Sun City Peachtree in Griffin, GA offers more than what you'd expect from an active adult community.

Sun City Peachtree in Griffin, GA offers more than what you'd expect from an active adult community.

The East Coast has plenty of destinations besides Florida for active adults to live out their retirement dream. The East Coast provides 55+

homebuyers with beautiful landscapes, amenity-rich communities, and a vibrant social lifestyle. We polled our readers to see which East Coast destination would be their first choice to live in retirement and South Carolina came in first place at 27%. Second place was North Carolina at 23% and Georgia in third place at 8%. Other results came in at 18% of active adults choosing to move West while 25% chose none of the East Coast destinations.

South Carolina

As our readers' first choice for an East Coast retirement destination, South Carolina has much to offer empty nesters and active adults. It has a beautiful climate, endless options for entertainment, and is rich with culture and history. A majority of active adult communities are located along the coast near Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and the Charleston areas.

Some of the best active adult communities in South Carolina include Sun City Hilton Head in Bluffton, Hilton Head Plantation in Hilton Head Island, and Del Webb Charleston in Summerville. Retirees can also find charming 55+ and age-targeted communities in the central and northwestern regions like The Ponds at Cobblestone Park and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

Active adults enjoy these world-class communities because of their resort-style amenities, social lifestyle, and collection of luxurious home designs by well-known builders. Great healthcare options, nearby attractions, and lush landscapes or sandy beaches also appeal to many 55+ homebuyers who want to live in beautiful South Carolina.

South Carolina has always been a popular retirement destination.

South Carolina has always been a popular retirement destination.

North Carolina

Retirees also love North Carolina as their East Coast retirement destination. North Carolina offers a four-season climate, cultural and recreational attractions, excellent healthcare facilities, and scenic views of the coast or mountains.

One of the best active lifestyle communities in North Carolina is St. James Plantation, which offers four golf courses, multiple clubhouses, swimming pools, and a wide selection of elegant home designs.

Some of the other great 55+ communities in North Carolina include Trilogy at Lake Norman in Denver, which will offer new home designs by Shea Homes as well as a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse with a lineup of indoor and outdoor amenities.

Carolina Preserve in Cary is another luxurious age-restricted community that is close to some of the best medical and educational institutions and features world-class amenities, an active lifestyle, and quality ranch homes built by Del Webb.


Although Georgia may not be the first state you think of for a retirement destination, it has a lot to offer retirees and active adults. This mild climate state offers a unique landscape featuring mountains and coastal plains, which makes living in Georgia an attractive option. Georgia is full of culture and history and is home to some of the best art museums and performance theaters.

Active adults can also enjoy the numerous universities and colleges that offer continuing education programs as well as all of the state parks that provide great outdoor recreation.

Many of the active adult communities are located in the Atlanta area like Sun City Peachtree, Del Webb at Lake Oconee, and Soleil Laurel Canyon. The Savannah area also has charming active lifestyle communities such as The Landings on Skidaway Island that has over 4,000 residences and multiple amenities and Westbrook Villas at Savannah Quarters that offers low-maintenance living within a master-planned community.