Solivita in Florida offers world-class amenities including 36 holes of golf and homes under $100k.  

When it comes to finding a retirement destination, many active adults want fabulous amenities at value prices. Though it may take a bit of a compromise, there are ways to find great communities which provide plenty of resort-style amenities while still offering lower priced homes. These sought-after communities particularly appeal to savvy homebuyers who want to get the best bang for their investment bucks.

One way to find affordable homes in an amenity-rich community is to look for available resale homes in older developments like some found in Arizona. Billed as the first modern active adult community, Del Webb’s original Sun City was built to impress and has expanded to include seven recreation centers, 11 golf courses and over 26,000 homes. In 1973, Robson Communities began its own nearby resort-style development, Sun Lakes, with a wide range of amenities include multiple clubhouses, golf courses and sports courts.

Some older resort-style communities are continuing to offer new construction homes at affordable prices. These communities are well-established with many diverse amenities, yet they are located in areas where they are able to keep prices low. Two Florida communities which offer impressive amenities and homes with surprisingly affordable price tags are Kings Point, in Sun City Center, and On Top of the World, in Ocala.

Another way to find affordable communities is to explore areas which are off the beaten path. This is a particularly good option for active adults who prefer to live in tranquil communities which promote a small-town feel along with their exciting line-up of amenities. In Nevada, Sun City Mesquite is situated 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas where residents can enjoy the peaceful desert solitude. Even a less-secluded community like Sun City Apple Valley, in California’s Inland Empire area, may offer more affordable homes than developments which are closer to more urban destinations.

Active adults who are shopping on a budget shouldn’t automatically shy away from large developments with extravagant homes. Many sprawling resort-style communities are designed to offer homes in many different sizes and price ranges. By purchasing a smaller attached home or condominium in one of these communities, homebuyers have access to all of the spectacular amenities while still living within their means. Just a few great communities which offer homes in a wide range of prices include Sun City Texas, in Georgetown, Texas; Sun City Hilton Head, in Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Solivita in Poinciana, Florida.

Though it can take a little more legwork and a lot of shopping around, it is possible to find affordable housing in some truly impressive resort-style communities.