Many active adults dream of retiring in a warm climate near sugar-sand beaches and picturesque golf courses. Living in Alabama can provide that dream retirement while staying within a budget. The state ranks among the top five most affordable places to live in the United States, according to a 2021 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
If you're looking for homes for sale in Alabama, read on. We’ll show you six of the state’s best-reviewed active lifestyle communities.
Low $200s - Low $300s
Villas at Timbers Edge, an active lifestyle community located just minutes away from Huntsville, has several five-star reviews from homeowners. One resident says:
“I have owned my home at Timbers Edge for almost a year. I was attracted to this community because of its beautiful setting nestled in a verdant valley surrounded by protective mountains. It is quiet and peaceful. I have found the management team to be courteous, responsive and helpful. The homes and amenities are lovely and upscale.”
Another homeowner says, “The location is fantastic. It has all the advantages of country living and all of the advantages of city living.”
Started in 2007, Villas at Timbers Edge contains 53 ranch-style homes available in six floor plans. Active adult homebuyers can also explore attached homes that range from 1,500 to 1,874 square feet and feature crown molding, designer wood cabinets, luxurious fixtures, hardwood floors, and granite countertops. Some models also feature a second-floor bonus room with a full bathroom. A homeowners’ association (HOA) handles weekly trash removal, exterior home maintenance and repair, and landscaping.
Amenities in this community include a clubhouse with a well-equipped exercise room, a meeting room, and an outdoor pool with a patio. Residents can stroll through the community and enjoy scenic lakes and ponds throughout. With Hampton Cove Golf Course less than 10 miles away and Monte Sano State Park just eight miles away, residents can easily enjoy golf and their favorite outdoor recreation activities right in their local area.
Mid $300s - High $300s
Started in 2019, Abingdon at Lake Wilborn is the first active adult community in Hoover. Upon completion, this community is slated to contain 100 single-family homes. Active adults who have already moved to this up-and-coming 55+ community have positive things to say.
One resident says:
“The variety of homes styles offer the right floor plan for any situation. Easy access in and out of the house, larger doorways, plenty of space around counters in the kitchen and bathroom, smooth entry into large showers with benches and it’s a beautiful home in an active community.”
Signature Homes offers residences that begin at 1,900 square feet and give homebuyers the option to add additional rooms to increase their home’s living space. Many homes border private wooded areas or a central park. An HOA covers exterior home maintenance and community upkeep.
An amenity-rich community, Abingdon at Lake Wilborn contains a private clubhouse with gathering spaces, a pool, and a community garden. Homeowners can enjoy a 5,000-square-foot wellness center, a 300-acre park, a 21-acre lake, and 73 acres of hiking and biking trails. Residents also have access to all the amenities within the master-planned Lake Wilborn community.
Low $200s - Mid $200s
Active adults looking for Alabama homes for sale in Birmingham can check out one of the city’s best-reviewed communities: Cornerstones at Oxmoor Valley. According to one homeowner:
“This is a very nice community in a great location. The homes are well designed and the proximity to shopping and restaurants is very desirable.”
This active lifestyle community contains maintenance-free ranch homes available in two floor plans that offer 1,718 and 1,816 square feet of living space. These single-level attached homes feature spacious owner's suites, Palladian-style windows, vaulted ceilings, private patios, and open living spaces. Some homes feature golf course views. An HOA covers lawn care, exterior home maintenance, common area maintenance, fertilization and weed control, and driveway and street maintenance.
Residents can enjoy numerous amenities, including a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse with an exercise room, a great room, a catering kitchen, and a billiards table and card table. Outdoor amenities include a pool, a patio, and walking and biking trails.
Low $200s - High $200s
LiveOak Village is another one of the best-reviewed communities in Alabama. This 55+ community gives residents access to beaches, restaurants, and shopping nearby. According to one homeowner:
“This is a very nice community in a beautiful setting. It is far enough back from the beach that you don't seem to deal with a lot of traffic and congestion.”
The single-family homes in LiveOak Village range from 1,230 to 2,212 square feet, with some residences featuring crown molding, granite counters, patios, enclosed sunrooms, and stainless steel appliances. Homeowners enjoy maintenance-free living thanks to an HOA that covers weekly lawn care and exterior home maintenance.
Amenities in LiveOak Village include an exercise room, a heated indoor pool and spa, and an outdoor pool with a patio. Residents can also enjoy two tennis and pickleball courts as well as walking and biking trails that provide picturesque views of the pond.
High $200s - High $500s
Located near Auburn University, National Village is one of the best-reviewed communities in Alabama. One homeowner says:
“What a beautiful place. Such a pretty spot in the Auburn area and the homes are gorgeous. Having the pools, tennis courts, and all the walking trails is what makes this place incredible.”
Upon completion, National Village will contain 1,400 single-family homes available in three design collections. Residences range from 1,500 to 3,700 square feet and feature side yard patios, granite countertops, hardwood floors, and attic storage space. Some homes feature screened porches, decks, and outdoor kitchens.
When it comes to amenities, homeowners have access to all that the Auburn-Opelika Marriott Hotel & Conference Center offers. Residents can enjoy a heated indoor pool, dry sauna, a 96-seat amphitheater, a business center, an exercise room, and locker rooms. Homeowners can also enjoy 4,200 square feet of outdoor recreational space, including three saltwater pools, a splash pool bar, private cabanas, and courts for tennis and pickleball. Golfers of all skill levels will enjoy the Grand National Golf Course, which features 54 holes of championship golf. Residents get to play for free on the Short Course and get discounts to play on the Links or Lake courses.
High $200s - High $300s
A new 55+ community in Opelika, The Springs of Mill Lakes is quickly making an impression on homeowners. One resident says:
“They have a really great clubhouse with a lot of things like pickleball, boating, etc. The homes are very well designed too.”
Upon completion, The Springs of Mill Lakes will contain 134 single-family homes that range from 1,820 to 3,460 square feet. Active adult homebuyers can customize with optional features such as sunrooms, finished bonus rooms, screened porches, and basements.
This community has plans to construct a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse that will contain a fitness center, a fireplace lounge, a catering kitchen, and a ballroom. Outdoor amenities include a pool, a community garden, a recreational lake and dock, and a fishing lake. Residents can also enjoy exercise and fresh air along the community’s walking and biking trails.