What Is a 55+ Community?
55+ communities are ideal for active adults who want to surround themselves with like-minded, healthy people who are at, or near, retirement age, but young at heart. Many are located in warmer climates and offer a fun, outdoor-oriented lifestyle year-round.
All active adult communities are designed with mature residents in mind--from floor plans, to amenities, programs, and resources--but not all have an age requirement. True 55+ communities are age-restricted, meaning that one of the household’s residents must be 55 years of age or older in order to purchase property there. Of course, visitors of younger age are welcomed.
Why Choose a 55+ Community?
55+ communities typically offer a number of exciting amenities and social programs. Residents are drawn to features like:
- Luxury lifestyle amenities: golf courses, tennis courts, pools, fitness centers, walking paths, clubhouses, restaurants, bars, and sometimes much more.
- Secure, gated entries offering safety and piece of mind for both full-time and seasonal residents.
- An active calendar of social events - Holiday parties, themed dinners, golf tournaments, tennis and pickle-ball mixers, bridge, clubs for special hobbies and interests, guest speakers, and much more.
- Hassle-free exterior home maintenance, such as lawn care and landscaping, included in HOA dues.
- New construction homes which are energy efficient and require very little upkeep.
- Well-maintained common areas, architectural standards, and other aesthetic features.
- Neighbors who are friendly and social.
Where To Next?
Browse the 55+ communities listed below and use our easy information request form to connect with a community representative who can answer any questions you may have. You may wish to ask about homes or lots for sale, HOA fees, or anything else related to the community.
If you already know what state(s) you are interested in, use the filtering options at left to narrow your search.
As we all know, retirees flock to the Sunshine State every year to escape chilly winters. And, to bask, permanently, in the sun. Subsequently, 55 plus communities are abundant in Florida. As a result of the high level of competition, amenities in most communities are exceedingly good, and consistently being upgraded.
Looking for somewhere a little less populated? Can't live without four distinct seasons? Then you might be interested in the mountain and lake communities of North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Or, head West! Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada are all 55+ havens for those seeking natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and golf and luxury options.
Research and Explore the Best 55+ Communities
Click to explore the following 55+ communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
Terra Vista is Florida’s premier master-planned community featuring incredible resort-style retirement living just minutes from the spectacular Gulf Coast. This amenity-rich community is set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills, towering oaks, and moderating Gulf breezes.
The Villages of Citrus Hills stands as a truly unique departure from the traditional Florida lifestyle experience. Citrus Hills is amenity-rich, resort- style living, at its finest. The community is set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills, with an elevation up to 260 feet, towering oaks, and incredible landscaping. While one of the highest elevations in Florida the community is just miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Terra Vista at Citrus Hills offers a beautiful selection of customizable, single-family homes with a wide variety of world-class amenities just minutes from your door including: championship golf, first-class tennis, private dining and a spectacular spa and fitness complex.
At Citrus Hills you’ll discover Skyview, the region’s most elaborate country club, along with two other challenging 18-hole golf courses, two tennis centers, private restaurants and a 50,000-square- foot Spa and Fitness Center. Best of all Citrus Hills blends suburban charm with easy access to cosmopolitan Tampa Bay, Orlando and Ocala, so you are close to everything you want, yet far enough away from what you don’t want.
The Villages of Citrus Hills offers customizable single-family homes and detached villas from $360,000 – $1.5 million in a choice of beautiful neighborhoods designed to accommodate a wide variety of tastes and needs.
The Villages of Citrus Hills unquestionably is one of the Southeast’s most exciting resort-lifestyle opportunities. You must see it to believe it.
Southeastern NC’s shimmering coast is home to St. James Plantation. This uber popular community is nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), near the charming seaside village of Southport and historic Wilmington. Residents enjoy our over 100 million dollars of completed first-class amenities, including a private oceanfront beach club, a 475-Wet Slip/Dry Stack ICW marina and marketplace, fitness clubs including a $4 million dollar Signature Wellness Center, 4 welcoming clubhouses, 81-holes of championship golf, 36+ miles of biking, walking trails, dining, Har-Tru tennis, pickleball, parks and community gardens as well as over 100 social clubs. Our residents also enjoy a mild Carolina climate as living here means four distinct seasons, perfect for enjoying the great outdoors and exploring nearby antiques, shops, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and historical landmarks dating back to the 1700’s. Moreover, our area boasts well- supplied adult educational institutions and first-class medical centers. Real estate options range from spacious custom homes to patio homes and condominiums. Single family homes range from the $300s to $1 million plus, and homesites range from the $60s.
