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We believe these represent the finest collection of 55+ retirement communities reviews anywhere.  If you want to know the latest designs, view quality materials, and find out about luxury amenities, you can read about it here.  After reading these reviews, you may also be interested in our page on the best floorplans for your retirement.   

Some of the 55+ communities on this page are now sold out but you can check for resales.

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California (Southern)

Del Webb Rancho Mirage model home

Del Webb Rancho Mirage - In the Palm Springs, California area.  A single-home 55+ community that takes advantage of the beauty of the desert.  Single homes that are priced at a great value. New 2018 Rancho Mirage review.

Caliente Springs Resort 55+ RV community golf course

Caliente Springs Resort - Desert Hot Springs, Calfornia in the Palm Springs area - RV Park models for purchase or rent. There is also an RV Park.  Enjoy the mineral hot springs pools, golf, recreation and popular social activities.  Great for snowbirds.  2018 review of Caliente Springs Resort

Altis 55+ community in Beaumont, Ca. model home

Altis - Beaumont, Ca. - 30 minutes to Palm Springs - Gated community by Pardee Homes - Single homes with modern designs and the latest features.  Many creative amenities.  Mountain views.  See the Altis review.  

Rancho Mission Viejo view from The Hilltop Club

Rancho Mission Viejo - Large sprawling master community of age-restricted and all-age communities in Southern California. All types of homes.  Many outstanding amenities.  Currently on Phase 2 called Esencia.  Our Review of RMV. 

Ovation at Flora Park model home

Ovation at Flora Park - New gated 55+ community in Southern California in Disneyland area and not far to ocean.  Read the Review.

See Southern California 55+ communities page

See Palm Springs 55+ communities

See Palm Springs 55+ manufactured communities


model home at Providence of Brookfield Homes in DelawareProvidence

Providence of Brookfield Homes at Heritage Shores

We toured this community when it first opened years ago and got some nice photos of the homes at that time and the amenities.  We have since updated the page.  It is a large community that now has other quality builders as well.  We must admit that Brookfield Homes is one of our favorites but you decide.

See 55+ Delaware page


Highland Green 55+ community street in MaineHighland Green

Maine Living

This was a review article written by Highland Green's (55+ community in Portland) manager and has lots of information about Portland, Me. as well as about this unique community.

See Maine senior communities


Leisure World of Md entryLeisure World of Maryland

Leisure World of Maryland

This is a classic 55+ age-restricted community with considerable amenities.  It is probably the most popular one in the DC Metro area of Maryland.  It is very socially active but you do not have to feel you have to participate. It is very large with homes of a variety of types: condos, townhouse, singles, co-ops, estate and more.  Our review has lots of photos of the grounds and buildings.

Courts of Clarksburg model home

Courts of Clarksburg - Gaithersburg in Maryland suburbs around DC - part of master community - upscale single homes.  There are also 55+ apartments in the community.   See the Review of Courts of Clarksburg.

Heritage at St Charles model homeHeritage at St. Charles in White Plains

Heritage St. Charles Review

55+ community in an area close to DC.

Frederick Maryland street sceneStreet in Frederick Md.

Retirement Frederick Maryland

Frederick is a city that will take you back to a time when the pace was slower and the air fresher.  It is near Hagerstown.  You have some nice choices in this area.  We reviewed 2 communities there.

Riderwood Md buildingsRiderwood in Silver Spring

Riderwood Maryland

We attended the organized tour of this continuing care community.  Our review tells you what you can expect and shows you the amenities and apartments.  CCRC

See Maryland page


Red Mill model home porchRed Mill
Westridge condosWestridge

Traditional Neighborhood Design

2 communities, Red Mill and WestRidge, with village ambience and traditionally-styled by a popular Boston area builder.

See all Massachusetts 55+

New Jersey

Siena condo buildingSiena

Siena by JS Hovnanian

We were impressed with Siena by award-winning builder J S Hovnanian (yes brother of homebuilder K Hovnanian).  A good commute location to Philadelphia.  There are also rental condos (verify).

