Across the country, there are hundreds of active adult communities that vary in size, types of homes, amenities, and lifestyles. With a diverse selection of 55+ communities, homebuyers have the freedom to choose which community fits their needs best. And once a buyer decides on where they want to spend their Golden Years, they most likely have positive things to say about the active adult community they call home.
Residents tend to be vocal about why they chose where they live and encourage others to check out their place because they want to show pride for their community. Check out some of the communities that residents love below and see if that will spark your interest to make a move into one of these active adult communities.
Savannah Lakes Village – McCormick, SC
This resort-style community in McCormick, South Carolina is anchored by the 71,000-acre Lake Thurmond and has a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a picturesque and popular place for retirees. Savannah Lakes Village was also the winner of 55 Places 2017 March Community Craziness. One of the major draws for newcomers to this active lifestyle community is the abundant outdoor recreation, vibrant social atmosphere, and world-class amenities. Some of the reviews for Savannah Lakes Village mention it as an “outdoor person’s dream.” Other reviews said “the lakes offer great fishing, boating, and just relaxing – something that is rarely offered with a 55+ community. The golf courses and clubhouse are great to have as well. It was so easy to meet people and make friends, which was important to us as well.”
Colonial Heritage - Williamsburg, VA
Lennar’s premier 55+ community in historic Williamsburg, Virginia is another popular retirement hotspot that residents rave about. Upon completion, it will have 1,800 homes that come in a variety of sizes, styles, and price points. Colonial Heritage is also known for its resort-style amenities, including the 25,000 square-foot Heritage Clubhouse and the 7,500 square-foot Athletic Club. Residents also have a long list of clubs and activities to choose from, including beginning harmonica class, history club, travel club, and Pilates. Resident Linda W. says, “I have lived in CH for 5 years now. It is a GREAT place. We have golf, swimming, great fitness classes, dancing, parties, and clubs of every variety you can think of. We are a community of ACTIVE adults. The people here are very friendly and interesting. We come from all over the country…”
Mission Royale – Casa Grande, AZ
The Phoenix area is a major Baby Boomer hotspot, which makes Mission Royale in Casa Grande a sought-after 55-plus community. With a wide selection of affordable home designs, an exciting lineup of amenities, and a welcoming social environment, Mission Royale is a great place for retirees. Homeowners of this vibrant development rave that it is an “awesome community” and the “best decision” they ever made. Resident Bill Golden says “[a]fter reviewing other adult communities, I selected Mission Royale because of the house construction, design and amenities. Mission Royale's amenities plus the close proximity of shopping and medical facilities were a key item in the decision. I was also greatly impressed with the sales personnel in their desire to professionally aid me in every element of the purchase.”
Kings Point – Sun City Center, FL
This established 55+ community in the Tampa Bay area is known for its diverse lineup of amenities that cater to many socially active and fitness-minded residents. The 97,000 square-foot clubhouse is overflowing with resort-style amenities including a café, sauna, theater, ballroom, woodworking shop, lapidary studio, heated indoor pool, and much more. The community also has additional clubhouses and outdoor recreational facilities spread throughout its complex that provide residents with easy access to numerous activities. The friendly environment and social lifestyle at Kings Point is also ideal for active adults who seek to be engaged and entertained daily. Residents Lucy and Rob say, “…the social atmosphere is great! Between the two of us, we’ve tried out more clubs than I can remember. Bingo, bowling, euchre, chess, pinochle, fitness class, and we’re considering trying out a few new ones soon! There is always something happening and the neighbors are very warm and welcoming. We are really enjoying everything here and recommend it to all our friends.”
Brunswick Forest – Leland, NC
Brunswick Forest is an active lifestyle community in Coastal North Carolina that will have 8,000 homes upon completion. The picturesque coastal community is a 4,500-acre retreat surrounded by lush woodlands and is just ten minutes away from historic Wilmington. Homeowners Robert and Martha love their community because it provides a scenic outdoor environment and exciting lifestyle. “The trails are fabulous, we walk nearly every single day. The pools are beautiful, we play tennis and golf too. The lake is really a special place. We love everything about the community. There are lots of activities and events to get together with neighbors and build a strong sense of community.” Homeowners also love the innovative home designs available in Brunswick Forest that range from attached townhomes to single-family homes developed by different builders. Resident Jon Cook says, “The community of Brunswick Forest is just what we desired, great homes at a great value, friendly neighbors, and lots of activities for residents.”
Encore at Eastmark – Mesa, AZ
This new 55+ community in Mesa, Arizona is located within the master-planned community of Eastmark. AV Homes began construction of Encore at Eastmark in 2015 and plans to offer 973 single-family homes upon completion. The 15,000 square-foot Encore Center is filled with world-class amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, class facilities, banquet room, outdoor pool, multiple sports courts, and event lawn. Since opening just a few years ago, Encore at Eastmark is already gaining popularity among newcomers and residents for being “very upscale but affordable,” according to Dan G, a new resident. Lisa and Sean say, “We would love to live here once our home sells. The amount of things to keep you busy is amazing and we love being outside so the views of the Superstition Mountains is a big attraction for us.”