Entertaining the Grandkids at Metro Atlanta’s Active Adult Communities
With the trees in their full green glory, pools across the city open and sunscreen flying off the shelves, summer is truly one of the best times to be in Atlanta. For those looking for something to do either to escape the heat or to enjoy it, there’s no shortage of options—especially for those living in the area’s top 55+ communities. And when the grandkids come over, they can enjoy sparkling pools, golf courses, hiking trails and more. It’s as easy as simply walking out the door. And when night comes, it’s time to lounge in the cool of the evening outdoors, listening to the cricket symphony while sipping on a cold beverage or enjoying an ice cream. Here are some of the best options for those looking to enjoy the sunniest months of the year with loved ones right at home.
Sharpsburg, GA 30277
Lennar has brought active 55+ living to the town of Sharpsburg with its newest gated community, Timberbrook. Boasting well-appointed, low-maintenance ranch-style homes and a resort-style atmosphere in a gorgeous bucolic setting that’s located approximately 38 miles south of Atlanta right between Sharpsburg and Peachtree City, the property—which is surrounded by a natural wall of pines, elms and cypress trees—is an ideal locale for residents who want to get away from it all while having easy access to just about everything. And when the grandkids come for a visit, there’s so much to do right within this burgeoning and timeless community.
You can start by exploring Rock Branch Stream, which flows through the heart of Timberbrook and serves as a centerpiece of its picturesque surroundings. That can be followed up with a stroll along the winding sidewalks found throughout the neighborhood. And when you’re ready to have some fun in the sun, head to the 5,000-square-foot community clubhouse, which features a spectacular pool, tennis courts, dual pickleball courts and more. The clubhouse also offers a craft room where residents can enjoy weekly projects. And if you want to have a good old-fashioned cookout, you can take advantage of the clubhouse’s outdoor bar and grilling area. No matter what you choose, your family—from the kids to the kids at heart—will have the time of their lives just steps from your very own front door.
2419 Lake Arrowhead Drive
Waleska, GA 30183
Located four miles west of the charming Cherokee County town of Waleska and 40 minutes north of I-285, Lake Arrowhead offers live bands each Saturday, plus the “lake life” of boating, canoeing and kayaking within easy reach of Atlanta. The 540-acre lake itself is encircled by mountains, trails and the Highlands golf course. Lake Arrowhead is a stream-fed lake with 20 miles of shoreline and water depths of over 80 feet that has been ranked as one of the cleanest in Georgia. It all adds up to a dream come true for residents, especially in the sunny summer months.
A lifestyle director provides activities year-round, including outdoor concerts, cooking classes, drive-in movies evoking memories of the past, golf tournaments, wine tastings and wellness classes. As if that wasn’t enough, there are sunset lake tours and the lakeside Red Cloud Park with grills and oversized swings, as well as tennis, pickleball, bass fishing, the Red Cloud Park, Great Festival Park swimming pools and more.
For the true adventurer, Lake Arrowhead offers the Lake Shore Trail, Flat Rock Trail and Wilderness Trail, along with horseback riding. And when it’s time to worship, the onsite Lake Arrowhead Community Church provides a spiritual connection for residents. It could be called the perfect place for a “staycation.” Then again, with amenities like this, why leave?
Soleil Laurel Canyon
102 High Mountain Trace
Canton, GA 30114
Nestled in the quiet Atlanta suburb of Canton, Soleil Laurel Canyon has enjoyed plenty of recognition as a top-tier living spot. It was named a best 55+ community by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, one of the 50 best neighborhoods in the U.S. and voted best of the best by Ideal-LIVING. Anyone who steps inside to visit can see why. Soleil Laurel Canyon offers easy access to the North Georgia mountains, as well as city attractions in Atlanta. Residents live in ranch-style homes with fantastic views of nature and zero maintenance.
When it comes to entertaining family and friends, Soleil’s recreation, culture and entertainment offerings are enough to fill any summertime wish list. There’s a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse with an arts and crafts room, billiards, fitness center, catering kitchen, library and indoor heated pool. Soleil has an outdoor pool as well, not to mention a community garden and greenhouse, 3.5-acre fishing lake, tennis facility and The Fairways of Canton golf course just outside the gate. Two lifestyle directors create and maintain a full social calendar of events, including, but not limited to, movie nights, trips, wine socials and, of course, Grandkids day.
For anyone interested, check out the three-day, two-night Sneak-a-Peek Soleil package, which features a stay in a fully furnished home with a minimum of two beds and two baths, plus a round of golf or tennis lesson for two and complimentary access to scheduled on-site activities and events and interactions with residents.
NatureWalk at Seven Hills
76 Seven Hills Blvd
Dallas, GA 30132
On the west side of the metro area is NatureWalk at Seven Hills, offering the perfect place to spend time with the grandkids. A 13-acre “Disney-like” water park and clubhouse, a tennis center, dog park, community horticulture center and access to six nearby golf courses offer plenty of options for entertaining visitors of all ages. What’s more, the community features hiking and biking trails that wind along the historic Pumpkinvine Creek.
Of course, that’s not all. Seven Hills, located near the Paulding County city of Dallas, also offers a wellness center and swimming pools both for the young and the young at heart. Along with hiking, biking and walking, there’s tennis, basketball and volleyball for the more active types. Afterward, wind down with a leisurely drive on the community golf cart paths. As one of the largest master-planned communities in the United States, NatureWalk at Seven Hills residents and visitors—grandchildren or otherwise—will find plenty to do.