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay, a 55-plus active lifestyle community in Summerville, South Carolina, is centered on an expansive 300-acre lake system that is ideal for a variety of activities, such as fishing, boating, kayaking, walking and bird watching. The community’s spectacular clubhouse offers resort-style amenities that are second-to-none: two zero-entry outdoor saline pools, including a dedicated children’s pool; an indoor saline pool with lap lanes; a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio offering fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates; a grand ballroom with a stage, seating for up to 300 and a demonstration/catering kitchen; a social lounge; a game room with billiards and card tables; bocce, pickleball and tennis courts; a lakeside amphitheater, and more. Homeowners in this inviting, parklike setting enjoy 24-hour gated security via a manned security gatehouse, as well as convenient access to area shopping, schools, recreation, dining, prestigious medical facilities, I-95, I-26 and Charleston International Airport. Live the Lake Life at Lakes of Cane Bay and experience the unsurpassed lifestyle you deserve.
Now selling, The Courtyards at Mint Hill will feature 38 beautifully designed, luxury ranch homes in a 55+ active lifestyle Epcon Community in beautiful Mint Hill, North Carolina.
Offering the best of both worlds, the community will be nestled in a scenic location off Idlewild Road, just minutes from access to I-485, and 15 miles from all Uptown Charlotte has to offer. Homeowners at The Courtyards at Mint Hill will also enjoy private amenities, including the grand central garden, gazebo, and wonderful walking trails.
In addition to the allure of living in a brand new low-maintenance home and active community, Epcon homeowners are drawn to the signature private garden courtyards that are the distinctive focal point of every home we build. Each Epcon home is uniquely designed around the courtyard so that it can be enjoyed from just about any light-filled room.
We invite you to discover how you can live well every day in your new Epcon home at The Courtyards at Mint Hill.
Encore by David Weekley Homes will soon offer a new 55+ lifestyle community in Arlington. You will shortly be able to enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. Elements at Viridian – Signature Series homes are situated on 45 and 50 foot homesites and will feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining. Here, you can soon enjoy the home of your dreams, plus the lifestyle you’ve been looking for, including:
• Calendar full of activities planned by a Lifestyle Director
• Staying in prime shape on the miles of walking, hiking and biking trails
• Relaxing in the resort-style pools
• Gathering with friends at the amenity center’s lounge
• Fishing in the catch-and-release lakes
• Enjoying a friendly game on the putting greens, shuffleboard, bocce ball and tennis courts
You’ve earned a life where every day feels like an escape. Find your paradise at Latitude Margaritaville, the 55-and-better community where fun and relaxation meet. Located in the heart of world-famous Daytona Beach, Florida – Latitude Margaritaville is a place where life rolls easy, neighbors are friends, and the party never ends.
Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, FINtastic dining and live entertainment.
Discover opportunities for daily fun, fitness and recreation includes an amenity center with resort-style, social gathering areas, tiki huts and poolside bar and grill.
Masterfully crafted new Latitude homes let you hang your hat where your heart is. You can even wiggle your toes in the sand at the private beach club overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach.
Lake Arrowhead sits on a 540-acre lake surrounded by mountains, pristine wilderness, and championship golf. Enjoy our new amenities: a 2-story marina pavilion, sports court with basketball, fishing pier, hiking trail, and 25 boat slips. We encourage you to browse our inventory of homes here, our photo gallery here, and our video gallery here. The great part about our location is that we are in close proximity to the State of the Art Northside Cherokee Hospital and our county taxes are the lowest in the state for residents 62 and older.
