55+ Homes For Sale in Retirement Communities in Small Towns

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What Are 55+ Homes?

55+ homes are located in 55+ communities. Sometimes these are also call Active Adult Communities and Retirement Communities. These homes are in a planned usually gated community located many times in small towns not too far removed from large metros but far enough out to have a more casual relaxed atmosphere. Many times these 55+ communities are located in a small town.

What’s Is Small Town Living Like?

Small town living has plenty of advantages that we have presented in this Advantages of Small Towns link. They included a slower pace of living, less traffic, quality of life, safer, lower cost of living, affordable housing, friendlier people and more.

What’s 55+ Community Living Like?

It can give you an exciting new active lifestyle. The homes are usually very energy efficient with great floor plans that are aging friendly. The community usually has a clubhouse with its activities center that has plenty of programs and clubs of all sorts. These allow you to be stay active and meet new friends. The 55+ communities also have plenty of outdoors amenities like walking trails, game and ball fields, swimming pools and more.

Looking for a Home in 55+ Community?

Interested in finding 55+ homes for sale in small towns? Click that link to find all the + currently available 55 homes for sale.

Will You Like the Active Adult Lifestyle?

Most people do. Not only do they like it, they love it and wonder why they didn’t take advantage sooner. You can go at your own pace and are not be required to participate in anything, but we think you will love to do so.

Where Are The Most Popular 55+ Homes?

55+ homes are located in almost every state. According to our date, the most popular states for 55+ homes are Florida, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Now You Really Want to Find a 55+ Home, Right?

If you are interested in the current 55+ homes for sale in retirement communities click on the link. The for sale property information is updated all the time and includes resales and new homes.  For entire communities click here 55+ communities.

Not ready to buy, then find a 55+ home to rent.

Retiring to South Carolina’s Lowcountry

Bay Street in Beaufort SC

 

We made a visit to Beaufort in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This area around Beaufort seems perfect for retirement living.

Here is a report on a few of the small towns, islands and communities in the Lowcountry that you may want to check out for places to retire.

 

Beaufort SC

Beaufort is a wonderful small town to visit on vacation, that is for sure. We enjoyed the carriage tour of the historical district and seeing the wonderful old homes here. We enjoyed walking the streets in the tourist areas off Bay Street and eating at the wonderful restaurants, especially those with seafood. We enjoyed the day trips up the Sea Island Parkway to visit Lady’s Island where some of the people we talked with in Beaufort told us they lived and mentioned when we asked about a good place to retire in the Lowcountry of SC. We enjoyed walking along the Waterfront Park on the Beaufort River on the backside of Bay Street and sitting on the decks of the restaurants there.

Lowcountry Retirement Towns / Islands

There are not any Over 55 Communities that we could find in the area except of course the Sun City Hilton Head which is about 30 miles away. People do retire to the Lowcountry but live in homes near Beaufort or on one of the many Sea Islands. Crossing the bridge from the historical district on the Sea Island Parkway you enter Mary’s Island which is home to several retirement community like communities, but not age qualified.

That’s OK for sure and actually preferred by many, living among multi-generations. Several of the communities had wonderful clubhouses with plenty of amenities. Of course these are resort style communities and are usually not far from a body of water,  if not actually waterfront or marsh front themselves.

Living in any of these communities would give you a great base for visiting nature, the beach, any of the numerous sea islands, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston.

Some Lowcountry Communities That Might Be Nice to Retire To

Our research led us to these Lowcountry communities as being great places to live, retired or not.

Coosaw Point http://www.coosawpoint.com/ – Located on Lady’s Island, this is a 400 acre beautiful Lowcountry community on the edge of the ACE Basin with all it’s wildlife , old rice fields, streams, wetlands and marches. Yet this community is only 10 minutes to Beaufort. A 12,000 square foot clubhouse with amenities and a causal feel for Lowcountry living at it’s best.

Newpoint SC – Another waterfront community on Lady’s Island boast a walking neighborhood that overlooks the beautiful Beaufort River. About 50+ acres it is a good size but not huge community.

Distant Island – We rode through The Village at Distant Island on Mary’s Island and saw some beautiful custom built homes in this waterfront community.

Pleasant Point Plantation on Ladys Island also has a waterfront location and a wide price range on homes.

Habersham SC is a beautiful small town on the coast of Broad River and is perfect for your retirement living. http://www.habershamsc.com/index.html

Dataw Island http://www.discoverdataw.com/ – East of Beaufort, this really is a retirement island as there are mostly adults living here in a gated community. It boasts golf course homes, waterfront and marsh front homes in this beautiful community that would be great for retirement.

Fripp Island http://www.frippislandrealestate.com/ is another island about 21 miles from Beaufort to check out. The whole island is a gated community! It’s a vacation resort but several hundred people live at Fripp also.

I think staying for a few days in Beaufort would give you a good base to scout out all of the above communities and have a great vacation as well. Maybe you will find a Lowcountry community that will be perfect for you to retire to.

For more information on Beaufort and surrounding towns and communities contact Keith Strawn at explorebeaufortrealestate.com

Resources:
More small towns in South Carolina
Thanks to Todd Covington at Low Country Properties

2014 Best Places (Smaller Cities) to Retire List

 

Raleigh NC small town

Money Magazine is out with their best places to retire with a focus on smaller cities.

First on the list is Raleigh NC which has long been popular with retirees.  There has been an 96% increase in the number of persons 55 and older. Milder weather and four seasons were noted. A lot of the people moved to Florida, then missing the seasons moved half way back home to NC. Strong local economy and affordable senior housing.  NC State has a life-long learning program that is very popular with locals. Excellent health care too.  Low taxes and lots to do also make Raleigh NC a place to consider for retirement living.

Pittsburgh PA is on the list also.  Pittsburgh has a diversified economy and is an economic hub.  Affordable retirement housing. Sports and an excellent health care is part of the reasons to retire in Pittsburgh PA.

Retirees want culture and  health care but in an affordable smaller city but needs lots to do, not just the sleepy small town of the past.  Low taxes are a consideration too.

St. Petersburg Florida is on the list. It has beautiful beaches but it has a lot of culture and art as well. Retirement income is not taxed. Again affordable senior housing is a plus.

The full list of 2014 Best Places to Retire List will be in the new issue of Money Magizine due out this Friday.

For our best small cities to retire by state, use the state drop down box on our home page.
More smaller cities in NC to retire. Smaller cities in PA. Small cities in Florida.

By Robert Fowler, author. Circle me on Google +.