Now that it’s officially October, it becomes harder to deny that the Autumn season is in full swing. But before saying “see you later” to summer, let’s take a look back at the best-selling active adult communities of September.
Every month, we review sales data gathered from 55places.com to reveal which communities sell the best at any given point throughout the year. From September 1 to September 30, we kept track of sales made through 55places.com to determine the 10 best-selling active adult communities of the month. Please note that this ranking is drawn from sales made through the website and does not represent overall sales in any given community.
The best-selling active adult communities of September 2019 certainly include some familiar names from Central Florida. But there are also some newcomers on the list, including two active lifestyle communities in The Volunteer State. Keep reading to find out the best-selling communities of September.
Below $100K - Low $400s
There’s only one active adult community that has been named the best-selling, most popular, and overall best 55+ community of 2019: On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida. Month after month, this gated 55+ community ranks as one of the best-selling retirement communities across the country.
So what makes so many active adults choose OTOW for their Central Florida retirement? With plans for 10,000 homes, residents have an opportunity to join an active, thriving community with abundant clubs, activities, and classes.
The world-class amenities include a town square with a continuing education center, a deli, and an ice cream shop. There are also five recreation centers with amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, a 1,500-seat ballroom, and state-of-the-art fitness centers.
To learn more about On Top of the World, request info here.
High $100s - Low $1Ms
From #9 best-selling last month to #2 best-selling this month, Sun City Texas near Austin is the most popular 55+ community in Texas. With resort-style amenities, a full social calendar, and desirable Del Webb floor plans, this 55+ community allows active adults to make the most of a Texas Hill Country retirement.
The sought-after amenities feature an 86,000-square-foot amenity complex, three 18-hole golf courses, and nine miles of walking and biking trails. One of the state-of-the-art fitness centers includes an indoor walking track and two indoor pools.
With new and resale homes for sale, the community offers 20 floor plan collections designed specifically for active adults. The single-family and attached homes range from 940 to 3,150 square feet, and some sections provide exterior home maintenance, lawn care, and landscaping.
To learn more about Sun City Texas, request info here.
High $100s - Mid $1Ms
Located just 20 minutes northwest of Hilton Head Island, one of the most popular beach vacation destinations in the country, Sun City Hilton Head is the best-selling 50+ active adult community for those dreaming of a South Carolina retirement. The mild marine climate, pristine Atlantic coast beaches, and affordable cost of living all attract active adults to this retirement haven.
With plans for 8,200 single-family and attached homes upon completion, this Del Webb community provides ample amenities and social activities. A 45-acre town center and amenity complex provides two restaurants, a 17,000-square-foot social hall, and three fitness centers.
The outdoor amenities include four resort-style pools, three 18-hole golf courses, and a 20-acre fishing lake. Residents can also enjoy dozens of athletic courts, two croquet fields, walking and biking trails, a dog park, and RV and boat storage.
To learn more about Sun City Hilton Head, request info here.
Below $100K - High $700s
Fairfield Glade in Crossville, Tennessee may seem like a hidden retirement gem, but this well-established active lifestyle community has been attracting retirees since 1970. With plans for 7,000 homes across 12,000 acres, interested homebuyers can choose from new and resale homes for sale with single-family, attached, and condominium home models.
Amenities include desirable features such as multiple amenity centers, several restaurants, and five championship golf courses. But there are also more unique amenities, such as 11 boating lakes, two marinas, and equestrian facilities. The community also boasts a mall, a medical center, and six churches.
This rural community is located about 65 miles from Knoxville, 80 miles from Chattanooga, and 120 miles from Nashville, which still puts each of these cities within reach for a visit.
To learn more about Fairfield Glade, request info here.
Mid $100s - High $1Ms
For active adults who want to live in a community surrounded by daily conveniences, Tellico Village in Loudon, Tennessee combines desirable amenities with everyday needs. Within and adjacent to this active lifestyle community, residents can access several restaurants, salons, a medical center, a bank, a pharmacy, a gas station, a supermarket, a hardware store, salons, and more.
