Discover the Nation’s Best Green Communities
For many adults approaching retirement age, environmental sustainability is a huge concern. Reducing your carbon footprint has never been more accessible, popular or cozier than taking up residence in a Green Retirement Community.
Sustainable Senior Housing
Energy-efficient lighting and power sources are standards when shopping for a Green Community in which to retire. A large majority of housing options run their electricity exclusively with solar, wind, or hydroelectric power. Since these specific neighborhoods are designed to have minimal environmental impact, geothermal power is commonly the source for the heating and cooling of the many community buildings.
Green Communities Offer Efficient Living Space
Many retirees looking to relocate are already in the market for a downsized living space, which is what many Green Communities encourage. With smaller individual homes and larger communal resources, these neighborhoods make it effortless to stay green after retirement. Some even offer and encourage co-housing of residents who would otherwise be living alone. This increases safety and close relationships amongst residents while simultaneously reducing the individual’s environmental impact.
Environmental Awareness for your Retirement Community
You will probably not find a vast manicured golf course within your Green Community. Recently established retirement centers have all but eliminated this amenity in an effort to remove herbicides and synthetic fertilizers from their grounds maintenance routine as well as to reduce water usage. In lieu of an expansive lawn, most Green Communities have a community garden within close walking distance that fosters a greater sense of community and environmental accountability.
Transportation Within Green Communities
A major factor that makes a community “green” is its walkability. These retirement neighborhoods have attempted to essentially eradicate the presence of automobiles within the community by having central locations for the common areas. In these centered features is where residents can find group transportation options and all their recycling resources.
Research and Explore the Best Green Communities
Click to explore the following green communities. Request information from multiple communities by selecting the checkboxes to the right and completing the form below.
The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay creates a lifestyle full of the activities you’ve been searching for. Come live, dine, relax and play in this one-of-a-kind resort community in Coastal Delaware that combines best-in-class amenities that fit your lifestyle with beautifully designed new homes from the $300s to $3M+
The Peninsula has something for everyone! Our private gated resort community features an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course, racquet club with tennis and pickle ball, a full service spa, state-of-the-art athletic club, indoor and outdoor pools that include a poolside grill, a signature wave pool, and sand beach. We also have three points of water access to the surrounding bay: the nature and exploration center with a kayak launch, our bay beach, and our floating dock and fishing pier. You’ll live every day like you’re vacationing in a five-star resort at The Peninsula.
Single-family, single -family detached villas and townhomes are available.
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Sunset Ridge is located in Sunset Beach, North Carolina and has been one of Bill Clark Homes’ longstanding flagship communities. At its completion, it will showcase just over 400 single family homes and is planned for 100 townhomes. Just 3 miles from the Sunset Beach barrier island, Sunset Ridge offers its residents the easy access to both the beach and the Intracoastal Waterway all at a very affordable price point. For the golfing enthusiasts, Sunset Ridge is surrounded by many premier golf courses that are open to the public.
Featuring a community pool, clubhouse, walking paths, sidewalks and a fitness center, the homeowners may find they don’t need to leave the neighborhood to enjoy the beautiful coastal weather. Bill Clark Homes takes pride in the fact that Sunset Ridge is made up of both local residents and those coming from out of town looking to live at the beach. The number of friends and family that start out as visitors and have now become homeowners is a testament to the welcoming sense of community that Sunset Ridge offers.
The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach is a special community just 1 mile away from the beautiful sand and waves of Ocean Isle Beach. Residents at The Retreat are positioned uniquely within walking distance to the local grocery store, incredible restaurants and quaint shops that make Ocean Isle Beach so desirable. The colorful homes and lush landscape pay homage to the bold and bright colors you’ll find lining the oceanfront streets just across the causeway.
With a sparkling crystal blue lap pool and an outdoor cabana that features a built in gas grill, large gathering area, and a big screen outdoor television, you’ll find neighbors at The Retreat taking full advantage of their outdoor spaces on any given summer day. Palm tree lined streets, shuffleboard courts and sidewalks throughout the community combined with the mild climate lend itself to daily walks, bicycle rides, and outdoor activities year round. As one of the area’s premier new home communities, The Retreat is known for offering the best value at the very best price.
Find Out More About The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach – A North Carolina Retirement Community
If you would like to learn more about this mix of relaxation, fun and slow pace of life retirement community in North Carolina, offering world class amenities, you can request more information and compare this community with many others to find your ideal lifestyle. All you have to do is request more information here.
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
Encore by David Weekley Homes is an exclusive 55+ section within the master planned community of Briar Chapel. With a great location in Chapel Hill, you’ll enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans. These exceptional homes are situated on 45-foot and 55-foot homesites and feature expanded Outdoor Living Areas for entertaining. Start living the life you’ve been dreaming about in this lifestyle community, including:
Yard maintenance included with HOA dues
Gathering with friends at the clubhouse
Calendar full of activities planned by a full-time Lifestyle Director
Grab a workout buddy and hit the fitness center
Staying in prime shape on the 24 miles of walking and jogging trails
Recreational activities like basketball, pickleball and tennis courts at the sports complex
Taking a walk with your four-legged friend at the dog park located in the community
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Strolling through 10 distinct community parks and gardens with additional parks in the works
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.
Gated Riverfront Living, Boundless Joy in Nature
The Bluffs on the Cape Fear is a vibrant, master-planned community perched on a pristine stretch of the Cape Fear River. Just 15 minutes from the classic waterfront hometown of historic Wilmington, NC, The Bluffs is a private, coastal haven for the families who call it home.
