Premier 55+ Communities

Embark on the next chapter of your life in style and comfort. Ideal-LIVING’s selection of 55+ communities caters to those who seek more than just a home, but a place to live life to its fullest. Discover communities where every detail is designed with your active lifestyle in mind.

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 a younger age are welcomed.

What Are 55+ Communities?

55+ communities, also known as active adult communities, are designed for those who are 55 and older and crave an energetic, fulfilling lifestyle among peers. These communities offer a blend of residential options, from single-family homes to apartments and condos, all situated within a setting that promotes community engagement, health, and happiness.

Why Choose a 55+ Community?

Active Lifestyle:

Embrace a community where staying active is part of the daily routine. Enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, fitness classes, and more.

Community and Connection:

Find camaraderie and build lasting friendships with neighbors who share your zest for life.

Maintenance-Free Living:

Say goodbye to yard work and exterior maintenance, and hello to more free time for hobbies and relaxation.

Security and Peace of Mind:

Many 55+ communities offer gated access and security personnel, ensuring a safe environment for all residents.

Luxurious Amenities:

Clubhouses, spas, arts and crafts studios, and dining venues are just the beginning. Live where luxury meets convenience.

Exploring the Best States for 55+ Living

Discover the charm of Florida’s endless summer, the serene beauty of the Carolinas, or the rustic appeal of the Southwest. Each state offers its unique blend of climate, culture, and community amenities. What's the best state for you? It's where your desires align with the lifestyle offered by our handpicked communities.

Navigating the World of 55+ Communities

Finding the Right Fit:

With options spanning the coastal, urban, and rural landscapes, finding the perfect community is about matching your lifestyle aspirations with the amenities and social atmosphere of a community.

Understanding the Rules:

Age restrictions ensure that communities cater specifically to the lifestyle needs of active adults, but policies can vary. It’s important to understand the specifics, such as guest policies and age requirements, which can influence your decision.

FAQs for Prospective Residents

Can Under-55s Live in a 55+ Community?

While the primary resident must meet the age requirement, communities often have rules allowing a percentage of residents to be younger. Additionally, spouses and children can have different rules applied.

What Are the Disadvantages?

Considerations include adherence to community rules and HOA fees. However, many find the trade-offs well worth the benefits.

How Do I Choose the Best 55+ Community?

Consider your lifestyle preferences, desired location, budget, and the types of activities you enjoy. Many communities offer "stay and play" packages to experience life there before making a decision.

Ready to Find Your Ideal 55+ Community?

  • Start Your Journey Here: Explore our curated list of 55+ communities across the United States and beyond. Use the filters to narrow down your search by state, amenities, and lifestyle options.
  • Connect and Discover: Request more information directly from the communities that catch your eye. Schedule visits, ask questions, and start envisioning your life in your new home.
  • Embark on Discovery Tours: Nothing compares to experiencing a community firsthand. Take advantage of discovery tours to see, feel, and embrace the lifestyle that awaits.

Research and Explore the Best 55+ Communities

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St. James Properties

Southport, NC
Townhomes and Condos: $300K+, Homes: $500K, and Homesites: $150K

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 $500s to $1 million plus, and homesites range from the $200s.

Plan your visit right now! Call 800-245-3871 or visit our website: www.StJames-Properties.com.
View our article Reasons to Love St. James Plantation!

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South Harbor Towns

Isle of Wight, VA
Townhomes from the low $300s

Welcome to South Harbor Towns by Ryan Homes – Our newest 55+ community in the Isle of Wight, from the low $300s. We are now scheduling private model tours; visit our website to schedule yours today! Join the VIP list to schedule yours today!

Ideal for the active adult lifestyle, South Harbor Towns is loaded with amenities. Here's just a handful of amenities that are coming to the community:

  • Clubhouse with Indoor & Outdoor Entertaining Areas & Fireplace
  • Resort-style Heated Lap Pool with Waterfall & Fire Features
  • Water Aerobics & Water Volleyball Areas
  • Outdoor Hot Tub & Resort-like Cabanas
  • Miles of Nature Trails & Sidewalks
  • Two Lighted Pickleball Courts, Bocce Ball, Putting Green & Shuffleboard
  • Grandkid's Playground & Dog Park
  • Year-Round Activities & Events
  • Golf Cart Friendly with Reserved Golf Cart Parking at the Clubhouse

The homes will feature first-floor owner's suites, chef-inspired kitchens, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2-car garages, optional covered porches, and flex space options. Plus, one of the best features…it's a maintenance-provided community, meaning we'll handle all the lawn maintenance, landscaping, and upkeep so you don't have to!

