The Most Popular 55+ Communities of 2022

"Most Popular" badge over the golf course at Renaissance at Manchester, New Jersey.
Renaissance at Manchester in New Jersey is the most popular 55+ community of 2022.

If you’re at the beginning of your homebuying journey, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the options. Not to worry! 55places is here to help, and we’ve compiled our most popular communities to help you start your home search. After all, if other retirees have found their dream home in these communities, maybe you will too.

To find the most popular communities, we looked at where our users are looking. The following communities had the most pageviews as well as an increase in pageviews in 2022. So, you can rest assured that these popular neighborhoods aren’t just temporary fads—they’ve got some staying power!

Our most popular communities are located in New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona, and Florida. If your desired retirement state isn’t on the list, don’t worry. Use our advanced search tool to browse the options in your area, or feel free to give us a call at (800) 928-2055. Our team of real estate experts would be happy to help you!

For the time being, let’s see which 55 communities were the most popular in 2022.

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Renaissance at Manchester is the most popular 55+ community of 2022! Though it’s New Jersey location might come as a surprise, it makes a bit more sense when homebuyers realize the community is halfway between New York City and Philadelphia, offering access to big-city entertainment.

The community itself has 1,904 resale homes. These properties were built between 1997 and 2007, offering 11 floor plans ranging from 1,522 to 2,256 square feet. You can find homes with one or two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. And the best part—many of the homes have a view of the golf course.

Renaissance at Manchester offers residents a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a sauna, an indoor pool, a library, a computer lab, and a ballroom. Outside, there’s even more to enjoy. Homeowners can play basketball, tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, or bocce. There’s also a resort-style pool with a whirlpool spa and a patio. Some of the more unique amenities in this community include expansive RV parking, an on-site deli, and an 18-golf course.

But what about the location? It can’t just be the amenities that make this community so popular, right? Renaissance at Manchester is situated in a tranquil area of Manchester, New Jersey, but residents still have easy access to local attractions and daily necessities.

The community is close to several health care providers, including Toms River Family Medical Center, Community Medical Center, and Garden State Medical Center. Nearby attractions include Six Flags Great Adventure, Hidden Lake, and Grounds for Sculpture. Golfers can tee off at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Cedar Creek Golf Course, and Pine Barrens Golf Club. And for avid travelers, Newark Liberty International Airport is just over an hour away.

High $300s - High $1Ms

Palm trees surrounding the community sign at Sun City Anthem in Henderson, Nevada.

Sun City Anthem is an incredibly popular option for retirees who want to live near Las Vegas. This 55+ community is in the foothills of the Black Mountains, offering views of the Las Vegas Strip. Situated 800 feet above the valley floor, residents also enjoy cooler temperatures and cleaner air in their community.

As is standard for a Sun City community, there’s a vast variety of amenities for residents to enjoy. There are three clubhouses offering fitness centers, indoor pools, craft rooms, hobby studios, a computer lab, a ballroom, a day spa, and more. Outdoors, Sun City Anthem residents can make the most of the pleasant weather with walking and biking trails, sports courts, and an outdoor pool and patio.

With over 7,000 homes, Sun City Anthem has a lot to offer interested homebuyers. These properties were built between 1998 and 2008. Condos, attached homes, and single-family homes are available on a resale basis in 33 models. Many homes also feature sweeping views of golf courses or the Las Vegas Strip.

Located in Henderson and just 30 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas, residents are close to daily conveniences and recreation opportunities. Nature lovers can enjoy Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area and Clark County Wetlands Park. Also, Sun City Anthem golfers can play at courses like Rio Secco Golf Club, Dragonridge Country Club, and The Legacy Golf Club. The community is close to Anthem Hills Medical Center, Seven Hills Medical Center, and Sagebrush Medical Center.

High $200s - High $600s

Palms trees and lounge chairs surrounding the outdoor pool at Province in Maricopa, Arizona.

We’re heading to Arizona for our third most-popular 55+ community. Province is a picturesque haven. It has 50 acres of scenic lakes and waterways, with over 30% of the land occupied by parks and greenspace. The 32,000-square-foot clubhouse gives residents access to a fitness center, an indoor pool, a cafe, a ballroom, a library, a sewing studio, and more. Outdoors, there are several sports courts alongside an 18-hole putting green, an amphitheater, and walking and biking trails.

This gated community has over 2,000 attached and single-family homes. Construction on the community began in 2004, and many of the homes throughout the community offer water-efficient and energy-efficient features. Some homes also include private outdoor pools.

Province is just 38 miles south of Downtown Phoenix, giving residents access to big-city entertainment. It also allows easy access to Banner Health Center, Chandler Regional Medical Center, and Maricopa Wellness Center. Some local attractions include Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Golfers can tee off at The Duke At Rancho El Dorado, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, and Bear Creek Golf Complex.

Mid $100s - High $300s

Greenery surrounding the clubhouse at Oak Run in Ocala, Florida

The Sunshine State is an ever-popular option among aspiring retirees, so it’s no surprise to see Oak Run on this list. This 55+ community is located in Ocala, one of the state’s most desirable cities for active adults. Residents of this community are 30 miles from the  Gulf of Mexico, and just 90 minutes from Orlando or Tampa.

