Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city in Oklahoma, makes an ideal retirement destination, especially for veterans. The city ranks No. 1 on Sperling Best Place’s list of Best Places for Military Retirees based on factors including affordability and the number of veteran-owned businesses.
But OKC isn’t just a military-friendly city, it also gives active adults a big bang for their buck. The median home price hovers under $100,000, Social Security isn’t taxed, and the cost of living stands at 14 percent below the national average. Plus, Oklahoma offers low property taxes and doesn’t charge a state estate tax.
Active adults who crave a colorful culture can explore Oklahoma’s vibrant downtown areas, which have undergone a major renaissance in recent years. Nature lovers can bask in Oklahoma’s beauty, whether they prefer a laid-back day on the lake or an invigorating hike in the mountains. Oklahoma is one of only four states to have more than 10 distinct geographical regions, making it all the more alluring to active adults. Retirees interested in exploring the Sooner State and potentially moving to Oklahoma City will find multiple 55+ communities to call home. We’ve highlighted a few below.
Camden Park – Edmond
Discerning active adult homebuyers will appreciate Camden Park’s great attention to detail. Homes in this low-maintenance 55+ community feature skillfully designed floor plans available in 10 distinct styles. Upon completion, this neighborhood will contain 119 French-inspired villas ranging in size from 2,070 to 2,760 square feet. Residents can work out at a private fitness center and relax by the resort-style lounge pool. A bar, grill, and fire pit make great meeting places for new friends and neighbors. For holidays and special events, neighbors can mingle and prepare delicacies together in the full catering kitchen.
The Springs at Skyline Trails – Yukon
Just 30 minutes outside of Oklahoma City sits The Springs of Skyline Trails, a serene gated community in Yukon. With just 49 low-maintenance homes, this age-restricted community offers active adults a close-knit environment with an opportunity to make lasting friendships. Active adult buyers can choose from eight different floor plans ranging in size from 1,567 to 2,093 square feet. Homeowners can entertain in their home’s open living space or socialize with friends at the clubhouse’s monthly gatherings.
Fiddler’s Green – Norman
Fiddler’s Green in Norman gives active adults all the benefits of a close-knit community with the proximity of big-city excitement. Containing only 58 single-family homes, this 55+ community makes it easy for neighbors to share life with one another. They can pursue shared interests in the neighborhood’s community center, embark on a brisk morning walk along the community’s walking and biking trails, or challenge each other to some laps in the outdoor pool. Available on a resale-only basis, homes range in size from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet and include an attached two-car garage. Some homes include elegant touches such as plantation shutters. Homeowners are only 25 minutes from the dining, shopping, and nightlife of Oklahoma City, and they’re less than five miles from Norman Regional Hospital.