View of the outdoor pool and tennis court at CrossRidge in Glen Allen, Virginia

Active adults are flocking to Richmond, Virginia in search of the laid-back lifestyle prevalent in the area's most popular communities. 

With about one-third of Virginia’s active adult communities, Richmond is a popular area for retirees. As one of Virginia’s largest metropolitan areas, Richmond provides a place for both local retirees as well as 55+ homebuyers seeking a new home in a vibrant city. Richmond’s central location on the East Coast means easy travel, but residents can also enjoy all the amenities close to home, including cultural and outdoor activities.

Prospective homebuyers can find communities in many sizes, offering different lifestyles. The 41 Richmond-area communities range in size from about 20 to 800 homes, and they range in price from the low $200s to the high $500s. Here are the five most popular Richmond area communities.

1. CrossRidge - Glen Allen, VA

Low $300s - High $400s

CrossRidge is the most popular community in the Richmond area, and it's also the largest. The age-restricted community includes 746 homes built by Eagle Construction between 2001 and 2013. With single-family, attached, and condominium homes, the community offers prospective homebuyers a variety of home styles to suit their needs. Homes are offered for resale, and they generally list between the low $300s and the high $400s.

Of the top five communities, CrossRidge provides the most resort-style amenities. The 13,000-square-foot Pavilion Club includes meeting rooms, card rooms, and a billiards room where residents get together for clubs, activities, and planned social events. Residents also stay active at the fitness center, in the indoor and outdoor pools, or on the tennis courts.

2. Chickahominy Falls - Glen Allen, VA

High $300s - Low $400s

The second-most popular community in the Richmond area is located in Glen Allen. Chickahominy Falls is a brand-new 55+ community offering single-family homes built by StyleCraft Homes and Cornerstone Homes. When complete, the community will include 400 homes.

The models all include two bedrooms and two baths, and they range from 1,700 to 2,200 square feet. With these new builds, prospective homebuyers can customize certain elements. Located in a wooded area off of Route 1, the builders are committed to environmental preservation and will keep trees, greenspaces, and watersheds. Currently, residents can enjoy walking trails and natural space. The clubhouse is not yet complete, but residents will be able to enjoy an outdoor pool and patio, meeting rooms, and social spaces when it's complete.

3. The Villages at the Crossings - Glen Allen, VA

High $200s - Mid $300s

The Villages at the Crossings is another small community of 165 homes. Located in the suburb of Glen Allen, the community is not age-restricted but provides many amenities that appeal to active adults. The homeowners’ association takes care of exterior maintenance and yard work, leaving residents to enjoy more leisure time at home or in the community’s clubhouse.

The attached homes range from about 1,800 to 3,800 square feet with two to three bedrooms. Many homes also include patios, porches, or decks to enjoy the community’s greenspace. The clubhouse features a multipurpose room, an exercise room, and an outdoor pool and patio. Residents also enjoy nearby walking and biking trails as well as shopping and The Crossings Golf Course.

4. Settlers Ridge - Richmond, VA

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

The fourth most popular community in the Richmond area is the established community of Settlers Ridge. The single-family homes come in a variety of models with two to three bedrooms, two baths, and a two-car garage. The 160 homes are currently offered on a resale basis.

The 4,000-square-foot clubhouse creates an inviting space where residents meet for events and clubs in the game room and meeting rooms. The clubhouse also features a heated indoor pool for year-round swimming. In addition to enjoying the amenities of the community, residents can be in Downtown Richmond in just fifteen minutes.

5. Cherry Grove - Mechanicsville, VA

High $200s - High $300s

Located in Mechanicsville, Cherry Grove is a new 55+ community developed by R-CI Builders. When complete, the community will include 160 attached homes. The homes are designed for low-maintenance living, with two to three bedrooms including a first-floor master suite, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. New homes start in the high $200s.

Residents stay active at the fitness center or on the putting green and pickleball court. The space outside the clubhouse also features a patio, event lawn, and covered lanai.