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Audubon International Organization

Crescent Moon GolfersAll encompassed in the Audubon International Organization are several of the best retirement communities available in what are undoubtedly the best states to retire for people of any tastes, be their preference in the snow-laden winter mornings in Massachusetts, or the sunny summer afternoons of Florida.

Audubon International’s mission statement makes it clear that they are working towards a better world saying, “To deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work, and play.”

The organization was reborn in 1987—one-hundred years after it began under conservation figureheads such as Theodore Roosevelt, Frank Chapman, and John Burroughs, who formed the original Audubon group; the name coming from infamous ornithologist, naturalist, and artist, John James Audubon. Once refounded in New York, it quickly grew in popularity as an incredible conservation effort. Audubon International came from this and reached its scope to a focus on education and certification for landowners and future landowners, hoping the non-profit efforts would make a difference.

This was largely successful due to its hard work to include all aspects of the community: interested partners, small businesses, large corporations, academic institutions, fellow not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Since its reopening, Audubon International has enrolled over 3,000 properties including golf courses, cemeteries, ski areas, housing developments, hotels, and communities in its rigorous certification programs.

Among these communities are the best places to retire.

In the Northern part of the country, Bay Club at Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, offers a lovely New England get away for every day luxury. The Bay Club is a country club, registered as the only community in New England to get Audubon’s rating of “Silver Sanctuary Community,” which is Audubon’s highest ranking—indicating that Bay Club’s acreage is 92 % “green.” Adding to the green-theme are the PGA Professional Brad Booth’s multiple golf courses offering six different courses and a six-hole course for the family. More than 189 home-sites keep the community alive and bustling in Bay Club.

Bay Club at Mattapoisett, MassachusettsA little more south lies WindRiver in Tennessee, capitalizing on the lakefront environment. A private marina and private harbor keep fishers and lake-lovers busy throughout the day and direct access to Tellico Lake, part of the vast Little Tennessee River System, allows for limitless opportunities for fishing, boating, skiing, swimming and other outdoor recreation. The golf course, designed by Bob Cupp, is East Tennessee’s first Audubon Signature course. The views on the course are especially striking, but the entire community is a beautiful place to live. The gentle Tennessee climate mixed with lack of state in-come taxes and a lake life leisure has made WindRiver ranked as one of “Forbes” Magazine Top 25 Places to Retire.

Still further south is The Landings on Skidway Island in Savannah, Georgia. This private, gated community has as much personality as it does beauty. The lush green of Georgia’s intercoastal waterway provides a memorable backdrop for all of The Landing’s many amenities such as the 34 tennis courts, six private golf courses designed by Fazio, Palmer, Byrd and Hills, four clubhouse-restaurants, a 48,000-square-foot fitness/wellness center with spa services, 40 miles of walking & biking trails and five pools—all featured as resort style. The Landings claims 40 years of national awards for golf and community excellence, including the coveted Urban Land Institute’s award as “one of the nation’s best residential communities.” And it makes sense—with all six golf courses designated as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, people fall in love with the beauty here.

At the very tip of the country is Sarasota National—Florida Golf and Retirement Communities, which are still underway. As of yet, Sarasota stands as a 2,400 acre community with 1,300 of those acres dedicated to preservation, conservation, and open space. The community has so far been approved for 1,584 homes, including 800 homes surrounding the golf course and country club portion of the community. It is because of its dedication to open, healthy fields that Sarasota National has received an Audubon Certification while still being so young.

No matter where it is you want to live, Audubon is working to locate, create, and preserve environmental friendly homes that deny the owners nothing by way of luxury.


Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow, Washington

Port Ludlow is a resort-style community located on the shores of the Puget Sound, just a 30-minute ferry ride away from Seattle, Washington. Port Ludlow is close enough to the city, but far enough to enjoy an active and tranquil lifestyle. With views of the Olympic Mountains, a bustling social life, waterfront inn, and myriad of recreational amenities, the community has regularly been ranked as one of the top ten neighborhoods in the U.S.
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WA


Scotch Hall Preserve - Pristine North Carolina Coastal Golf Community

Scotch Hall Preserve - Pristine North Carolina Coastal Golf Community

Windsor, North Carolina

This remarkable lifestyle community sits majestically on North Carolina's Albemarle Sound. Surrounded by water, ancient Cypress and live Oaks, there is no other place as unspoiled. Featuring an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, marina, swim pavilion, Scotch Hall Preserve offers waterfront, golf and woodland homesites.
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NC


River Bluffs

River Bluffs

Castle Hayne, North Carolina

Located just 10 minutes north of Downtown Wilmington, NC (by boat or car) sits River Bluffs, overlooking the North East Cape Fear River. Residents enjoy a serene community where they live and play. Together, residents and the neighborhood's developers have established over 30 clubs. The clubs include boating, kayaking, dancing & more!
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NC


Fawn Lake - Virginia Gated Communities

Fawn Lake - Virginia Gated Communities

Spotsylvania, Virginia

Spanning over 2,350 acres of gently rolling countryside just nine miles west of the historic city of Fredericksburg VA, Fawn Lake offers the unique opportunity to live in the relaxed resort atmosphere of a gated community and carefully preserved trees with a 288-acre deepwater lake with over seven miles of shoreline plus and an Arnold Palmer...
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VA


Currahee Club

Currahee Club

Toccoa, Georgia

With 1,200 breathtaking acres, Currahee Club offers some of the finest real estate in North Georgia. The master-planned community features golf course, lake, and mountain homes on unique lots shaped by their natural surroundings. Visit us today, and enjoy the lifestyle you deserve...
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GA


Eastman Community Association

Eastman Community Association

Grantham, New Hampshire

This 3,600 acre lakeside community is tucked in the Upper Connecticut River Valley in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. Two hours north of Boston and minutes from Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon and Hanover, residents have easy access to medical facilities, employment, educational opportunities and a multitude of cultural venues.
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NH


St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

Southport, North Carolina

With its private oceanfront beach club, 81 holes of signature golf and Intracoastal Waterway marina, St. James Plantation personifies the relaxed coastal Carolina lifestyle.
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NC


Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Gainesville, Georgia

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is the premier, gated, active-adult community located in Gainesville, Georgia. This historic city is bordered by the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and picturesque Lake Lanier, less than 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. With distinctive seasons and relatively moderate temperatures, this area has quickly become a haven for active adults.
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GA


Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Retirement Communities

Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Retirement Communities

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Experience the natural beauty of Arkansas in Hot Springs Village, spread across 26,000 acres of the Ouachita Mountains with breathtaking vistas, sparkling lakes and lush forest.
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AR


Dataw Island - Golf Communities in South Carolina

Dataw Island - Golf Communities in South Carolina

Dataw Island, South Carolina

There is a place off the South Carolina coast, near the charming town of Beaufort, where nature and luxury share center stage. Shaped by the Intracoastal Waterway and a rich Southern history, the gated golf community of Dataw Island is a pristine parcel of 870 acres waiting to be discovered.
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SC


Glacier Club | Colorado Gated Communities

Glacier Club | Colorado Gated Communities

Durango , Colorado

Glacier Club is a very special place. Situated in the majestic San Juan Mountains just outside the historic and colorful town of Durango, CO, your private golf community is a home away from home...
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CO


WindRiver

WindRiver

Lenoir City, Tennessee

WindRiver on Tellico Lake in Lenoir City, Tennessee is a gated lakefront and golf course community with a private harbor and marina and featuring acre-plus waterfront properties, custom homes, and golf villas.
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TN


The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

Savannah, Georgia

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.
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GA


Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista - Arkansas Private Community

Bella Vista, Arkansas

Bella Vista is a private 36,000-acre, Member-based recreational community in Northwest Arkansas offering seven golf courses, seven stocked private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, parks, pavilions, recreation centers, a gun range, an RV Park and many other amenities. Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America's Top 10 Best Healthy Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.
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AR


Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Compass Pointe - North Carolina Coastal Communities

Leland, North Carolina

Compass Pointe is more than a community. It's a destination. Only 10 minutes from historic downtown Wilmington, NC, and 20 minutes from Wrightsville Beach, it is the very best of coastal North Carolina.
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NC


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