The unique vision of The Bluffs is realized every day: natural woodlands and the unspoiled riverfront landscape are preserved and celebrated. Classically-styled coastal homes exist in harmony with lush woodlands, and the riverfront.
Our visionary developers created The Bluffs with access and abundance in mind. Accordingly, residents here enjoy a close-knit, active lifestyle with total access to the riverfront and an impressive collection of amenities. We invite you to experience the joy of our authentic riverfront community, The Bluffs on the Cape Fear, with our 3 day-2 night Discovery Package.
– 50-Slip Marina with Scenic Boardwalk
– 2-Acre Riverfront Park with Boat & Kayak Launch
– Lakefront Clubhouse with Resort-Style Salt Water Pool
– Private Beach Club on Oak Island – with Full Ocean Access
– Winding Walking & Biking Trails
– Golf Cart Friendly Community
– Tennis & Pickleball Courts
– Fully-Stocked Lake
– Community Boat & RV Storage
– And soon, a New State-of-the-Art Fitness & Wellness Center
Port Ludlow is a resort-style community located on the shores of the Puget Sound, just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. Port Ludlow is close enough to the city, but far enough to enjoy an active and tranquil lifestyle. With views of the Olympic Mountains, a bustling social life, waterfront inn, and myriad of recreational amenities, the community has regularly been ranked as one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S.
Port Ludlow is home to a championship golf course that embraces the area’s natural surroundings of lakes, streams, and evergreens and provides challenging play for all skill levels. Residents can enjoy the community’s waterfront location at Port Ludlow’s 300-slip Marina by taking a boat cruise, renting a kayak, or dining at the award-winning Fireside Restaurant. Two clubhouses provide fitness facilities, tennis and pickleball courts, swimming pools, and over 100 community clubs.
Residences in Port Ludlow include Craftsman-style beachfront homes, waterfront condos, and villas with golf course views. Currently, there are two new neighborhoods being built in Port Ludlow. Ludlow Cove Cottages and Olympic Terrace II.
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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!
Welcome to Chattanooga! If you are looking for big city attractions and small town views, you have come to the right place. Chattanooga is tucked between mountains and the beautiful Tennessee river, which makes for breathtaking scenery to enjoy as you stroll down the Riverwalk. Or, if you are more interested in some indoor entertainment, visit the Tennessee Aquarium or one of our many history museums. Either way, you will see why we chose Chattanooga as the newest destination for Goodall Homes.
Chattanooga Area Communities:
- • The Cottages at Brow Wood – Lookout Mountain, GA
- • Westview Crossing – Chattanooga, TN
- • The Highlands at Belleau Ridge – Ooltewah, TN
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.
Eastman Community Association – Four Seasons Paradise
The Eastman Community Association in Grantham, NH is an ideal active-adult and retirement destination. It’s also the perfect place to raise a family. Eastman is a sustainable, intergenerational community in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire.
Ultimately, Eastman is a nature-lover’s haven. Tucked away in the pristine woodlands of New Hampshire’s Upper Connecticut River Valley, the Eastman Community Association encourages an active and connected lifestyle. Residents move to the rhythm of four distinct seasons. And, outdoor adventure is a central theme.
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Eastman is centrally located, but just remote enough. It’s conveniently two hours north of Boston and three hours from Hartford. And, Lake Sunapee, New London, and Lebanon are just minutes away. As a result, residents have ample access to urban amenities. Cultural venues, medical facilities, as well as educational opportunities are all within reach.
New Hampshire’s Grantham Mountain offers a picturesque backdrop to Eastman’s 345-acre lake, and ample hiking trails. So, be sure to pack your boots!
Looking for more? Try 37 miles of cross country trails starting at the Eastman Cross Country Center. In summer, head to one of six beaches, kayak and canoe launches, or to the pool and fitness center year round. Eastman also boasts an 18-hole golf course, har-tru tennis courts and an award-winning restaurant as well.
Condos are available from $125,000 to $270,000. Eastman’s single-family homes range from $130,000 to $1.5 million. (Prices are subject to change.)
At Black Creek, we’re building a community that embraces all that’s been forgotten about what defines a life well-lived.It’s a special place where generations, connection and nature become one. Imagine access to 1000s of acres of protected land that’s just footsteps from your door while living just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, America’s “Best City Ever” where shopping, dining, entertainment as well as top hospitals are quickly within reach.
The Black Creek experience starts with Black Creek Club-a private club including restaurant, bar, swimming pools, fitness center, and tennis. Here, you can gather together and make life long connections. Our 18hole golf course is the only course in TN ranked in Golfweek’s Top 100 residential courses. If nature is your passion, take advantage of miles of nature trails through the surrounding mountains and paved pathways through the community, plus ponds for fishing. Just outside of Black Creek is Raccoon Mtn, perfect for biking, hiking and easy access to boat ramps on the TN River. We offer Home sites that complement the natural flow of the terrain and floor plans that are as diverse as the residents who live here. Experience Black Creek!
Plan your visit
You can research and learn about all sorts of mountain communities below—but don’t let the choices overwhelm you. After you’ve selected some areas you’re interested in, plan your visit as the next step! It’ll help you narrow down your search to breathe the mountain air, see the views, and get a feel for the peaceful mountain lifestyle.