When you're looking for homes for sale in an active lifestyle community, it helps to know how current residents feel about living there. Do homeowners feel a sense of community? Are there plenty of organized activities? What about the amenities—are residents pleased with the offerings?
By taking time to explore communities with plenty of happy homeowners, you get a sneak peek into life inside a neighborhood. This can help you determine the communities that best fit your lifestyle and needs.
In this post, we’re sharing the top 25 best-reviewed communities on 55places.com. Whether you want to live near the beach or somewhere with mountain views, you can discover some of the country’s highest-rated communities.
Mid $200s - High $600s
Coming in at the top of our list for the best-reviewed communities on 55places.com is Sun City Shadow Hills. This 55+ community is located in the desirable Palm Springs area and features low-maintenance California homes for sale in more than 30 single-family floor plans. Homes range from 1,099 to just under 3,000 square feet.
One homeowner raves:
"This is a great community—well-managed, great amenities, the reserves well-funded and low HOA dues. Couldn't ask for a much better place to live."
Amenities include a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center, an arts and crafts studio, a bistro, and an indoor lap pool. Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy the pleasant California climate at a pool, five bocce ball courts, four lighted tennis courts, and two shuffleboard courts.
Mid $500s - Mid $800s
Next up on our list of the best-reviewed 55+ communities is Regency at The Woods of South Barrington. Offering convenient access to downtown Chicago, this active adult community allows residents to enjoy many nearby big-city amenities within a private, gated setting.
One resident commented:
"Great neighbors, great community, a wonderful place to stay young forever."
Regency at The Woods of South Barrington offers homebuyers seven ranch-style floor plans that range from 2,100 to 2,600 square feet. Homes feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, concrete driveways, and hardwood floors. Residents can enjoy several resort-style amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, a putting green, and a fitness center with an aerobics studio. Homeowners can also stroll through the neighborhood right into the South Barrington Conservancy, which features 35 acres of lightly wooded prairies and wetlands.
Mid $200s - High $400s
“This is like living in a resort. Every day there is something to do or stay in your home and do nothing,” notes one resident of Four Seasons at Beaumont. This gated community is nestled in between the San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, which means residents enjoy stellar views and pleasant year-round temperatures. Active adult homebuyers looking for homes for sale in California can explore both new and resale single-family and attached duplex homes that range from 1,183 to 2,775 square feet.
Living in the Four Seasons at Beaumont gives residents access to numerous amenities, including multiple hobby and craft studios, a computer center, a library, a grand ballroom, and a card room. At the outdoor Sports Complex, homeowners can relax and get exercise at the outdoor pool or stay in shape at the community’s tennis, pickleball, basketball, and bocce ball courts.
High $200s - Mid $300s
"My life is much richer and more fulfilling since I moved here. This is a wonderful place to live."
This Del Webb active lifestyle community offers more than 40 floor plans that range in size from 901 to 3,068 square feet. Active adult homebuyers searching for California homes for sale can explore single-family homes and villa ranch townhomes within Sun City Lincoln Hills.
When it comes to meeting new friends and staying engaged, residents can participate in more than 80 clubs, including the billiards club and fishing club. Amenities include a 68,000-square-foot recreational center with an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and an indoor walking track. Homeowners can also enjoy 27 miles of fitness trails, a 36-hole championship golf course, a restaurant and bar, and a cozy cafe.
Low $200s - Mid $200s
Wondering what it’s like to live in Willow Lake in Bossier City, Louisiana? According to one homeowner, prepare to be “really impressed with this place.” Amenities include a 4,700-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, a multipurpose room, a catering kitchen, a computer area, and a billiards table. Outdoors, homeowners can enjoy fishing a well-stocked fishing lake from a covered patio. They can also take an invigorating stroll along the walking and biking trail.
This 55+ community offers multiple single-family floor plans that range from 1,400 to more than 3,000 square feet. Residences feature open floor plans, stone fireplaces, Corian countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
Low $200s - Mid $500s
“We love the community and everyone we have met have made us feel welcome,” notes one resident of Vitalia at Tradition, a 55+ community in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Located along Florida’s Treasure Coast, Vitalia is part of the larger master-planned community of Tradition. Active adult homebuyers looking for Florida homes for sale can explore both new and resale single-family homes in this gated community. Residences range from 1,400 to nearly 3,000 square feet and feature low-maintenance exteriors.
Vitalia features full-time activities directors to ensure residents always have something fun to do, from pool parties to day trips. Homeowners can also join interest groups, such as the photography club or the book club. The 24,000-square-foot lakefront recreation center features a fitness center, an arts and crafts room, a ballroom, billiards and dart rooms, and an aerobics studio with Fitness On Demand technology.
