What is a 55+ Community


Active adult communities are real estate developments that offer independent, relatively maintenance-free living to residents aged 55 and over. The 55+ component simply assumes that people at the same stage of life probably share a few leisure-time interests and pursuits.

At its most basic level, “active” means independent, so active adult communities offer no assistance with daily living activities, such as meals, medication, housekeeping and personal care. They do usually present a variety of on-site activities and easy access to natural or cultural attractions, shopping, nearby medical facilities, and large metropolitan areas. According to the 2005 American Housing Survey, 85% of 55+ housing is located near or in a metropolitan area.

But active adult communities are not simply real estate. Residents are also choosing a community and a lifestyle. Today’s active adult communities go beyond the old stereotypes of shuffleboard and knitting (although those activities are often still on the schedule for those who love them). Some communities promote a resort or vacation feeling through activities and amenities, while others emphasize social or cultural life.

What You’ll Find at an Active Adult Community

Most communities recognize that “active” encompasses bodies and minds. Without ever leaving their neighborhood, residents can:

  • Golf
  • Swim
  • Bike
  • Walk
  • Jog
  • Dance
  • Practice Pilates, aerobics or yoga

Arts and crafts and social pastimes include scrapbooking, painting, ceramics, mahjongg, bridge, movie nights, afternoon tea, and holiday cookouts and gatherings. Some active adult communities also offer continuing education classes, such as bird-watching, history and genealogy, while others partner with nearby universities to offer academic classes and cultural events.

If all of this organized activity seems more like a hyperactive community, rest assured that active adult communities emphasize friendliness and relaxation as well, balancing time at home and hanging out with neighbors and friends.

Communities Designed with Your Needs in Mind

Today’s active adult communities offer attractive, well-designed construction options for nearly every budget, including:

Many developers offer energy-efficient quality materials and open floor plans. Often, homes are built on land that is held in common. Residents then enjoy the privacy of home ownership without the obligation to mow the lawn or clean the pool.

Homeowners pay an additional monthly fee to cover services and amenities, such as:

  • Garbage collection
  • Maintenance of shared spaces and facilities
  • Snow Removal
  • Lawn Care

Sometimes the monthly fee includes insurance, but not always.

Christina Swain, 55+ Specialist
Your Realtor In Red

Christina Swain

Expert realtor serving PA and NJ
Senior Real Estate Specialist
Keller Williams Real Estate
584 Middletown Blvd. • Suite A50 • Langhorne, PA 19047

(Not AFFILIATED with any communities Homeowners Association). Always be sure to visit www.swainsells.com for all your senior real estate needs.