Georgia is a large state with many small towns perfect for retirement living. Many are near the metro Atlanta area where people plan to retire in the North Georgia Mountains or in more rural Georgia areas. Then there is the wonderful Georgia coast which is very appealing. But the most popular area seems to be a radius of 100 miles around the Atlanta Metro.
New retirees settling in Georgia include many of the Atlanta area residents, some from the Snow Belt and some Florida “halfbacks” people who retired to Florida but came back a little farther north to escape high housing prices, skyrocketing insurance costs and hostile weather.
Atlanta residents are deciding to stay nearby in active adult communities and over 55 communities sprouting in all directions on the outskirts of the metro Atlanta GA area but the most popular direction is North, especially Hall County.
Hall County Georgia / Northeast Georgia 55 Plus Communities
Hall County is located Northeast of metro Atlanta and the court house seat is Gainesville GA. Hall County has become one of the most sought after areas for retirement and has three large 55 plus communities listed below.
The Village at Deaton Creek
The Village at Deaton Creek by Del Webb is located in South Hall County off Friendship Parkway. (near Chateau Elan) This adult 55 plus community in North Georgia has 1,150 homes on 545 acres. The activity center has 35,000 square feet. This popular community was sold out in 2017 but sought after resales are available. See our blog about living at Village at Deaton Creek. Here is the the home owners website
Note: we took these videos when the community opened way back in 2007 but they still have some interesting information about Village at Deaon Creek. Live Video – Activity Ceter at The Village of Deaton Creek. If you haven’t seem what one of the new Active Adult Community Activity Centers look like, then take a look. You will be astonished! 35,000 square feet. Also video of sales center visit giving overview of community.
Del Webb at Chateau Elan
Del Webb Chateau Elan – A new Del Webb community in South Hall County off Friendship Road only one mile from another Del Webb community Village at Deaton Creek. This is a very popular area with metro Atlanta area residents. This new community was begun in Spring 2018 and over 100 homes have sold before years end. The clubhouse and other amenities are under construction. Check here for Del Webb Chateau Elan updates.
Cresswind at Lake Lanier
Cresswind at Lake Lanier is located in Gainesville GA on Lake Lanier and is one of the most popular 55 plus communities currently being build. All the amenities are in place and this community has a wonderful activities program and first rate entertainment. There is a 36,000 square foot clubhouse with activities, private marina with boat slips, and a decorated model home park. Come see us!
Cresswind in Hoschton GA
Cresswind in Hoscton GA is planned for 2600 homes, many of which will be for a 55 plus community. Kolter homes will be the builder and they do an excellent job! Stay turned for more information. This new community is only a few miles from Village at Deaton and Del Webb Chateau Elan, so the area is turning into a Villages Georgia type area. Exciting!
North Atlanta 55 Plus Communities
Jim Chapman Communities offers luxury homes for 55+ active-adults. Our communities, located just outside Atlanta, GA in Douglas, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties
Northwest Atlanta 55 Plus Communities
Soleil Laurel Canyon. is Canton Georgia up I-575 is an active adult community.
Southside Atlanta 55 Plus Communities
Del Webb’s Sun City Peachtree
Sun City Peachtree Griffin GA Pulte/Del Webb’sis Georgia’s first Sun City Retirement Community in Spalding County on the south side of Atlanta Georgia.It will be a 3,400 home site community and is well underway getting there. It has a 38,000 square foot amenity center and a second clubhouse was well. a championship gold course and a softball field.
An Atlanta Active Adult Golf Community
The Enclave at Pinetree Country Club – a beautiful new community designed exclusively to reward those 55+ with an active, low-maintenance lifestyle. There are just 19 luxurious, master-on-main residences available. This upscale neighborhood located in Kennesaw, GA is adjacent to Pinetree Golf & Country Club where Enclave residents can enjoy a private golf course and all club amenities that include a complete tennis facility, & beautiful full size Olympic swimming pool, spacious sunning areas & outdoor dining.
We invite you to come discover The Enclave at Pinetree Country Club while home site selection & pricing are at their very best!
New Model Homes Now Open & Ready to Tour! Residences begin in the $400’s – Special Grand Opening pricing, $10,000 off standing inventory & ownership includes 2 years club membership dues & 1 year HOA fees. Just minutes from I -75 & I-575 off Chastain road
To learn more, call Robyn Padgett 678-230-3701 or visit us on line at www.rjkhomes.com
Another Quality Community from RJK Homes, LLC.
