Active Adult Communities

What to Expect from an Active Adult Community

March 1, 2023 • Fenny Peiffer

Group of seniors playing chess at the clubhouse

An active adult community is an ideal choice for baby boomers reaching 55+.  They are communities where you can pursue your hobbies and passions that you may have put off up until now because you were too busy and saddled with work and family commitments.  Active retirement communities help you forget the burdens that came along with maintaining a home and let you relax and interact with like-minded individuals.  These communities add a whole new meaning to the words “independent and relaxed living”.  You have likely heard by now that more and more of your friends are moving into active retirement communities.  You may also be considering a move into a community that may help you get over loneliness and boredom and help you maintain your independence.  If you are considering a move to a retirement community, you should know what facilities and amenities a community of this type should provide you.


Amenities and Facilities Provided by an Active Adult Community

Age-restricted active adult communities are for over 55+ adults.  There are also age-targeted and age-appropriate communities that, while not 55+ age-restricted, are clearly built with older adults in mind.  Homes in these communities range from single-family ranch-style homes to duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, or condominiums depending on your preference.  You can also opt for maintenance-free communities where you will not have to worry about mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.  If you are worried about closing up the house for days when you travel, you can select a gated community with security that enables you to travel without worrying.

Apart from these factors, a retirement community should also provide you with all the facilities you need to stay healthy.  Health is a vital factor at this age; there is no denying that.  Therefore, you need to live in a community where you are able to stay physically active.  Most communities feature a clubhouse where you can get the exercise you need through their fitness center, sports courts, such as tennis, bocce, squash, etc., and swimming pool(s) and spa(s).  These communities may also feature a golf course or a putting green where you can practice your strokes or take up the game if you wish to do so.  They may also feature walking and biking trails, as well as boating and fishing (if the community is built near the waterfront) and various other facilities.


Some Communities to Consider

Active adult communities are geared to cater to different types of lifestyles and you can search out communities that offer the lifestyle that you prefer to lead.  Below are a number of community categories you may wish to explore.


Golfing Lifestyle

If you are looking for golfing communities that enable you to enjoy teeing off at any given time you can visit communities such as Encanterra®, a Trilogy® Resort Community by Shea Homes in San Tan Valley, AZ, or Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, DE.


Luxury Living

If you wish for luxury living, you can consider Frisco Lakes by Del Webb in Frisco, TX or Fox Hills Condominiums in Rockaway NJ.


Mountain Communities

Fresh mountain air and mountain living can be enjoyed at Villa Toscana, Sparks, Nevada, and Eagle Crest in Redmond, Oregon.


Waterfront Joy

If you like nothing better than waking up to the sound of water lapping on the shore, you can consider a waterfront community such as Sunset Harbor at Bethany Beach, Oceanview, Delaware, or Pilgrim Creek Estates in Oceanside, California.


As you can see there is a community for just about any lifestyle.  If you know what to expect, and what you are looking for in an adult retirement community, you will be able to find a plethora of communities to suit your requirements.

If you need more information on active adult communities, our concise online national directory, will provide you with information on more than 8,500 communities.  The site offers details of communities organized under various categories, making your research process very effective. You may search by lifestyle, and price range or preferred state and city.  Don’t forget to like us on the ActiveAdultLiving Facebook page, so that we can keep you posted with alerts, news, and other interesting information from us.


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