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Active Lifestyle Communities with the Most Expensive Homes

Active Lifestyle Communities with the Most Expensive Homes

by BILL NESS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2013


Pelican Bay in Naples, FL boasts gorgeous enclaves of dreamy multi-million dollar beach front mansions.

Most retirees simply look forward to enjoying well deserved me time. At the stage in life when you can finally settle down, it’s always fun to dream of how you’ll spend your time and where you’ll hang your hat. Active lifestyle communities cater to retirees in every price range including some elaborate homes with elaborate price tags. While most of us couldn’t imagine spending millions on a home during retirement, it certainly is fun to look!

Some of the most elegant and prestigious active lifestyle communities in America feature amazing homes, some costing upwards of $5 million dollars or more. Each of these impressive communities features the ultimate combination of lifestyle and amenities popular with active adult homebuyers while still being open to all-ages. They all showcase multi-million dollar estates while still offering homes in a more realistic price range. Here are 12 active lifestyle communities in America with the most expensive homes.

1. Pelican Bay – Naples, FL

As one of the premier active lifestyle communities in Florida, Pelican Bay sits along three miles of sparkling Gulf of Mexico waterfront. The stunning beachfront is exclusive to residents as is a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse with world-class amenities. Residents also have the option to join The Club at Pelican Bay offering 27 holes of golf and fabulous dining. Pelican Bay is planned for 6,500 homes, some selling for upwards of $5 million.

2. Celebration – Celebration, FL

With just over 4,000 homes, Celebration is a sought after retirement destination designed with an elegant New England flair. Residents enjoy a comprehensive collection of resort-style amenities and a rewarding social lifestyle all just minutes from Orlando. A unique town center boasts a long list of shops, restaurants and everyday conveniences.

3. Hassayampa Village – Prescott, AZ

Stunning mountain views and old growth forests abound the 550-acre community known as Hassayampa Village. Residents of this exclusive community enjoy living in the heart of the mountains yet still close to everyday conveniences. Planned for just 200 homes, the community offers gated privacy and golf course living in homes reaching into the $5 million mark.

4. Hilton Head Plantation – Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Plantation combines the best of coastal charm with resort-style living. It’s the ideal ocean-site oasis perfect for active adult living. Residents of this 4,500-home community enjoy an impressive collection of amenities spread throughout the community including four exciting golf courses.

5. Pelican Landing – Bonita Springs, FL

Located between the outstanding waters of Spring Creek and the Estero Bay aquatic preserve, Pelican Landing preserves, protects and enhances the natural beauty of its environment. This sister community to Pelican Bay offers homes priced up to the high $3 millions. Residents enjoy nearly 15,000 square feet of world-class amenities plus have the option to join the amazing Pelican’s Nest Golf Club.


Toscana Country Club is an extrodinary community with elegant architecture and beautiful landscaping.

6. Toscana Country Club – Indian Wells, CA

In the countryside of Southern California is Toscana Country Club, a gated community planned for 652 lavish homes surrounded by luxurious appointments. Residents enjoy a spectacular clubhouse, world-class dining, 36 holes of golf, a community spa, tennis courts and trails all surrounded by gorgeous mountain views lit with warm California sunshine. Most homes in this prestigious community range from $1 to $3 million dollars.

The remaining six communities on this prestigious list all offer homes over $2 million dollars. Check them out and keep dreaming of your perfect retirement!

7. Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club – Fort Myers, FL

8. Renaissance – Fort Myers, FL

9. Indian Ridge Country Club – Palm Desert, CA

10. Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club – St. George, UT

11. Mizner Country Club – Delray Beach, FL

12. Shadow Wood – Bonita Springs, FL

Windsor Gardens Ranked #4 of The 25 Best Value Communities for Retirement in the USA!

As Feature on:
55 Places

The 25 Best Value Communities for Retirement



55 Places is excited to announce the 25 best value communities for retirement. Living in a resort-style community for retirement is achievable on any budget. There are wonderful age-restricted active adult communities and age-targeted communities offering homes at an unbeatable price point where residents enjoy a rewarding social lifestyle and world-class amenities.

