Retirement Lifestyle showcases our favorite communities for active boomer buyers.

Thinking of moving to a “55 or Better” community or a development that caters to
baby boomers? If you haven’t visited one lately, you will be impressed.
Active adult communities and those that cater to baby boomers are not your
parent’s retirement homes. They are planned neighborhoods – some with age
restrictions some without - organized and maintained by various development
companies. Very often these developments hire activity coordinators and facility
managers to keep the party going.

The options in 55+ communities today are literally endless and more are coming
as the leading edge Baby Boomers move into their 60s.

These homes and communities allow residents the individuality and personal
freedom they want within a tight-knit community with plenty of possibilities for
immense physical, psychological and social benefits. Making a move to these
social meccas might be good for your health! With year-round activities and clubs
to keep you moving and to stimulate brain activity, boomers are setting their sights
on maximizing the next part of their life.

These lovely 55+ residences are designed with the active older adult in mind.
They are usually one story living for ease of mobility, but with enough space to
store a lifetime worth of stuff and room for kids and grandkids.

Retirement Lifestyles magazine has scoured the south for the Top Active
Adult Communities. Check out these places that have our staff buzzing with


SeaSide Village • Carrabelle
SeaSide Village offers the best of all worlds. Carrabelle’s quality of life and no
traffic pace located on the Forgotten Coast. With the Village’s Community
Center and pool, walking trails, underground utilities, street lamps,
accessible sidewalks, and a reserved 55+ active adult section with its own
private clubhouse and adult pool, you know you’ve found the right place.
Phone number: 850-697-6970
Web site:
Why we love it! SeaSide is green-certified and a member of the Florida
Green Building Coalition and an Energy Star Partner.
Number of acres: 79
Number of homesites: 270 homes (80 homes are designated 55 and
Home Styles: Four floor plans are available. All plans are three bedroom,
two bath.
Age requirement: Eighty of the 270 homes are designated “55 and over”
living. The 55+ active adult living section has its own private pool and
clubhouse as well as use of all community amenities.
• Underground utilities
• Street lights
• Walking trails with exercise stations
• Community Center which includes a 3,000 square-foot clubhouse,
meeting room, oversized kitchen, grand room, pool with cabana and
• Courtyard
• Children’s playground with eco-friendly equipment
Price: Homes start at $159,900
“There is no better time than right now to snap up the best three bedroom,
single family value in Florida - guaranteed! SeaSide Village is a great place
to afford to LIVE the coastal dream and leave behind financial pressures.”
- Judy Miller, Developer

Stone Creek by Del Webb • Ocala
Stone Creek is located in the heart of Ocala, Florida, the “Horse Capital of
the World.” With its backdrop of gentle rolling hills, ancient oak trees, and
pristine lakes and springs, Ocala is the idyllic lifestyle setting for Stone Creek’s
planned 4,000 residences. From the bridge-like community entrance with
waterfalls, to the contemporary arts-and-crafts- inspired theme, to the lakes
and cascading streams surrounding the newly opened hill-top recreation
facilities at Reflection Bay, all of Stone Creek’s unique features blend perfectly
with Ocala’s natural beauty, creating an unparalleled living experience.
Phone number: 877-333-5932
Web site: and search under Florida.
Why we love it! Upon completion, Stone Creek will be one of the
largest Del Webb communities in the country. It will feature a variety
of neighborhood and home site options, including lake and golf course
home sites.
Number of acres: 29
Number of homesites: Approximately 4,000
Home Styles: Six, single-family models with living areas ranging from
1,604 square feet to 2,419 square feet and two, twin-villa, maintenancefree
models with living areas from 1,548 square feet to 1,709 square feet.
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• The Reunion Center features a premium ballroom with built-in stage,
sound system and attached, fully functioning kitchen. Also included
is the Wall Street room, highlighted by a fireplace and warm accents
reflecting the arts-and-crafts theme of Stone Creek. Equipped with
wireless connectivity for computer usage, it is the perfect place for
lounging. Large multi-purpose rooms are available in the 22,500 square
foot facility, as well as a spacious craft room with kiln and a billiards
• The premium Élan Spa, encompassing approximately 23,500 square
feet, features top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment, a 25-meter
indoor heated pool with lap lanes, and two exercise studios. Élan Spa
also houses a luxurious and relaxing spa with his/her massage facilities,
a steam room and a sauna.
• The outdoor, resort-style amenities at Stone Creek are all framed with
lush landscaping, giant palm trees and beautiful lake views. The heated
outdoor swimming pool features ample space and zero entry.
• Tennis courts
• Horseshoe pits
• Pavilion
• Event lawn, pickleball and bocce ball courts.
• Four miles of scenic walking and biking trails throughout the
• Full-time activities director, fitness director, and on-site management.
Price: $160s-$260s