Mid $200s - Low $400s
A new active lifestyle community in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Symphony Bay is slated to contain 427 attached and single-family homes upon completion. An attached villa floor plan offers 1,345 square feet while four single-family floor plans offer between 1,590 and 1,940 square feet. All residences feature first-floor master suites with the option to customize with gourmet kitchens, upgraded master bathrooms, and optional basements.
Located only about a mile from the lake, Symphony Bay gives homeowners easy access to all their favorite waterfront activities. One resident says, “It’s a great location and beautiful community.” At Lakeside Retreat, homeowners have access to their own private boat launch. They can also join a boat club for reduced rates on rental boats. Planned amenities include a resort-style pool and patio, two tennis courts, two bocce ball courts, and a dog park.
Low $200s - High $300s
“We are very happy we settled here and feel blessed to be this lucky,” says one resident of Cascades at St. Lucie West. This active adult community situated inside the master-planned community of St. Lucie West gives homeowners views of the water or natural preserved land. Active adult homebuyers looking for Florida homes for sale can explore several single-family floor plans that range from 1,257 to 2,473 square feet. Residents pay homeowners’ association (HOA) fees that cover yard maintenance, irrigation, and fertilization.
Living in Cascades at St. Lucie West means residents have access to many resort-style amenities, including a 26,000-square-foot clubhouse, a well-stocked library, a billiards room, arts and crafts rooms, and a resort-style outdoor pool. The active lifestyle community also features 3,000 square feet of covered verandas, a gazebo, and a pool-side bar. Residents can enjoy friendly competition on the basketball courts, bocce ball courts, lighted tennis courts, and the nine-hole golf course.
9. The Haven - Bluffton, SC
High $200s - Mid $500s
"We have gotten to know our neighbors really well and have made lots of great friend here. There are plenty of activities to get involved in and clubs to join."
Residents can meet new people and connect with neighbors through planned activities such as wine club and lunch bunch. They can also stay physically fit through activities such as pickleball, bocce ball, aqua golf, and yoga. With an activities director on-site, homeowners always have something fun to look forward to.
Started in 2007, Del Webb plans to build about 500 single-family homes. Active adult homebuyers can browse ranch floor plans that range from 1,590 to 3,000 square feet. Some single-family homes, which are available on a resale-only basis, sit on large quarter-and-a-half-acre sites.
Low $200s - High $200s
“We are so excited to be a part of this community and look forward to building memories here,” raves one homeowner in Bridgewater at Sherrills Ford – Ridge. This active lifestyle community is just minutes from Lake Norman and the historic downtown Mooresville. Active adult homebuyers can explore six floor plans that range from 1,588 to 1,883 square feet. All homes feature first-floor master suites and open designs. An HOA covers exterior maintenance, landscaping, and trash collection.
Residents have access to numerous amenities, including a clubhouse with multipurpose rooms and a catering kitchen, an outdoor pool and patio, and a bocce ball court. Downtown Charlotte is only 45 minutes away, giving homeowners easy access to entertainment options in the city.
Mid $200s - High $300s
At Carillon at Stone Gate, active adult homebuyers can browse nine single-family ranch floor plans that range from 1,402 to 2,332 square feet. While all homes come standard on a slab, buyers can add an optional basement. When it comes to life in this active adult community, one homeowner exclaims:
"I absolutely love it here. The homes are well-built and it is so peaceful to take walks. Everyone waves—very nice community."
A lifestyle director ensures homeowners can join in a variety of clubs, classes, and activities, including cycling, ceramics, and card clubs. Residents also often take day trips to downtown Chicago or popular destinations in the suburbs. Carillon at Stone Gate is home to many amenities, including a two-story, 8,000-square-foot clubhouse. Homeowners can enjoy multiple hobby and game rooms, an aerobics studio, a ballroom, bocce ball courts, walking trails, and a small fishing pond.
12. MiraBay - Apollo Beach, FL
Low $200s - Low $2Ms
One homeowner in MiraBay says:
"I love MiraBay! The people are great and the community is beautful. The amenities are better than any hotel or community I have ever been to."
This community in Apollo Beach, Florida, is home to the resort-style MiraBay Club, which contains a pool that’s open year-round, a cafe, and a fully equipped fitness center. At the MiraBay Spa, residents can unwind with a massage, facial, or pedicure.
Nestled among the scenery of the 1,300-acre Wolf Branch Creek Nature Reserve, MiraBay offers Florida homes for sale that include traditional single-family homes and cottages, custom estates, and low-maintenance villas. Homes range from 1,586 to more than 3,000 square feet. Many homesites provide views of the water or boat slips with ocean access.
