Georgia is a great place to retire. Not only does it offer a unique landscape featuring everything from the Appalachian Mountains in the north to the coastal plains of the south, but it offers diverse opportunities for recreation and entertainment, along with a mild climate. As the state capital, Atlanta is the most populous city in Georgia, and most of the state’s 76 active adult communities are located around the city, with a few exceptions. Out of these, we’ve picked the five best places to retire in Georgia.
The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah
Located in Savannah on the Intracoastal Waterway, The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private-gated neighborhood that offers a small-town charm, despite having a variety of home designs that span across 4,596 acres. The world-class amenities include six championship golf courses, four clubhouses and restaurants, a fitness and wellness center, two indoor pools, three outdoor pools, 34 tennis courts, 40 miles of walking trails, and two marinas. Residents also enjoy more than 100 clubs, activities, and groups that they can join. There are eight neighborhoods in the community with homes starting around 1,500 square feet.
Del Webb at Lake Oconee - Greensboro
Del Webb at Lake Oconee in Greensboro is one of the few Del Webb communities in the country located on a navigable lake. Situated 75 miles east of Atlanta, this 55+ community combines rural charm with convenient access to the culture and entertainment of the city. Residents enjoy a 21,000 square-foot clubhouse and amenity center with access to all of the wonderful recreation offered by Lake Oconee, such as fishing, boating, sailing, water skiing, and kayaking.
Other amenities include four tennis courts, two pickleball courts, horseshoe pits, and a croquet field. There’s also a softball field, dog park, and miles of scenic walking and hiking trails. The clubhouse has a fitness center, indoor lap pool, aerobics studio, arts and crafts studio, ballroom, library, catering kitchen, billiard tables, and a card room. Home to more than 800 households, Del Webb at Lake Oconee offers 12 floor plans including duplex villas and single-family homes.
Grove Park - Marietta
Grove Park is a 55+ community in Marietta that has 120 attached and low-maintenance homes. Amenities include the well-decorated clubhouse that has an exercise room, a gathering room, and card tables. Outside is a swimming pool and a patio, as well as an outdoor spa. Though this community is small, it’s close-knit, with neighbors mingling and organizing social events or casual get-togethers to meet new people. And thanks to the homeowners' association, you don’t have to worry about exterior home chores and lawn care, as these things are taken care of for you.
Cedar Creek Village - Acworth
Cedar Creek Village is a low-maintenance, 55+ community in Acworth with 104 attached, English Cottage style homes. A clubhouse is the central hub of the community, and has a gathering room, a game room, and a catering kitchen. Outside, there is an outdoor eating area and a pavilion. There is also a fitness center so residents can always stay active. Cedar Creek Village is a great 55+ community for active adults looking to downsize and be near Atlanta.
The Gardens of Harmony North - Canton
Located in Canton, The Gardens of Harmony North is a charming community within the master-planned neighborhood of Harmony on the Lakes. Just outside of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, this community has 40 single-family homes. Each model is loaded with features like granite kitchen countertops, screened back porches, spacious family rooms, and an elegant owner’s suite with a walk-in closet.
Amenities include a spacious clubhouse with multi-purpose rooms, as well as an outdoor pool, eight lighted tennis courts, and a basketball court. Bradshaw Lake is just across the road, with plenty of green space and a lakeside gazebo. You also have access to the larger Harmony on The Lakes community, which includes walking trails, an observation park with amphitheater and boat dock, and a 30-acre lake for fishing, canoeing, and sailing.