See first page of New Jersey retirement communities (6 pages)

New York-Long Island

Westbrook Village condo building on Long Island, NY

Westbrook Village - market rate condos and low-income condos on Long Island, NY.  

Encore Lake Grove entry fountainEncore Lake Grove

Encore Lake Grove

By WCI.  55+ in a central location on Long Island, NY.  Huge upscale shopping mall is across street and walkable for most. Whole Foods Market is also walkable.  Gated and manned entrance.  Condos with amenities.  Rentals not allowed.  One for your short list.  Resales only.

Encore Atlantic ShoresEncore Atlantic Shores

Encore Atlantic Shores

Another WCI condominium community on Long Island but further out East in a more rural area.  Resales.

Stoneleigh Woods fountain entryStoneleigh Woods fountain at entry

Stoneleigh Woods - At Riverhead on East End of Long Island, NY.  Popular community in great location.  Resales.

Vineyards at Moriches model home on Long Island, NYVineyards at Moriches

Vineyards at Moriches

Another very popular condo community on East End of Long Island that sold out fast.  Resales.

Hidden Harbor dock and clubhouseHidden Harbor dock

Hidden Harbor has a dock and boat slips.

Glenwood Oaks manufactured home on Long Island NY

Glenwood Oaks Manufactured Homes on Long Island, NY

Fairfield Apartments on Long IslandFairfield Apartments Port Jefferson

Fairfield Apartments
Apartments that look like single homes with a custom feel.  

Westhampton Pines 55+ community model home

Westhampton Pines

Luxury home community located in The Hamptons on the South Shore.

The Manors at the Colony Preserve condos

The Manors at the Colony Preserve

This is your chance to be a few miles from the famous beaches of Fire Island at Smith Point.  See our photos. 

See main page of 55+ communities on Long Island


The Sheldon in Portland Ore

Cooperative Housing:  The Sheldon

This article was written for us by an excellent author with a great knowledge of Portland.  Although this community was never built, the article has lots of excellent information about co-op living and Portland, Oregon.

See 55+ in the Northwest


Home Towne Square model homeHome Towne Square

Home Towne Square near Lancaster

We visited this community while taking a weekend trip to the Lancaster Amish countryside.  We got some beautiful interior photos of these exquisite homes.   Resales.

The Preserves model home in GettysburgThe Preserves

Summit Homes-The Preserves
Gettysburg, Pa.

Another community with that wow factor.  Geared to the active adult but not strictly for 55+.  Lots of interior photos.  Resales.

See all 55+ in Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Jensen Myrtle Beach woods sceneJensen Myrtle Beach

Jensen Communities at Myrtle Beach 

Very close to Grand Strand and ocean amenities.  Manufactured and mobile homes.  Small pool and clubhouse.

Seasons at Prince Creek entry sign to 55+ community

Seasons at Prince Creek Myrtle Beach

Upscale master community with multiple builders very near to Grand Strand and beaches in nice location in Myrtle Beach.

See listings of 55+ in South Carolina

Also see Myrtle Beach 55+ communities.


Potomac Green by Del Webb

Potomac Green clubhousePotomac Green Clubhouse

Gatherings at Wellington model home interiorGatherings at Wellington

Gatherings at Wellington by Beazer

This condo community is near sell-out perhaps due to its popular construction and layout of a low-rise elevator building.  Lots of interior photos.

Lansdowne Woods in Virginia autumn scene

Lansdowne Woods - condominiums in a great location with outstanding amenities.  (Previously called Leisure World of Virginia).

Spring Hill condo building

Spring Hill Condos

Sold out fast - By Pulte  

Trilogy Lake Frederick lake viewTrilogy Lake Frederick

Title: Trilogy Lake Frederick

This is the first community by Shea Homes in Virginia. The air is very fresh and there is a great boat launch adjacent.

Virginia is a large state with many community offerings for active adults.  See Virginia retirement communities for 55+.

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