There are many facets to choosing an active adult community. Interested buyers have to find the right location, the perfect floor plan, the lifestyle they desire, and the amenities.There are a lot of moving pieces that have to come together to make sure active adults find the right community for them. This blog is here to help with at least one of those pieces.
Each year, we comb through the thousands of 55+ and active lifestyle communities across the country to find the best clubhouses and amenities offered to homeowners. This year, we’ve looked through testimonials, data sets, and toured several new communities vying for a chance to get in the top 25.
Factors considered when choosing this list were the number and diversity of amenities, as well as the amount of unique amenities that few other communities offer, lifestyle clubs available and homeowner reviews.
With that said, let's dive into the 25 best clubhouses of 2019.
1. Laguna Woods Village - Laguna Woods, California
Laguna Woods Village, one of Southern California’s most affordable communities, is our best clubhouse of 2019. It’s not just its affordability that makes this 12,736-home community so popular, a lot of it is down to its expansive amenity collection that spans seven clubhouses and one community center.
Each clubhouse offers something unique to homeowners. Whether it’s simply a meeting room or a stained glass studio, there’s plenty to do in the community's amenity centers. Clubhouse One is one of the more traditional active adult clubhouses in the community. It hosts a fitness center, catering kitchen, billiards room, and outdoor amenities like a pool, various sports courts, and a barbecue area.
Clubhouse Two is the golf hub of the community. It has a pro shop, bar and lounge, pool, a 27-hole golf course, putting green, and driving range. Other sports on offer are tennis, shuffleboard, and lawn bowling.
Clubhouse Three and Four focus more on art and creativity. Three is home to an 814-seat theater, multiple conference rooms, dining rooms, and a catering kitchen. Four is known as the Fine Arts Center as it’s home to studios for sewing, stained glass, jewelry, painting, woodworks, and photography, among other hobbies.
Clubhouse Five is one of the smaller amenity centers in the community and acts as a satellite clubhouse. It has an indoor bar, lounge room, billiards, and an outdoor pool. Clubhouse Six focuses more on the outdoors, with plenty of greenspace surrounding a pool and patio.
Clubhouse Seven has similar indoor amenities as Five and Six, but also has 10 tennis courts for players in the community. The final indoor space for amenities in the community is the community center, which has a fitness center, meeting rooms, and a computer lab.
Of course, that’s not all that’s on offer at Laguna Woods Village. The community has its own library, a 9-hole golf course, equestrian facilities, gardening plots, miles of walking trails, R.V. parking, and community transit.
2. Sun City - Arizona
Sun City, the original active adult community, is more of a town than an active adult community. It’s especially known for providing easy access to health care, including Boswell Hospital and several offices throughout the community.
Sun City has seven social and recreation centers. These include everything from fitness centers to cafes to restaurants. Homeowners can find all kinds of sports to play, including tennis, shuffleboard, racquetball, and of course, pickleball. There are even mini golf courses throughout the community.
Homeowners in Sun City can find perks beyond the traditional active adult communities. These include 11 golf courses, 19 shopping areas, fishing lakes, a performance arts theater, several hobby rooms, and plenty of parks and walking trails.
3. Kissing Tree - San Marcos, Texas
One of the newer clubhouses in the top 25, Kissing Tree, calls Central Texas home. Located between San Antonio and Austin, Kissing Tree gives off the modern and eclectic vibe both of its nearby cities represent.
The amenity campus in Kissing Tree, The Mix, is home to Independence Hall Social Building. On offer in The Mix is a selection of modern amenities designed for today’s active adults. These include a fitness center, restaurants, game room, an indoor/outdoor bar, and biergarten.
Near the biergarten are several sport courts, including bocce, pickleball, tennis, and horseshoes. There’s also a barbecue area, fire pit, and event stage. This outdoor space means neighbors are always close and ready for a fun or relaxing night.
Golf is also at the center of life in Kissing Tree. The community has a pro shop and even a golf simulator when the weather isn’t cooperating. There’s also a driving range and practice green, and of course, an 18-hole golf course as well as an 18-hole putting course.
All of that doesn’t even include the two pools; one indoor lap pool and one outdoor resort-style pool.
4. The Villages - Florida
It’s hard to talk about active adult communities without talking about The Villages. Much like Sun City West, amenities in The Villages are more like a city than a 55+ community. That makes sense considering the community spans three zip codes and has over 60,000 homes, with more planned.