This community is located near the historic town of Smithfield, with local shopping, restaurants, military bases, and more! We can’t wait to share more with you! Our team is here to help make this big step an easy one. Visit our website to schedule a private model tour and learn more.

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Crossings at Sweetbriar

Lebanon, PA
Homes from 350K

Retirees and other active adults who want a relaxing lifestyle in a perfect location are discovering Pennsylvania’s Crossings at Sweetbriar.

Developed by Landmark Homes, the regional leader in creating upscale age-55+ communities like The Crossings at Sweetbriar, residents have a choice of both one- and two-story designs with open floor plans. Customizable options and special features make each residence unique, and the area’s low cost of living and property taxes add to the value of every home.

The Crossings at Sweetbriar residents have their own private community clubhouse for meetings and special events, plus walking and biking trails through more than 20 acres of preserved open space. But Sweetbriar’s most desirable amenity maybe its tranquil location in the rolling farmlands of central Pennsylvania. Historic sites and seasonal farmer’s market make every day trip an adventure. The nearby town of Lebanon features fine and casual dining restaurants, retail stores, antique shops, and cultural centers like the Gretna Theatre. The Iron Valley Golf Course tops the list of local outdoor-recreation venues, while the Wellspan Good Samaritan Hospital and the Lebanon VA Medical Center offer top-rated health care services. Just a short drive to the southwest is the state capital of Harrisburg, the regional center of commerce and culture.

Request more information below to get all the details. The active-adult lifestyle at a great location offered by The Crossings at Sweetbriar may be just what you’re looking for.

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K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Hatteras Hills

Magnolia, DE
Single-Family Homes starting from the $300s

Welcome to K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Hatteras Hills, a new active adult 55+ community in Magnolia, DE, offering low-maintenance, resort-style living. Come enjoy the best that active living has to offer with spacious home designs & access to countless amenities. Each home is offered in one of our new interior design Looks: Loft, Farmhouse, Classic or Elements for on-trend style in your new home.

At K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Hatteras Hills, you can enjoy the 6,000 sq. ft. clubhouse that offers plenty of activities and amenities for all residents. With a sparking pool, pickleball courts, a fitness center, a gameroom and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy. A low-maintenance lifestyle assures that your lawn care is out of your hands, keeping you free to spend time with friends at the clubhouse. Just a short drive to downtown Dover with tax-free shopping, dining, and entertainment, this 55+ active adult community offers everyday convenience together with the serenity of a picturesque
Delaware landscape.

Whether you’re heading downtown for dinner or staying in for a game of cards with friends, at K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Hatteras Hills you’ll never run out of activities. The relationships that you make and the people you spend time with here will create memories for years to come.

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On Top of the World Communities

Ocala, FL
Homes: $167,990 - $327,990

Renowned for beautiful homes and unrivaled active and social amenities, On Top of the World in Ocala, FL, is truly a leader in creating quality lifestyles.

A world of opportunities to relax and enjoy life-while staying active with both body and mind-is waiting for you at On Top of the World.

Repeatedly named one of the best places in the country to live by Where to Retire magazine, this 13,000 acre master-planned community appeals to active adults looking for a fabulous lifestyle and well-designed, beautifully appointed homes. Surrounded by central Florida’s celebrated horse country and crystal clear springs, On Top of the World is close to everything, yet far from the ordinary.

Here’s a taste of what you’ll find at On Top of the World:
• Concrete-block, energy-efficient home designs
• Several different communities and neighborhoods available featuring single family, maintenance-free and luxury estate homes, many with golf or preserve homesites
• Three, par-72 golf courses with PGA and LPGA professionals on staff
• Over 250,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenities
• Community Town Square with indoor entertainment venue, fitness center and lifelong learning programming at Master the Possibilities Education Center.
• And much more!

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K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Baymont Farms

Middletown, DE
Homes priced from the low $400K

Located in Middletown, Delaware, K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Baymont Farms is a resort-style 55+
active lifestyle community featuring low-maintenance single-family homes. With endless amenities just
outside your front door and an ideal location offering plenty of shopping and dining to explore nearby,
you won’t need to go far to find your next adventure. 

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Baymont Farms features 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 opportunities to relax,
socialize, and exercise continue outside, where you’ll find an outdoor pool and bar, pickleball courts and
walking trails.

K. Hovnanian Homes has decades of expertise curating exceptional active lifestyles for those 55 and
older. Their other active lifestyle communities in Delaware include K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at
Hatteras Hills in Magnolia, K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Scenic Harbor in Lewes, K. Hovnanian’s Four
Seasons at Silver Maple—which was Delaware’s best-selling 55+ community from 2014 until its
completion in 2016. 

Contact a Community Specialist to learn more about this amenity-filled community or schedule a tour of
one of the stunning model homes!

