There’s no denying the appeal of a new construction home. Luckily, there are plenty of 55+ communities providing active adults with a wide selection of beautiful new-build homes and an array of resort-like amenities.
To help homebuyers narrow down their search, we’ve curated a list of the best communities offering new construction homes based on the criteria that may be most important to a homebuyer. Whether you’re looking for the best golf-centric community, the most affordable neighborhood, or simply the most floor plans to choose from, read on to discover a community that may be building your next dream home.
A Tax-Friendly Location
Low $300s - Mid $400s
When it comes to finding the right 55+ community, many retirees want a tax-friendly state. According to US News.com, one of the most tax-friendly states for retirement is Nevada. Nevada doesn't tax pension or Social Security income. The state doesn't have a state income tax, and the sales tax rate is 6.85 percent.
Nevada offers a wide array of active adult communities with new construction homes, including the gated Heritage at Cadence in Henderson. This community is comprised of 980 single-family and attached homes built by Lennar Homes. Construction on these well-priced, spacious homes began in 2015 and continues today.
Some standout amenities at Heritage at Cadence include a 22,713-square-foot recreation center with a cafe, a fitness center, and an indoor lap pool as well as an outdoor pool and spa. There are also pickleball and bocce ball courts as well as plenty of biking and walking trails to enjoy.
Mid $500s - Low $1Ms
Having plenty of exciting and relaxing amenities is also a top requirement for many retirees. In the right community, residents can keep their minds and bodies engaged with a full social calendar to look forward to. Trilogy at the Vineyards offers just that, with an impressive array of amenities and 1,100 new single-family homes built by Shea Homes.
About an hour away from San Francisco, Trilogy at the Vineyards is located in the charming agricultural suburb of Brentwood. The number of resort-like amenities offered at this gated community is staggering, including a grand 38,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center and an indoor pool. A full-service spa can be found on-site, along with multiple hobby and game rooms. Trilogy at the Vineyards also boasts an on-site cafe, an events center, and a private dining area perfect for parties.
Outdoors, the fun continues with two outdoor pools, cabanas, barbecue grills, four tennis courts, and two bocce ball courts. There are also charming tea gardens to enjoy as well as walking and biking trails. A 100+ acres golf club is adjacent to the property, featuring a 27-hole championship course that residents can take advantage of with preferred pricing and access.
Golf Course Access
High $100s - High $600s
Golf is a popular hobby that allows active adults to relax, socialize, and stay in shape, all while enjoying the outdoors. Offering terrific weather, a moderate cost of living, and plentiful private and public courses, Florida has a number of great golf course communities, and Bonita National Golf & Country Club is one of the best.
This gated community is not age-restricted, and it offers 1,489 new attached, condo, and single-family homes. Built by Lennar Homes, Bonita National Golf & Country Club offers many resort-like amenities and a great location near miles of beautiful beaches.
The pride of the community is the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gordon Lewis and featuring seven sets of tees that range from 4,500 to over 7,000 yards. The challenging course boasts sand bunkers, lakes, grass bunkers, and moguls as well as state-of-the-art golf practice facilities including a driving range, an aqua range with teaching tee, a chipping green area with sand bunker, and a putting green. An on-site restaurant offers players a casual and friendly respite for relaxing and dining.
A Small, Intimate Neighborhood
High $300s - Low $400s
Some homebuyers prefer a small, tight-knit feel when choosing a new community. Eastport Meadows in New York’s charming Eastport provides just that, with only 50 attached townhomes set among a picturesque garden landscape.
These new low-maintenance homes range from 1,848 to 1,885 square feet with two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a one-car garage. Built by The Northwind Group, these homes feature energy-efficient appliances, updated insulation, and efficient gas heating systems.
This age-restricted community may be small, but it certainly doesn’t lack amenities. A 55+ clubhouse provides a gathering space for games, relaxation, and socializing, while an indoor fitness center helps residents meet their exercise goals. Outdoors, a resort-style swimming pool, a shuffleboard court, and a putting green provide entertainment and relaxation. Adding to the natural beauty, a glistening lake runs through the middle of the grounds—perfect scenery for an evening stroll.
