Military Retirement Communities

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Military retirement communities are communities that are in areas where military hospitals, VA hospitals and military bases are or cater to military.

retirees playing bocci ballPhoto by Colony Club - Playing bocci ball in Florida
Playing bocci ball in FloridaPhoto by Colony Club - Playing bocci ball in Florida

There are also benefits for the retired military for when they need nursing homes, home care or assisted living.

Retirement Benefits for Military

Two-thirds of retired military are not aware these benefits are available and only 5% are taking advantage of them. Some benefits are also for spouses. Here is the article to go to: Retirement Benefits for Military

In addition here is a site with many resources for benefits for nursing homes, home care and assisted living: National Care Planning Council

Consultants page (we are not responsible for any referrals to other websites; our site is for information only--and please verify all information): Veterans Consultants

VA Aid and Attendance Program:

Also, see our article on VA Aid and Attendance Program-another little-known program on the Bestguide-AssistedLiving site.

News:

  • Big News in Florida:  There will be a new VA nursing home located in the Traditions community in Port St. Lucie, Florida, servicing the entire region.
  • Realtors now certified to be a "Military Relocation Professional" to help military active or retired in the home buying and selling process.  6800 already certified in the U.S.  Read the NAR military article here.
  • Also, there is a new VA Cemetery in California opening in mid-summer (verify).  It is on the old Fort Ord base and called Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Monterey County.   Accepting applications now.
  • What popular amenity would you maybe find at a military retirement community that you may not find elsewhere.  Read the article about a resident at Indian River Colony Club and his favorite club there.  

Best States for Military Retirement

We found this excellent set of data for military retirees for statistics and information and wanted to share it with you.  

Source: WalletHub

Note: Some military retirement communities are now expanding their qualified residents to include government civil service employees and other public service employees. Check the military community website for their eligibility requirements.

Where do veterans live..

Veterans Statistics: The U.S. Census Bureau has come out with Infographics on veterans providing statistics. For instance, they note the top cities veterans live (not necessarily retired) are: Kileen, TX 28.9%; Clarksville, TN 24%; Jacksonville, NC 22.6%; Fayetteville, NC 22.1%; Hampton, VA 20.9%. There are also 2 million veterans in California and 1.6 million in Florida and Texas 1.6 million. 

VA Loans:

Here is an article on VA home loans in retirement.

Homes for Heroes program:

Started in 2002, this program has expanded to 44 states offering military, active or retired, as well as fire, police, etc., a large savings back when buying, selling, renting or refinancing a home through their affiliates.  When you register for the program, you   are referred to affiliates.  See complete details on their Homes for Heroes website.

Content:

Communities for Residents With Military Background (See Eligibility Requirements)

Communities For Public but Near Military Bases

 Communities for Residents with
Military History 
 

Texas | Washington State | Virginia | DC Area | Mississippi | Florida

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Texas - San Antonio 

  • Army Residence

San Antonio - Gated CCRC has entrance fee. Cottages and apartments, services and amenities including transportation. Open to all branches of career military. See website for more details. Wait list. Also assisted living available and care.

7400 Crestway - 800-725-0083 Army Residence | Eligibility Requirements  
   _______Near Fort Sam Houston and Randolph Air Force Base_______

Military Retirement Communities in Washington State

  • Patriot's Landing

DuPont - Puget Sound area and adjacent to bases and Fort Lewis golfcourse - their website says this is the only retirement community dedicated to military in the Pacific Northwest. Apartments, cottages and assisted living and memory care apartments. Luxury amenities. No buy-in requirement.
1600 Marshall Circle, DuPont, Wa. - 253-964-4900 Patriot's Landing

To quote a sentence on the Patriot's Landing website: "Independence is not determined by home ownership or living alone; it is determined by your freedom to make choices each and every day."
    _Ft. Lewis, McChord AFB, Naval Base Kitsap, Madigan Army Medical_  

 Virginia for Military

  • The Fairfax

Fort Belvoir - By Sunrise Senior Living - resort-like independent and assisted living. Life care community 20 minutes to DC. Apartments and cottages. To qualify for life care at The Fairfax, see requirements.  Apartment homes and cottages.
9140 Belvoir Woods Pkwy - 703-799-1200 
The Fairfax

  • Falcon's Landing

Potomac Falls - Northern Virginia - Also continuing care community for retired military officers. Luxury amenities - Gated apartments, single manor homes and duplex patio homes. Community Outreach Program. Expanding their facilities to include Wellness Center, bistro and business center.

