Here is a list of some of the major retirement community builders/developers of over 55 communities. We cannot make recommendations as you must always do your own research in selection of builders.
Go to their websites to see their entire collections. After you find the builders in the area of interest, get on their mailing list or contact them for upcoming communities for 55 plus. Most have only one or a few 55+ communities and some builders only build age-qualified communities.
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Check with local Realtors as the real estate market conditions can vary greatly depending on location. Some areas are better than others. Check the financial condition of your builder as well as there have been some bankruptcies.
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A division of Pulte Homes. Over 50 years experience building homes throughout the U.S. The largest of the over 55 retirement community builders, also called active adult communities. Offers reasonably priced 3-day Discovery visits.
THEY BUILD IN: Florida, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Georgia, S Carolina, N Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri
K Hovnanian Homes
Active Adult Communities are called Four Seasons. Since 1959. Builds resort-at-home communities for a country club lifestyle. Throughout U.S. KHovnanian is brother to JSHovnanian Homes but separate companies.
THEY BUILD ACTIVE ADULT HOMES IN: California, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia
K. Hovnanian Homes
Providence by Brookfield Homes is the active adult contingent. Since 1956. One of the top 20 largest homebuilders in the nation. Priority One customer service program and offering many design options to the buyer for a custom look and feel.
THEY BUILD ACTIVE ADULT HOMES IN: Currently in Delaware
Developer in 20 different states, headquartered in Miami. Active adult communities called Heritage with 30 luxury communities in 13 states. Founded in 1954. Recent purchases of top builders WCIC and CalAtlantic.
THEY BUILD ACTIVE ADULT HOMES IN: California, Florida, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia - 16 states and over 50 years as a builder - their active adult series is called "Gatherings."
WCI Communities - Now part of the Lennar family of homes
Collection of active adult communities is called Encore except for its large community in Florida called Sun City Center near Tampa and Sarasota. Waterfront and country club style in Florida and East Coast. WCI says "the experience is everything." Update: In 2017 WCI was acquired by Lennar and is now part of their family of companies.
"Welcoming Families Home for Over 50 Years." They call their over-55 communities "Legacy" or "Hearthstone." They have a good-size portfolio of communities for adults 55 and better.
Erickson Retirement Communities
Age 62+ - continuing care apartment communities in Colorado, Midwest, East Coast, and Texas. Many have assisted living options as well as independent living.
Major builder of Over 55 communities called Trilogy - 125 years beginnings in Northern California. One of the largest private homebuilders. Among the first to have day spas, fitness centers with personal training, and restaurants with Executive Chefs and organic food.
THEY BUILD ACTIVE ADULT HOMES IN: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Washington State, Virginia, South Carolina, Texas and North Carolina.
Trilogy Life by Shea Homes
Leading builder in Florida and other areas. GL Homes
Traditions of America
TRADITIONS OF AMERICA builds exclusively for over 55 throughout Pennsylvania.
David Weekley Homes Largest private builder in U.S. - Builds in Ga., Texas, Florida, NC, SC, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, TN, Arizona, Utah. DAVID WEEKLEY HOMES
CENTEX HOMES - Another of the major retirement community developers with 50 years of home building experience and has now merged with Pulte.
KB HOME Based in Los Angeles with more than 50 years experience. Builds coast-to-coast in 9 states. Some innovations are homes with Martha Stewart designs and the Open Series which features smaller and more flexible homes. KB Home
Meritage Homes Based in Scottsdale, Ariz - Large builder builds homes in Southern and Western states. Meritage Homes
D R Horton - Largest builder in U.S. by volume building in some 26 states nationwide (verify as can change) and has some over 55 communities. Main office is in Fort Worth, Texas. Freedom Homes is their 55+ builder. D R HORTON
CAL ATLANTIC HOMES Ryland Homes and Standard Pacific have merged to become the 4th largest homebuilder in the U.S. Lennar has purchased CalAtlantic Homes. CalAtlantic Homes
VI LIVING (Formerly Hyatt Classic Living) - 10 upscale rental and care communities located in six states in some of the best places for retirement. Now called "Vi." Vi Living
PRINGLE - Offers a free comprehensive guide on Florida lifestyle. Features Pringle's Design Center for customizing your home. Discovery tours. Pringle
TAYLOR MORRISON HOMES
National home builder in 9 states. Frequently has 55 plus communities. Upscale and usually in great locations. Acquired AV Homes and Acadia Homes. Taylor Morrison
TOLL BROTHERS - "America's luxury home builder." Upscale homes. Large 55 plus portfolio. Toll Brothers
ROBSON COMMUNITIES - Retirement communities in Arizona and Texas. Active adult resort living. Send for beautiful DVD or video. Wonderful "visit" packages. Robson
MCKEE BUILDERS Operates in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland for 60 years. McKee Builders
NV HOMES Luxury homebuilders of single family homes and villas since 1979. Over 55 communities are called Dolce Vita. Has communities in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware. NV Homes
More retirement community builders with a portfolio of over 55 communities:
MD/PA ADMAR HOMES - Builds in Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania.