Solivita by Avatar • Poinciana
A development of Avatar Properties Inc., this 4,300-acre community is
being developed around a Mediterranean-style Village Center highlighted
by the award-winning 32,000 square foot Riviera Spa & Fitness Center and
17,000 square foot Starlite Ballroom. There also are three restaurants, and
the Waterfront Galleries where residents can participate in a variety of arts
and crafts classes.
Phone number: 800-592-6099
Web site:
Why we love it! Honored by Builder magazine as “America’s Best Active
Adult Community” in 2002.
Number of acres: 4,300
Number of homesites: Over 5,500 homes at build out
Home styles: 19 detached single-family home plans in five collections
Age requirement: Age restricted
• 32,000 square foot Riviera Spa & Fitness Center
• Indoor, air-conditioned track above an indoor heated pool
• Outdoor heated pool and two heated whirlpool spas, with deck
overlooking waterways
• Exercise studio with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength
equipment and free weights
• Dance studio for aerobics and fitness classes
• Full-time professional, trained and certified recreation and fitness staff
• Bright, airy studios for ceramics, sculpture and painting - all with lake
• Computer lab with high-speed Internet access for classes and open use
• Billiards gallery, darts and games
• Financial gallery with computers and real-time with NYSE and NASDAQ
ticker tapes
• Library
• Community pools located throughout various neighborhoods
• Lighted Har-Tru tennis courts in Freedom Park
• Five lighted Pickleball courts, two Bocce courts, softball field, horseshoe
pits, basketball courts
• Outdoor pavilions for private and community events
• Palms Amenity Complex
• The Oaks Golf Course
• The Cypress Golf Course
• Solivita® Bike Path
• Classes designed to strengthen body, mind to make your spirit soar.
Price: $130s to the over $500s
“We’ve created an extraordinary lifestyle and living environment for our
residents who enjoy being active and socializing. It’s the daily way of life
here. In terms of first-class amenities and ambience, Solivita® rivals some
of Florida’s finest five-star vacation resorts.”
-John Corners, Avatar’s Vice President of Administration and Lifestyles

Tallahassee • Westcott Lakes
With a focus on lifelong learning, optimum health and personal growth –
coupled with a unique affiliation with Florida State University – Westcott
Lakes at SouthWood is setting the new gold standard in communities for adults.
Here, you’ll enjoy country-club-style living - extraordinary opportunities for
“creative aging”, lots of options and even faculty-like campus privileges that
enable you to audit classes and have access to research facilities, libraries,
cultural events and sports. All this and the security and assurances that only
a true Life Care program can provide.
Phone Number: 1-866-510-1515
Web site:
Number of acres: Approximately 90 acres
Number of homesites: Approximately 228 Apartment Residences and
Atrium Apartment Residences and 44 Club Homes, ranging from one to
three bedrooms. The Health Pavilion is planned to include 48 Assisted
Living suites, 15 Memory Support units and 40 private Skilled Nursing
Home Styles: Apartment Residences, Atrium Apartment Residences and
Club Homes
Age requirement: 62 or older at the time of move in
• Variety of dining venues
• Cocktail lounge
• Theater for lectures, movies and performances
• Library/reading room
• 11,000 square foot professionally staffed Fitness Club which includes
state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment, enclosed aerobic/lap
pool and whirlpool, group exercise and personalized fitness programs
and half-court basketball/aerobics room
• Rehabilitation gym for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech
• Medical clinic with offices and exam rooms for medical appointments
• Tennis courts
• Walking and biking trails
Price: $272,000 - $1,242,000