Affordable Home Prices
High $100s - Low $500s
Homebuyers seeking the most bang for their buck should look to the Lone Star State, which offers affordable prices for new homes in some stunning active adult communities. Del Webb Sweetgrass offers 1,500 spacious single-family homes built by Del Webb which many consider the leading builder of age-restricted communities.
Del Webb Sweetgrass boasts an incredible location, situated on 500 acres with a natural creek, a 50-acre lake, and four miles of trails. The community offers a remote, private setting while also being near Downtown Houston and other major urban offerings.
This 55+ community also offers an exciting assortment of world-class amenities, such as a 27,000-square-foot lodge, a fitness center with an indoor lap pool, and a ballroom. There’s also a Wellness Center, an internet cafe, and a continuing education center. Outdoors, residents enjoy access to a variety of sports courts, an outdoor pool, a pavilion area, a boat launch, an outdoor amphitheater, and miles of scenic walking and biking trails.
Warm and Sunny Weather
High $700s - Low $1Ms
With an idyllic Mediterranean climate that’s warm and dry, Southern California boasts some of the best weather in the world. With an average of 284 sunny days, that perfect weather usually comes with a higher price tag. But if weather is your top concern, then Travata is the perfect community for basking in the SoCal sun.
Travata, located in the upscale beachside city of Irvine, has 243 attached and single-family homes. Once completed, this intimate community will offer plenty of attractive amenities, including a large clubhouse, a fitness center, a saltwater pool, bocce ball courts, pickleball courts, a yoga lawn, and a dog park.
Homes at Travata will feature upscale, modern designs and range from 1,281 to 2,567 square feet. Some standout features include modern kitchens, walk-in closets, first-floor master suites, covered porches and patios, private backyards, and elevator access for two-story homes.
Low $300s - Mid $600s
Staying involved in the community and keeping social are important contributors to a long, healthy, and happy life. Active adults looking for a new home in a community that emphasizes active engagement and a full social calendar should look to Northern California’s Trilogy at Rio Vista.
This sprawling 55+ community is comprised of 3,000 new and resale single-family homes. Not only does Trilogy at Rio Vista offer a large number of resort-like amenities, this gated community also employs a full-time activity director who makes sure there’s always something fun going on in the community.
Some of the many events hosted by Trilogy at Rio Vista include weekly barbecues with live music and cocktails, themed parties, ballroom events, and Club Med trips to Mexico and the Caribbean. Residents also partake in club events, and chances are high that there’s an active club to suit your interests or hobbies. Some of these clubs include the hiking club, pottery club, motorcycle club, ballroom dancing club, jazz band, tennis club, writer’s club, billiards club, and many others.
High $400s - High $900s
Active adults looking to settle down, but not necessarily slow down, will want a variety of shopping, entertainment, and dining options nearby as well as recreational opportunities. Las Vegas offers plenty of that on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis.
Regency at Summerlin is a gated 55+ community conveniently located only eleven miles from the Las Vegas Strip, just a short drive from all the excitement and offerings of the city's famed nightlife.
This new-construction community will have 434 single-family homes upon completion, offering nine floor plans to choose from. Homes will range from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet and feature single-story living with modern features. A full-time activity director is employed, and a host of world-class amenities are offered, from a 16,669-square-foot clubhouse to an outdoor pool and patio.
A Variety of Floor Plans
Below $100k - Low $1Ms
New homebuyers looking for a large variety of floor plans to choose from should consider the 55+ active adult neighborhood Green Valley Recreation, which is home to a whopping 13,200 homes. This sprawling community is located 20 minutes south of Tucson near numerous shopping and dining opportunities.
Green Valley Recreation is made up of over a dozen subdivisions, and residents of any subdivision are welcome to use any of the amenities and clubhouses, regardless of which community or subdivision they reside. This unique, all-inclusive feature gives residents a broad range of activities and amenities to choose from.
With cozy condo-style units, spacious single-family homes, and everything in-between, Green Valley Recreation has a home style and price to suits anyone’s needs.