After years of hard work, it’s time to find a place to settle down and enjoy life after retirement. But Atlanta’s retirement communities are far from boring. Many offer a range of fun sporting activities, events and amenities to encourage you to stay healthy well into your golden years.
With mild climate and four distinct seasons, it’s no wonder the population of individuals who are 65 and older is expected to continue to grow exponentially in Georgia. According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the 65+ demographic is expected to triple 2015 numbers, reaching approximately 1.6 million residents by 2040.
Bolstered by a healthy senior tax exemption, which has helped to rank Georgia as the No. 5 most tax-friendly state for retirees according to Kiplinger.com, many find the metro Atlanta area an affordable choice compared to other Southern locales.
Below, learn more about a selection of Atlanta’s communities that offer countless ways to get active.
Soleil Laurel Canyon
102 High Mountain Trace
678-880-3071 • soleillaurelcanyon.com
Soleil Laurel Canyon is Georgia’s premier active adult community, located just north of Atlanta in the North Georgia mountains. At Soleil, residents experience resort living with exceptional recreational amenities.
Soleil is currently undergoing an extensive renovation to expand the clubhouse to 30,000 square feet to include a gourmet teaching kitchen, fitness center, aerobics studio, library, performing arts theater, card rooms and an arts and crafts workshop.
Outside the clubhouse, the tennis center, an amphitheater, community garden, greenhouse, lagoon-style pool, walking trails and adjacent Fairways of Canton golf course complete the resort-style environment. A full-time lifestyle team ensures a broad array of activities for active adults so there is always something for residents to enjoy.
In addition to the current renovations, Soleil will soon debut The Cottages at Soleil. The Cottages at Soleil feature move-in-ready single family attached homes, comfortably sized at 1,800 square feet of space for you to start enjoying the resort lifestyle right away. The Cottages at Soleil gives homebuyers a limited-time-only opportunity to live in the award winning Soleil Laurel Canyon community starting at just $259,000
Del Webb at Chateau Elan
5501 Thompson Mill Road
Hoschton, GA 30548
866-204-2324 • delwebb.com
Located approximately an hour and a half north of Downtown Atlanta, Del Webb at Chateau Elan will include approximately 800 single-family ranch homes. The community will feature a clubhouse, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, walking trails, pocket parks, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a dog park and a full-time activities director upon completion in fall, when homes are expected to be available for sale.
Claudia Rossi, marketing manager with the Georgia division of Pulte Group that is developing the property, says Del Webb is being constructed to meet the demand for active adult housing in the area. “The community will build on the success of our previous Del Webb community located nearby, The Village at Deaton Creek, which sold out in early 2016,” she adds.
2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive
770-720-2700 • lakearrowheadga.com
Centered on a pristine lake and surrounded by premier golfing and gorgeous mountain vistas, Lake Arrowhead’s private community just outside of Canton, Georgia, and only about 40 minutes from Atlanta has no shortage of options for the outdoor lover and sportsman at heart.
The 540-acre lake offers with 21 miles of shoreline, and residents love hiking along eight miles of neighborhood trails. Coupled with outdoor concerts, drive-in movies under the stars, regular golf tournaments, wine tastings and health and wellness classes, there’s plenty of social and active opportunities — many planned and organized by the community’s onsite lifestyle director.
The newest flagship neighborhood, Sanctuary Cove, maximizes the panoramic views of the lake and mountainside and offers individual deep-water docks. Initial home closings are scheduled for this summer and plans range from 2,000-3,200 square feet, with pricing from the $300s to $800’s. The community is also in the design process for new townhomes, which has been opened for presale by invitation only.
The community is in close proximity to the newly opened state-of-the-art Northside Cherokee Hospital and the Premiere Cultural Arts Center at Reinhardt University.
14205 Hwy. 92, Suite 109
678-580-9670 • longleafsouth.com
Longleaf Communities is the premier luxury homebuilder for active 55+ adults in the metro Atlanta area. Their spectacular, English style homes are designed to meet the lifestyle needs of active seniors while providing low maintenance living. Homeowners are relieved of exterior maintenance, including yard work and landscaping, affording them the freedom to travel knowing their home will be cared for.
Each home is built with careful attention to detail while each of the “villages” is designed to foster community between neighbors. Seniors enjoy a range of neighborhood amenities and activities, whether its swimming laps in the neighborhood pool, enjoying a leisurely walk or jog on the tree lined path, taking the dog for a walk in the dog park, playing a competitive game of bocce ball or enjoying gardening with friends in the community vegetable and flower gardens. Seniors can also socialize at the neighborhood clubhouse or the community pavilion.
Longleaf currently has gated communities: Village Green of East Cobb, Longleaf Woodstock and Longleaf Battle Park. Each gated village is situated conveniently near the surrounding town’s area attractions and amenities so seniors can remain active members of their communities. Sales models are open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
NatureWalk at Seven Hills
76 Seven Hills Boulevard
770-231-3919 • discoverartisan.com
Staying fit and active is easy and fun for residents of NatureWalk at Seven Hills in Dallas, Georgia. Atlanta’s “Master Planned Community of the Year” incorporates miles of breathtaking Nature trails, perfect for hiking, biking, walking or jogging. And, you might see a golf cart or two as homeowners glide noiselessly along the Pumpkinvine River Basin, enjoying the sights and sounds of local flora and fauna.
But, let’s not forget the “adult-only” swim facility, also a popular stay-active venue. The saline pool is ideal for laps, water aerobics, or just chillin’ out on a hot summer day.
Golf more your thing? NatureWalk at Seven Hills is surrounded by seven fabulous golf courses, both public and private, all within a short drive. For Active Adults, there is plenty to do at NatureWalk! Carefree homes start in the $190s.
Sterling on the Lake
7004 Lake Sterling Blvd.
Flowery Branch, 30542
770-967-9777 • sterlingonthelake.com
Sterling on the Lake is a vibrant community in Flowery Branch. The lifestyle in The Springs, a single-level living, low-maintenance neighborhood, makes falling in love with where you live effortless.
Choose to connect with neighbors in one of the many empty nester clubs, such as the lively ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and yoga groups, or at The Lodge, the neighborhood clubhouse equipped with a competition-style pool perfect for lounging or swimming laps, and bocce ball court. Residents have endless options to stroll the trails near open space and private lakes, or meet up at the state-of-the-art 28,000-square-foot onsite library and café for a chance to relax and refuel with friends and neighbors. The full-time activities director keeps the community active with year-round activities and events including chili cook-offs, fishing tournaments, live jazz nights, and the famous Harvest Balloon Festival.
Residents looking for lively competition can hit the court at one of our three tennis centers, and for those needing extra instruction, an onsite tennis pro is available. The Village Green sets the stage for all sorts of community events including local theater productions, which bring a dose of culture to your front door.