Equestrian Communities for Retirement
Equestrian communities for retirees and active adults of all ages offer horse lovers complete facilities for riding, racing, stabling and showing their prized thoroughbreds in a variety of rural settings.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect retirement community in the mountains or closer to the coast, you’ll discover ideal homes for horses and their owners throughout the South. In fact, the farmlands and pastures in the midlands areas of those states are where you’ll find some of the nation’s finest equestrian breeding and training facilities.
On-Site Horse Stables
If you already have a horse or horses of your own, you know the quality and convenience of the community stables are of primary importance. In retirement communities that feature the equestrian lifestyle, those facilities are often located on-site or on an adjoining property. That proximity makes it easy to include horseback riding in your fitness routine on any day of the week. Other retirement communities appealing to horse owners have arrangements with nearby equestrian facilities that are just a short drive down the road. And if you don’t own a horse, most of these fine equestrian communities have several in their stables available for activities like trail riding.
The best equestrian-oriented retirement communities feature stable facilities that offer complete horse-care services. These include comfortable barns and stables, daily feeding and grooming, and regular exercise regimes. Most have secure fields or enclosed pastures where horses can run, graze and socialize. Training programs for horses and riders are also available from experienced staff members, as well as on-call veterinary services from professionals who know how to provide both routine and emergency care.
For many horse owners, trail riding through the countryside on their mounts is a favorite fresh-air activity. Equestrian communities often have a miles-long trail network located on their property or offer convenient access to bridle paths that meander through nearby state parks, national forests and wildlife preserves. So, when the grandkids come to visit, you can take them along for the ride on a naturally fun recreation no theme park can match.
Horse Races and Shows
Retirement communities for horse lovers are frequently located in areas with horse-racing tracks and horse-show arenas. Many of these competitive events are part of annual festivals celebrating the equestrian lifestyle, while other facilities feature a weekly schedule of activities during the spring, summer and fall months. And don’t forget the polo matches and steeplechase events that are often highlights of the local social calendar in the South. In Western states, rodeo events are popular gatherings for horse lovers and other competition spectators.
Finding new like-minded friends who share a love of the lifestyle is among the best reasons for choosing an equestrian community for retirement. Each has a riding club so that residents can enjoy the trails in groups and organize outings to regional equestrian events. Many have social activities that can include dining and dancing, while an increasing number host community-outreach activities that bring people and horses together for equestrian education, therapy and fun.
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Woodside is a master planned, lifestyle community located in Aiken, South Carolina, which was recently named Southern Living Magazine’s “2018 Best Small Town”, and received three other awards including “The South’s Friendliest Town”, “Second Best Food Town” and “Second Best Hotel”, which was awarded to the Willcox.
Aiken’s natural beauty, mild climate that attracts people from across the nation, strong connections to the outdoors through attractions like the 2,100 acre urban forest, Hitchcock Woods, and the cultural hub of the city, downtown Aiken all contributed to these awards. Our area is also home to six major medical providers, a college town setting that earned it Ideal-Living Magazine’s “Best College Town” in 2017, and a surprisingly low cost of living!
Woodside, Aiken’s only master-planned community, has received recognition from Southern Living Magazine as well: it is now one of only 12 Southern Living Inspired Communities! Amenities include more than 15 miles of hiking and nature trails, 3 onsite medical providers, 2 clubhouses, 4 golf courses, more than 60 member-led social groups and clubs, an abundance of landscaped parks and green space, and much more. Our dedicated team of professionals is on standby to answer your Woodside questions, or help you plan your Woodside Dream Visit to experience Woodside and Aiken for yourself.
You Have Arrived. Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more.
With approximately 900 existing homeowners already enjoying the Bay Way of Life, Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is fast becoming the region’s first choice for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in a premium residential community.
Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home.
Welcome to where you belong.
Home to two 18-hole premier championship golf courses.
Home to 15 Har-Tru tennis courts, 4 pickleball courts, bocce and more.
Home to incredible dining and brilliant amenities.