To create this list the team at 55 Places took into consideration a wide variety of factors, starting with a review of the 100 most popular active adult communities for 2013. We considered the quantity and quality of amenities at each community as well as the offering of lifestyle events and activities. We also reviewed the cost of homeowner association fees in addition to the latest real estate transactions looking closely at the average home selling price over the past year.

After a thorough analysis we chose only the communities we felt offered an excellent value: showcasing exciting amenities, a vibrant lifestyle and attractively priced homes. Finally, to clarify the findings even further, we reviewed the findings from our comprehensive in-person community visits, including the 300+ communities our team personally visited last year alone.

This complex formula resulted in this exclusive list of the 25 best value communities for retirement.

1. On Top of the World – Ocala, FL

In Central Florida, On Top of the World is a resort-style 55+ community planned for 10,000 homes. Single-family homes and attached homes are very affordably priced from under $100,000. The impressive collection of amenities includes three golf courses, several clubhouses, fitness centers, pools, restaurants and much more. Residents enjoy an amazing lifestyle with over 200 clubs meeting on a regular basis and special events happening nearly every single day.

2. Sun City – Sun City, AZ

Sun City was the very first active adult community in the country and pioneered 55+ living as we know it today. This sprawling community of over 26,000 homes boasts hundreds of amenities including 7 recreation centers, 11 golf courses, 19 shopping areas and even a hospital. Residents enjoy a lifestyle second-to-none with daily events and countless social clubs. Homeowners find Sun City to be a fabulous value thanks to low property taxes, low homeowner association fees and homes starting under $100,000.

3. Rossmoor Village – Monroe Township, NJ

Rossmoor was designed to combine old world charm with modern day amenities in a premiere New Jersey location. Budget conscious homebuyers will be impressed with the variety of resale single-family homes and condominiums priced from under $100,000. An 18-hole championship golf course is at the heart of the community where residents also enjoy a well-equipped clubhouse boasting 30,000 square feet of amenity space highlighted by elegant, traditional design and décor.

4. Windsor Gardens – Denver, CO

Windsor Gardens is the only active adult community in the city of Denver and is highly sought after for its incredible value. The maintenance-free homes start well under $100,000 plus the monthly homeowner association fees also cover the cost of property taxes, heat, water, trash collection, building maintenance, snow removal and more. The 35,000 square-foot clubhouse offers an impressive line up of amenities to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. Residents also enjoy a 9-hole golf course and on-site restaurant.

5. Oak Run – Ocala, FL

In Central Florida, Oak Run offers a wide variety of resale single-family and duplex homes in nearly 100 different floor plans priced from under $100,000. With 3,500 homes, this gated community has a close-knit community feel with an exciting offering of amenities. Multiple clubhouses boast swimming pools, fitness centers, activity rooms and restaurants in addition to outdoor amenities including an 18-hole golf course. Residents enjoy a robust lifestyle at Oak Run with access to over 100 special interest clubs.

Active adult homebuyers in search of a great value community have plenty of options to choose from. Below are the remaining communities rounding out the list of the top 25 best value communities for retirement.

6. Kings Point – Sun City Center, FL

7. Timber Pines – Spring Hill, FL

8. Clearbrook – Monroe Township, NJ

9. Carillon – Plainfield, IL

10. Kings Ridge – Clermont, FL

11. Spruce Creek Country Club – Summerfield, FL

12. Concordia – Monroe Township, NJ

13. Four Seasons at Hemet – Hemet, CA

14. Sun City West – Sun City West, AZ

15. Southshore Falls – Apollo Beach, FL

16. Stone Creek – Ocala, FL

17. Solivita – Kissimmee, FL

18. Sun City Huntley – Huntley, IL

19. Sun Lakes Country Club – Banning, CA

20. Trilogy Orlando – Groveland, FL

21. Solera at Oak Valley Greens – Beaumont, CA

22. Heritage Isle – Viera, FL

23. Laguna Woods Village (Leisure World) – Laguna Woods, CA

24. Sun City Festival – Buckeye, AZ

25. Sun City MacDonald Ranch – Henderson, NV

For more information about Windsor Gardens and all it has to offer contact Carolyn Ingebritson at (303) 594-7696 for more information!