Delaware Benchmark Builders - Delaware
PA/DELAWARE BLENHEIM HOMES - Since 1982 - trust is an important word to this builder and communication. We agree that customer service is a key ingredient in the building process.
New Jersey BOB MEYER - 40 years building in Southern New Jersey.
MD/PA BOB WARD - Metropolitan Baltimore, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Mid-Atlantic BOZZUTO - Mid-Atlantic area Bozzuto Homes
Maryland CARUSO HOMES
Fl/NJ/PA DELUCA 43 years - Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. DeLuca
Virginia CORNERSTONE HOMES - Virginia Cornerstone Homes
Mid-Atlantic GEMCRAFT HOMES Mid-Atlantic Gemcraft Homes
JS Hovnanian & Sons
NJ/DEL JS HOVNANIAN & Sons - New Jersey and Delaware JS Hovnanian
Maryland and Virginia (Leisure World) IDI Group
Virginia OAK CREST BUILDERS - Virginia
DE/MD/Eastern Shore LAYTON CONSTRUCTION
New Hampshire LEWIS BUILDERS
PA/DE WILKINSON BUILDERS Pennsylvania and Delaware Wilkinson Builders
Long Island NY BEECHWOOD HOMES - Award-winning builder on Long Island.
Long Island, NY ENGLE BURMAN
Long Island, NY NORTHWIND GROUP - Builds on Long Island, NY
CENTRAL PA LANDMARK HOMES
DE/PA McKEE - Delaware and Pennsylvania
PA TRADITIONS OF AMERICA - Builds exclusively for over 55 throughout Pennsylvania.
PA PENN HOMES
Starvou Associates Builds over 55, affordable, and senior living communities in Maryland in Prince Georges and Montgomery counties. Stavrou
FL/GA/SC/NC KOLTER HOMES - 55+ communities are called Cresswind.
Florida ANSCA HOMES - Family owned developer of luxury homes and apartments in Florida.
Florida ARMSTRONG HOMES - Ocala, Florida Armstrong Homes
Florida BLAIR COMMUNITIES - Florida custom homes and manufactured homes communities Blair Communities
Florida CRF COMMUNITIES - Florida CRF Communities
Florida ERNIE WHITE CONSTRUCTION
Florida ON TOP OF THE WORLD COMMUNITIES Florida On Top of the World Communities
FL MINTO FLORIDA - Builds luxury communities throughout Florida.
Atlanta MILLARD BOWEN COMMUNITIES - Atlanta homebuilder - Bowen Homes
Atlanta JIM CHAPMAN COMMUNITIES
Atlanta ORCHARDS GROUP
Atlanta O'DWYER HOMES Atlanta O'Dwyer Homes
Atlanta WINDSONG PROPERTIES Atlanta area windsong Properties
Texas GRENADIER HOMES
Texas JACOBS HOMES
Texas VILLAGE BUILDERS Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio
TN/MS/COLORADO KW COMMUNITIES - low maintenance homes geared to empty nesters by Kemmons Wilson.
Phoenix/Tucson MARACAY BUILDERS
Oregon/Wa STONEBRIDGE (has some multigenerational homes)
Please take the time to read the history of these retirement community builders usually found on their websites. The pride in their product and dedication is very evident. Besides being interesting, you can see that most homebuilders have contributed so much to our happiness and comfort in our homes and the responsible development of our land. We thank them for that.
This is not a complete list.
Please verify all above information as it changes often. Also, always do your own inspections. We refer you to builders for your convenience and information only and give no recommendations or even opinions. Always consult with your real estate professionals especially before any purchase.
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