Moving comes with many upsides, from getting a home that better suits your current lifestyle to enjoying a community that offers amenities that appeal the most to you. Whether you want to downsize from your large family home, you want to live closer to your friends or family, or you want the benefits of living in a brand-new home that doesn’t require the repairs and maintenance of an older home, moving provides many perks.
If you’re like many active adult homebuyers, you’re specifically interested in new homes. By choosing a new home, you can often customize details, from adding an optional second floor or sunroom to selecting the color scheme and appliances. Moving to a new active adult community also allows you to create the kind of lifestyle you envision. Residents in new communities can lay the foundation for the community’s overall tone by starting their own social clubs, volunteer groups, sports tournaments, and more.
To guide your search for the country’s best 55+ communities with brand-new homes, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best new communities in 2020. While these active lifestyle communities provide a great place to start your browsing, the communities below also deserve a look. These five communities finished just outside the top 10 for this award.
To be eligible for the award, communities must have had first-time residents move in between September 2019 and the end of October 2020. We examined data such as page views, sales from MLS and 55places.com, home types offered, and amenity and lifestyle options.
Read on to see the 55+ communities that earned an honorable mention in our list of the year’s best new communities.
Mid $200s - Mid $400s
Located within the master-planned community of Riverland, Valencia Grove at Riverland is slated to contain 519 single-family homes upon completion. Homebuyers can choose from 20 distinct floor plans across five design collections. Homes range from 1,355 to 3,312 square feet and offer standard features such as impact-resistant windows, granite countertops, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, and screened and covered patios. A homeowners’ association (HOA) covers exterior home maintenance and provides access to amenities, allowing residents to enjoy low-maintenance living.
Amenities include the 34,000-square-foot Club at Valencia Grove and the Sports and Racquet Club. Homeowners can enjoy a bar, a sports lounge, a restaurant, billiards and card rooms, and a catering kitchen. Outdoor amenities include a resort-style pool, spa, a patio and fire pit, and walking and biking trails. Sports enthusiasts can meet up with neighbors on the courts for tennis, pickleball, and shuffleboard. This new age-restricted community also offers residents easy access to the beach, with Vero Beach about 45 minutes away and West Palm Beach about an hour away.
Low $300s - Mid $600s
Next up on our list of honorable mentions for the best new communities of 2020 is Sterling Grove. This gated 55+ community is located about 30 minutes from Phoenix and will contain 90 single-family homes upon completion. Active adult homebuyers can explore 21 home designs across four collections. Residences range from 1,507 to 2,508 square feet and feature influences from Craftsman, farmhouse, and Spanish architecture. Some homes feature a butler’s pantry, kitchen islands that serve as breakfast bars, and 10-foot ceilings.
A golf course community within a master-planned development, Sterling Grove gives residents access to ample amenities. A clubhouse contains restaurants and cafes along with a state-of-the-art fitness facility with a movement studio. Outdoors, homeowners can get some fresh air at four parks or stroll the tree-lined town square. The community also contains an 18-hole championship golf course and a community garden.
A full-time lifestyle director gives residents a variety of events and activities to choose from. When homeowners want to travel, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is just 30 minutes away.
Mid $200s - Mid $300s
Want to live in a community with easy access to Florida’s scenic Gulf Coast beaches? Take a look at Medley at Mirada, a new 55+ community that’s only an hour away from the coast. Located within the master-planned Mirada community, Medley at Mirada will contain 858 single-family and attached homes upon completion. Attached homes range from 1,396 to 1,731 square feet, while single-family homes range from 1,683 to 2,775 square feet. Homes start in the mid $200s, and homes at higher price points can include private pools and spas. Some homes feature double ovens, stainless steel appliances, and open concept floor plans.
In addition to enjoying the Florida sunshine and beaches, residents of Medley at Mirada can take advantage of numerous amenities right at home. This new community contains its own clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool, and courts for tennis and pickleball. Homeowners can also access an additional clubhouse, a resort-style pool, outdoor grills, an off-leash dog park, and a birdhouse village.
Mid $200s - Low $400s
Conveniently located near I-95, Cresswind at PGA Village Verano makes it easy for residents to enjoy all that Florida’s Treasure Coast has to offer. This new 55+ community has plans to include 249 single-family homes that range from 1,571 to 2,576 square feet. Homebuyers can explore four single-level floor plans that allow for bonus rooms on an optional second floor. Residences feature modern, energy-efficient designs, outdoor living spaces, and first-floor owners’ suites.
Living in Cresswind at PGA Village Verano allows residents to enjoy golf right in their own neighborhood. The community is home to the PGA Golf Club, which includes three championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye and Tom Fazio as well as a 35-acre practice facility. Other amenities include a 27,000-square-foot Club Talavera Social Clubhouse with a ballroom, an arts and crafts studio, a card room, a library, and a lifelong learning auditorium.
Outdoors, residents can enjoy a pool with cabanas, a dog park, and plenty of parks and natural spaces. A pickleball complex with 26 courts and a championship court is currently underway. Upon completion, it will be the largest in the region.
Low $400s - Low $600s
Rounding out our list of honorable mentions for the best new 55+ communities of 2020 is Del Webb at Lake Las Vegas. This new active adult community is located less than 20 miles outside of downtown Las Vegas and features new homes starting in the low $400s. Active adult homebuyers can choose from three home collections and nine floor plans that range from 1,579 to 2,736 square feet. Some homes feature additional den spaces, covered patios, and walk-in closets. Each home includes a two- or three-car garage.
Del Webb at Lake Las Vegas offers residents many resort-style amenities, including a clubhouse with a multipurpose space and a fitness center. The community will also contain an on-site retail center, allowing residents to shop right in their own neighborhood. Plans for outdoor amenities include tennis and pickleball courts along with an outdoor pool and patio. Homeowners can also enjoy the Lake Las Vegas golf course, a 32-acre lake, and ample greenspace.