Including 3,509 homes, Oak Run was built from 1985 to 2007. Attached and single-family properties are available on a resale basis with over 20 floor plans for interested homebuyers to consider. Homes range from 1,049 to 2,275 square feet. Homes throughout the community offer singlelevel living with walk-in closets, dens, and a covered lanai. Some residences also have a private pool.

At Oak Run, residents have access to five clubhouses. Across these facilities, there are outdoor pools and spas, fitness centers, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, walking and biking trails, a restaurant, an 18-hole golf course, and much more. Also, the on-site lifestyle director ensures that residents have a vast selection of clubs and activities. Oak Run offers over 100 activities, including tennis, golf, crafting groups, fitness classes, and dance clubs.

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

The community sign at the entrance to Homestead at Mansfield in Columbus, New Jersey.

Back in the Garden State, let’s take a look at Homestead at Mansfield. This gated community has 1,092 single-family homes for resale only. Constructed between 1983 and 2012, this is an established community with plenty of attractive amenities.

Located in Columbus, this community offers a peaceful country setting while also providing easy access to New York, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore. Closer to home, residents can make use of the large clubhouse with a fitness center, hobby rooms, a library, billiards, and a ballroom. Outdoors, there’s a heated pool, sports courts, and walking and biking paths—standard amenities that can help keep you moving.

Homes in this community offer between 1,200 and 2,200 square feet, updated kitchens, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of storage space. Some homes also have porches, patios, and sunrooms. All homes have a one- or two-car garage.

Nearby local attractions include the Underground Railroad Coffee House and Art Gallery, the Burlington County Amphitheater, the James Fenimore Cooper House, and the Bard-How House. You can reach Philadelphia in 45 minutes, and New York City is only an hour-and-a-half away.

High $100s - Mid $400s

Tables and chairs on the outdoor patio at Spruce Creek Country Club in Summerfield, Florida.

Spruce Creek Country Club in Summerfield has earned some lasting popularity due to its attractive location and top-notch amenities. There are over 3,000 single-family homes in the community, and homebuyers have more than 40 floor plans to choose from.

As for those top-notch amenities, the Horizon Center (a 32,000-square-foot clubhouse) offers a ballroom, a billiards room, card rooms, a computer room, a catering kitchen, and a game room. Outside, there’s a resort-style pool, a whirlpool spa, shuffleboard courts, and bocce ball courts. Aside from the Horizon Center, there’s also the Lake Vista Recreation Area, the Peninsula Park Recreation Area, and the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. At the golf club, homeowners can enjoy four 9-hole golf courses, a putting green, a driving range, and a tavern.

Spruce Creek Country Club is close to West Marion Community Hospital, Ocala Regional Medical Center, Citrus Memorial Hospital, and AdventHealth Ocala. Members of the community are also near many of the iconic Orlando-area attractions, including Disney World, Universal Studios, the Kennedy Space Center, and SeaWorld. Additional attractions include the Appleton Museum of Art and the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. For nature lovers, Spruce Creek Country Club is near Paradise Park, Lake Lillian, Orange Blossom Hills Park, and Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area.

High $100s - Mid $400s

Sunlight streaming in the windows of the indoor pool at Four Seasons at Smithville in Galloway, New Jersey.

Four Seasons at Smithville has over 1,200 low-maintenance homes, and a wide variety of on-site social clubs and events. The 23,000-square-foot clubhouse offers an aerobics studio, a fitness center, a ballroom, a card room, billiards, and an indoor pool. Outdoors, the community has tennis, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts as well as an outdoor pool and a putting green.

Located in Southern New Jersey, Four Seasons at Smithville is close to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Shore Medical Center, Cape Regional Medical Center, and Virtua Vorhees Hospital. When looking entertainment options, residents can check out the Atlantic City Aquarium, Noyes Museum of Art, and Cape May County Park & Zoo. Nature enthusiasts can explore Patriot Lake Park, Galloway Veterans Memorial Park, and Gabriel Field. And let’s not forget the golfers—they can head to Galloway National Golf Club, Atlantic City Country Club, and Hidden Creek Golf Club.

Attached and single-family homes are available at Four Seasons at Smithville. The single-family homes range from about 1,480 to over 2,000 square feet, and the attached homes range from 1,281 to 1,412 square feet. Features in some homes include walk-in closets, dual vanities, and ample natural lighting.

High $100s - High $200s

Clouds dotting the sky behind the lighthouse in Toms River, New Jersey.

Rounding out our list of the most popular 55+ communities of 2022, Holiday City at Silverton is a sought-after option for homebuyers seeking an idyllic retirement. It’s a thriving neighborhood with a wide selection of clubs and activities, such as aerobics classes, bingo nights, holiday parties, a travel club, a fishing club, and more.

The community clubhouse has meeting rooms, an outdoor pool, and a patio. Residents can also enjoy two lakes, shuffleboard courts, and a miniature golf course on the community grounds.

A well-established community in Toms River, Holiday at Silverton has 1,595 attached and single-family homes built between 1967 and 1975. Single-family homes range from 900 to 1,100 square feet and offer one or two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a carport or attached one-car garage. The attached homes are around 1,000 square feet and have one bedroom, one bathroom, and a driveway. The monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers common area maintenance, lawn care, and snow removal.

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