Living in the lap of luxury may be difficult if your retirement budget falls short. Luckily, retirees can afford to live in incredible 55+ communities across the country that won’t break the bank, if they do some research. 55places.com is proud to release its annual list of the 25 best-value active adult communities for 2016. These age-restricted communities offer a variety of homes in prime locations at reasonable prices along with world-class amenities that will make every homeowner feel like they are living in an elegant resort.
We narrowed down the options by ranking these communities by price and then factoring in amenities, clubs, and location. In addition to our own extensive research and data, the 55places.com team also spends a lot of time traveling across the U.S. to visit these active adult communities in person.
We not only observe first-hand the amazing and vibrant environments within these age-restricted developments, but we also get a close look at how 55+ residents interact, socialize, and enjoy an active retirement lifestyle. So stop stressing over your budget and check out which one of these 25 best-value communities can fulfill your ultimate retirement dreams at an attractive price point. The list is in no particular order.
As one of Florida’s largest 55+ communities, it’s no surprise to see On Top of the World making our best-value list once again. This 10,000-home development provides endless options for socializing, physical activity, and outdoor recreation thanks to its four amenity centers. And with more than 200 clubs that cater to every interest, Baby Boomers are sure to find a hobby, club, or activity to occupy their time throughout retirement. The best part of this lavish active adult community is that homebuyers can find a variety of charming homes at reasonable prices, some of which start under $100,000.
Central Arizona’s Sun City West is a marvelous active adult community that was built by Del Webb between 1978 and 1997. This age-restricted neighborhood continues to be popular among 55+ homebuyers because of its affordable homes, resort-style amenities, and nine golf courses. Outdoor recreation is essential in the daily lives of residents in Sun City West. Here, they have access to numerous tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, and shuffleboard courts scattered across the complex as well as a softball field, lawn bowling, volleyball and basketball courts, walking trails, and dog parks.
Active adult homebuyers may be surprised to find reasonably priced homes in this beautiful 55+ community in Southern California. Sun Lakes Country Club consists of 3,300 residences that were built by Pulte Homes between 1987 and 2003. Baby Boomers can find a variety of condos and single-family homes with pricing starting in the mid $100s. In addition to affordable homes and a prime SoCal location, Sun Lakes Country Club also has three clubhouses and two 18-hole golf courses spread across 1,000 acres of rolling hills and offers breathtaking views of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains.
4. Sun City, AZ
As the country’s very first 55-Plus community, Sun City in Central Arizona was the pioneer in the active adult living and real estate market. Sun City continues to provide Baby Boomers with great, affordable homes as well as world-class amenities and social activities all wrapped up in one neat package. This 27,000-home community features eleven golf courses, seven recreation centers, multiple sports courts, more than 200 clubs and special interest groups, and onsite restaurants and cafes. This retirement hotspot is the ideal one-stop-shop for everything active adults could want or need.
Rounding out the top five on the list is Century Village at Pembroke Pines in Southeast Florida. This 55+ community has 7,700 condo units spread across lush landscaping and that come in a variety of sizes. Providing the ultimate in low-maintenance living, active adults in Century Village at Pembroke Pines pay an affordable annual homeowners’ association fee that covers community upkeep as well as access to the amenities. The main clubhouse offers 135,000 square feet of recreational space where like-minded adults explore new hobbies, play sports, attend social functions, or mingle with friends. Some of the amazing amenities include a 1,042-seat performance theater, 800-seat ballroom, twelve shuffleboard courts, 15 tennis courts, 23 outdoor swimming pools, and an 18-hole golf course.