Home to the best days ever. Every day.
Welcome home to Wycliffe.
Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Wellington, FL unveiled its $18.2 million dollar renovation project to the membership in November 2019, showcasing the new contemporary spaces like “The Cliffe” (bar and lobby lounge) and “Flavours” (fine dining restaurant) receiving rave reviews from both members and their guests. Surprisingly, the project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget!
Not only was the Club’s food & beverage programming improved by the addition of the aforementioned spaces, but with a phased approach, a refreshed spa & fitness center, ballroom, driving range & short game area as well as an outdoor event pavilion, were all revealed earlier in the year.
The recently renovated Driving Range and Short Game area provide the members a practice facility second to none. The driving range features a 45,000 sq. ft. range tee, covershots canopy, and multiple target greens with bunkers to simulate shots players may encounter on the course. The short game area features two greens surrounded by bunkers where a player can hit any shot imaginable inside of 60 yards. The short game area covers 1.25 acres. These two areas make Wycliffe standout for those players interested in lowering their scores.
Because of the health of the project and a prudent approach to project management expenses, there was a great deal of added value included in the finished product. The Club added a new roof to the almost 100,000 sq. ft. building, major HVAC upgrades, and a beautiful water feature in the lobby – all of which were not in the original plan.
But that’s not all that was completed throughout the construction journey. While under construction for those 18 months, Wycliffe successfully merged with its homeowner’s association, resulting in $1M in efficiencies annually, as well as a streamlined and simplified governance structure. They were also able to complete a thorough branding study to differentiate themselves in the market and highlight who they are, with brand-new contemporary facilities and programming.
“Our great team of community volunteers partnered with professionals to give us a new look that exceeded our expectations. We’re celebrating 30 years with a fresh contemporary club that fits our vibrant lifestyle,” said Susan Brenner, President of Wycliffe’s Board of Directors.
As a mandatory membership community, home ownership is the key to living the Wycliffe way. Single-family homes (most with a golf cart garage to accommodate the preferred method of transportation), villas and condo residences are spread throughout 14 uniquely charming neighborhoods. Wycliffe is a real community, an enclave of friends, neighbors and partners ready to welcome you to share in this luxurious, leisurely lifestyle. Your best friends are here, even if you haven’t met them
For more information about how you can make Wycliffe your home, please call 561-964-9200 or visit wycliffecc.com.
Arenal Hills nestles in a fertile valley surrounded by rainforest and rivers. Homes are designed to showcase the panoramic views and forested setting surrounding the Arenal volcano. Two clubhouses will host multiple dining options. And the Springs Resort nearby offers more.
Only the finest materials are used in Arenal Hills homes, whether it’s the marble flooring imported from the mountains of Peru or the cascading two-story waterfall pools sculped by hand, Arenal Hills homes are designed to be instruments of timeless beauty for you and your family.
Owners of Arenal Hills homes are granted VIP access to the renowned Springs Resort and Spa, a world-class luxury resort located just a short drive away.
Arenal Hills stretches over 123 acres of magnificent volcano views that will leave you breathless. Stroll along the beautifully landscaped walking paths and you’ll encounter world-class home designs, luxurious amenities, and a breathtaking landscape surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature. Arenal Hills is specifically designed to make owning a vacation home, second home, or retiring to the paradise of Costa Rica affordable yet luxurious.
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.
Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!
An affordable mountain bluff gated community, Jasper Highlands is perfect as a second home mountain retreat, a retirement hideaway or as a primary residence. It is designed for the economy of our future, but surrounded by our past, hovering above the historic towns of Jasper, Kimball and South Pittsburg, which offer all the amenities for everyday living. Just 25 minutes away is Chattanooga, recently voted the number one best mid size city in America. Choose Tennessee Planned Communities.
Hit the Trail
Start your equestrian adventure by visiting the websites of these featured retirement communities to check out their horse facilities and services. Once you’re ready to get out and hit the trail this year, make an in-person visit to see one or more of these great equestrian communities for yourself.