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Active Adult Community Westlake FL | Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake

Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake

Westlake, FL
Homes from the $400s to $700s

Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake is a 55+ community for active adults and retirees who want to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in one of Florida’s most prestigious locations.

Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake by Kolter Homes offers a variety of ranch- style floorplans designed specifically for active adults ranging from 2- up to 5- Bedrooms and more than 4,000 total square feet of living space. Kolter Homes’ Built Around You approach provides hundreds of structural and design personalization options to create your ideal home, including flex spaces and 2nd- floor bonus rooms.

The amenities at Cresswind Palm Beach are designed to promote an active lifestyle for better all-around health. Outdoor facilities include a resort-style pool with sundeck, a resistance pool and spa and sports courts for pickleball, tennis and bocce ball. Wide walkways for sunny strolls include stops at two community dog parks and the event lawn. Inside the private clubhouse, you’ll find a complete fitness center with cardio-workout equipment and yoga classes, an art studio and a full-time Lifestyle Director who organizes social activities and interest clubs that strengthen community connections.

Located between Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Cresswind Palm Beach residents have easy access to the Westlake Adventure Park, as well as local markets, restaurants and medical clinics. Beautiful Florida beaches, nature preserves, state parks and championship golf courses are all nearby, along with the popular cultural attractions and upscale shops of West Palm Beach.

Requesting more information below is your first step towards enjoying the sunny Florida lifestyle offered by Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake.

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Scottsdale Heights

Scottsdale, AZ
Home prices from the lower $800K

Scottsdale Heights is a gated community in the highly sought-after area of North Scottsdale, and just opened the highly anticipated Phase 2. This new Active Lifestyle neighborhood is for those 55 and better and offers 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 has a community pool, spa and barbecue pavilion and walking trail, with a dog park, pickleball and bocce ball courts coming in Phase 2. Homeowners will love being nearby some of the best golf courses in the state.

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SpringHouse Village

South Jordan, UT
Homes in the $400s - $600s

Welcome to SpringHouse Village – New Homes for Sale in our 55+ Community Near Salt Lake City, UT
Just outside Salt Lake City, Utah lies the Master Planned Community, Daybreak, and inside the Upper Villages is where you’ll find the exciting 55+ community of SpringHouse Village. With over 1,000 acres of fields, lakes, and parks, this community in South Jordan is the place for active adults who love the great outdoors. Everything is built with walkability in mind, so no matter where you live, parks and recreation are just minutes away by the community trails, sidewalks, and bicycle highways.

When you build at SpringHouse Village, you Get More Than a New Home! You get a new community with easy access to your clubhouse, pool, spa, pickleball courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, game room, golf simulator, demonstration kitchen, and miles of trails. You get new friends you instantly connect with because we are all over 55 and realize that now is our time to pursue passions, focus on health, and truly find meaning and purpose in life. You can experience new activities and events with your world-class Lifestyle Director, who designs personalized programs for you!

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Palmas Del Sol Active 55+ Community in Mesa AZ

Palmas Del Sol

Mesa, AZ

Designed for retirees and other active adults, Palmas Del Sol is an age-55+ community for those who want affordable luxury living in one of Arizona’s most popular destinations.

Palmas Del Sol has been developed by Thesman Communities and features single-family homes that need only a minimum of exterior and interior maintenance. All of the residences are designed with energy efficient air conditioning systems and appliances in a variety of floor plans with custom accents.

The 12,000-square-foot Palmas Del Sol Clubhouse is the heart of the community’s resort lifestyle. The heated pool and spa, complete fitness center with Yoga and Zumba classes, and sports courts for tennis, pickleball and basketball are among the healthy exercise facilities. There are also walking and biking paths with stops at the pet park and putting green along the way. A community activities director organizes interest clubs, lifelong-learning courses, dances, dinners, and special holiday events.

In the nearby city of Mesa, Palmas Del Sol residents have convenient access to shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, and top-rated medical services. The location just a short drive from the Phoenix/Scottsdale area means that all of the region’s world-class golf courses, natural attractions, and vibrant nightlife are among your year-round entertainment options.

Request more information below and discover the sunny Arizona lifestyle at Palmas Del Sol.

Also check out our other Thesman Communities:
Briarwood
Las Palmas
Las Palmas Grand
Las Vegas Meadows
Palmas Del Sol
Palmas Del Sol East
Sunrise Village
Village Green

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Venture Out, and Embrace the Lifestyle You Deserve

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.

Choosing to live in a 55+ community isn’t just about finding a new home; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that brings joy, wellness, and fulfillment. Let Ideal-LIVING help you find not just the perfect place to live, but the perfect way to live.

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