Bella Vista Village by Cooper Homes
Bella Vista
Residents enjoy a magnificent expanse of woods, nature trail and mountain
vistas that extend over 36,000 private acres. Tee it off on eight outstanding
courses ranging from championship layouts to classic mountain designs.
Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, country clubs, and eight sparkling
lakes appeal to everyone’s playful side.
Phone number: 800-553-6687
Web site:
Why we love it! Every homesite adjoins green belts or common property,
enveloping neighborhoods in natural barriers of privacy.
Number of acres: Approximately 38,000
Number of homesites: 38,000 with a population of 25,000
Home Styles: Single family homes and townhomes
Age requirement: No age restriction
• Eight golf courses
• Eight lakes
• Three country clubs
• Five recreational centers
Price: New homes start at $149,000
“Bella Vista Village, developed by Cooper Communities Inc., is located
in the Ozarks of northwest Arkansas and is the home to 25,000 residents.
The Village covers approximately 38,000 acres and has numerous
amenities including golf courses, lakes, streams, recreation centers,
clubhouses, nature areas and more. While Bella Vista retains the natural
beauty of the Ozark Mountain setting, it is only minutes away from one
of the fastest growing regions of the country with a full range of services
including shopping, medical, cultural and recreational activities.”
- Dan Cooper, Senior Vice President of Cooper Communities, Inc.


Centennial Bluff • Oak Ridge
Centennial Bluff provides the utmost quality in 55+ active lifestyle living.
Residents will enjoy fabulous amenities and activities exclusive to owners
and their guests. Our grounds are situated high on a bluff surrounded by the
magnificent East Tennessee landscape of Melton Hill Lake, Centennial Golf
Course and the beautiful vistas of the Cumberland Mountains.
Phone number: 215-862-2260
Web site:
Why we love it! Built high on a bluff, residents enjoy spectacular views
of the breathtaking Cumberland Mountains, the reflective waters of
Melton Hill Lake and the greens of Centennial Golf Course – both within
Number of acres: 39.4
Number of homesites: 405 homes in 14 residential buildings
Home Styles: One, two and three bedroom maintenance-free
condominium-style homes.
Age requirement: One resident owner must be at least 55 years of age, no
fulltime resident children under the age of 19.
• Landscaped natural areas with conversation seating nooks
• Contemporary lantern street lights along the tree lined entrance
• 12,000 square foot amenity clubhouse with full-service spa and state of
the art fitness center, plus many indoor and outdoor activities for your
• Professionally designed and maintained landscaping throughout the
• Concrete curbing and sidewalks
• Underground utilities throughout the project
Price: From $209,950

“Centennial Bluff is East Tennessee’s first community specifically designed
to focus on the very full lifestyles of people age 55+ who are ready to
downsize, enter pre-retirement or retirement. Everything the community
offers is centered to the preferences of our owners. This includes a
clubhouse, which we’re about to frame, that will offer spectacular views
of the surrounding mountains and Melton Hill Lake, just like the homes.
There will be a wide variety of activities managed by a full time lifestyle
director and concierge, plus a full-service spa and state-of -the-art fitness
center. The homes are maintenance-free designed with bright open space
and terraces. Centennial Bluff is the perfect solution for busy boomers
looking to reengage with a community of friends sharing common
interests. Everyone that comes here loves the concept...and it shows in the
enthusiastic rate of reservations of our residences.”

