Are you about ready to retire, but don’t know if you want to stay in your current location? Maybe you are looking for friends of the same age, want to travel, or would prefer to live in a different climate? We have a list of the top 8 retirement spots in America. It’s amazing what retirement offers these days. From active communities to social activities – retirement is definitely becoming something to look forward to – especially when you live in one of these 8 communities.
1. Del Webb at Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia
This community is popular for both retirees and vacation-goers because of its wide range of water sports and outdoor activities. From horseback riding to water skiing there is plenty to do. Enjoy the wide array of restaurants of all styles and shopping just minutes away. Homes here feature accessible floor plans, arts and craft rooms, home cinemas and dog parks. Playgrounds are nearby for when grandchildren come to stay or visit. They have clubs for book lovers and golf lovers and with the close proximity to mountains there is literally something for everyone to enjoy.
2. Covenant Shores, Mercer Island, Washington State
Located in a beautiful spot, just minutes from The Space Needle and Pike Place Market, this faith-based community is just across the bridge from the beautiful Mercer Island Community. Its proximity to these spots allows for great shopping, live music, plenty of restaurants and fancy boutiques. Not only is this community surrounded by trees and beautiful views; it provides a wonderful adventure-filled lifestyle for retirees who enjoy being one with nature. A putting green and private marina are only two of the favorite amenities offered here. Residents can enjoy a studio, one bedroom or two bedroom apartment. Special facilities include a health care center, on-site fitness studio, dining options and regular social activities organized for residents.
3. Sun City Hilton Head, Bluffton, South Carolina
This is maybe the biggest property on the list with over 5,000 acres of space filled with woodlands and lagoons. The community is made up of about 14,000 residents that participate in an engaging lifestyle with an exciting daily schedule of activities. This huge space is host to the following activities for residents:
- Three Golf Courses
- Fitness Centers
- Indoor and Outdoor Pool Facilities
- A Sports Park
- Performing Arts Center
Additionally, residents enjoy their own space in a single-story home with gorgeous views and an outdoor living area. Residents can choose additional options such as a sun room, second-floor or even a third bedroom.
4. Great Island Community, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Known for its picturesque winding streets and rolling woodlands. this island community plays host to large homes and huge back yards. There are dozens of small communities to explore. Additionally, with this community being just minutes away from historic Plymouth and Cape Cod there is plenty to do and explore. The low maintenance homes with plenty of room allow plenty of opportunities to be active. There is so much to love about this 600 home community. It centers around a large clubhouse where parties, card games, crafts and other activities take place on a regular basis; offering its community social activities they enjoy. There is also a 75-Acre pond which features a canoe club and additional water sports for the outdoor lover.
5. Solivita, Kissimmee, Florida
We know you were curious when Florida would pop into the list, being well known for its retiree communities, due to the warmer climate. This community is another large one with 4,300 acres and a gated entrance. It is known as one of the most active retirement communities in the U.S. It has lush lakes, a semi-private golf club, and outdoor areas for everyone. This community is conveniently arranged into neighborhoods with Tuscan-inspired home models and the choice to custom build – you will love living here. There is a spa and fitness center – with an indoor track, heated lap pool, modern workout suite, and dance and exercise classes for every style. This is another community built for the active retiree.
6. The Clare, Chicago, Illinois
The perfect spot for city lovers, this high-rise offers the features any city lover would enjoy. It is luxurious and well thought out -with 53 stories it is one of the tallest for senior citizens in the world. It hosts 3 restaurants with beautiful city views and a variety of food choices that residents can eat at as a part of their monthly fee.
7. The Villages, Sumter County, Florida
Only 45 minutes from Orlando, this retirement community has been labeled the Disney World for the retired. Considered Florida’s friendliest hometown the community considers itself to be all about FUN! With 118,000 like-minded residents and 50,000 golf carts the residents have an easy time getting around the community and its amenities. There are 3 town-squares to help the residents feel at home with a small-town vibe. Additionally, they offer dining options, dancing, drinking, and live entertainment every night of the year there is always something to do. There are grandparent-grandchildren summer camps, 48 golf courses, 80 pools and more than 2,000 activities going on in any given month.
8. Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Arizona
Mountain views, outstanding amenities, friendship. These are just some of the things you will love about living in this retirement community. Speakers, ranging from spiritual to science and politics, art classes, and wine discovery dinners are just some of the wonderful amenities that come when living in this beautiful, desert-like community. They pride themselves on their saddle club (after all, it is cowboy country) their luxury stable provide facilities and full-time horse care for up to 14 horses.
Whether one of these communities appeals to you or not, there are so many beautiful places to call home when you reach retirement age. Maybe you prefer to stay close to family, or travel the world, and we think that’s okay too. There are so many options these days to keep your comfortable, no matter where you choose to go.
If you choose to stay at home – consider checking out one of our options for a reverse mortgage. To see if you can get money back to make improvements on your home.