all of the world-class amenities that cater to retirees with an athletic lifestyle. Situated on 2,100 acres, the community offers seven clubhouses filled with indoor and outdoor recreational areas. Neighbors can enjoy some friendly competition on the bocce ball, shuffleboard, basketball, or tennis courts. Laguna Woods Village also provides lawn bowling and badminton, a 27-hole golf course, and equestrian facilities.

This community features two fitness centers equipped with the latest in cardiovascular and strength-training machines. And if that’s not enough, homeowners also have access to clubs, classes, and activities. Whether you enjoy yoga, aerobics, tennis, or hiking, there’s something for you to enjoy in Laguna Woods Village.

Sun City Hilton Head – Bluffton, SC

High $200s – Mid $1Ms

Aerial view of the baseball field at Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Del Webb’s largest active adult community in South Carolina features a 45-acre Village Center—the central hub of physical activity and social recreation. With multiple fitness centers, indoor lap pools, and plenty of outdoor recreational spaces, residents will have no problem staying in shape.

Beginners and experts can sharpen their athletic skills by playing volleyball, softball, tennis, bocce ball, croquet, or pickleball. Staying fit outdoors is also convenient with miles of trails that come equipped with exercise stations. Avid or novice golfers can also take advantage of the three 18-hole courses that provide an exciting round of golf any day of the week.  

Sun City – Sun City, AZ

Below $100k – Low $1Ms

The bowling alley at Sun City in Sun City, Arizona.

Sun City was the first 55+ community in the country. Del Webb built this lavish development between 1960 and 1978, and the community now has more than 27,000 homes. Because of its massive size, Sun City Arizona has numerous recreation centers and clubhouses offering countless indoor and outdoor amenities.

Residents have access to 11 golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor walking tracks, bowling alleys, and multiple sports courts. Sun City Arizona is the ideal self-sustained community where all of these luxurious amenities are just a golf cart ride away.

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