High $200s - Mid $300s
Situated just 10 minutes from the lively Kemah Boardwalk, The Village at Tuscan Lakes allows homeowners to enjoy all the fun and entertainment of living near the coast. This gated 55+ community by Del Webb features a spacious clubhouse, golf practice facilities, a resort-style pool, and several interest groups and clubs. According to one resident:
"This is a wonderful community. Great amenities [and a] very good social director. The homes are very well-built and yard maintenance is provided."
Active adult homebuyers looking for Texas homes for sale can explore a variety of resale homes inside this 55+ community. Del Webb offers three series of homes – Garden, Classics, and Estates – that provide from 1,109 to 2,581 square feet.
High $200s - Low $400s
When it comes to living in Trilogy at Power Ranch, one resident says, “Love my home and the community in Trilogy at Power Ranch. The community is the perfect size.” Located about 30 miles south of Phoenix in Gilbert, Arizona, this 55+ community features 2,035 single-family homes built by Shea Homes between 1999 and 2008. These ranch-style homes feature open designs that range from 1,141 to more than 3,000 square feet.
Amenities in Trilogy at Power Ranch include a 27,000-square-foot clubhouse, walking and biking trails, a championship golf course, and courts for bocce ball and tennis. Homeowners can also gather with friends and neighbors for a meal or drinks at The Lantana Grill at the Trilogy Golf Club or the Cafe Santa Fe, which offers casual daytime dining.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
Village Grande at Millers Run is an active lifestyle community situated in the serene Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Homeowners can browse handmade Amish goods in addition to locally grown and organic foods or head to Park City Center for more modern shopping. This 55+ community makes it easy for neighbors to get to know each other through regularly scheduled clubs and interest groups.
Active adult homebuyers can browse resale homes available in four models that range from 1,558 to 2,261 square feet. Some models feature tray ceilings in the master bedroom in addition to optional patios, wood decks, and fireplaces. One resident says:
"We've lived in Village Grande for just a few months, but I can't say enough about it! The homes are lovely, the people warm and friendly, [and] the community amenities are second to none."
16. Cascades at Estero - Estero, FL
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
One of the few age-restricted communities in Estero, Florida, Cascades at Estero contains 614 single-family homes that provide 1,525 to 2,536 square feet of living space. Active adult homebuyers researching Florida homes for sale can explore resale-only homes in Cascades at Estero. Homeowners pay reasonable HOA fees that include a staffed gatehouse, a water and sprinkler system for all properties, streetlights, and use of the clubhouse. Each residence also includes a state-of-the-art alarm system. Many homes feature scenic views of lakes or nature.
“Great community, people, amenities. Couldn’t be happier,” says one resident. Living in Cascades at Estero gives homeowners access to many amenities, including a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse that contains an aerobics room, a sauna, a fitness center, and a unique heated indoor/outdoor pool. The amenities continue outdoors with a pool, spa, and sundeck, six lighted Har-Tru tennis courts, covered verandas, and walking and biking trails.
17. Grand Isle - Melbourne, FL
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
When it comes to living in Grand Isle, one homeowner calls it the “best community we've seen across the country. Well-managed, attractive, and social.” Built between 2002 and 2006, this 55+ community in Melbourne, Florida contains 336 single-family homes that range from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet. HOA fees cover lawn maintenance, pool maintenance, and exterior painting.
In terms of amenities, residents can enjoy abundant offerings at the luxurious Club Grand Isle. The 6,200-square-foot clubhouse features a fitness center, a billiards room, a community room, a parlor, a catering kitchen, and a library-activity room. The amenities continue outdoors with courts for pickleball, bocce ball, and tennis. Residents also have access to shuffleboard and a resort-style pool and spa with a veranda.
18. Heritage Hunt - Gainesville, VA
Low $400s - Low $600s
According to one resident, “living in Heritage Hunt is a dream come true!” This 55+ community in Gainesville, Virginia offers amenities at three clubhouses. Residents of Heritage Hunt have access to a grand ballroom, fine dining, an indoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men’s and women’s locker facilities, and an outdoor pool and spa. Golf enthusiasts can take advantage of the 18-hole Heritage Hunt Golf Course, which was designed by Arther Hills.
Active adult homebuyers looking for homes for sale in Virginia will find a large variety of styles and sizes within Heritage Hunt. This active adult community contains condominium, attached, and single-family homes that feature gourmet kitchens, sunrooms, and porches. Some of the larger floor plans also include a breakfast room and library. Residents who live in a condo can easily get to and from their homes in the elevator-equipped buildings.
Low $200s - Low $400s
Conveniently located just a half-hour from Rehoboth Beach and only two hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, Heritage Shores gives residents easy access to some of the nation’s most popular destinations. This 55+ community in Bridgeville, Delaware offers low-maintenance, energy-efficient homes available in both detached single-family floor plans and attached duplex designs.
