Ohio might not be your first thought when retiring, but these affordable 55+ communities may change your mind.

When looking for a retirement destination it’s safe to assume that Ohio isn’t going to be the first name to come to mind. After all, the state stumbles in comparison to states like Arizona and Florida in terms of weather conditions. And yet, Ohio still manages to attract homebuyers thanks to its relatively low cost of living, its scenic natural settings, and its culture and entertainment options.

Home to major cities like Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati, Ohio is definitely a state worth exploring. Read on to learn more about Ohio’s best lowest priced communities.

Morningside at Martin’s Run

Below $100k - Low $100s

Located in the town of Lorain, Morningside at Martin’s Run is an award-winning 55+ community of reasonably priced condos and single-family homes. The condos are a part of The Residences section of Morningside and feature one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, as well as an underground parking garage.

In terms of single-family homes, there are 12 floor plans to choose from, ranging from 1,347 to 2,185 square feet. Each provides two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Regardless of the floor plan, each home is designed for single-level living and includes the option for basement spaces and additional bathrooms.

Central to the community is the 13,000 square-foot clubhouse where residents will find a handful of fun activities and amenities to enjoy. A popular gathering spot, the clubhouse features a fireside lounge where residents can come together and chat with friends and neighbors. For those seeking a more active way to spend their free-time, the state-of-the-art fitness center provides exercise equipment and fitness classes. 

Outside there's a heated pool and numerous athletic courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce, and horseshoe. To add further incentive, there’s also a driving range, an entertainment pavilion, and a picnic and barbeque area.

The Woods at Sugar Run

Low $100s - High $300s

The Woods at Sugar Run is a close-knit active adult community of just 123 homes that is located in New Albany. Comprised of resale attached or single-family models, homes are designed with Georgian-style architecture, elegant fixtures, and open floor plans.

There are four attached floor plans and three single-family floor plans to choose from, with the attached models ranging from 1,137 to 1,806 square feet and the single-family models offering 1,519 to 1,995 square feet of space. Attached models offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half car garage while the single-family homes have two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and a spacious two-and-a-half-car garage.

Group activities and social events can often be found at the community clubhouse. Here, residents can find several meeting spaces alongside the exercise room, where residents can start their own fitness routine.

Outside, residents can take a dip in the outdoor pool and cool off under the sun. Finally, The Woods at Sugar Run has scenic walking and biking trails to explore. Perfect for casual strolls around the neighborhood, the trails provide great views of the wooded preserves and scenic ponds found throughout the area.

The Village of Colonial Woods

Mid $100s - High $100s

Next on the list is The Village of Colonial Woods. Located in Mount Vernon, The Village of Colonial Woods is a private 55+ community that showcases a quiet country setting and atmosphere. The community includes 126 ranch style-attached homes that range from 1,140 to 1,816 square feet and have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two- to two-and-a-half-car garages.

Each floor plan features open living space, vaulted ceilings, large master suites, plenty of storage space, and gourmet kitchens. Outside, residents have the option of either a courtyard or veranda, perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the scenic surrounding area.

The community’s clubhouse offers an exercise room alongside a social room that is decorated with a cozy fireplace to enjoy. A game room is included as well. Residents having the option to play poker, bridge, and pool at the billiards table. Outside, a heated pool allows for year-round entertainment, either by swimming a few laps or simply sitting out on the sundeck. Walking and biking trails are also scattered throughout the neighborhood.

Greenbriar at River Valley

High $100s - Low $200s

Consisting of 252 single family homes, Greenbriar at River Valley is a 55+ community located in North Royalton. Built between 1997 and 2015, the community’s homes range from 1,256 to 2,200 square feet and include two or three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Features of these homes include spacious master suites, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Depending on the home design, some homes have walk-out basements as well.

The community clubhouse includes an exercise room, arts and crafts studio, and the community ballroom. There are several classes and groups homeowners can join, including game nights, yoga, and community parties. An on-site activities director is available to help residents find an activity best suited for their interests, ensuring everyone will have the means to find their passion here. Additional amenities include the outdoor pool and spa, two tennis and bocce ball courts, and an abundance of walking and biking trails to check out.

The Courtyards at Little Bear

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

Finally, there is The Courtyards at Little Bear, an active lifestyle community within the master-planned Little Bear Golf Club development. A quaint community of just 54 single-family homes, residents can choose from three designs that range from 1,519 to 1,995 square feet of living space. Each house has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-and-a-half car garage. Features include private patios, gourmet kitchens, nine-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and large master suites. Optional second-story bonus suites are also available.

 The Little Bear Golf Club is the central hub of the community. It's filled with amenities to enjoy, Whether it’s enjoying lunch at the Bar & Grille, working out in the fitness center, or taking things a bit easier with a relaxing massage at the spa.

Its most popular amenity is, of course, the 11-hole golf course, which is free for all residents living in The Courtyards at Little Bear. Featuring a scenic landscape of hills, lakes, mature trees, and a stone waterfall, golfers of every level can come and enjoy a day on the links while being surrounded by a truly beautiful backdrop.