Baby boomers and developers are trying to keep up with explosive growth in the demand for active adult communities. It is hard to do. A Google search turns up thousands of hits, most of which are ads promoting one community or another.
I have decided to develop (and try to update) a list of resources pointing to some of the larger developers of active adult communities, at least those that are still actively building and/or promoting them. That way Mrs. GoTo and I can more easily discover when a new community may be announced. Our plan is to visit some of these in geographic areas of interest. With this post, I am starting the list, not in any particular order.
Del Webb Active Adult Communities
If there is a larger developer of active adult and 55+ communities than Del Webb, I haven’t found it. They have communities in at least twenty states and are continuing to add more. One of those communities is Lake Providence in Tennessee which I have written about previously. It has a relationship with Pulte Homes, which is another place to look for retirement single family homes.
Jensen Communities is developer of 55+ communities. It has 28 locations in seven eastern states. Some of the New Hampshire locations are “all age” communities.
Robson Active Adult Resort Communities
Robson has six locations in Arizona and Texas. It characterizes its developments as “active adult resort living” with a “premium lifestyle.” Thus, there is significant focus on golf and similar amenities.
WCI is a developer of diverse resort and active adult communities in Florida, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virgina. Not all of them are 55+ however. Home prices range from $100k to over $8 million so apparently there is something for everyone!
ACTS Retirement Life Communities
ACTS is somewhat unique in that it is a not-for-profit business yet offers resort-style retirement communities in six states (Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. The communities are life care (continuouse care) communities. This means that as you grow older and need to move to a place with less work and more help, you can do it within that community without having to pay more. For most boomers it is probably too soon to worry about that but its something to keep in mind for your next move.
There are many more to add which I will be doing in the coming weeks and months. If you know of any worth listing, please let me know.
Of course, this list does not include the many stand-alone retirement and 55+ communities out there. I plan on listing those as I learn more about them, hopefully through personal visits.
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