Many master-planned communities across the country provide the lifestyle, homes, and resort-style amenities that many homebuyers seek. Living in a master-planned community gives homebuyers more options to choose the type of home and lifestyle they want, including a distinct line-up of builders, floor plans, and unique recreational amenities on a much larger scale.
Some developments even include retail shops, medical facilities, and business centers that make it convenient for homeowners to get their daily necessities without traveling far from home. There are also master-planned developments that have 55+ subdivisions that target empty nesters and retirees who want an active and socially engaging lifestyle. It should be no surprise to find that eleven of the 20 top-selling master-planned communities have a designated section for this market, according to real estate advisory firm Robert Charles Lesser & Co (RCLCO). Here were the top-selling master-planned communities in 2016 that have an age-restricted section.
The Villages in Central Florida is a massive age-restricted development that will host more than 56,000 homes upon completion. Since opening in 1978, The Villages has remained the largest 55+ community in not only the state, but the world. The Villages spans three counties, three zip codes, and over 20,000 acres of land. With the entire community being connected by over 100 miles of golf cart legal streets and trails, residents can enjoy living in a self-sustaining environment where they have access to multiple amenity centers, town squares, retail plazas, golf courses, and recreation centers throughout the development.
Nocatee – Ponte Vedra, FL
Nocatee is a popular master-planned community in Ponte Vedra that features a luxurious lifestyle and world-class amenities. This award-winning development also includes age-restricted sections like Del Webb Ponte Vedra and Artisan Lakes, which is being built by CalAtlantic Homes. Each 55+ subdivision offers active adult homebuyers a variety of quality-built, new construction home designs as well as private amenities, a welcoming atmosphere, and a socially engaging lifestyle.
This sprawling 17,000-acre development will host more than 32,000 homes at build out. Lakewood Ranch is known to be the country’s largest green-certified community, which strives to preserve its surrounding habitat that consists of lush parks, scenic ponds, and native wildlife. Lakewood Ranch also promotes an active lifestyle that caters to empty nesters through its age-restricted section of Del Webb Lakewood Ranch and their active lifestyle communities Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch and Indigo. Each neighborhood offers distinct, innovative home designs as well as private amenities and lifestyle activities.
Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV
Summerlin is a 22,500-acre, master-planned development that is home to more than 100,000 residents. Summerlin features unique 55+ communities such as Siena, Regency at Summerlin, and Sun City Summerlin, all of which provide different home designs and exciting amenities. Sun City Summerlin was developed by Del Webb between 1989 and 1999 and offers homebuyers resale homes that come in different sizes and styles. Siena is also a resale-only section that has just over 2,000 homes that were developed between 2000 and 2006 by Sunrise Colony Company. Regency at Summerlin was opened in 2015 and will host just 434 single-family homes at build out. This 55+ neighborhood will offer a well-equipped clubhouse, outdoor recreational areas, and an on-site lifestyle director.
Cane Bay Plantation – Summerville, SC
The beautifully designed master-planned community of Cane Bay Plantation in Berkeley County features ten distinct neighborhoods built by quality homebuilders that offer a variety of designs. The development also provides three schools, healthcare, shopping, recreation, and waterfront homesites with direct access to the lake.
Retirees can choose from the development’s two age-restricted sections: Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay and Del Webb Charleston, which is also known as Del Webb at Cane Bay. Del Webb Charleston will consist of 1,000 single-family homes at build out, while Four Seasons at The Lakes of Cane Bay will offer 800 single-family homes.
Each 55+ neighborhood offers its residents private amenities that include a spacious clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, social areas, and multiple sports courts. Cane Bay Planation’s ideal setting provides homeowners with a tranquil and natural setting that consists of scenic lakes, natural spaces, and outdoor recreation.
Eastmark – Mesa, AZ
Eastmark is a master-planned community in Mesa, Arizona that spans more than 3,000 acres of scenic landscape in Central Arizona. Encore at Eastmark is the development’s age-restricted neighborhood being built by AV Homes that will consist of 973 single-family homes. This active adult community will feature a 15,000 square-foot Encore Center that is exclusively for residents of the 55-plus section. In addition to private amenities and recreational facilities, homeowners also enjoy Eastmark’s lively atmosphere that includes resort-style amenities, award-winning schools, social events, and a long list of activities.
Lake Nona – Orlando, FL
Located in Orlando, Florida, Lake Nona is an innovative master-planned development that is focused on offering sustainable designs, healthy living, and groundbreaking gigabit, fiber-optic technology within its thoughtfully designed neighborhoods. Lake Nona also features world-class education facilities, Lake Nona Medical City, a Sports & Performance District, diverse work spaces, retail centers, entertainment venues, and recreational facilities.
VillageWalk at Lake Nona is the development’s active lifestyle neighborhood that caters to empty nesters because of its low-maintenance homes that offer scenic lake views. Residents have easy access to the community’s Town Center where they can gather for social events, enjoy resort-style amenities, and have access to daily necessities. VillageWalk’s unique neighborhood design connects residents to the Town Center as well as various amenities that are connected via bridges and canals.
Vistancia – Peoria AZ
This award-winning, master-planned community in Central Arizona is sprawled across 7,100 acres of scenic landscape and offers three unique neighborhoods, one of which is a 55+ subdivision called Trilogy at Vistancia. Vistancia has a wide selection of options for buyers to choose from when it comes to home designs, amenities, and activities.
Trilogy at Vistancia is a resort-style, active adult community that caters to retirees who want a low-maintenance and socially enriched lifestyle. Developed by Shea Homes, Trilogy at Vistancia offers innovative collections that feature luxurious exteriors and come with plenty of customizable options. Residents of the 55-plus section also enjoy private amenities that feature two clubhouses, multiple sports courts, outdoor pools, and an 18-hole golf course.
Daybreak – South Jordan, UT
Daybreak is a unique master-planned community in South Jordan, Utah that is dedicated to preserving its natural surroundings by building a sustainable environment. The community’s design includes a mix of parks, schools, shopping, offices, and light rail within easy walking or biking distance from resident’s homes. Daybreak also provides energy-efficient home designs that feature smart technology and quality craftsmanship.
Garden Park at Daybreak is the development’s active adult neighborhood that will have 500 homes at completion. This age-restricted section features beautiful new and resale homes, modern amenities, and numerous events and activities that keep residents social and active throughout the year. Residents also take advantage of the community’s 30 miles of trails, a lake, and park space that allows them to enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery that surrounds the development.
Verrado – Buckeye, AZ
Set amidst the scenic White Tank Mountains, Verrado is a modern master-planned community that offers small-town charm and an engaging lifestyle. This welcoming master-planned development caters to a variety of lifestyles.
Victory at Verrado is the 55+ section that provides active adults with resort-style living. The age-restricted neighborhood offers numerous indoor and outdoor amenities as well as proximity to great attractions in the Phoenix area. Victory at Verrado provides buyers with four distinct homebuilders that bring their unique designs and styles to the community. From world-class amenities to a vibrant social atmosphere, retirees are sure to find what they are looking for in this 55+ community.