Amenities span three town squares, 45 recreation centers, and 32 executive golf courses that are free for residents. Each town square is themed and includes retail shops, restaurants, movie theaters, and bowling alleys. All of these town squares are accessible via golf cart, the preferred method of transportation in this Central Florida city.
The many different recreation centers are where the traditional active adult amenities live. These centers are classified as neighborhood, village, and regional recreation centers. They have state-of-the-art fitness centers, dance studios, ceramics, sewing, arts and craft studios, outdoor pools, and more.
Homeowners can stay active on tennis, pickleball, bocce, shuffleboard, basketball, and volleyball courts. Then there are horseshoe pits, nine softball fields, polo fields, and equestrian facilities. On top of the free golf courses, residents can pay to play at 10 championship courses for a fee.
Beyond all this, The Villages is home to a lifelong learning college, multiple hospitals and medical centers, fishing lakes, gardening plots, and miles of walking and biking trails.
5. Sun City Hilton Head - Bluffton, South Carolina
Its 48-acre town center and amenity complex hosts restaurants, fitness centers, a performing arts center, and several ways to stay active outdoors. Its three fitness centers have indoor lap pools, exercise stations, and a dance studio.
Hobby rooms found throughout the community include art, ceramics, and sewing studios, as well as a stained glass area, a photography studio, woodworking shop, and even a model railroad. Pickney Social Hall is home to many of these, plus several multipurpose rooms, billiards, and a computer room.
Homeowners have every chance to enjoy the warm Coastal South Carolina climate in Sun City Hilton Head. There are four resort-style pools, tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts, as well as a softball field, a volleyball court, croquet fields, and walking trails. Which is not to mention the dog park, pavilion, and gardening plots.
Adding to this, there are three 18-hole golf courses, including the Argent Lakes Executive Course, and there’s the 20-acre fishing lake with a gazebo.
6. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, California
Rossmoor is another 55+ community offering multiple clubhouses and amenity centers. Residents of its 6,678 homes have access to six different amenity complexes, as well as the amenities spread throughout the community.
One of the more unique amenities on offer in Rossmoor is its own news channel, Rossmoor News. It's located in the Creekside complex, which also has a social building, restaurant, golf shop, and tennis courts.
The Dollar and Del Valle Clubhouses are home to more traditional amenities like a fitness center, pools, walking trails, and greenspaces. The newest amenity center is the Event Center, which has meeting, dining, and entertainment rooms.
The social hub of the community is the Gateway Complex. It has several meeting rooms and halls, billiards, ceramics, sewing, arts and crafts, and lapidary studios, as well as a woodworking shop. It’s also home to a 150-seat theater. For more outdoor space, homeowners head to the Hillside Complex, which has lawn bowling, bocce, a picnic area, and an outdoor pool,.
The community at large gives active adults the chance to live a full life without really needing to leave Rossmoor. There’s an 18-hole and a 9-hole golf course, driving range, outpatient medical center, and bus transportation.
7. On Top of the World - Ocala, Florida
It also has multiple different clubhouses and community centers that make it easy for residents to stay active and have fun. The Recreation Center is the main clubhouse in the community. Features inside include an exercise room, steam rooms and saunas, a restaurant, ballroom, and golf shop. Just outside are several courts, including ones for pickleball, shuffleboard, basketball, mini golf, and a softball field.
The Hobby Building has a card room, billiards room, arts and crafts studio, and a woodworking shop. Then there’s the Arbor Club and Conference Center, which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis and bocce ball courts. There are also separate community centers for each of the two neighborhoods in the community, Chandler Hills and Indigo East.
Finally, there’s the Circle Square Commons, which is open to homeowners and the public. It has an education center, fitness center, coffee shop, cultural center, design studio, and an ice cream shop.
8. Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch - Wickenburg, Arizona
While the amenities found in Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch aren't as expansive as the others on the list, it wins major plaudits for its modern design and ideal setting.
The clubhouse has a social center with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant. There’s a fitness center with a day spa that wouldn’t look out of place in an upscale resort. There’s also private outdoor space with scenic views of the desert and mountain landscape.
Outdoors, homeowners enjoy a resort-style pool and patio with plenty of shaded areas. The outdoor sports complex is home to tennis, bocce, and pickleball courts. Beyond that, there’s also a 9-hole and an 18-hole golf course available to homeowners.
9. Quail Creek - Green Valley, Arizona
Robson Communities are known for their modern and resort-style amenities, so it’s no surprise Quail Creek came in the top 10. It’s home to four different amenity centers and outdoor perks that are found throughout the community.