The Veranda of the Lake Arrowhead Yacht and Country Club offers property owners and guests a place to enjoy the gentle mountain breezes and expansive vistas while playing our 18 hole championship Highlands Golf Course. This challenging Mountain course is considered one of the best golf courses in Georgia. Carved into the beautiful North Georgia mountain landscape with our pristine 540-acre stream-fed lake, The Highlands Course was named the “Best Golf Course in Cherokee County” by Cherokee Life Magazine.
Come see our Lake and Marina
Property owners and guests enjoy the gentle mountain breezes and serenity Lake Arrowhead offers. Owners adore the Boating Club, and take advantage of the expansive Kayak Rentals and Storage. This beautiful and unique location offers the community Lakeside Park where Family picnics and summer swimming in the lake can be a joyful time for family and friends.
Enjoy our Ranch Homes and Villas
Lake Arrowhead offers an array of choices in new home design and features. Marina Parc Villas being built by award winning builder Rezide Properties (Tony Perry) offers Luxury lake view retreats with breathtaking lake views and a Maintenance Free Lifestyle starting in the Mid $400’s.
Lake Arrowhead’s Portfolio of Ranch Style Homes are selling in three Neighborhoods.
The Woodlands Ranch Style Homes start in the High $200’s, Bluffs at Highlands Vista in the Low $300’s and, Highlands Vista Ranch Style Homes start in the Mid $300’s. Golf Villas starting in the Low $400’s and Marina Parc Lakeside Villas starting in the Mid $400s.
Sanctuary Cove is in high demand offering expansive lakeside panoramic views, lakeside park and optional deep water docks on many of the lakeside home sites. The choices are endless in home design and features.
Cresswind Charleston brings the award-winning Cresswind active adult lifestyle to the Charleston area. This gated community is integrated within the thriving community of The Ponds while maintaining its own privacy. Cresswind features a full list of resort-style amenities, all located within a natural, Lowcountry setting.
Residents can take a short walk to the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, enjoy pickleball and tennis or participate in activities at the event lawn and amphitheater. Additionally, homeowners have the opportunity to enrich their lives with cooking and yoga classes or bocce ball. Residents also can nurture their talent in the art room, play pool, swim in the resort-style pool, fish or kayak – and stay fit and healthy at a well-equipped fitness center.
Cresswind Charleston offers spacious homes featuring a wide range of personalization opportunities, designer choices, uniquely designed with careful attention to details. Single-family, ranch-style homes will include designer features, energy efficiency and designs complementary to active living. Tour nine designed model homes. Move-In Ready homes available now.
This award-winning community in Johnston County is located minutes from Raleigh, but still very much away from the urban bustle. Bordered by US Hwy 42, Buffalo Road, and the Neuse River in Clayton, this master-planned community was the first of its kind in Johnston County and was awarded North Carolina’s Community of the Year in 2013 and 2014 by the North Carolina Home Builders Association.
Flowers Plantation now features more than 40 unique neighborhood developments, over 10 miles of walking trails, 50 acres of lakes and two elementary schools. When complete, the development will total nearly 7,800 lots with prices starting at $150K to over $600K. Wherever you are on your housing and life spectrum, Flowers Plantation has a place for you to call home.
“You don’t need a car here. The streets are all golf-cart friendly,” says Reid Stephenson, Flowers Plantation’s Chief Executive. “You can get your kids to school, come home from work, enjoy our parks and recreation, and make convenient runs to the grocery store-all without leaving the community.”
Living in Flowers Plantation is ideal for homeowners who want a comfortable, relaxing lifestyle.
Riverlights is the coastal community where salty air meets southern hospitality. We like to say it feels something like wiggling your toes in the sand with a sangria in hand. Our perfect location makes all the difference – along the Cape Fear River and just five miles from historic Wilmington, rated the most charming beach town on
the East Coast with award-winning restaurants and shops.
When you live in Riverlights, your days radiate with the positive energy that happens when you live on the water in the Carolina sunshine. Eat up as the sun goes down at our waterfront restaurant. Venture through the art gallery and local shops at our Marina Village. Kayak on still waters for a sun-soaked day on the river. Walk and bike our trails. Join new friends for sunrise paintings on the boardwalk, front porch happy hours or book clubs that give back to local charities. This all sounds good to us. Hopefully, it sounds good to you.
