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Embracing life after 55:  A journey of wisdom and joy

Life after 55 is a beautiful and enriching journey, filled with wisdom, experiences, and new horizons. We explore the vibrancy and resilience of individuals aged 55 and beyond. We'll explore the joys and challenges of this singularly amazing phase of life and offer guidance for making the most of it.

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Your Ultimate Resource for Discovering Vibrant 55+ Communities Across the United States.

The senior or retirement years can be a time of great enjoyment as you explore, play, and learn. 


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55 plus manufactured homes in all categories

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Mobile homes

RV park models

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Discover the Joy of RV Parks: Your gateway to memorable journeys and vibrant communities. We list a handpicked selection of Senior RV parks, where the golden years are filled with adventure and new friendships. Embrace the freedom to roam and relish the comforts of home on the road. Or be in a permanent park of RV Park Models.  Experience the thrifty side of life: RV Parks offer an economical way to enjoy travel and retirement.  You can be a snowbird or live year-round in a 55+ RV Park.  We lived in one happily for 3 years so we learned what you can expect.

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Low Income Housing

Four pages of senior affordable housing with income limits for areas in the U.S.  First, see if you qualify then you may have to get on the wait list for these very much in-demand communities so apply early.  See our description.

Senior Apartments

Popular list for all states for market-rate apartments for 55+.

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New Article:
Explore the Exciting Lineup of Over 55 Communities Coming Soon in 2024   Don't overlook your all-inclusive roadmap to upcoming private and master-planned communities set to debut in the coming months.  

Prices shown for communities:

To get the most accurate pricing and current offers, please contact the community directly using the phone number listed on their website. Most communities are either consistently increasing prices or lowering prices.  We do our best to put out up-to-the-minute home prices, but it has been a huge task the last few years so check with the community itself.  

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To all Seniors:  We're all about making your life simpler.  We do that by putting all your options for a 55+ retirement home and lifestyle on One Site:  Bestguide-RetirementCommunities 

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Most websites only have a few categories for you to choose from.  Consider your options on this website. 

  • New home communities
  • Resale communities
  • Low Income communities
  • Manufactured home communities
  • Mobile home communities
  • Tiny home communities
  • Senior Apartment communities
  • Assisted living communities
  • RV Park communities
  • Modular home communities
  • ADU
  • Golf communities
  • Lake communities
  • Horse communities

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Have you heard about Chat GPT?  I am assuming you have since "everybody" seems to be talking about it.  One of the things it does well is write articles.  Many websites are utilizing it to write articles for their websites and blogs.  Unfortunately these articles are not always accurate or up-to-date and are used without editing and corrections.  If I use it for my content, I will always fact check the information for accuracy.  I will never have a Chat GPT only website because I think you want to hear from me personally with exclusive and original content that can't be duplicated anywhere else.

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Are you craving exercise to stay fit in your senior years? Don't miss our new article on Best Retirement Communities for Active Adults to find the types of activities available at 55+ communities.

Prices up or down?

Currently, we are seeing many communities continue to sell out quickly at even higher prices mostly due to shortages of 55+ homes.  Almost every community has some kind of incentive to buy.  Larger communities may have more and better financial options.  Sometimes you have to ask what they are. 

Some communities are "hot," and it doesn't take too long to sell out of the lower-priced offerings in these popular 55+ communities.    Some communities have decreased prices or introduced a new lower-priced floor plan.  This is still a local issue so verify how quickly homes are selling with your nearby Realtors.   

What is the VIP List on 55+ Community Websites

You can go to the community website of the builder and  sign onto what is called a VIP List.  If you are on that list, you will receive updates.  You may want to know of new prices or coming communities as soon as they are available.  (Note: If you have a Realtor you want to represent you and be paid a commission should you buy, the Realtor should register with the community before you reach out via the internet.  Communities may differ on this as a policy.)  

It is best to stay in touch with a community early on if you have an interest. Lower priced homes sell fastest.  If you are on this list, you will be notified of when selling starts (verify this).   


What are retirement communities doing now about Covid:

Although they say covid isn't as big of a threat as when it first was known, it has produced big changes in how we do real estate. The best way to handle the changes is to call the community first before going.  Some communities require an appointment so that they can  prepare for the showing as it may still be a concern for some seniors.  

More online Communication between you and community representative.  

Private appointments with agents are making it possible to purchase or rent homes.  You can view the virtual showings on their website and plan what you want to view at the community before going.  


Active Communities

While most 55+ communities have amenities for an active lifestyle, see what they can offer in this article: 

 "Best Retirement Communities for Active Adults."

Lots of Options for affordable housing

In today's market more buyers are priced out of the market for single luxury homes.  Try searching our low income housing and mobile home categories.  RV park model communities, also called "tiny homes" are popular now and affordable, and if you lease the land even more affordable.  This is especially so for Florida manufactured homes and other low-cost areas.

Seasonal Rentals for Seniors

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Senior RV parks can be some of the happiest places in the Snowbird Season Oct-May. Read our review of an RV Park to see the fun that can be had.  It's never too soon to plan for the next season's stay.

For seasonal rentals, see our short-term rental page or Florida apartments page.  Often overlooked, RV park communities are another option for snowbird getaways. 

Our latest 55+ community reviews

  • Rancho Mirage 55+ luxury community by Del Webb in the Palm Springs area at Rancho Mirage still selling.
  • Caliente Springs Resort In Desert Hot Springs, Ca. near Palm Springs.  Manufactured homes and RV park models good for snowbirds or year-round. Great amenities!   If for year-round, be sure the air conditioning works well as some just can't keep up with the intense heat in summer in the desert areas.
  • Altis in Beaumont, Southern California

From humble trailers to luxury estates, no matter what price range you prefer,
we have listings for you!

 NAR Update:

The National Association of Realtors has news releases monthly. They give excellent updates on the real estate market and trends.  Please consult with Realtors how this relates to your local market or one you are interested in and for advice. 


Note:  Overlapping occurs when your search fits more than one category.  This happens a lot.  The remedy is to check more than one category to find what you are looking for.  For instance, mobile homes can be found in the mobile home, RV and manufactured categories as well as state categories.

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