The Madera is the traditional clubhouse on site. It has a billiards room, ballroom, coffee bar, and an outdoor patio with a fireplace. The Anza Athletic Club is, as you’d expect, the place to stay active and fit. It has a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, a resort-style pool as well as a lap pool, and tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts.
There’s also a technology center with rooms for ceramics, lapidary, sewing, woodworking, and general crafts. Residents can also purchase a discounted membership at the Quail Creek Country Club. It’s home to a restaurant, practice facilities, a pro shop, and three 9-hole golf courses.
10. Solivita - Kissimmee, Florida
The main hub of the community is the Palms Amenity Complex. Within 19,000 square feet, residents enjoy a fitness center, aerobics studio, and social rooms. Outdoors, there are pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball courts, a heated lap pool, a fireplace plaza, and a covered terrace.
The Riviera Spa and Fitness Center is a larger clubhouse for staying in shape. It has an exercise studio, indoor walking track and pool, sauna, outdoor pool, sundeck, and waterways. There’s also the Waterfront Galleries, which is for hobbies and games, including ceramics, darts, tennis, pickleball, softball, and horseshoes.
Each neighborhood in the community has its own satellite center too, these include pools and multipurpose rooms. The Stonegate Golf Club is semi-private and includes practice facilities, restaurants, and two 18-hole golf courses.
To wrap things up, Solivita is home to an 18-acre sports complex with more pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball courts, as well as softball, shuffleboard, and a dog park.
11. Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln, California
The largest facility is the Orchard Creek Lodge at 68,000 square feet. It hosts everything from a fitness center, a sports bar, aerobics studio, wellness center, and ballroom. It also has several hobby rooms, a solarium, two outdoor pools, and an amphitheater.
Next is the Kilaga Springs Lodge, which is mostly an indoor facility with a pool, fitness center, aerobics studio, and day spa. There are also rooms for glasswork, lapidary, woodworking, and billiards.
Sun City Lincoln Hills is home to two 18-hole golf courts, 11 tennis courts, 12 bocce ball courts, 6 pickleball courts, and a softball field. It also has an area for fishing, 27 miles of trails, and 11 parks. It’s truly a community for active adults.
12. Sun City Peachtree - Griffin, Georgia
The Atlanta area is becoming a popular destination for active adults, one reason being its several popular 55+ communities. One of those is Sun City Peachtree, which comes with a 45,000 square-foot clubhouse.
Inside Club Peachtree is a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool, walking track, and an aerobics studio for staying fit. It also has a restaurant and bar, pro shop, billiards, and a 146-seat theater. There are several hobby rooms, too, including an arts and crafts studio, card room, ceramics studio, computer lab, and library.
The community makes it easy for residents to enjoy the warm Georgia climate. Homeowners enjoy a pool and spa, as well as courts for tennis, bocce, pickleball, and volleyball. Golf is also easy to play due to an 18-hole golf course and putting green. There’s also an amphitheater, botanical gardens, walking trails, and a dog park.
13. Sun City West - Arizona
The follow up to the original 55+ community, Sun City West is located within its own city and offers slightly more modern amenity centers. Its amenities and 16,900 homes were built from 1978 to 1997 and continue to be modernized.
Homeowners have four recreation centers open to them, each offering the perks and conveniences of a regular town. The R.J. Johnson Recreation Center is home to some of the more traditional 55+ community amenities, except on a much larger scale.
It has hobby rooms for ceramics, lapidary, and an arts and crafts village. Sports and games are the highlights of the recreation center, which has volleyball, pickleball, bocce, tennis, racquetball, lawn bowling, a video game room, table tennis, as well as mini golf and a putting green. There’s also a walking track and two dog parks.
For fitness, the Palm Ridge Recreation Center is the main clubhouse. It has a fitness center, dance studio, indoor walking track, lap pool, walking pool, pickleball courts and tennis courts, and an outdoor pool. The Fred Kuentz Recreation Center combines both indoor and outdoor amenities with a 300-seat theater, hobby room, an exercise room, a softball field, walking track, and tennis courts.
Finally, there’s the Beardsley Recreation Center. It hosts the community’s Olympic-size indoor pool, a fitness center, hobby rooms, outdoor space for get togethers and barbecues, and another mini-golf course.
The amenities that aren’t tied to recreation centers really give Sun City West the conveniences of a small city. It has nine golf courses, nine restaurants, parks, grocery stores, pharmacies, general retail stores, and the Del E. Webb Hospital.