Now open to senior level federal employees, spouses and surviving spouses at GS-14 and above.
20522 Falcons Landing Circle, Potomac Falls -
Falcon's Landing

  • Vinson Hall

McLean - Northern Virginia - a premier Lifecare retirement Community for Commissioned Military Officers and their immediate family, as well as select GS-14 and above Federal employees offering independent living with major expansion in process. Also offering assisted living, nursing care, and memory care (open to the public). 6251 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, VA - 800-451-5121  Vinson Hall

  • Patriots Colony

Williamsburg - For former officers of military and retired civic government - Active adult living and Lifecare community - Villas, apartments, and homes. Assisted living is open to public. Enclosed walkway to Cannon Community Center. Distinguished Williamsburg ambience.
6000 Patriots Colony Dr., Williamsburg, VA - 757-220-9000 - Personal tours Mon-Sat 
Patriots Colony

 Maryland/Washington, DC

  • Knollwood

 located in Washington, DC, in 1962 became the first military retirement community in the U.S. It also lists assisted living and continuing care, memory programs and nursing among its services. "Residency..Is not limited by one’s financial resources." Restricted to military officers and their families.
6200 Oregon Ave., N.W. - 202-541-0149
Knollwood Military Retirement Community

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home

Historic military continuing care community overlooks the Capitol. No costly initiation fees and affordable monthly fee if eligible. Wait list recommended.Some unique amenities: 9-hole golf, 2 fishing ponds, 6-lane bowling
3700 No. Capitol St., N.W. - 800-422-9988
Armed Forces Retirement Home

Mississippi

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home

Gulfport - 2nd campus (the other in Wash., DC). Independent and assisted living with no expensive entry fees and reasonable monthly fees.  There is a wait list so check your eligibility and sign up now.  Amenities include outdoor swim pool, fitness center, library and more. 47 acres on the Mississippi Sound.
1800 Beach Dr., Gulfport, Miss. - 228-897-4410

 Florida

  • Indian River Colony Club in Viera 
Colony Club golf course
Colony Club dining room
military couple dancing at social gatheringPhotos by Indian River Colony Club

Viera - is rich in the traditions of the United States Armed Forces. Membership is mostly former commissioned officers and warrant officers of the seven uniformed services.  IRCC offers a generous maintenance program inside and outside. A country club lifestyle is enjoyed while preserving the patriotic ideals that gave birth to our great nation.

Single family home ownership, located close to VA Hospital and Patrick AFB - very affordable prices in sunny Florida.  Amenities include gated on 453 acres with 18-hole private golf, heated pool with lap lanes, tennis, Fitness Center, RV parking and more.
1936 Freedom Dr., Melbourne - 321-255-6000


  _____Near Patrick Air Force  Base______ 


Read our blog article about Viera.


Communities open to public but near military bases:

Southern California | Northern California | New York | Virginia | Florida | Louisiana | North Carolina | Colorado | Texas | Washington State

Some military retirement communities are well-located for military and have higher military populations.  Some of these are near bases and military hospitals and clinics and popular for their convenience.

Southern California - Riverside

AltavitaAltavita
AltavitaAltavita (formerly Air Force Village West)
  • Altavita (formerly Air Force Village West) No longer requires a history of military service.  CCRC - Age requirement is 60+ -  Riverside - Adjacent March Field -  Retirement resort community. 

Community Care Community: They have an on-site health center which includes skilled nursing and a special care unit.  Entry and monthly fee. Apartments, duplexes and single-family homes.

It looks so comfortable and offers many services and amenities including unique ones like RV storage, golf cart access and more. 221-acre campus. You can visit in their guest house. This area's climate can't be beat.
17050 Arnold Dr., Riverside - 800-729-2999  Altavita 
    _________________Near March Air Reserve Base_________________ 

Also see Military YMCA of San Diego  


Go here to read our Expert Interview with AFVW 
"Military Retirement Living"
... no matter which community you are interested in,
we hope this article will be helpful

Update:  The former Air Force Village West is now called Altavita and eligibility requirements have changed.

