Enjoying retirement doesn’t mean having to give up on an active lifestyle. Depending on the type of community you choose, from independent living communities to continuing care establishments or something in between, you could enjoy special amenities and perks that you won’t find in a regular housing community.
Retirement communities are generally divided into two separate categories: Independent Living Communities, in which residents (usually must be 55 or older) do not receive any personal care services or Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), in which residents have access to long-term care services.
If you’re looking for the perfect retirement community, check out the following highly-rated developments that are specifically geared toward active seniors.
The Villages, Florida
This is the largest master planned age-restricted retirement community. It is mostly located in Sumter County, but portions of it extend into Lake and Marion counties. The overall development lies in central Florida, approximately 20 miles south of Ocala and about 45 miles northwest of Orlando. The Villages offers several recreational activities and luxurious amenities including golf, adult-only pools, bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes and even a polo stadium.
Sun City West, Arizona
Hailed as “Arizona’s Finest Golf Retirement Community” Sun City West offers a wealth of other activities, including swimming, fitness centers, billiards and bowling. As an added bonus, Sun City West also has readily available medical care.
Ave Maria, Florida
A fairly new retirement development, Ave Maria is unique in that it is built around a Catholic University. Community amenities include a huge tennis facility, golf course, parks, pools, waterpark, commercial and retail space. Unlike other retirement villages, Ave Maria is less shut off from the younger, more modern generation. Active seniors who don’t mind a bit of “New Urbanism” but appreciate a low-maintenance lifestyle will most likely find happiness in Ave Maria.
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