While some retirees prefer the tranquil, gated active adult communities in rural and suburban locations, there are others that thrive in an urban environment. Many active adults who moved to more remote and suburban locations because of family life and careers are now moving back to the city for their Golden Years.
The benefits of city living vary throughout the U.S., but some of the common reasons include public transportation, shorter commutes, walkable neighborhoods, social and cultural opportunities, and exciting entertainment and attractions. If you prefer the sights and sounds of city dwelling, then check out these active adult communities located in urban cities.
Sun City Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas has a reputation for being home to the popular Strip, which hosts numerous casinos, hotels, entertainment venues, shops, and restaurants. Retirees who want easy access to lively entertainment will enjoy living in Sun City Summerlin.
This active adult community was Del Webb’s first 55+ community in Las Vegas and hosts 7,779 homes that were built between 1989 and 1999. Sun City Summerlin boasts world-class amenities sprawled across 2,400 acres of rolling hills that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas Strip.
Sweetwater - Jacksonville, FL
Florida has always been a popular retirement destination for active adults seeking tropical weather, sandy beaches, and ocean vistas. Jacksonville, which is located on Florida’s northeastern coast and the largest city by area in the country, offers retirees that laid-back Florida lifestyle combined with an urban setting.
Jacksonville has more than 57,000 acres of parks that include hiking trails, bridle paths, playgrounds, boat launches, and athletic fields that allow retirees to stay active while enjoying the beautiful weather. Sweetwater in Jacksonville is the ideal active adult community that’s located within this urban oasis. The community is conveniently located near major interstates, the airport, and downtown Jacksonville where retirees will find endless options for entertainment and attractions.
Hill Country Retreat – San Antonio, TX
Hill Country Retreat is a gated 55+ community in San Antonio, Texas. This active adult community provides residents with a variety of amenities and multiple floor plans for a low-maintenance lifestyle. Hill Country Retreat offers an impeccable lineup of resort-style amenities like a 28,000 square-foot clubhouse that has a high-end fitness center, indoor pool, aerobics studio, ballroom, several hobby and game rooms, an outdoor pool, and multiple sports courts. Its ideal location in San Antonio allows residents easy access to the downtown area for great attractions like the San Antonio Zoo, McNay Art Museum, Broadway shows, major sporting events, and the San Antonio Symphony.
SaddleBrooke – Tucson, AZ
SaddleBrooke is a 40+ community in Tucson, Arizona that provides retirees with award-winning amenities and plenty of social activities. Robson Communities opened this active adult community in 1986 and plans to build 4,589 residences upon completion. Retirees have access to several large clubhouses and recreational facilities spread throughout the community along with 63 holes of golf.
Retirees flock to SaddleBrooke because of its prime location that puts them just 25 miles north of downtown Tucson. A quick ten-minute drive gets residents to everyday conveniences like restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops, medical facilities, entertainment, and outdoor recreation.
Auberge at Del Sur – San Diego, CA
This beautiful 55-plus community located in sunny San Diego offers retirees impressive amenities within a scenic setting. Auberge at Del Sur is nestled within the large master-planned community of Del Sur. Active adults have access to a wide selection of amenities that are spread throughout the development as well as private amenities specifically for the 55+ section.
This new active adult community, which will consist of just 196 homes built by CalAtlantic Homes, also provides residents with an unbeatable location in Southern California. Just down the street and within walking or biking distance, homeowners have several stores including a grocery store, restaurants, cafes, a CVS, and World Market. San Diego also offers a vibrant dining and nightlife scene that will make date nights more fun. Best of all, the community is just 30 miles from San Diego International Airport, making it easy for retirees to catch a flight when traveling abroad.
Heritage Park – Sacramento, CA
Heritage Park is an established age-restricted community in Sacramento, CA, which is just five miles north of the downtown area. Heritage Park offers active adults a great combination of a tranquil living within an attractive and intimate setting that’s close to city attractions and entertainment.
Homeowners can enjoy the community’s wonderful array of amenities such as a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, ballroom, fitness center, indoor pool, park space, and tree-lined trails for walking or biking. When residents want to see more action, they can drive about 15 minutes to downtown Sacramento where they will find plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife options.
The Arbours at Eagle Pointe – Philadelphia, PA
Located in the City of Brotherly Love, The Arbours at Eagle Pointe is a charming 55+ community that will have 398 homes upon completion. Although small in size, this active adult community doesn’t lack in amenities or activities that keep residents happy, healthy, and social. Residents have access to a private clubhouse that’s packed with stunning amenities like an expansive great room, library, billiards room, card room, exercise room, catering kitchen, and outdoor pool and spa.
When residents aren’t gathering in the clubhouse, they can venture out into Philadelphia. The city offers everyday conveniences that are just minutes away including a Target, ShopRite, Best Buy, Walmart, and a variety of restaurants. And if residents don’t have a car, getting to downtown Philly is easy thanks to the city’s public transit service that’s just outside of the community’s gates.