Montaluce Winery and Estates North Georgia
Montaluce Winery and Estates is the first of its kinds in Georgia, a communityconceptualized around wine, food, community, and la bella vita.
Achasta -Dahlonega, GA
Achasta is a Reynolds Signature Community from the creators of ReynoldsPlantation, providing an award-winning lifestyle with world-class amenities.Located along the banks of the ChestateeRiver, Achasta is in historic Dahlonega, Georgia,site of the first American gold rush. Achasta’s centerpiece is its 6,995-yard,par-72, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, which includes an island hole, the5th, surrounded by the
Chestatee River. Home of the 2007-2008 AT&TClassic Qualifier, this upscale community also features a clubhouse with casualdining, practice facilities, a golf shop and a member swim and tennis center.Southern
Living unveiled one of just two Idea Houses in the country at Achasta in 2009,while 2008 featured the debut of the first-ever Points North Magazine SignatureHome. The upcoming Mountain Club will be the hub of the community and membersocial activity, with an indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool spa, fitnesscenter, aerobics room, locker facilities and tennis center. For more information about Achasta, please call 706-867-1660 or visit www.achasta.com.
Chapman Realty is a full service real estate firm located in Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia (Glynn County). Glynn County has a very diverse economy made up of tourism, a growing port facility, a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, industrial plants and a healthy mix of retirees. The area enjoys a mild sub-tropical climate. The average temperature is 68.4 degrees and average rainfall of 54.7 inches per year. Glynn County offers over 14 miles of beaches and 225 holes of golf, boating and historical sites.For more information or a newcomers guide, please visit Chapman Realty’s website at www.juliechapman.com, call Chapman Realty toll free at 1-877-221-0088 or email Chapman Realty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Georgia and Rest of Georgia 55 Plus Communities
More retirement communities in Georgia
Marsh’s Edge is a full service senior community located on the beautiful Saint Simons Island. Marsh’s Edge is a ContinuingCare Retirement Community (CCRC) located on St. Simons Island.Part of the legendary Golden Isles near Historic Brunswick, Georgia, St. Simons Island lies between JekyllIsland and Sea Islandand is easily accessed from the mainland via the Torras Causeway.
Here at Marsh’s Edge you will not have to imagine enjoying life with thefreedom to spend time doing the things you love because you will be living thatfreedom every day. With worries about home maintenance, yard work and otherchores left behind, you will have time to pursue the things you love. Web site
Del Webb at Lake Oconee
Del Webb’s Active Adult Community – Lake Oconee GA is situated 75 miles east ofAtlanta on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. The community is in a pristineand enviable location that will be flanked by resort-style amenities. Del Webbon Lake Oconeewill offer more than 850 homes located across 400 acres bordering Lake Oconeeand adjacent to award-winning Reynolds Plantation. As of Sept 2009 about 140homes have been sold and the community is looking good. The activities centeris very nice and fully functioning and fosters the active adult lifestyle.There is a community dock with convenient, worry-free lake access as residentswill enjoy multiple community owned slips with watercraft. A very nice coveredpavillion for community use is on a hill overlooking the lake and docks. Homesare priced from the $180s for villas and low $200’s to high $300 for homes. Lake Oconee Georgia’s Lake Country.
Brunswick, Georgia and the Golden Isles for a Coastal GA Retirement
Vickery in Forsyth County, (Forsyth County) being built by Hedgewood Properties, is one of the communities in the pilot program. When completed, Vickery will include 431 single-family detached homes and 125 townhouses and lofts and commercial space.
At The Orchards Group, we are proud of our reputation for producing quality homes in neighborhoods built around an array of lifestyle choices. Known as the leader in the Low Maintenance “Ranch Condo” market, The Orchards Group has now expanded its diversity of product offerings to include Single Family detached homes as well as Master Suite on the Main Level Townhomes. But, regardless of style, all Orchards Group floorplans are oriented towards the Active Adult buyer. We take great pride in being Atlanta’s Leading Active Adult Homebuilder.
Jim Chapman Communities offers luxury homes for 55+ active-adults. Our communities, located just outside Atlanta, GA in Douglas, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, feature the popular, one-level, ranch-style, quadraplex condominium. The condominiums are designed with both two-bedroom and three-bedroom stepless floor plans. The functional yet cozy homes offer elegant details such as custom wood trim, 12 to 16 foot vaulted ceilings, great rooms with gas fireplaces featuring decorative wood mantels and master suite baths with large his/her vanities with full-length mirrors and ceramic tile showers. The two or three bedroom homes provide ample space for entertaining, including kitchens with casual breakfast bars, gourmet GE appliances and custom cabinetry. In addition to the charming details, the homes also are built with older adults in mind. The one-level ranch homes meet wheelchair access standards that make maneuvering around the homes easier for all occupants.
