55places.com is pleased to announce its annual list of the 25 best value active adult communities for 2017. With hundreds of 55+ communities across the country, this list shows that living in a luxurious active adult community is attainable without burning a hole in your retirement fund. These communities feature resort-style amenities, beautiful homes, and prime locations that many retirees seek.
We’ve compiled this list of active adult communities based on our 100 Most Popular Communities list, with priority given to the communities that made the 55 Best 55+ Communities for 2017. We narrowed down our list by ranking these communities by price, amenities, number of social clubs and activities, and location. In addition to our own research and data, the 55places.com team also traveled across the country touring these communities in person.
Not only did we get to witness first-hand the impressive environments of these active adult communities, but we also observed how residents interacted, socialized, and lived within these exciting developments that allowed them to have an active retirement lifestyle. So if you are in search of an active adult community with a resort-style vibe but think you don’t have enough of a nest egg to make your move, then check out these 25 best value communities that offer an attractive price point that will make you think twice. The list is in no particular order.
Sun City West by Del Webb - Sun City West, AZ
Sun City West is a beautiful active adult community in Central Arizona. It was developed by Del Webb between 1978 and 1997 and hosts 16,900 homes. This 55+ community is popular among the boomer crowd because of its reasonably priced attached and single-family homes as well as its world-class amenities and nine golf courses. Not only do residents have endless opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation with all of the amenities provided, but they also have a lively atmosphere that keeps their social calendars full. There are over 100 chartered clubs and special interest groups represented in Sun City West, ranging from singles club and tennis leagues to line dancers and water fitness.
Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, CA
Sun Lakes Country Club is an established age-restricted community in Banning, CA. The community features 3,300 homes and two 18-hole golf courses spread across 1,000 acres of gentle, rolling hills within the San Gorgonio Pass area of Riverside County. Retirees love the community’s Southern California location, scenic views, and affordable homes priced in the high $100s. In addition to its great location and reasonably priced homes, Sun Lakes Country Club also offers retirees a diverse mix of world-class amenities and a lively social atmosphere.
On Top of the World – Ocala, FL
Baby boomers flock to On Top of the World because of its impressive lineup of top-notch amenities sprawled across its massive landscape. This 55+ community in the heart of Central Florida offers resort-style amenities and more than 10,000 homes, making it one of the largest in the state. Homebuyers can find quality built homes starting below $100k as well as enjoy multiple clubhouses and recreational facilities like outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness centers, hobby and game rooms, dog parks, and sports fields. Residents also have more than 200 clubs to choose from that are sure to help them explore new hobbies or mingle with other like-minded adults.
Green Valley Recreation – Green Valley, AZ
Green Valley Recreation is a conglomerate of age-restricted communities located throughout an area just south of Tucson. Homeowners who live within Green Valley Recreation’s deed-restricted areas are members of Green Valley Recreation, Inc. (GVR), an organization serving the leisure and social needs of 55+ households. Homeowners who are members of the GVR have limitless access to 13 recreation centers and abundant indoor and outdoor amenities such as aerobics and dance studios, outdoor pools, fitness centers, woodworking shops, hobby and game rooms, sports courts, bike trails, and eight championship golf courses. GVR also has a wide selection of affordable homes spread across various neighborhoods ranging from condos, attached homes, and single-family homes.
As the first active adult community in the country, Sun City Arizona has welcomed more than 40,000 homeowners since opening its doors in 1960. This 55+ community has more than 27,000 residences that come in a variety of styles, sizes, and price points. Many of the homes are priced below $100k and feature upgrades like hardwood flooring, modern kitchens, open floor plans, and desirable finishes. Del Webb has also pioneered the active adult concept by developing a self-contained community that offers residents access to nearly every imaginable amenity.
Residents can get around the community via golf-cart-legal streets and enjoy multiple recreation centers, eleven golf courses, 19 shopping areas, numerous outdoor pools, and plenty of sports courts and recreational facilities. Sun City Arizona remains a popular age-restricted community thanks to its low property taxes, reasonably priced homes, and prime location that’s near major roadways, shopping, and entertainment.