Alabama is full of beautiful active adult communities that are great places to retire in.

Alabama is full of beautiful active adult communities that are great places to retire.

From the warm and sunny Gulf Coast to the central plains to the rocky hills of the northern counties, Alabama’s geography is as diverse as its wide range of active adult communities. Whether your idea of a fun-filled day is hitting the links, enjoying the excitement of college sports, or relaxing on a nearby beach, Alabama offers something for you.

The state is often overlooked by homebuyers, despite the competitive home market, unique attractions, and low tax rates that make it an ideal destination for many active adults. These diverse communities represent some of the best Alabama has to offer.

The Legacy at Cary Creek - Auburn, AL

Respected local builder Michael Allen Homes began construction on 143 single-family homes at The Legacy at Cary Creek in 2014. Eight unique floor plans are available with ample opportunities for customization, ensuring that each new home meets the buyer’s specifications. All homes are built with traditionally styled front porches, lending a genuine feeling of Southern charm to the neighborhood and encouraging neighborly conversation.

At the entrance of the community, a magnificent clubhouse surrounded by manicured grounds greets residents and their visitors while serving as a hub of social activity. Downtown Auburn is just over two miles away and offers the excitement and community resources that a college town can provide.

National Village - Opelika, AL

National Village is beloved by residents for its resort-like amenities including saltwater pools, a spa and sauna, and tennis and pickleball courts. The main attraction, however, is the community’s impressive access to some of the finest golf courses in Alabama. The 54-hole Grand National has hosted a multitude of golf tournaments at the professional and collegiate level. Homeowners have the privilege of playing on the short course for free and enjoy very significant discounts on the Links and Lake courses.

Construction began in 2006 and is ongoing with plans for 1,400 low-maintenance single-family homes upon completion. The city of Auburn is nearby but far enough away that residents may fully enjoy the tranquility of the links and their beautiful natural surroundings.

Villas at Timbers Edge - Brownsboro, AL

This charming community, located just outside of Huntsville, is perfect for a variety of homebuyers as it offers both low-maintenance  single-family and villa-style homes, all at attractive prices. With the homeowners’ association taking care of many routine maintenance tasks like lawn care and exterior maintenance and with the Huntsville International Airport just 30 minutes away, this is an ideal community for those who love to travel, whether it be for weekend jaunts or multi-week excursions.

Monte Sano State Park and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge are just two of the nearby natural areas that, along with the Tennessee River, make this a wonderful part of the state for nature lovers to call home.

Oyster Bay Village - Gulf Shores, AL

While Florida gets much of the attention, Alabamians enjoy almost identical sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast without dealing with the crowds that their neighbors do. Oyster Bay Village sits less than a mile away from its namesake bay and offers homebuyers an authentic coastal living experience. There are 92 well-maintained homes available on a resale basis in this cozy community.

A clubhouse is available to residents and includes a gathering space, a workout room, woodworking shop, and plenty of seating on the ample patio. There’s also a walking path from the community to the nearby Oyster Park Public Library. The greatest asset of this community, though, is its close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Sandy beaches, fishing spots, and all manner of seaside attractions are less than ten minutes away, making this a wonderful community for those who can’t get enough beach time.

LiveOak Village - Foley, AL

Construction began on LiveOak Village in 2006 with plans for eventually reaching a total of 400 single-family homes. The community is located in Foley, which continues to grow at a thoughtful pace while maintaining a Gulf Coast small-town charm all its own. With a historic downtown, excellent public parks, and the popular Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, this friendly small town is a great place to call home.

Homebuyers 55+ are sure to enjoy the community’s amenities, including a clubhouse, outdoor pool, and tennis courts, and the fact that the homeowners’ association provides for much of the community’s maintenance, giving residents more time to pursue the activities they love.

Cornerstones at Oxmoor Valley - Birmingham, AL

This community of 60 attached villas is located in Alabama’s largest and centrally located city, Birmingham. While there are no age restrictions for buyers, residents of Cornerstones at Oxmoor Valley enjoy living life at their own pace in this low-maintenance community knowing that they don’t have to worry about lawn care or exterior maintenance. The neighborhood also sits adjacent to the 54-hole Oxmoor Valley golf course, making it easy to drop by the driving range or play a full 18-hole game.

Those who appreciate the creature comforts of living near a big city will love what Downtown Birmingham has to offer, from great shopping and fine dining to cultural attractions to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Sports fans will find plenty to love with regular college games, Birmingham Barons AA baseball, and Talledega Super Speedway within an hour’s drive.