The Stonehaven Villas (Cobb County) homes offer four-sides stone with brick accents, creating a rich Old World style yet low maintenance living conveniently located in desireable West Cobb with features that facilitate enjoyment and beauty. The Stonehaven Villas community has been designed and refined to give enrichment and tribute to its residents.
River Knoll (Lumpkin County) Gated 55+ senior adult community featuring spacious master-on-main villas from the $230’s 70 River Knoll Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533.
Homes At Oakwood Springs by Laura-Lee Homes (Hall County) Our brand new Gated community offers 6 wonderful floor plans all on one level. The styles are ranch condo’s with open vaulted ceilings and large master bedroom suites. They have bright spacious sunrooms and are handicap friendly. The
Legacy Park (Douglasville GA) homes offer four-sides brick & stone, creating a rich Old World style yet low maintenance living. Generous green space of preserved natural resources has been interwoven with features that facilitate enjoyment and beauty. The Legacy Park community has been designed and refined to give enrichment and tribute to its residents.
Amberley (Paulding County) is located at 890 Macland Road in the city of Dallas, Georgia, 12 miles west of Marietta. Amberley maintains the small-town atmosphere of Dallas, yet is convenient to Town Center Mall and Hartsfield International Airport. Floorplans include 2 bedroom,1 bath; or 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath. Leasing in a private non age restricted communities.
The Oaks at Blue Ridge – an over 55 retirement community A low-maintenance active adult neighborhood, The Oaks is located five minutes from downtown Blue Ridge and is walking distance to Tammen Park and the Toccoa River. The nature trail invites bike riders and strollers alike. Paved roads, city water and sewer. It’s all here at The Oaks.
Location. Views. Privacy. And peace of mind.
The Oaks at Blue Ridge. From the upper 200’s.
Houston Springs, 251 Airport Road Ext., Perry, GA 31069, (877) 988-8850 We offer a master-planned 494-acre golf cart community for active adults age 55-and-over. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness center, pet parks, social activities, and more. Gated villages’ various housing styles include single-family and attached. The surrounding area features small-town living, rolling hills, a temperate four-season climate protected from hurricanes, great fishing, and hunting. It is within five hours of most southeast destinations. Prices start in the mid-$100,000s. PET FRIENDLY
Spring Harbor, 100 Spring Harbor Drive, Columbus, GA 30809, (866) 226-2172, (706) 576-6003,
This is a true LifeCare community offering apartments and villas on a state-of-the-art campus including a movie theater, restaurants, walking trails, and more. Included in the services is unlimited use of the all-private assisted living, skilled-nursing, and dementia care areas. PET FRIENDLY
Visit City of Atlanta Retirement Communities for inside the perimeter (I-285) properties.
Lennar builds affordable, move-up and retirement homes primarily under the Lennar brand. Lennar will build homes in Atlanta in the $300,000 to $600,000 price range, Inman said, adding however that a time line to start construction has not been determined.
Active Adult 55 Plus Communities in Atlanta Georgia
Within 100 miles of Atlanta Del Webb known for it’s active adult communities and Levitt & Sons are the major developers of active adult 55 communities in Georgia, many on the outskirts of metro Atlanta.
Private Non Age Restricted Communities Near Atlanta
The Orchand Ranch Style Condos
North Georgia Mountains Communities
Ellijay- Beautiful rolling countryside with cozy downtown filled with antique shops and restaurants. Surrounding area is know for it’s cabins used for vacations and to get away. This is apple country, visit in the Fall visit. Trout streams and scenery. Some Florida retirees spend the Summer here and some of those are just electing to stay.
Blue Ridge GA
Dahlonega – Located 30 miles North of Atlanta up GA 400, Dahlonega is at the base of the North Georgia Mountain.
Dawsonville – North of Atlanta off GA 400, this area is at the base of the mountains. As the Atlanta suburbs creep up GA 400, this is still a good place to get away from the congestion. We notice several new subdivision advertising “small town living” with new homes prices in the $170’s to low $200s. Charming small downtown.
Cleveland – See web page.
