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SaddleBrooke TWO

Tucson, AZ
Homes $300K - 1M Plus

It’s easy to see why Where To Retire magazine chose SaddleBrooke as one of America’s top 100 best master-planned communities. Within this stunning Sonoran desert setting just 25 miles north of downtown Tucson, Arizona, you’ll find an appealing combination of natural tranquility and vibrant excitement. Your new home will boast spectacular views of the 9,000-foot Santa Catalina mountain range, nearly perfect weather, and an abundance of community amenities, events, groups, and traditions to fill your life with joy and inspiration.

SaddleBrooke TWO is a true Active Lifestyle Community. With more than 200 clubs, our residents enjoy a wealth of educational and social opportunities, including an Institute of Learning in Retirement that offers an assortment of courses to satisfy your interests. Three on-site restaurants, a 478-seat performing arts center, two championship golf courses, fitness centers, basketball and volleyball courts, swimming pools, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and even a softball field are just around the corner.

Welcome to a world of possibilities to Live Your Dreams, at last.

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TN Gated Communities | Retire Tennessee | Best Places to Retire
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Retire Tennessee Program Communities

Nashville, TN

Whether you’re ready for full-time retirement or want to relocate to a better place, Tennessee is a state that deserves your attention.

Consider these facts before deciding on another location: Tennessee collects no state tax on income or other retirement-plan benefits and no sales tax on prescription drugs. Property taxes in Tennessee are very reasonable, especially with available exemptions for retirees and age 65+ residents, resulting in the second-lowest overall state and local tax burden per capita in the nation. And Tennessee offers the eighth-lowest cost of living in the U.S.—more than 10% below the national average.

The Retire Tennessee program is a state government initiative designed to spread the word about all of the great reasons for retiring or relocating to the Volunteer State. From the Great Smoky Mountains in the east to the banks of the Mississippi River in the west, a total of 19 urban and rural counties in the program highlight the unique natural attractions and cultural amenities that each has to offer.

Tennessee has more than 60 state and national parks with some of America’s finest freshwater fishing lakes and hiking destinations that range from the 210-mile Cumberland Trail to Chattanooga’s 16-mile Riverwalk. The delightful four-season climate means that you can enjoy a round of golf or a kayak excursion any week of the year. And the world-famous Tennessee music scene includes Beale Street blues in Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and bluegrass festivals in charming mountain towns like Kingsport and Cookeville.

Request more information below and let the Retire Tennessee program introduce you to the next great adventure in your life.

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WindRiver | Gated Golf Luxury Community near Knoxville TN | Tellico Lake

WindRiver

Lenoir City, TN
Homes: $600K - $3M Lots: $160K - $1M.

WindRiver is a stunning, lakefront and golf community located minutes outside Knoxville, Tennessee on Tellico Lake. Inside our gates, you will find world-class amenities surrounded by sparkling, fresh-water lakes and dramatic mountain views. This unique combination is what makes WindRiver the ideal place to call home and create a lakefront lifestyle you and your family will cherish.

You will sense it when you look towards the welcoming shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. You will feel it standing on the gentle slope of five miles of shoreline along beautiful Lake Tellico, named one of the top inland boating destinations in the nation.

Members enjoy a collection of world-class club amenities which include: a full-service marina, a championship 18-hole golf course, Golf Club and Grill, the Sports Complex with a resort-style swimming pool, sports courts, and a state-of-the-art exercise facility at Overlook Manor, the elegant Lakeside Inn, and Citico’s Restaurant, a signature Member dining experience. For outdoor enthusiasts, WindRiver has access to over 30 miles of walking and hiking trails and a peaceful, lakefront retreat, Brightwater Park.

This is Life As It Should Be – this is WindRiver.

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Cresswind Charlotte

Charlotte, NC
Homes: $300K - $500K

Cresswind Charlotte is a luxury age-55+ community that is ideal for active adults and retirees who seek a private retreat that’s still convenient to uptown attractions.

Kolter Homes brings its national reputation for building top-quality, energy-efficient residences to Cresswind Charlotte. Here you’ll find customizable single-family homes with 11 distinctive floor plans from which to choose, with two or three bedrooms and two-car garages. Designer models and a choice selection of move-in-ready homes are available for live or virtual tours.

Club Cresswind is the heart of community life at Cresswind Charlotte, where the full-time activity director schedules weekly events and interest club meetings that keep everyone engaged. The fully-equipped fitness center features yoga and aerobics studios, while the indoor pool has lap lanes and a spa. Just outside is the resort-style pool, sports courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce ball, and trailheads for walking paths that meander throughout the 370-acre woodland property.

Just beyond the Cresswind Charlotte entranceway are grocery stores, restaurants, and the Novant Health Mint Hill medical complex. Cultural arts centers and entertainment attractions in Uptown Charlotte are only a 25-minute drive away. Additional options include day trips to national forest hiking trails and cozy weekend getaways to nearby mountain ski resorts.

When you request more information below, you’ll be on your way to a healthier and happier lifestyle at Cresswind Charlotte.

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Landmark Homes

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Landmark Homes – Pennsylvania Home Builder

Cliff and Claire Weaver founded Landmark Homes in 1998. Their intention? To create a company focused on three essential values: attention to detail, hard work, and excellence. These core values quickly became the company’s foundation. And, a peek at any Landmark home and the processes therein will tell you that these values are not only upheld, but diligently adhered to today.

From lot choice, to design, build, and move-in day; Landmark keeps their eye on the target, so you can too.

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