One resident shared exactly what he loves about Tellico Village:
“My wife and I have lived in The Village for almost 12 years and love the community’s lifestyle and convenience...Tellico Village is on the shores of 16,000-acre Tellico Lake with spectacular views of the Smoky Mountains. What is best about The Village is the people. We have lived and worked in different parts of the country and the world. We were fortunate to find this special place to enjoy this stage of our lives.”
To learn more about Tellico Village, request info here.
Mid $100s - Mid $400s
Built from 1996 to 2007 by Del Webb, Spruce Creek Country Club consists of 3,250 single-family homes, several modern amenity centers, and a social calendar with nearly 100 clubs and activities. This gated 55+ community may not be as large as some of the sprawling developments in nearby Ocala, but many retirees find this community just right.
The amenities include the 32,000-square-foot Horizon Center clubhouse, the 14,000-square-foot Lake Vista Fitness Center, and the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. These facilities house amenities such as resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, game and club rooms, and a restaurant.
Residents can also participate in activities, clubs, and classes to pursue their hobbies. Some of the offerings include arts and crafts league, singles group, book discussion group, nature explorers, and motorcycle riders.
To learn more about Spruce Creek Country Club, request info here.
Low $100s - High $600s
At Savannah Lakes Village in Central South Carolina, residents can enjoy a country club lifestyle situated next to 25 miles of shoreline on Lake Thurmond, a 71,000-acre lake ideal for boating, fishing, kayaking, and swimming. This lakeside active lifestyle community is surrounded by scenic lake, forest, and golf course views.
The country club-style amenities feature a 23,000-square-foot recreation center with a ballroom, a fitness center, a four-lane bowling alley, indoor and outdoor pools, and athletic courts. The grounds also include two 18-hole golf courses, each with their own practice facilities and restaurant.
In addition to clubs and activities, the community hosts regular events such as holiday parties, concerts, plays, and pancake breakfasts. Residents can also participate in planned trips and local excursions.
To learn more about Savannah Lakes Village, request info here.
Below $100K - Mid $300s
Another best-selling 55+ community in the popular Ocala area of Central Florida is Oak Run, a gated 55+ community of 3,509 single-family and attached homes for sale. The sought-after amenities and lifestyle opportunities draw active adults to this resort-style community, and the affordable homes for sale often encourage them to stay.
Most of the homes in the community consist of two or three bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. The attached homes range from 1,049 to 1,489 square feet, while the single-family homes range from 1,112 to 2,275 square feet. The well-maintained resale homes for sale offer dozens of floor plans.
The amenities include three clubhouses, a sports club, and a golf club with an 18-hole championship golf course. These facilities offer fitness centers, outdoor pools, and dozens of multipurpose rooms for games, cards, and crafts.
To learn more about Oak Run, request info here.
9. Canal Walk - Somerset, NJ
Mid $300s - Low $600s
Thanks to a prime location in Somerset, residents of Canal Walk can easily travel to nearby cities such as Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City as well as the Jersey Shore. But as one of the best active adult communities for downsizing in the area, there are plenty of additional reasons to consider this gated 55+ community.
Upon completion, Canal Walk will include 1,200 single-family, attached, and condominium homes across five collections of floor plans with many home models and styles to choose from. The condominium homes offer the best option for a maintenance-free lifestyle, while the attached townhomes and detached single-family homes provide more living space.
The amenity-rich lifestyle features the Premier Club, a clubhouse with 32,000 square feet of amenities such as a ballroom, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, and ample multipurpose gathering rooms. Residents can also enjoy a cafe, a full-service salon, and a massage and wellness center.
To learn more about Canal Walk, request info here.
10. Brunswick Forest - Leland, NC
Mid $200s - Low $900s
North Carolina may offer over 150 active adult communities, but the largest and most popular is Brunswick Forest—just 20 minutes from Wilmington, 30 minutes from several Atlantic Coast beaches, and 45 minutes from Myrtle Beach, SC. Upon completion, this active lifestyle community will include 8,000 single-family and attached homes.
The extensive amenities feature an 18,000-square-foot fitness and wellness center with state-of-the-art facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and a steam room. There's also a separate community clubhouse.
The outdoor amenities center around the Cape Fear National Golf Course, an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course with its own 7,000-square-foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor dining.
To learn more about Brunswick Forest, request info here.