14. Trilogy at Verde River - Rio Verde, Arizona
One of the newest 55+ communities in the Phoenix area is Trilogy at Verde River. While it doesn’t have an age restriction, it does have amenities catering to active adults.
This includes a clubhouse with a restaurant, a cafe, and a demonstration kitchen. Staying fit is easy at the state-of-the-art fitness center, while there’s also a spa for after a workout. There’s also a hair salon and on-site retail.
Outdoors amenities include a resort-style pool with poolside bar and grill. There’s also a lap pool, hot tub, and tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball courts. Plus, golfers don’t have to leave the community due to its putting green, practice facilities, and an 18-hole golf course.
15. Trilogy at the Vineyards - Brentwood, California
The center of the amenities in this community is Club Los Meganos, a 38,000 square-foot clubhouse. It’s home to the Delta Athletic Club, which has a lap pool, day spa, and a fitness center. There’s also a cafe, social room, billiards room, and a hobby room.
Outdoors, homeowners enjoy two outdoor pools, a pergola, barbecue grills, and tennis and bocce courts. The community is also home to the 27-hole Golf Club at Brentwood, a public course.
16. Sun City Summerlin - Las Vegas, Nevada
Summerlin is one of the most popular master-planned communities in the country. It’s also home to several 55+ communities. The largest of them is Sun City Summerlin, which comes with an expansive list of amenities and stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip.
The community is home to four clubhouses and a golf course, providing homeowners with plenty to do everyday. The Mountain Shadows Clubhouse features outdoor-focused amenities, including a lap pool, tennis, shuffleboard, and racquetball courts, mini golf, and horseshoe pits. There’s also the 18-hole Palm Valley Golf Course around the clubhouse.
The 44,000 square-foot Desert Vista Clubhouse is where most residents go to stay fit. It has a fitness center and aerobics studio for indoor activity, while courts for tennis, pickleball, bocce, and basketball. There are also several craft rooms and an outdoor pool. The smaller Sun Shadows Clubhouse is home to an indoor pool and spa, multipurpose rooms, hobby rooms, and a computer lab.
The hub for culture in the community is the Pinnacle Clubhouse. It’s home to the 312-Starbright Theater, a woodworking shop, a music room, a massage room, and restaurants. Homeowners can also break a sweat in the exercise room, outdoor walking trail, tennis courts, softball field, and 18-hole Eagle Crest Golf Course. The Summit restaurant and outdoor pool provide good post-workout options.
Finally, there’s the 18-hole Highland Falls Golf Course with a restaurant, driving range, putting green, and pro shop.
17. PebbleCreek - Goodyear, Arizona
Located in suburban Phoenix, PebbleCreek is a 45+ community built by Robson Communities. The builder is known for their resort-style amenities and they don't disappoint here, with several amenity complexes and clubhouses on offer.
The main clubhouse in the community is 47,000 square feet. It’s joined by the Tuscany Sports and Aquatics Complex, which is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, and two lap pools. It also has seven tennis courts, a whopping 20 pickleball courts, 12 bocce ball courts, and a softball field. For a more relaxing day, there’s the resort-style pool, cafe, or hot dog stand.
There are also two creative Arts Centers, which have spaces for woodworking, painting, sewing, quilting, crafts, and ceramics. The Oasis Pool Complex is home to another resort-style pool, a barbecue area, and a shaded patio.
There are two clubhouses with golf courses, Tuscany Falls Country Club and Eagle’s Nest. Tuscany Falls comes with a restaurant, coffee bar, and 332-seat Renaissance Theater. It’s also home to the 27-hole Tuscany Falls Golf Club. Eagle’s Nest has an 18-hole course, another restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center, pro shop, and resort-style pool.
18. Sun City Palm Desert - California
It’s home to three clubhouses, Mountain View being the largest and home to golf, hobby rooms, and a fitness center. Whether residents want to practice golf, play two different courses, have a meal, work on their stained glass project, or relax by the pool, they can do it here.
Sunset View is a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant, pro shop, and several meeting rooms. It also has a pool, bocce ball courts, and a fishing lake. The Lake View clubhouse is the smallest, it’s also home to several meeting rooms, a fitness center, and an Olympic-sized outdoor pool.
Amenities spread throughout the community include paddleball courts, walking trails, a softball field, and R.V parking.
19. Sun City Shadow Hills - Indio, California
Another Palm Springs area community and another Sun City community, Sun City Shadow Hills is home to two clubhouses and a golf club.