National Medical Report Video featuring Air Force Village West (now Altavita):

Update: (Community is now named Altavita) (entrance requirements have also changed not requiring military history but this is still a good video to watch just note updates to information on video):


Northern California

Paradise Valley EstatesFairfield - No longer require a military background -  Minutes to Travis AFB.  CCRC - Great Northern California location - 40 minutes to San Francisco or Sacramento. Houses or apartments.     
2600 Estates Dr. - 877-817-3280  Paradise Valley

   ___________________Near Travis Air Force Base__________________ 


New York-Long Island

The Regency at Glen Cove - Glen Cove - Independent and Assisted Living - "Special benefits for veterans and spouses" The Regency at Glen Cove

Long Island also has a Vet Hospital, Veterans Cemetery and a Veterans Retirement home.


Virginia

Communities in Virginia open to public but popular with military:

Virginia Beach

Atlantic Shores - Virginia Beach - Convenient to commissaries and Space-A travel for retired military - home ownership of villa and apartment homes - dine on the boardwalk at Virginia Beach. Atlantic Shores

Dunbarton By Providence of Brookfield Homes - Great map of military bases in Virginia and location of Brookfield's communities near bases. Dunbarton is the over 55 community.  Communities near military bases by Brookfield

Sinclair Commons Apartments Langley - Great amenities and spacious floorplans. 24-hour emergency call system.  Sinclair Commons Apartments


Florida

Air Force Enlisted Village Shalimar FL - A wonderful organization dedicated to surviving spouses of military. Subsidized housing for women requiring assistance. Air Force Enlisted Village

Communities in Florida open to public but popular with military:

Colony Club poolPhoto Credit: Colony Club

Indian River Colony Club - Viera, listed above, for military is open to 20% public.  Country club amenities including, clubhouse, pool and 18-hole golf.

Azalea Trace - Pensacola - Near naval air station by ACTS Retirement - CCRC with entrance fee and monthly fee - apartments - 10100 Hillview Dr., Pensacola - 

Fleet Landing Atlantic Beach - Just blocks from the Atlantic Ocean - Resort style amenities. Also assisted living and nursing available. Near naval station and Mayo Clinic. Off-base commissary and exchange nearby. Fleet Landing

Lake Ashton Lake Wales, FL - Large community of Single-family homes start upper $100's on Lake Ashton. Lots of exercise opportunities. Lake Ashton

Freedom Plaza Sun City Center - Active adult and Continuing care luxury community near AFB and VA hospitals. 62+ Freedom Plaza

Grand Horizon Homes Zephyr Hills - 20 minutes northeast of Tampa - New VA Center within 5 blocks from this gated premier manufactured home community - own land - 320 homes - Jacobsen Homes - Zephyr Hills is known for "pure water."  4021 Morris Bridge Rd. - Grand Horizon Homes - Jacobsen Homes

Fishhawk Ranch - Near Tampa at Lithia - reaching out to military families and seniors - 30 miles to MacDill AFB with a commuter transportation service to the base. Master community by Newland.
15921 Courtside View Dr., Lithia - 813-696-9317 (military consultant)


Louisiana - Former military base

England Oaks - Central Lousiana at Alexandria - One of two communities by Front Porch that once were military bases. (The other in Florida.)  Conveniently located near Oak Wing Golf Club.  2 and 3-bedroom small square footage single-story duplex homes.  2-bedrooms start at $925/mo (verify as rents can change).  Mature trees.  On-call lifeline units.  Low maintenance with month-to-month rents.
6956 England Dr., Alexandria - 800-786-6257


Texas

Communities in San Antonio open to public but popular with military:

One-third of residents of San Antonio are military (please verify all information.) Also Military and VA hospitals/clinics nearby. The Texas Hill Country is also very popular with the military. 

  • Blue Skies of Texas East and West (Formerly Air Force Villages I and II) Life Care community.

Two locations: one overlooks San Antonio and the other in the Texas Hill Country. Both communities offer a wide selection of home types from high-rise to garden to ranches. See website for details. All the services and amenities you could want in gated communities. I like that they are creating a town square feeling. Visit program includes a try-out program.

Contact them for new qualifications which includes non-military.  Near Lackland Air Force Base.

East: 4917 Ravenswood Dr., San Antonio - 210-673-2761 
West: 5100 John D Ryan Blvd. - 210-677-8666 Blue Skies of Texas

      _____Near Lackland Air Force Base._____ 

  • Towers on Park Lane - San Antonio - Co-op apartments in high-rise Tower.  Great amenities. 1 Towers Park Lane - 800-531-8496  Towers on Park Lane

      _Near Fort Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center_ 

North Carolina

Communities in North Carolina open to public but popular with military:

Meadow Walk in Fayetteville - near Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base. Near Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Many floor plans and custom options. Beautiful single homes feature nighttime security and maintenance staff.  