Hiwassee, Clayton GA, Clarksville
Gainesville GA. – This historic city has been top rated for retirement by several sources. It has a interesting downtown and is located on Lake Lanier and also close to the Northeast Georgia Mountains and yet only about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta GA. Plenty of shopping in the area and conveniently located. Overall a great location for retirees. Gainesville is the largest of six cities in Hall County which has a population of 165,771. Gainesville GA’s population is 31,107.
Georgia’s Coast: Savannah, Richmond Hill, Brunswick, St. Simons Island
South Georgia: Valdosta, Thomasville
Milledgeville – Lake Sinclair
The Sanctuary On Lake Sinclair provides home owners with an exceptional water front lifestyle with a multitude of extraordinary amenities coupled with community green space areas outfitted with gazebos, fire pits, and WiFi internet hot spots. This master planned development is comprised of 602 acres of beautiful tranquil land and over 3 miles of pristine shoreline.
Warner Robbins – good military retirement area. Use the PX and affordable housing. Nice middle GA location.
Best Small Towns in GA for Successful Aging from the
Milken Institute Study include: Athens-Clarke County, Rome, Albany, Macon, Savannah, Warner Robins, Valdosta, Columbus, and Gainesville GA. Indicators used in this study to pick the NY small best towns for aging were general, healthcare, wellnewss, financial, living arrangements, employment, transportation and community engagement.
Florida Retirees Moving To Georgia
Soaring insurance premiums and devastating weather and a volatile real estate market that has priced much coastal housing beyond the reach of average workers. Many of the buyers of Atlanta homes are over age 55 are picking up and moving from Florida.
The problems in Florida is also convincing a lot of Atlanta residents to stay put where they are, rather than moving to Florida as they had considered, before it became so expensive and dangerous place to live.
The EarthCraft program has been in Atlanta for five years. The association is conducting the pilot program with Southface Energy Institute Inc.
EarthCraft House is a voluntary green building program that provides a model for healthy, comfortable homes that help reduce utility bills and protect the environment. The EarthCraft House certification process follows a checklist designed to verify that each EarthCraft home addresses site planning, energy efficient techniques and equipment, waste management and indoor air quality.
For more info on The EarthCraft House program
Georgia Income Taxes: Governor Sonny Perdue says if re-elected in 2006, he will have the Georgia’s state income tax of 6% eliminated for seniors over 65 year old. He was re-elected. There is already a retirement income exclusion of about $17,000 year from state income tax for those over 62 years.
March 16, 2007 update: A $140 million-plus tax break did clear the committee intact, though: Gov. Sonny Perdue’s HB 195, which would eliminate state income taxes on retirement earnings such as pension plans and 401(k)s.
“Twenty years from now, we want the state of Georgia to be a retirement haven,” said state Rep. Rich Golick (R-Smyrna), the bill’s sponsor. He said the break would encourage wealthy seniors to live here and spread around the money they would no longer be putting into state coffers — offsetting the higher burden on taxpayers to subsidize their health care. Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
55+ housing types include subdivisions, villages, community, single family homes, houses, condos, duplexes and manufactured home parks, subdivisions, towns and villages in GA.