- Bruce Matzel, CEO

Fairfield Glade • Crossville
Fairfield Glade is perched high atop the Cumberland Plateau, the highest point
between the Rocky and Smokey mountain ranges. At 2,000 feet elevation, the
area enjoys cooler summers. Fairfield Glade offers varying subdivisions with
a wide range of home sixes, price ranges and views.
Phone number: 800-383-7600
Web site:
Why we love it! This area offers incredible cost of living including no
state income taxes, affordable housing options, low property taxes and
reasonable club dues.
Number of acres: 12,000
Home Styles: Single family, townhomes (duplex) 1,600-1,800 up to 2,500
square feet
Age requirement: Not age restricted
• 90 holes of golf
• 11 lakes
• Four swimming pools (two outdoor, two indoor)
• Lake swimming
• Marinas
• Indoor outdoor tennis center
• Country Club
• Shopping
• Community Center

Price: New homes start in the $180s

Rarity Ridge by Rarity Communities Oak Ridge
With sprawling metropolises rising across the country, finding a traditional,
classic community to call home is a challenge for many families and
individuals these days. The solution is simple. Come to Rarity Ridge. This
classic American hometown celebrates the simple joys of life and has a real
community feel to it. Set along the Clinch River in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Rarity
Ridge highlights the past with its traditional, vintage-style details.
Phone number: 865-425-4663, 888-293-2072
Web site:
Why we love it! Rarity Ridge features a protected inland harbor and a cove
with canoe and fishing docks. The Clinch River on Watts Bar Lake has deep
waters stocked with bass, catfish, bluegill, striper and much more.
Number of acres: 1,546
Number of homesites: 2,500 units
Home Styles: Single family homes, estate homes, cottage homes, carriage
homes, patio homes and villas.
Age requirement: Not age restricted.

• Town Center
• Marina
• Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts
• Soccer and baseball fields
• Health Club
• Swimming
• Athletic, walking and biking trails
• 100 acres of parks
• River Guide & Nature Director on staff
Price: $59s- $600s

Quail Creek at the Ridges • Jonesborough
The Infinity Building Group invites you to experience Quail Creek at
The Ridges, a masterfully planned golf community overlooking the 10th
and 11th fairways on The Ridges golf course. We extend to its owners the
most luxurious of environments. Coupled with membership at The Ridges
and the finishing touches that discriminating home buyers expect in such
an elegant home. A place where nature and uncommon amenities are
gracefully combined to provide you with the ultimate in carefree resort style
living. This along with the feel of a true community promises to make our
development a sought-after location for years to come.
Phone number: 423-975-9800
Web site:
Why we love it! Quail Creek at The Ridges is situated on one of the top
ranked golf courses in Tennessee.
Number of acres: Six
Number of homesites: 29 Homes
Home Styles: Partial Single Family and Partial Deluxe Duplexes
Age requirement: No age restriction
• Tuscan-themed homes with decorative lighting and mailboxes
• Homeowner’s Association
• Natural gas community
• Underground utilities
• Professionally designed landscaping, sod yards and Rain Bird irrigation
• Low maintenance exteriors
• Private and Community Areas
• Sidewalks
Price: $369,900 to $449,900
“Life at Quail Creek at The Ridges is comfortable, relaxing, and offers
plenty of options for exploring the scenic area. While offering a country
club atmosphere, it can also be very exciting and adventurous. Warm
gentle summers of the region encourage visitors from around the
country, while the change of seasons during the fall and spring attract
nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. A short drive is all it takes to see
some of the country’s most beautiful outdoors.”