Our array of single-family homes, luxury townhomes and apartments, low- maintenance homes, and Del Webb 55+ neighborhood means something for everyone. So, schedule your personal tour with our community specialists, Jared and Baylee, or start your virtual tour here.
Located in Middletown, DE,. K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Baymont Farms is a 55+ active lifestyle community featuring low-maintenance single family homes. With an ideal location in Middletown, there’s plenty of shopping and dining nearby to explore. But you won’t need to leave the community to find your next adventure.
K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Baymont Farms will feature a 6,000-square-foot clubhouse. It’s where you’ll gather around the grand fireplace of the social lounge and bar area, or enjoy recreation of your choice in the fitness center, game room, billiard room, card room or aerobics studio. The adventure continues outside, where you’ll find an outdoor pool, a tiki hut, pickleball courts and walking trails.
K. Hovnanian Homes has decades of expertise curating exceptional active lifestyles for those 55 or better. Its last active lifestyle community in New Castle County, K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Silver Maple was Delaware’s best-selling 55+ community from 2014 until its completion in 2016.
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K. Hovnanian’s ® Four Seasons at Kent Island is an active lifestyle community offering waterfront living with new single family homes and luxury elevator condominiums. After decades of anticipation, this community is finally open—and homes are selling fast. Set along the banks of Maryland’s Chester River and Macum Creek, Kent Island offers stunning views and a wealth of outdoor recreation, from a canoe and kayak launch to in-community trail system, connected to the popular Cross Island Trail.
There’s even more shopping, dining and recreation to explore in nearby Washington, DC, Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. Future amenities at the waterfront Chester House clubhouse include indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts, and a 450-foot in-community pier overlooking the Chester River. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime new home opportunity. Schedule a tour of five fully decorated single family model homes today! Condo models are coming in 2019! K. Hovnanian’s ® Four Seasons at Kent Island is an active lifestyle community offering waterfront living with new single family homes and luxury elevator condominiums. After decades of anticipation, this community is finally open—and homes are selling fast. Set along the banks of Maryland’s Chester River and Macum Creek, Kent Island offers stunning views and a wealth of outdoor recreation, from a canoe and kayak launch to in-community trail system, connected to the popular Cross Island Trail.
Scottsdale Heights is a new gated community coming soon to the highly sought-after area of North Scottsdale. This new Active Lifestyle neighborhood is for those 55 and better and will offer four designs of single-family homes. Designed for low maintenance these villa-style homes will provide just the right amount of private outdoor space and many amenities throughout the neighborhood. Scottsdale Heights will have a community pool, spa and barbecue pavilion. Homeowners will love being nearby some of the best golf courses in the state.
North Carolina has always been recognized for its natural diversity and gracious hospitality, which now has made it into an extremely popular retirement destination. Choices abound for a healthy, happy retirement setting, whether you want to relax on the beach or enjoy the great outdoors in our mountains or stay busy in a bustling city. The North Carolina Certified Retirement Community designation means a city has completed a comprehensive evaluation process with requirements outlined by the North Carolina General Assembly. These Certified Retirement Communities are recognized for providing the amenities, services and opportunities retirees need to enjoy active and productive lives.
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Johnston County has become the first county in North Carolina to be designated a Retire NC destination. Johnston County’s top retirement destination, Clayton, is located at the crossroads of I-95 and I-40. Experience rural small-town living, just 15 minutes from Downtown Raleigh. Retirees will find rural farmland and small town charm in and around the Research Triangle Park region. Find out more about the 55+ communities located in the Clayton area and visit us for a weekend to see what awaits you in retirement — local festivals, unique boutique shops, a little nightlife, good people, even better BBQ and quality built homes.
Now, for the fun part. Once you’ve made a short list of communities you’re interested in, make plans to visit! Many communities offer discovery tours or “stay and play” packages, so you can experience, say, for a weekend, what it would be like to live there. This is the very best way to know for sure if a community is right for you.