Top 100 Planned Communities


Planned communities have increased in popularity over the last 25 years and continue to do so each year. Though not all communities are age-restricted, you’ll find plenty of retirees in each community seeking similar benefits. The conceptualizing, planning, designing, and developing of a community ensures that homeowners’ needs will be met. The developers not only create an environment conducive to a healthy, happy lifestyle, they create a true sense of community where residents can enjoy new friends and make new memories. It’s a place where you can find unity of body, mind, and spirit, if that’s what you are looking for.

For the Fourth consecutive year, Ideal-LIVING magazine’s editors have created a list for you to find the Best of the Best in amenities and the Top 100 communities, along with a few fun facts to showcase spectaular amenities. You won’t know until you go. So choose a few communities, and plan your summer and fall travel to these destinations.

State Community City Region
Hiking & Walking
Fitness Center
Community Garden
Land Preservation
Green Building
Audubon Certification
ARHot Springs Village, Arkansas ►Hot Springs VillageMountains
AZDesert Mountain ►ScottsdaleMountains
AZRobson Ranch Arizona ►EloyMountains
AZVictory at Verrado ►BuckeyeMountains
BLZMargaritaville ►Ambergris CayeCoastal
COGraystone Realty at Fox Acres Country Club ►Red Feather LakesMountains
CRIArenal Hills ►Tres Esquinas, Provincia de Alajuela, Los Angeles, San RamonRiver
CRIThe Palms ►Playa FlamingoCoastal
CRIVentana del Pacifico ►OjochalMountains
DEBayside ►SelbyvilleCoastal
DEHeritage Shores ►BridgevilleInland
DENoble's Pond ►DoverCoastal
DEOcean View Beach Club ►Bethany BeachCoastal
DEThe Peninsula on the Indian River Bay ►MillsboroRiver
ECULas Olas ►Las OlasCoastal
ECUMontecristi ►MontecristiMountains
FLAmelia National Golf and Country Club ►Fernandina BeachLake
FLBabcock Ranch ►Babcock RanchLake
FLCresswind at Victoria Gardens ►DeLandLake
FLDel Webb eTown ►JacksonvilleInland
FLDel Webb Nocatee ►Ponte VedraRiver
FLDel Webb Oasis ►Winter GardenInland
FLDel Webb Sunbridge ►St. CloudInland
FLEncore at FishHawk Ranch ►LithiaCoastal
FLGlen Lakes ►Weeki WacheeLake
FLK. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Parkland ►ParklandLake
FLLakewood Ranch ►Lakewood RanchCoastal
FLLatitude Margaritaville Daytona ►Daytona BeachCoastal
FLMedley at Southshore Bay ►WimaumaInland
FLOak Harbor ►Vero BeachCoastal
FLOn Top of the World Communities ►OcalaInland
FLPlantation Bay Golf and Country Club ►Ormond BeachLake
FLQuail Ridge Country Club ►Boynton BeachCoastal
FLSolivita - Taylor Morrison ►KissimmeeLake
FLSouthern Hills ►BrooksvilleInland
FLSweetBay ►Panama CityLake
FLThe Isles of Collier Preserve ►NaplesCoastal
FLThe Lakes at Harmony ►HarmonyLake
FLValenica ►WimaumaCoastal
FLVillages of Citrus Hills ►HernandoCoastal
GACumberland Harbour ►St. MarysLake
GACurrahee Club ►ToccoaMountains
GAReynolds Lake Oconee ►GreensboroLake
GASavannah Quarters ►PoolerCoastal
GAThe Landings on Skidaway Island ►SavannahCoastal
GAWaterways ►Richmond HillLake
MDK. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Kent Island ►ChesterRiver
MEXTAO Mexico ►Akumal, Q.R.Coastal
MEXThe Fives Hotel & Private Residences ►Playa del Carmen, Quintana RooCoastal
NCAlbemarle Plantation ►Hertford Coastal
NCBeau Coast ►BeaufortCoastal
NCBrunswick Forest ►LelandCoastal
NCCarolina Colours ►New BernCoastal
NCChampion Hills ►HendersonvilleMountains
NCCompass Pointe ►LelandCoastal
NCCullowhee River Club ►SylvaRiver
NCEncore at Briar Chapel ►Chapel HillInland
NCGovernors Club ►Chapel HillInland
NCKingfish Bay ►CalabashRiver
NCMcLendon Hills ►West EndLake
NCPalmetto Creek of the Carolinas ►BoliviaCoastal
NCRiver Bluffs ►Castle HayneRiver
NCRiverlights ►WilmingtonRiver
NCRock Barn Country Club & Spa ►ConoverInland
NCSt. James Plantation ►SouthportCoastal
NCSummerhouse on Everett Bay ►Holly RidgeCoastal
NCThe Bluffs on the Cape Fear ►LelandRiver
NCThe Walk at East Village ►ClaytonInland
NHEastman Community Association ►GranthamLake
NJK. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Monmouth Woods ►HowellCoastal
NJParamount Escapes Ocean Breeze ►ManahawkinCoastal
PALake Naomi Club ►Pocono PinesLake
PANPanama Pacifico ►Panama OesteRiver
SCCallawassie Island ►Callawassie IslandRiver
SCCity Walk at Beaufort ►Beaufort Coastal
SCCoosaw Point ►BeaufortCoastal
SCCresswind Charleston ►SummervilleRiver
SCDataw Island ►Dataw IslandCoastal
SCHaig Point Club and Community ►Daufuskie IslandLake
SCK. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay ►SummervilleLake
SCKeowee Key ►SalemMountains
SCLatitude Margaritaville Hilton Head ►HardeevilleInland
SCMount Vintage ►North AugustaInland
SCPalmetto Bluff ►BlufftonRiver
SCPinckney Retreat ►BeaufortCoastal
SCSavannah Lakes Village ►McCormickRiver
SCWoodside ►AikenInland
TNFairfield Glade & Fairfield North ►Fairfield GladeMountains
TNFredonia Mountain Resort ►DunlopMountains
TNJasper Highlands ►KimballMountains
TNRarity Bay ►VonoreMountains
TNSouthern Springs by Del Webb ►Spring HillInland
TNTellico Village ►LoudonLake
TNTennessee National ►LoudonLake
UTRed Ledges ►Heber CityMountains
UTSunRiver St. George ►St. GeorgeMountains
VABay Creek ►Cape CharlesCoastal
VABirchwood at Brambleton ►BrambletonInland
VAChickahominy Falls ►Glen AllenRiver
VAColonial Heritage ►WilliamsburgCoastal
VAFawn Lake ►SpotsylvaniaLake
VAFords Colony ►WilliamsburgRiver