The Village at Ford’s Colony Williamsburg
Our Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), The Village,
builds on and continues the Ford’s Colony lifestyle along with providing
comprehensive life care needs of an aging population.
Phone number: (800) 334-6033
Web site:
Why we love it. Ford’s Colony has been recognized as the number one
master-planned community in America.
Number of acres: 180
Home Styles: Town Homes, Garden Apartments, Apartments, and Single
Family Homes
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• Internal and external bus service along with shuttle transportation
• Wellness center
• Recreational facilities
• Dining facilities (including a deli and dining room)
• Medical offices and pharmacy
• Barber shop and beauty salon
• Game, craft and card rooms
• Walking trails and side walks
• Meeting rooms
• Parks, Gardens, and Open Spaces
• Dedicated Dementia / Alzheimer’s Unit
• Library
• Theater/Auditorium
• Indoor and Outdoor Pools
• Gated with 24 hour security
• 54 Holes of Golf
• Tennis
• Spa
• Branch Bank
“The Village at Ford’s Colony has engaged our firm, Greenbrier
Development, to provide a plan, a roadmap if you will, for the development,
construction, and operation of a first-class continuing care retirement
community. This neighborhood provides a natural fit for a first-class
retirement community, in addition to folks coming from outside the area
looking for that Ford’s Colony lifestyle. And The Village at Ford’s Colony
would be the perfect solution for current residents having to look outside
the neighborhood for long-term retirement options.”
- Barry Johnson, Senior Vice President, Greenbrier Development
Frisco Lakes


Frisco Lakes by Del Webb • Frisco
Wrapped around the shores of Lake Lewisville in prestigious Frisco, Texas,
Frisco Lakes is the premier active adult community for those adults 55 and
better. With a wide variety of amenities including an 18-hole golf course
with clubhouse, miles of walking trails, and state-of-the-art fitness center, this
exquisite community provides the ultimate environment for an active lifestyle.
Phone number: 469-362-3800
Web site: (and search in Texas)
Why we love it! The development will include 600 acres of open space
and about 30% of the home lots will offer premium lake or golf course
Number of acres: Approximately 1,000
Number of homesites: 2,400
Home Styles: Single Family
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• 18-Hole Championship Golf Course
• 28,000 square foot Village Center featuring indoor and outdoor pools,
state-of-the-art fitness equipment, indoor walking track, ballroom,
computer room, art room and library.
• Tennis court
• Bocce courts
• Over 70 clubs, classes and events
Price: $150s-$330s
“Frisco Lakes by Del Webb is the premier active adult community in North
Texas. We offer a residents a lifestyle that is unparalleled with amenities
such as an Arnold Palmer 18-hole golf course, a 28,000 square foot Village
Center, indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art fitness equipment, over
70 clubs, classes, events and so much more. With this friendly, close-knit
group of residents, there is something for everyone at Frisco Lakes. Frisco
Lakes by Del Webb is also just minutes from DFW International Airport,
and some of the finest retail, medical, recreation, and dining in Frisco,
Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.”
- Jay Mason, VP of Sales & Marketing.

Robson Ranch by Robson Communities
Located just south of historic Denton in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,
you’ll find manicured greens, sparkling lakes and world-class amenities to
provide active adults a luxurious yet affordable country club lifestyle.
Phone number: 888-988-3927
Web site: (and search for Robson Ranch)
Why we love it! Magazines have named Robson Ranch one of America’s
best master planned communities.
Number of acres: Approximately 2,745
Number of homesites: Estimated 6,200
Home Styles: Single family detached housing
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• 18-hole championship golf course and pro shop, restaurant, lounge and
• Clubhouse with ballroom/auditorium, stage, activity rooms, catering
• Sports Club with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpools and
saunas, multi-purpose gymnasium, lighted tennis courts and salon
• New Creative Arts Center
• Walking paths
• Clubs, groups and organizations
Price: $2002-$600s
“It’s the combination of the people, amenities and the environment
that draws prospective homebuyers to Robson Ranch. Once they move
in, for many homeowners the dream become a reality...they are living
in a resort-style community with a desirable location, stunning home
designs, multi-million dollar country club amenities, and an active social
- Steve Soriano, Executive VP of Robson Communities, Inc.
Robson Ranch
Retirement L 30 ifestyles™ | October/November 2008