For active adults who crave more free time, Heritage Shores could be your answer. One homeowner says:
“I've spent way too many years worrying about house maintenance! I just wanted to relax and feel like I lived in a resort. Heritage Shores is great and I would highly recommend it!”
Since residents don't have to worry about time-intensive yard work, they have more time to enjoy the community’s amenities. Heritage Shores is home to an arts and crafts studio, a library, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, four tennis courts, and an aerobics studio. Residents can also enjoy a meal and a cold beverage at the community’s full-service restaurant or tavern.
Low $200s - High $700s
According to one resident, Hershey’s Mill features a “good mix of newer and older homes. Close to stores and Starbucks! Community has everything you'd want.” This gated 55+ community in Westchester, Pennsylvania offers residents many thoughtful amenities, including a community center, an 18-hole golf course, six tennis courts, two pickleball courts, shuffleboard courts, and horseshoe pits. A unique offering, Hershey’s Mill features a stand-alone, fully equipped woodshop.
Completed in 2005 with 1,720 low-maintenance attached homes, this community offers homes in 25 distinct villages. Residences range from 1,000 to more than 3,000 square feet and feature first-floor master suites.
Mid $300s - Low $400s
Started in 2011, Hyde Park at Tulsa Hills will contain 165 single-family homes upon completion. This active adult community in Tulsa, Oklahoma features a range of homes for sale, including villas, cottages, and bungalows. Residences range from 1,450 to more than 3,000 square feet and feature wood floors, granite countertops, screened-in porches, and energy-efficient features.
When it comes to living in Hyde Park at Tulsa Hills, one homeowner says, “this is a very nice community with some gorgeous homes.” Residents enjoy many amenities, including a clubhouse that contains an exercise room, an aerobics and dance studio, and two indoor pickleball courts. Outdoors, homeowners have access to a pool and patio, a cabana with a flat-screen TV, a tennis court, and a six-hole putting green.
Low $200s - Mid $300s
One resident of Marrington at Cobblestone raves:
"This place is incredible! I love the pool by the pond. It is so cozy and it feels like home!"
This maintenance-free active adult community in Summerville, South Carolina gives residents access to numerous social events and activities plus a large assortment of amenities. Marrington at Cobblestone features a clubhouse, an exercise room, a catering kitchen, and an outdoor pool.
Surrounded by woods and wetlands, Marrington at Cobblestone is slated to contain only 98 attached and single-family homes. Residences feature a unique European country-style architecture and provide between 1,171 and 1,995 square feet. Every home is designed with spacious master suites and some homes offer views of the pond, woods, or lagoon.
Low $100s - High $600s
Established in the late 1980s, Savannah Lakes Village in McCormick, South Carolina is a resort-style community that gives homeowners access to community-owned golf clubs, amenity centers, outdoor amenities, and programs and events. Residents can stay as engaged and active as they like by playing tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, or horseshoes. This active lifestyle community also contains two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a bowling alley.
Active adults who are looking for South Carolina homes for sale can browse attached homes, condos, and single-family homes within Savannah Lakes Village. One homeowner says:
“Savannah Lakes Village has it all—golf courses, clubhouses, fitness centers, and incredible fishing lakes. There are lots for every budget, including very secluded lots.”
Mid $400s - Mid $1Ms
What’s it like living in Trilogy at Verde River? According to one homeowner:
"Trilogy at Verde Rive is fun. The homes are solid. The neighbors great. The clubhouse views spectacular."
This new resort community in Rio Verde, Arizona features a range of resort-style amenities, including on-site dining options, an 18-hole championship golf course, a well-equipped fitness center, and an on-site retail store that sells equipment for golf, cycling, kayaking, and more. Residents can also meet friends for some exercise at courts for tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball.
Upon completion, Trilogy at Verde River will contain 1,285 single-family homes across three luxurious collections: Vista, Ranch, and Sky. Residences range from 1,544 to 3,287 square feet and are designed to allow plenty of natural light to flow through.
Low $200s - Low $300s
Villas at Timbers Edge in Brownsboro, Alabama contains 53 ranch-style homes that are available in six floor plans. Active adult homebuyers looking for Alabama homes for sale can also browse attached homes, which contain 1,500 to 1,874 square feet. Residences feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, and crown molding. Some floor plans offer an optional second-floor bonus room.
One homeowner attests that Villas at Timbers Edge “is a beautiful community with lovely views, a nice pool, a nice clubhouse, and great neighbors!” Residents can enjoy many amenities at the clubhouse, which contains an exercise room and a meeting room. Outdoor amenities include a pool and plenty of scenic lakes and ponds.