Between the two clubhouses, homeowners have access to state-of-the-art fitness centers, a cafe and bistro, hobby and game rooms, two outdoor pools, and several courts for pickleball, shuffleboard, tennis, bocce, and basketball.
The Shadow Hills Golf Club has a restaurant, a pro shop, practice facilities and a driving range, and two 18-hole courses, one of them being par 3. Other outdoor amenities include dog parks, walking trails, and an amphitheater.
20. Cresswind Peachtree City
Heading back to the Atlanta area, Cresswind Peachtree City is one of the newest communities on the list. Its clubhouse ranks high due to its modern designs and updated equipment.
The Club at Cresswind has a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, and an indoor lap pool and spa. There are also rooms for crafts, cards, billiards, and other games. Outdoors, there's a resort-style pool with patio.
The community also has courts for bocce, tennis, and pickleball, as well as walking trails for staying active. There’s also an amphitheater, event lawn, and courtyard for grilling and relaxing by the fireplace.
21. Sun City Texas - Georgetown, Texas
The largest 55+ community in Texas also has some of its best amenities. Located in Georgetown, just outside of Austin, Sun City Texas homeowners enjoy the amenities expected from a Sun City community.
That includes two different amenity centers, the largest being the 86,000 square-foot Village Center. It comes with a state-of-the-art fitness center, walking track, two indoor pools, and an aerobics studio. There are also plenty of hobby rooms in this large space, including ceramics, crafts, sewing, stained glass, computers, and much more.
The community truly puts outdoor fun at its heart with nine miles of walking trails, 12 tennis courts, five pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, two shuffleboard courts, 10 horseshoes pits, a fishing lake, dog park, and gardening plots. That’s not to mention the three 18-hole championship golf courses and two resort-style pools.
The newer amenity center, Cowan Creek, focuses on both physical and social activity. It has a fitness center, lap pool, walking track, pro shop, two outdoor pools, and more walking trails.
22. Victory at Verrado - Buckeye
Another modern clubhouse with stunning Arizona views is located in Victory at Verrado. This amenity-rich building takes advantage of outdoor space just as much as indoor.
The Victory Club is a 35,000 square-foot building with several meeting rooms, a spa, billiards, and a 7,000 square-foot fitness center. One of the most popular parts of the clubhouse is The Vic Bar & Kitchen and The Big Patio, which looks onto the stunning mountain landscape.
Also outdoors is a large yoga lawn, tennis, pickleball, and golf courses, as well as several walking trails. The community has four pools, three-resort style and one lap pool. Some of the more unique amenities are the community vineyard, olive grove, and chef's garden.
23. Heritage Shores - Bridgeville, Delaware
Heritage Shores is consistently one of the most popular and best-selling communities in Delaware, which is already appealing to active adults due to its affordability.
The main clubhouse is the 28,000 square-foot Heritage Shores Club, which has rooms for crafts, woodworking, cards, billiards, and computers. It’s also home to several places to grab a bite or drink, including a tavern, restaurant, snack bar, and wine bar.
There’s also an emphasis on golf here, with a pro shop, putting greens, a driving range, and an 18-hole course. Tennis, pickleball, and walking trails are also good ways to stay in shape at the Heritage Shores Club.
Nearby is the Fitness and Aquatic Center, which has a state-of-the-art fitness center, an aerobics studio, indoor and outdoor pools, and four tennis courts.
24. Sun City Huntley - Illinois
The Prairie Lodge is a 94,000 square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, aerobics studio, walking track, and lap pool. It also has craft and hobby rooms, a restaurant, and a performing arts theater. The Meadow View Lodge is a 20,000 square-foot facility with a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor pool, and hobby rooms. There’s also a separate 4,800 square-foot woodworking shop.
Throughout the community residents enjoy tennis and bocce courts, horseshoe pits, a softball field, and a volleyball court. There’s also a 19-acre fishing lake and gardening plots. Golfers enjoy the 18-hole Whisper Creek Golf Course which also has a cafe.
25. Leisure World of Maryland - Silver Spring, Maryland
Heading to the Mid-Atlantic is Maryland’s largest active adult community. Leisure World of Maryland blends affordable homes with an expansive list of amenities, including everything from a golf course to a post office to community transit.
Spread throughout two clubhouses are hobby spots, bocce ball courts, an auditorium, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fitness center. The community also has everyday conveniences like places of worship, a bank, and medical facilities.
The Leisure World Golf Facility has a pro shop, driving range and other practice facilities, and an 18-hole course.