Carolina Highlands in Fayetteville - Condominium living - Many social activities, trips and some care options. Purchase or lease. 

Anderson Creek Club - Spring Lake - near Fort Bragg - This is an upscale resort community with many options for retirement living: an Inn, long-term residence, purchase homes, a 55 plus community and resort stays.  18 holes of championship golf.  Military discounts.  125 Whispering Pines Dr., Spring Lake


Washington State

Communities in Washington State open to public but near bases:  There are 7 bases in Washington State.

Communities Near Lacey:

Shea Homes at Jubilee - Lacey - Puget Sound living - Villas, cottages and estates.  Resort amenities include championship golf.  From $308,900.
8536 Vashon Dr. NE, Lacey - Open Daily - 

Laurel Oaks - Lacey area -  manufactured homes by Lakeshore Communities - Gated and near golf.  RV storage.  1800 Marvin Rd., Lacey - 360-923-4225 

Golden Rose - mobile home park in Puyullap area.


Colorado - near bases

Communities in Colorado open to public but popular with military:  There are 6 bases in Colorado.

Liberty Heights - Colorado Springs - Overlooks Air Force Academy - 50% of residents are military.  CCRC - apartment-styled homes.  Liberty Heights

Fairway Villas Denver - New 55+ ranch homes by Oakwood Homes at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club.  Near Denver Airport.  From low $300's.
Ph: 303-486-8915 - New home information


Cumberland Green - Fountain -  Near Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force bases minutes away - this is not for over 55 - from mid-$200's by Oakwood Homes.

Heritage Todd Creek  Thornton - New ranch and villa homes by Lennar for active adults from high $300's. - amenities include golf, clubhouse, salt water pools.
720-685-0873 - 8585 152nd Lane

Heather Gardens - Aurora - Resale ranch homes - Amenities include 9-hole golf and many social clubs.  Active adult community.
Ph: 303-755-0652 - 2888 Heather Gardens Way


Financial Information for Military:

Taxes:

Most states have some state tax exemptions for the military. Some are better than others. Here is a list of states that have no state tax on retirement pay for military.  (Verify information)

Alabama; Alaska; Florida; Hawaii; Illinois; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi (see conditions); Nevada; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina (see conditions); Oregon (see rules); Pennsylvania; South Dakota; Tennessee has no earned income tax; Texas; Washington; Wyoming.

Kiplinger Financial Guide:  Financial Guide by Kiplinger for Military 


State Veterans Homes:

Veterans Home

The veterans home on Long Island, NY is associated with Stony Brook University.

The National Association of State Veterans Homes has a directory for locating these facilities.  Each facility differs in their rules, regulations and requirements.

VETERANS HOMES NEWS: 

  • Florida Dept of Veterans Affairs has a free mobile app for veterans.  Apply through Iphone and Android markets.
  • VA health Care enrollment satisfies the requirement for coverage under the new Health Care Law (verify all information).

VA Nursing Homes and Living Centers:

The VA offers veterans who qualify nursing homes and living centers:

  • Community Living Centers
  • Community Nursing Homes
  • State Veterans Homes (owned and managed by the state)

Services may include hospice and palliative care.

On A Personal Note

My husband spent time in a VA Nursing home.  Everyone from the heads of departments to the lowest cleaner treated him with the utmost respect and cared for him with unconditional love.  I'm talking about the people who cared for him. They were organized, efficient and most of all caring. There was a different attitude than at other nursing homes he had been in.  It was as if he was one of their own family members.  It is hard to explain but I can see this is why we should support military facilities and communities.  I can't vouch for all facilities of course, but it is worth checking out.


Family Caregivers VA Website:

New Government Site: Where Caregivers can Find Service


Transitional Housing for Military

  • Valley Brook Village by Community Hope in Lyons, New Jersey, Somerset County, for homeless Vets:  For homeless or struggling vets for temporary and permanent housing.  Always check with your local county Housing Authority for similar programs for vets.  They hope this will be a model program for all states.  973-463-9600
  • Also, check out Cal Vet transitional housing in California.  It is located next to the VA retirement home in West Los Angeles.  Read about eligibility requirements for this 84-bed support program for the homeless.

The VA has stated they have a goal to end Vet homelessness.


Builders Offers for Military at time of Purchase:

We've noticed many builders have offers for our military. Please check at individual communities that may not have the information on their website. Please verify all information as it can change and check the websites for further information especially as regards qualification and communities.

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