Benefits of Living in a 55+ Retirement Community

Having an enjoyable retirement is the dream and goal of most people. One of the ways to make sure you have an exciting and active retirement is to be part of a thriving retirement community where you can make new friends, share experiences, and be active.


When you think about it, adults in an over 55+ community grew up before high-tech and social media, so face-to-face socializing is extremely important to them. Because of that, there are huge advantages of buying a home in a senior community as compared to other neighborhoods where you don’t have that friendly neighborhood sense of belonging. Let’s explore what sets these amenity-rich 55 and over communities apart and dive into the benefits of an active adult lifestyle.


What is an Active Adult Retirement Community?

First, lets talk about what makes an active adult community different. While the community is geared for folks 55 and over, who may or may not be retired, these communities are not boring. While there is always a place to relax, these active adult communities tend to be filled with activity. In particular, active adult communities tend to feature amenity centers and numerous activities and clubs for active senior living. Let’s explore these two unique areas to 55+ communities.


Resort Style Amenities

When you think about facilities, you may just be thinking of tennis courts and golf courses. While many active adult communities still have those available for things like a round of golf or pickleball, modern amenities catering to retired seniors bring every type of indoor and outdoor activity right to your neighborhood. Not only is it easier to meet new friends but having all of these features covered with your HOA dues is a good deal.


It’s the amenities that bring people to these communities because they can have fun in their own backyard while meeting new friends from all over the world. It’s not uncommon for retirees to meet some of their best friends in these communities. Often it’s because of similar backgrounds or interests like the love of traveling or playing tennis or bike riding.


If you’ve ever wondered just what you could be missing, here’s a long list of some of the more common amenities offered in the best retirement communities:


  • Golf Courses

  • Outdoor Swimming Pools

  • Tennis Courts

  • Bocce Ball Courts

  • Club Houses

  • Walking Trails

  • Indoor Walking Track

  • Exercise Rooms

  • Craft Rooms

  • Libraries

  • Outdoor Firepits

  • Amphitheater

  • Restaurants & Bars


Active Adult Activities and Clubs

Whatever activity you can think of, you can find it in the 55+ new home communities. And, if you can’t find it, feel free to start a new group. Most communities have a calendar of events, managed by Lifestyle Directors, that they post online and mail to all of the residents. Some of the favorite activities are:


  • Pickleball

  • Wine & Dine

  • Bike Trips

  • Art Classes

  • Golfing

  • Gardening

  • Yoga

  • Writing Club

  • Genealogy

  • BBQs

  • Outdoor Music Events

  • Bocce Ball

  • Tennis Tournaments

  • Travel Clubs

  • Bridge Clubs

  • Pottery Classes

  • Poker Clubs

  • Bowling


Where are the Best Retirement Communities?

The two most popular states to retire in are sunny Florida and Arizona. That’s because they’re tax-friendly, have a warm climate, cater to active senior living, and offer affordable housing with incredible amenities. Plus, if you’re selling your home in a high-cost state like California, New York, or New Jersey, your money will go much further.


Both Florida and Arizona are prime destinations for snowbirds wanting to shake the chill off. Depending on what type of climate you like, you may prefer either the tropical humidity of Florida or the dry heat of Arizona. If you love the ocean, then Florida is the place to go with its white sand and warm water, whereas if you long for wide open spaces and plenty of golf courses Arizona might be your best choice.


Top Florida Cities for 55+ Communities

Florida retirement communities are all over this beautiful state and near most major cities. The advantage of living in Florida is that it’s a major vacation destination with Disneyworld and the number one beach in America, Clearwater Beach, so having your family visit will be a common occurrence. In fact, you’ll want to make sure you have enough extra bedrooms! Some of Del Webb’s more popular retirement communities in Florida are located in the following regions:


Senior Living in North Florida


Senior Living in West Florida


Senior Living in South Florida


Top 55+ Communities in Arizona

Arizona active adult communities are close to major scenic destinations like the incredible Grand Canyon, beautiful wildlife and plenty of open space. If you love the outdoors, you might want to consider retiring in Arizona. Add to that the ease of air travel in and out of Phoenix and you can explore well outside your own front yard. Some of the more popular retirement communities in Arizona are located outside of major cites like Phoenix and Tucson. Below are some of our top Del Webb communities for those areas.


New Homes For Sale Phoenix

  • Sun City Festival- located next to the White Tank Mountains, this 55 and over community features spectacular resort-style amenities for active adults and was featured as one of the 100 Most Popular Active Adults Communities for 2018 by

  • Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch- located in Florence, this 55+ community includes a lake with waterfront facing new homes and was recently recognized in “Where to Retire” magazine.


New Homes For Sale Tucson

  • Del Webb at Dove Mountain- located in Marana, this over 55 community has its own private recreation center and stunning views.



While retirement communities are located all around the country, its important to find one that fits your active lifestyle and caters to what you want to do in retirement. Regardless of where you choose to live, or clubs you decide to join, Del Webb has been constructing quality homes for senior living for over 60 years and would be honored to build your next new home.



Contributed to The 55+ Society by Carol Youmans

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Published 7.11.19

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