Top 100 Planned Communities 2020


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
Senior Living
ARHot Springs Village, Arkansas ►Hot Springs VillageMountains
AZVictory at Verrado ►BuckeyeMountains
CRIArenal Hills ►Tres Esquinas, Provincia de Alajuela, Los Angeles, San RamonRiver
DEBayside ►SelbyvilleCoastal
DEHeritage Shores ►BridgevilleInland
DENoble's Pond ►DoverCoastal
DEThe Peninsula on the Indian River Bay ►MillsboroRiver
ECULas Olas ►Las OlasCoastal
FLAmelia National Golf and Country Club ►Fernandina BeachLake
FLBabcock Ranch ►Babcock RanchLake
FLDel Webb eTown ►JacksonvilleInland
FLDel Webb Naples ►Ave MariaCoastal
FLDel Webb Nocatee ►Ponte VedraRiver
FLEncore at FishHawk Ranch ►LithiaCoastal
FLLakewood Ranch ►Lakewood RanchCoastal
FLLatitude Margaritaville Daytona ►Daytona BeachCoastal
FLMarina Pointe ►TampaCoastal
FLOak Harbor ►Vero BeachCoastal
FLOn Top of the World Communities ►OcalaInland
FLPlantation at Leesburg ►LeesburgLake
FLPlantation Bay Golf and Country Club ►Ormond BeachLake
FLQuail Ridge Country Club ►Boynton BeachCoastal
FLSailfish Point ►Hutchison Island
FLShell Point Retirement Community ►Fort MyersRiver
FLSouthern Hills ►BrooksvilleInland
FLThe Isles of Collier Preserve ►NaplesCoastal
FLViera ►VieraCoastal
FLVillages of Citrus Hills ►HernandoCoastal
FLWaterSong at RiverTown ►St JohnsRiver
FLWellen Park ►VeniceRiver
FLWycliffe Golf & Country Club ►WellingtonCoastal
GACresswind at Lake Lanier ►GainesvilleLake
GACumberland Harbour ►St. MarysLake
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
NCAlbemarle Plantation ►Hertford Coastal
NCBeau Coast ►BeaufortCoastal
NCBrunswick Forest ►LelandCoastal
NCCarolina Colours ►New BernCoastal
NCCompass Pointe ►LelandCoastal
NCFrench Broad Crossing ►Marsall
NCGrand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain ►HendersonvilleMountains
NCKingfish Bay ►CalabashRiver
NCLandfall ►WilmingtonCoastal
NCMcLendon Hills ►West EndLake
NCRiver Bluffs ►Castle HayneRiver
NCRiver Dunes ►OrientalRiver
NCRiverlights ►WilmingtonRiver
NCSalters Haven ►HampsteadCoastal
NCSt. James Plantation ►SouthportCoastal
NCThe Bluffs on the Cape Fear ►LelandRiver
NHEastman Community Association ►GranthamLake
PAAmblebrook Gettysburg ►GettysburgLake
PALake Naomi Club ►Pocono PinesLake
PAPenn National Golf Course Community ►FayettevilleMountains
PAWillow Valley Communities ►Lancaster
PANLucero Golf & Country Club ►ChiriquiRiver
SCCallawassie Island ►Callawassie IslandRiver
SCCoosaw Point ►BeaufortCoastal
SCDaniel Island ►CharlestonCoastal
SCDataw Island ►Dataw IslandCoastal
SCGrande Dunes ►Myrtle BeachCoastal
SCHartness Greenville ►GreenvilleInland
SCK. Hovnanian's Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay ►SummervilleLake
SCKeowee Key ►SalemMountains
SCLatitude Margaritaville Hilton Head ►HardeevilleInland
SCMount Vintage ►North AugustaInland
SCSavannah Lakes Village ►McCormickRiver
SCWoodside ►AikenInland
TNFairfield Glade & Fairfield North ►Fairfield GladeMountains
TNJasper Highlands ►KimballMountains
TNTellico Village ►LoudonLake
TNWindRiver ►Lenoir CityLake
TXEncore at Viridian ►ArlingtonLake
UTRed Ledges ►Heber CityMountains
UTSunRiver St. George ►St. GeorgeMountains
VABay Creek ►Cape CharlesCoastal
VABirchwood at Brambleton ►BrambletonInland
VAFawn Lake ►SpotsylvaniaLake
VAThe Governors Land at Two Rivers ►WilliamsburgRiver
WAPort Ludlow ►Port LudlowMountains