The Greens at Pelican Point • Gonzalez
This nationally recognized award-winning community for those ’55 & Better’
offers a variety of home options in a secure, quality living environment. In
addition to well designed low maintenance, energy efficient homes and town
homes, The Greens’ residents enjoy all the available amenities – 36 holes of
golf, lighted tennis courts, their own pool and fitness center, a community
shopping center and more. Planned social events, outings and various clubs
bring Greens’ residents together to form lasting friendships. Living in The
Greens is about enjoying life!
Phone number: 800-243-4318
Web site:
Why we love it! Located 15 minutes from Baton Rouge and 35 minutes
from New Orleans, within easy reach of city life, The Greens at Pelican
Point provides ‘resort living’ with a great friendly small town feeling.
Number of acres: Approximately 100
Number of homesites:
Home Styles: Garden homes and townhomes with seven floor plans to
choose from.
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• All amenities offered by Pelican Point
• 24-hour access to a private activity center
• Indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center
• Clubhouse with a grand ballroom, kitchen, billiards room, TV and craft
Price: $249,900 to $300s

Willow Lake
Willow Lake community takes you back to a time when life was simple, you
knew all of your neighbors and never ran out of things to do. Willow Lake
is the area’s first adult master planned, gated active retirement community
offering yesterday’s peace of mind with today’s active adult lifestyle. The goal
of Willow Lake is to make the retirement years of its residents as carefree,
affordable and enjoyable as possible.
Phone number: 318-747-3212
Web site: http:
Why we love it! The development is conveniently located to allow easy
access to numerous golf courses, and waterways such as Cypress Lake,
Black Bayou and the Red River.
Acres: 70
Number of homesites: 275
Home Styles: Single-family individual homes
Age Requirement: Eighty percent of residents 55 and better; no residents
under age 18.
• Clubhouse
• Fishing lake
• Brook with waterfalls and Japanese Koi
• Lighted walking trails
• Lawn irrigation and maintenance
• Gated entrance
Price: $182,000-300,000
“Close to Barksdale Air Force Base, award-winning golf courses, a true
sportsman’s paradise surrounded by tranquil lakes, Willow Lake Adult
Community offers private homesites with single-family individual homes
that are specifically designed to be upscale; the developers understand
that experienced homeowners demand high-quality construction, open
homeplans with lots of storage and all the comfort features you desire.”

- Julie Branton for David and Renee Hall, Developers

South Carolina

Sun City Carolina Lakes • Lancaster, SC
Sun City Carolina Lakes is located in Lancaster County, South Carolina
just five miles from the North Carolina border and only a short distance
from the Charlotte Metropolitan Area.
Phone number: 803-396-9800
Web site: (search under South Carolina)
Why we love it! Sun City Carolina Lakes, located right down the road
from Charlotte, NC is bordered by the Catawba River with 1,230 acres of
woodlands with 10 lakes.
Number of acres: 1,500
Number of homesites: 3,450
Home Styles: Single family and attached housing
Age requirement: Age restricted (55+)
• A 40,000-square-foot Recreational Center that overlooks a large
sparkling lake and includes a state-of-the-art fitness center.
• Indoor lap pool
• Indoor walking track
• Ballroom
• Billiard room
• Numerous classrooms where clubs can meet
• A beautiful, professionally designed 18-hole, 165-acre golf course
encompasses the property.
• Eight water-cooled clay tennis courts,
• Four Bocce courts
• Outdoor pool
• Amenity lawn
• A boardwalk along the wetlands
• Miles of walking trails
Price: $170s-$400’s
“We offer world class amenities and our community is located a short
drive from the airport and Uptown Charlotte, which is a fast growing
metropolitan city. You get all the lifestyle that a Sun City Community
offers and all culture, entertainment, convenience and charm of a classic
Southern City.”
- Mark O’Brien, Vice President of Sales
The Greens