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Guide to the Top 55+ Senior Living Communities

Retirees and seniors who prefer an active lifestyle may want to consider 55+ communities. With resort amenities such as golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools and social clubs, the biggest problem residents may face is fitting all this fun into the daily schedule. These communities are a great place to make new friends who share your desire to be active and social in retirement

Resort Senior Living

Residents of 55+ senior living communities enjoy a resort lifestyle every day. Clubhouses with spa and fitness facilities are available for daily use. Onsite restaurants and bars give residents a night on the town without having to leave their neighborhood. 

Houses within these communities provide a mix of comfort and luxury. Generally, these single-family homes can be updated and customized. Newly constructed houses are outfitted with energy-efficient appliances. In some communities, landscaping and lawn care are also included in HOA dues so residents don’t have to spend hours trimming the lawn and shrubs.

Common areas within the neighborhood are also maintained. Residents will find manicured lawns, clean clubhouses, and trimmed pathways.

Safety and Privacy

Entry gates allow only residents and their guests into the neighborhood. There may also be extra security systems or patrolling units that make sure streets are safe.

Active Social Calendars

Holiday parties, themed dinners, golf tournaments, and tennis mixers are just a few events that are often on the calendar. Clubs for special interests, such as gardening and woodworking, are available so like-minded residents can gather and share their love for their hobbies.

Sample Communities to Discover

South Harbor Towns

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

Welcome to South Harbor Towns by Ryan Homes – Our newest 55+ community offering maintenance-free townhomes, from the mid $300s!

Leave the yard work behind and have more time to enjoy the resort-style amenities South Harbor has to offer! Golf cart paths, clubhouse, heated pool, hot tub, miles of walking trails, firepit and entertaining areas will all be a short walk out your front door. We aren’t stopping there. Looking to stay active? We will also have a sports garden with Pickleball, Bocce Ball courts, a putting green, a playground and a dog park! We have something for everyone at South Harbor.

This community is located near historic town of Smithfield, local shopping, restaurants, military bases and more! All townhomes offer a 1st-floor owner’s suite, 2-car garages and modern features. Plus our floorplans have flex space options that will provide you with plenty of room for your new hobbies. Like the idea of a bonus room, we have you covered!

We can’t wait to share more with you! Visit our website to join the VIP List…we'll send you updates on all things South Harbor. Our team is here to help make this big step an easy one.

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K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Manalapan Crossing

Manalapan, NJ
Single-Family Homes starting in the mid $700s

Welcome to K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Manalapan Crossing, a new active adult 55+ community in Manalapan, NJ offering single-family homes with up to 3,092 sq. ft of living space. Make lasting connections and enjoy low-maintenance living surrounded by exciting local excursions in Monmouth County. Each home is offered in one of our new interior design Looks, Classic, Farmhouse, Loft or Elements for on-trend style in your new home.

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Alliance Home & Land Group

Alliance Home & Land Group Keller Williams Premiere

Greensboro, GA
Homes from $200K - $5M+ Homesites from $30K - $2M+

Nestled along Georgia’s Lake Country shores are a wide array of communities to call home for even the most discerning of those looking to retire or relocate. There is no shortage of the finest golf courses, pickleball is all the rage, and a Ritz Carlton is in our backyard. Perfectly situated East of Atlanta for the convenience of a major airport and yet far enough removed to "get away from it all". Other notable spots: Athens, GA home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs, Madison, GA winner of “Best Small Town in America” and Augusta, GA home to The Masters Tournament – just to name a few.

Georgia’s Lake Country isn’t just a place, it’s a lifestyle! There is truly something for everyone and at every price point.

From land to lake homes…love where YOU live!

Reynolds Lake Oconee • Great Waters • Cuscowilla • Harbor Club • Del Webb on Lake Oconee • Lake Oconee to Lake Sinclair • Athens to Macon • Madison to Milledgeville and everywhere in between.

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Estrella

Goodyear, AZ
New Homes from the mid $400K

Surrounded by majestic mountains and wide-open desert vistas, life in Estrella is a masterpiece of harmonious balance. Dynamic, yet serene; it offers young couples, families, and retirees a resort-inspired lifestyle with state-of-the-art amenities.

Estrella features the Presidio and Starpointe Residents’ Clubs, the Casa Lucero Welcome Center, fitness centers, resort-style pools, a waterpark, a splash pad, lap pools, more than 50 miles of trails, and over 40 community parks. With sports courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, and pickleball, over 72 acres of lakes with complimentary usage of kayaks, paddle boats, and sail boats, award-winning Nicklaus Design champion golf course, restaurants, dining, shopping, great schools, on-site and nearby medical facilities all nestled among the Sierra Estrella Mountains, Estrella offers an unmatched lifestyle all for a low $111 base HOA fee.

Active adults can find refuge in their own gated community, CantaMia 55+ with the fully amenitized CantaMia Village Center, including its own resort-style pool, indoor lap pool, demo kitchen, art studio, cafe, dog park, pickleball courts, and event-scheduling.

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Master Planned Community New Kent VA | Groves at New Kent

Groves at New Kent

New Kent, VA
Main-Level Living Homes from the Mid $200K - Upper $300K

Welcome to Groves at New Kent master-planned community! If you’ve been dreaming of effortless living with a first-floor owner’s suite, low-maintenance lifestyle, and million-dollar amenities, you’ll be excited to hear that Groves at New Kent offers just that and more!

With three different lines of homes to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. Townhomes from the mid $200s, ranch homes from the low $300s, and estate homes from the upper $300s.

Being a part of this community also offers a ton of perks. With an expansive amenity package, you will never run out of things to do and ways to stay active. Featuring a clubhouse, zero-entry pool, pickleball and bocce ball courts, walking trails and so much more!

The Groves at New Kent is the prime of location. Located just one mile to I-64, making it an easy drive to and from both Richmond and Williamsburg. You’ll also be happy to know there’s plenty of local dining and everyday conveniences close by. The new VCU Emergency Health Center is even centrally located to the community, as well as endless recreational activities.

Stop the search for a new home! Take the first step to buying at the Groves at New Kent.

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Ladera – Active Adult Life

Dallas, TX
Community specific pricing ranging from low $400's to mid $600's.

Ladera communities are social, active, attractive communities with a wealth of social groups, beautiful homes, and fantastic amenities. We pride ourselves on creating communities where people can develop meaningful new relationships and be involved in social activities.

Ladera residents will have ample choices for the location of their “right-sized” homes. We offer up to nineteen design models beginning from the $400s, each with multiple elevation choices. We take pride in delivering a highly personalized home for every buyer, creating variety throughout the neighborhood.

Enjoy the “lock and leave” benefit of living in a Ladera community. Ladera is a secure, maintained community. Homeowners don’t have to worry about outdoor home care or landscaping. All of that is taken care of by the owners association. Landscape maintenance on every home, including irrigation watering and upkeep, and year-round landscape maintenance of the front yard and courtyard areas. Ladera communities also focus on extensive green space. Rather than creating large backyards that require maintenance and limit the larger public green areas, Ladera maximizes the natural beauty of the land.

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