With thousands of age-restricted communities throughout the country to consider, starting your home search might feel a bit overwhelming. But if you’re seeking a community that offers the most value for your money, we’ve determined the top 25 communities that offer attractive home prices, resort-style amenities, and picturesque locations. Your next home might just be your most savvy purchase yet.
Here are the 25 best value communities of 2021.
Low $100s – Mid $500s
The community offering the best value to active adult homebuyers this year hardly needs an introduction. On Top Of The World is a chart-topping favorite at 55places.com; it’s the most popular community of 2021, one of the best 55+ communities in the country, and the second best-selling community of this year.
Located in the heart of Central Florida, On Top of the World will have 10,000 homes upon completion, making it one of the largest communities in the state. This community is well-known for its attractive homes, world-class amenities, and low-maintenance lifestyle. Homebuyers can choose from single-family homes and attached villas that range from 1,000 to over 3,000 square feet. Current prices range from the mid $100s to the high $400s.
Mid $100s – Mid $1Ms
Laguna Woods Village is also a noteworthy community on this list. It recently earned the No. 1 spot on our list of The 55 Best 55+ Communities of 2021. Laguna Woods Village in California has seven clubhouses, 36 holes of golf, five swimming pools, an equestrian center, and over 250 clubs. Developed from 1964 to 1985, this community consists of 12,736 condo, attached, and single-family homes. Current prices range from the high $100s to the high $700s. Also, Laguna Woods Village is only 10 minutes from the beach.
Mid $100s – High $1Ms
The Villages is another community that needs no introduction. Spanning three counties, three zip codes, and over 20,000 acres, this massive development will eventually have 70,000 homes. Current prices range from the high $100s to over $1.1 million. The community offers over 100 miles of golf cart legal streets as well as on-site retail establishments, restaurants, banks, post offices, health care centers, and numerous amenities.
4. Sun City – Sun City, AZ
Below $100k – High $800s
The community that started it all in 1960 still offers active adult homebuyers the best value for their dollar today. Sun City in Arizona was the first 55+ community in the country, and it now has over 27,000 homes, 11 golf courses, and a wide variety of amenities and social clubs. Renowned for its low property taxes and minimal association fees, Sun City is 16 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix.
5. Solivita – Kissimmee, FL
Mid $100s – Low $600s
A 4,300-acre master-planned community in Kissimmee, Solivita is a gated community with over 150,000 square feet of amenities as well as greenspaces, lakes, and waterways. Homebuyers have 20 home collections and a variety of models to choose from. Construction began in 2000, and Solivita plans to offer 5,900 homes across its various neighborhoods. Current prices range from the high $100s to the low $600s.
Low $100s – High $600s
Built from 1978 to 1997, Sun City West has 16,900 attached and single-family homes in over 140 models. The single-family homes offer 800 to over 4,600 square feet, while the attached homes offer from 760 to 1,880 square feet. Current prices range from the low $200s to the mid $600s. Residents have access to a wide selection of amenities, including four recreation centers, seven golf courses, and nine restaurants.
Below $100k – Low $1Ms
Green Valley Recreation (GVR) is not a single active adult neighborhood, but it deserves some attention nonetheless for the value it offers retirees. GVR is a conglomerate of 55+ neighborhoods located just south of Tucson, and with a small annual fee, homeowners in the area have access to GVR amenities and clubhouses regardless of which community they reside. Current home prices range from below $100s to $1.2 million.
Low $200s – Mid $1Ms
The largest age-restricted community in South Carolina, Sun City Hilton Head has 9,000 homes, world-class amenities, and 54 holes of golf. Nestled in the semi-tropical Lowcountry, this community offers both new construction and resale homes for sale. The attached homes come in a total of 10 floor plans, and the single-family homes are offered in 19 distinct collections with dozens of floor plans. Current prices range from the mid $200s to $1.5 million.
Below $100k – Low $300s
Kings Point is a gated neighborhood with two private clubhouses, golf courses, and a wide variety of social activities. Also, this active adult community is conveniently located near world-renowned beaches, the culture of Tampa, and the many attractions of Orlando. Kings Point offers attached villa condos arranged in duplex configurations, and current prices range from below $100k to the low $300s.
Below $100k – High $900s
Our first community in Tennessee that offers active adults some excellent homebuying value, Fairfield Glade has resort-style amenities, a full activities calendar, and both new and resale homes in a selection of styles. Started in 1970, this community consists of 4,000 residences at present. Current home prices range from below $100k to the high $900s. Also, an hour-and-a-half drive will bring residents to the big-city attractions of both Nashville and Chatanooga.