Active adult communities across the United States are available in a range of sizes. The largest may encompass more than 10,000 residences, while more intimate communities may include less than 100 homes. Smaller active adult communities often do not have as many resort-style amenities as their sprawling counterparts, but they can be ideal for those who are less interested in centralized community events and activities.
Location is often an important element of a small active adult community. Homeowners who want to live in a prime location, particularly one close to a popular city or beach, can opt to live in a smaller, more affordable age-restricted community. Less on-site amenities usually means smaller monthly homeowner’s fees. This is perfect for homeowners who are more interested in the attractions that are found just outside of the community.
North Ridge Estates - Tucson, AZ
For those who desire age-restricted living in an urban setting, North Ridge Estates, which includes 84 townhomes, is located just six miles outside of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The on-site community amenities are limited, yet its prime location lets residents easily enjoy Tucson’s shopping, dining, cultural attractions, and nightlife.
Breakwater Village - Redondo Beach, CA
For beach-lovers, Breakwater Village in Redondo Beach, California offers upscale living just two miles from the ocean. This beautiful community contains 191 exquisite garden style condominiums. This prime location is in the midst of plenty of shopping centers and is only ten minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Renaissance at Manalapan - Manalapan, NJ
With 127 single-family homes, New Jersey’s Renaissance at Manalapan is a small active adult community that includes several amenities to support an active lifestyle. This upscale community includes a comfortable clubhouse, complete with a fitness center, card room, billiards, a library, and a ballroom. Outdoors, residents enjoy a heated swimming pool, tennis facilities, shuffleboard, and bocce ball courts. There are also a variety of active social clubs, community events, and a full-time activities director.
While some small active adult communities boast affordable living, others focus on luxury. Like Renaissance at Manalapan, both Tivoli Reserve in Florida and Regency at The Woods of South Barrington in Illinois offer spacious clubhouses and several on-site amenities. Yet, each of these communities also offers single-family homes that are designed for discerning buyers. At Tivoli Reserve, European-inspired homes are set on large, estate-sized home sites which feature professionally manicured landscaping. Regency at The Woods of South Barrington, one of the Chicago area’s most expensive active adult communities, feature homes with the finest in luxury upgrades, such as granite countertops, hardwood floors, and intricate brick and stone exteriors.
Sprawling resort-style communities may offer an impressive number of amenities, but consider your own lifestyle needs before choosing a new home. When researching active adult communities, do not overlook the smallest of the bunch. You might be surprised by what you find.