Small towns in Georgia include: Avondale Estates Norcross Alpharetta Homes for rent in Marietta GA Auburn Conyers Covington Grayson Jersey Dacula Clarkston Suwanee Social Circle North Metro houses for rent in Cumming Decatur Lithonia retirement houses Snellville Lawrenceville Lilburn Loganville Oxford Mansfield Newborn Porterdale Pine Lake Redan house for rent in Roswell retirement homes in Smyrna GA Stone Mountain Tucker Duluth Acworth Adairsville Aragon Armuchee Austell Ball Ground Bowdon Bremen Clarkdale Carrollton Buchanan Canton Cartersville Lithia Springs Cassville Cave Spring Cedartown Mableton Powder Springs Coosa Dallas Douglasville Emerson Esom Hill Fairmount Felton Hiram Holly Springs Jasper Kennesaw Kingston Lebanon Lindale Marble Hill Mount Berry Mount Zion Nelson Rockmart Rome GA Roopville Rydal Shannon Silver Creek homes for rent in Villa Rica Waco Waleska White Whitesburg Winston houses for rent in Woodstock Barnesville Brooks Concord Experiment Fairburn Fayetteville Flovilla Franklin Greenville duplexes for rent in Griffin GA Hampton Haralson Jonesboro house Lagrange Locust Grove Lovejoy Luthersville Mcdonough Meansville Milner Molena Moreland Morrow Stone Mountain Homes for Rent Orchard Hill Palmetto Peachtree City Red Oak Rex Riverdale Sargent Senoia Sharpsburg Stockbridge Union City Williamson Woodbury Ellenwood Zebulon Forest Park Atlanta Swainsboro Ailey Alamo Alston Bartow Bellville Brooklet Claxton Cobbtown Collins Daisy Dover Garfield Girard Glennville Glenwood Hagan Louisville Lyons Manassas Metter Midville Millen Mount Vernon Newington Norristown Nunez Oliver Portal Pulaski Register Reidsville Rockledge Rocky Ford Sardis Soperton Statesboro Stillmore Sylvania Tarrytown Vidalia for rent in Gainesville GA Chestnut Mountain Baldwin County GA home Blairsville Blue Ridge Buford Bowersville Braselton Clarkesville Clayton Clermont Cleveland Commerce Cornelia houses for rent in Dahlonega Dawsonville Demorest Ellijay Dillard Eastanollee East Ellijay Epworth Flowery Branch Gillsville Helen Hiawassee Homer Hoschton Jefferson Lakemont Lavonia Lula Mc Caysville Martin Maysville Mineral Bluff Morganton Mountain City Mount Airy Murrayville Nicholson Oakwood Pendergrass Rabun Gap Sautee Nacoochee Suches Tallulah Falls Talmo Tiger Toccoa Turnerville Wiley Young Harris Toccoa Falls Athens Arnoldsville Bethlehem Bishop Bogart Bostwick Bowman Buckhead Carlton Colbert Comer Crawford Crawfordville Elberton Farmington Franklin Springs Good Hope Greensboro GA Hartwell High Shoals Hull Ila Lexington Madison Monroe Rayle Royston Rutledge Sharon Siloam Statham Stephens Tignall Union Point Maxeys Washington Watkinsville White Plains Winder Winterville Calhoun Chatsworth Chickamauga Cisco Cohutta Crandall Dalton Georgia La Fayette Lyerly Menlo Ringgold Rising Fawn Rock Spring Rocky Face Rossville Fort Oglethorpe Sugar Valley Summerville Lookout Mountain Tennga Trenton Trion Tunnel Hill Varnell Wildwood Appling Avera Blythe Boneville Camak Dearing Evans Gibson Gough Gracewood Grovetown Harlem Hephzibah Keysville Lincolnton Matthews Mesena Mitchell Norwood Perkins Stapleton Thomson Warrenton Waynesboro Wrens Augusta Abbeville Adrian Allentown Bolingbroke Bonaire Butler Byromville Byron Cadwell Cordele Chauncey Chester Clinchfield Cochran Culloden Danville Davisboro Dexter Dry Branch Dublin Dudley Eastman Eatonton Elko East Dublin Centerville Forsyth Fort Valley Gordon Gray Haddock Hardwick Harrison Hawkinsville Helena Hillsboro Howard Ideal Irwinton Jeffersonville Jewell Juliette Kathleen Kite Knoxville Lilly Lizella Mc Intyre Mc Rae Marshallville Mauk Milledgeville Milan Montezuma Monticello Montrose Musella Oconee Oglethorpe Perry Pinehurst Pineview Pitts Rentz Reynolds Rhine Roberta Rochelle Rupert Sandersville Scotland Seville Shady Dale Smarr Sparta Warner Robins Tennille Toomsboro Unadilla Vienna Warthen Wrightsville Yatesville Macon Allenhurst Bloomingdale Clyo Crescent Darien Eden Ellabell Fleming Hinesville Guyton Fort Stewart Pooler Riceboro GA Richmond Hill Rincon Sapelo Island Tybee Island Springfield Georgia Townsend Walthourville Savannah Waycross Alma Ambrose Baxley Blackshear Bristol Broxton Brunswick Saint Simons Island Jekyll Island Denton Douglas Folkston Hazlehurst Hoboken Hortense Jesup Kings Bay housing Kingsland Lumber City St Marys Screven County retirement Sea Island vacation Saint George Waverly Waynesville West Green White Oak Woodbine Valdosta Adel Alapaha Argyle Axson Barney Boston Cecil Dixie Du Pont Fargo Hahira Homerville Lakeland Lake Park Albany GA home Cobb County Homes for Rent Coolidge Cotton De Soto Doerun Ellenton Enigma Fitzgerald Funston Hartsfield Thomasville Moultrie Lumpkin County cabin Pine Mountain Pine Mountain Valley Woodland Columbus Fort Benning Dawson County Georgia active adult retirement community.