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Guide to Active Adult Communities in South Carolina

Active adult communities are designed for retirees and working seniors who prefer a dynamic lifestyle in a fun, social environment. These master-planned communities offer resort-style amenities such as clubhouses and pools, as well as lively social and activity calendars.100 Best Place to Live

While many active adult communities are age-restricted—which typically means that at least one member of the household must be 55 years or over—others welcome residents of all ages.

Homes Built for Comfort and Entertainment

Single-family, one-story homes are the norm in active adult communities. They can be customized to each household’s needs. Homes usually offer layouts and features that are standard in modern homes. Generally, master suites are complete with a spacious closet and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in tub. Newer homes also include office spaces for working seniors.

Houses in these neighborhoods are made for entertaining. Open living spaces, large patios, and screened porches make for ideal social gatherings. Visiting friends and family can stay overnight in the guest bedrooms.

Landscaping maintenance is often provided for all residents.

Elevated Amenities for Residents

While many active adult communities operate independently, some are located within larger master-planned residential developments. Both types of communities offer exclusive amenities such as pools and clubhouses.

Workout facilities deliver classes and programs that cater to all fitness levels. Low-impact aerobics and yoga are some of the most popular programs offered.

Those who would rather be outdoors can take advantage of walking trails, parks, and picnic areas. Pickleball courts, tennis courts, and lawns for croquet and softball games are available for athletic residents to use.

Active adult communities may also include services that cannot be found in regular neighborhoods. Residents can walk to onsite restaurants, golf courses, and water features like lakes or ponds. For those who want services to come to them, hair stylists and physical therapists may be available on-call.

Hubs and Clubs for Various Interests

Activity directors help new residents connect with their neighbors. They organize clubs for community members of various interests such as gardening, cooking, and woodworking.

Residents can keep sharp by attending academic classes and visiting lectures in the community centers. Live concerts and film screenings will appeal to those who love performance arts.

Community service clubs are popular, too. Neighbors can organize charities, drives, and other public service events for the community at large.

Idyllic Communities in Ideal Locations

The best active adult communities are located near town or city landmarks. Hospitals and healthcare facilities, for example, are situated nearby. Residents have easy access to physicians and dentists that specialize in senior wellness.

Prospective residents should choose a community that best fits their lifestyle. Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or ride away from bustling city centers. Others are closer to quieter, small-town shops.

Sample Communities to Discover

South Carolina Gated Community | Woodside | Best Places to Retire in SC
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Woodside

Aiken, SC
Lots: $40K - $130K, Homes: $400K - $1M+

This master-planned, active-adult lifestyle community enjoys Woodside’s prime location in our hometown of Aiken, SC, a Southern Living Magazine’s “South’s Best Small Town.”
On top of Aiken’s preserved natural beauty, low cost of living, and mild year-round climate, this private destination consistently captivates visitors with its downtown streets filled with exceptional local restaurants, charming shops and boutiques, Gilded-Age mansions, nature sanctuaries, plus various artistic and cultural events like Aiken’s Makin’ Craft Show, the Aiken Steeplechase, and the Joye in Aiken Festival.
Woodside itself houses a variety of world-class amenities, including 4 championship golf courses, 2 clubhouses, more than 60 member-led social groups and clubs, 2 resort-style pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, more than 17 miles of hiking and nature trails, 7 landscaped parks and green spaces – including a dedicated Butterfly Park – and much more! Combined with the timeless beauty of our community’s expertly designed neighborhoods, Woodside and Aiken are now one of the region’s best-kept secrets.
Ready to experience Woodside and Aiken for yourself? Request more information below.

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Lowcountry Living Bluffton SC | Oldfield Stanley Martin Homes

Oldfield by Stanley Martin Homes

Bluffton, SC
Single-family homes from the upper $700s

Incredible home designs and luxury amenities amongst a backdrop of natural Lowcountry beauty in Bluffton, SC. Play 18 holes of golf on the private Greg Norman golf course or challenge a friend to a tennis match, take a riding lesson at the equestrian center or a fitness class at the sports club, rent a kayak at the Outfitters Center to head out on the Okatie River, or make a reservation for dinner at one of the onsite restaurants. There is truly something for everyone at Oldfield.

Choose from five single-family home designs, starting from the upper $700s: The Seaside, The Seabury, The Moreland, Riverside, and The Tidalview. Front and rear porches for outdoor living, main level Owner’s Suites, gourmet kitchens, and so much more.

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Encore Restore at Carolina Park

Mount Pleasant, SC
Single Family Homes from $400K

Along the banks of the Wando River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina is Carolina Park, a 1,700-acre master-planned community in the idyllic town of Mount Pleasant. Within, you’ll find Encore by David Weekley Homes selling single-family houses in the 55+ active adult community of Restore at Carolina Park.

These cottage-inspired homes are situated on 55-foot homesites, with some even boasting a water view. Inside, enjoy spacious open floor plans, ranging from 1,610 to 2,589 square feet, allowing for two to four bedrooms. Encore by David Weekley Homes incorporates spaces ideal for entertaining, along with current finishes and fixtures, striking the ideal balance of livability and design. Outdoor living areas are available, and with seven home designs to choose from, you can feel that your home is truly yours. Exclusively for the active adult community within Carolina Park, Encore by David Weekley Homes are thoughtfully developed to optimize a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Within greater Carolina Park, residents enjoy all the amenities expected of a large master-plan community. Staying active is easy with a fitness center with plenty of classes, fields and courts for a variety of sports, and a large pool and pavilion. Carolina Park also boasts 80 acres of passive parkland, in addition to over 200 acres of preserve woodlands. On the rare days you’d rather be indoors, catch a showing at the movie theater, enjoy a massage or take an art class.

Restore at Carolina Park has a true neighborhood feel, blessed with small town southern charm just minutes from Charleston. Request more information and you’ll be making the first move towards a beautiful life.

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