Active Adult Community Criteria

Whether you choose a resort-style community with a full range of social activities, or a more intimate, relaxed setting, an Over 55 Community can offer age-appropriate living with low-maintenance homes, safety and security features, physical activities, and above all, a true sense of community.


Active Adult Communities are not just about retirement; they are about a quality living experience. 55 and better is the time to live your dreams and enjoy a lifestyle uniquely designed by you. Whatever your interests, you can create your own environment – fast-paced or relaxed. features Active Adult Communities that support the “55 and better” quality lifestyle and meet most or all or these criteria. (Age-qualified is not optional.)


  • Age-qualified – at least 80% of the units must have one occupant age 55 or over. All permanent residents must be 18 or older. Some communities require 100% age 55 or over.

  • True “Community” – separate neighborhood of private streets and common areas. You know your neighbors and they share your life experience and many of your interests.

  • Activities Director – socials, special interest groups, trips and numerous other activities.

  • Security – limited access private streets and facilities. Most are gated; many have staffed gatehouses; most have Neighborhood Watch programs with signage.

  • Age-appropriate Floor plans – all have single-level living options.

  • HOA Managed – all either are or will be HOA managed with defined covenants and policies.

  • Convenience – close-in to shopping, transportation, hospitals, churches, entertainment and historic sites. Most are within an hour of D.C. and all it offers.

  • Amenities – a physically and socially active lifestyle is supported by significant facilities and programs. These usually include:


    • Private Clubhouse

    • Swimming Pool

    • Tennis

    • Exercise/Fitness Equipment Room

    • Walking/Jogging Trails

    • Billiards/Game/Card Room(s)

    • Golf Course (or nearby access)

    • Parks/Open Space


This link: Active Adult Communities, will take you to profile pages for all 34 Virginia 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities. On the profile pages, you will find links to builder websites with floor plans, prices and additional community information.