Adults over 55 looking for their new home have plenty of choices in the greater Richmond area. In fact, the active adult communities in the Richmond, Virginia area make up almost half of all the communities in the state.
This abundance and variety is beneficial to homebuyers, especially since Richmond is increasingly popular among retirees. According to the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center, Richmond is one of the top “retirement counties” in the state, meaning it had an increase in retirement-age residents. According to the study, residents over 60 move to these counties because of recreation opportunities and a lower cost of living.
The communities in this area represent the full diversity of active adult living, although most are small to midsized. While some offer resort-style living, others are compact neighborhoods. Home prices range from the low $200s to the high $500s, and prospective homebuyers can choose from both well-established communities and newly-built custom homes.
Here are the top five best-selling communities in the Richmond area.
5. Greenwich Walk
Coming in at number five is Greenwich Walk, a new community built by both Stylecraft Homes and HHHunt Homes. Construction started in 2017, and the community currently only offers new single-family and attached homes. All of the models include two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half baths, first-floor master suites, and open floor plans with the opportunity for customization.
The 350 homes that will make up Greenwich Walk are part of the master-planned FoxCreek community. As such, residents have access to the Terrace Swim & Racquet Club, which includes a fitness center, an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and tennis courts. However, the age-restricted Greenwich Walk will also include its own clubhouse with a fitness center, outdoor pool, and sauna.
4. Park West
Park West is a small age-restricted community in Henrico County, north of Richmond. This community offers 88 single-family homes built between 2000 and 2001. Although not gated, the homes are secluded from other neighborhoods with a single entrance and exit, eliminating pass-through traffic.
The single-story homes feature open floor plans, master suites, and additional bedrooms. Some homes have decks and screened-in porches to enjoy the yards and trees of this well-established community. Residents enjoy getting to know one another at the clubhouse, and relaxing at the outdoor pool and patio. And although quiet, Park West is just minutes from the shopping, movie theater, and restaurants in West End.
3. Readers Branch
Readers Branch is another brand-new community around Richmond. Eagle Construction began building Readers Branch in 2018 and plans to build 303 single-family homes.
35 acres of protected environmental features surround the neighborhood, offering a rural retreat on the west side of Richmond. The community is not age-restricted, but it features many amenities that active adults will appreciate.
Prospective homebuyers can choose from ten models, which all feature at least two bedrooms, a first-floor master suite, two baths, a two-car garage, and open floor plans. The homes will center around a 2,000 square-foot clubhouse, which will include community meeting spaces. Residents can also enjoy the natural space and walking trails around the neighborhood.
2. Kenbrook at Harpers Mill
Located within a larger master-planned community, Kenbrook at Harpers Mill is another small neighborhood of 150 homes. Eagle Construction completed the homes in 2018, with new models still offered for sale.
The single-family homes include three bedrooms, first-floor master suites with en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, and open floor plans. Residents have access to the community amenities at Harpers Mill, including the 3,000-square-foot clubhouse and resort-style outdoor pool. The community is an outdoor-lovers dream, with 25 miles of walking and biking trails spread across 240 acres of parks.
Coming in as the best-selling Richmond community is CrossRidge. This shouldn’t be surprising since it's the largest active adult community in the Richmond area with 756 homes. Built between 2001 and 2013 by Eagle Construction, homebuyers over 55 can choose from condos, townhomes, and single-family homes offered for resale.
The spacious Pavilion Club offers residents a place to meet for clubs, classes, and special events, or to stay in shape at the fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor pool, or on the pickleball and tennis courts. Technically located in Glen Allen, residents are just fifteen minutes from the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens and less than twenty minutes from Downtown Richmond.