Active Adult Communities
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Retirement Communities in North Georgia
What is an Active Adult 55+ Community?
Active adult communities are designed with the needs of 55 and over homeowners in mind. Older adults interested in downsizing and moving toward retirement. Active adult homes are usually single story designs modeled to accommodate the idea of “aging in place”.
We are here to help you explore all of the retirement communities in North Georgia. DRA Homes services the northwest corridor of metro Atlanta including, Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Woodstock, Canton and west from Powder Springs, Hiram & Dallas.
55+ homes typically have stepless entries, wider doors & hallways, bathrooms may feature grab bars, lower counter top height and zero step showers. Neighborhoods designed for the active adult often have low or no maintenance exteriors.
Homeowner’s associations may manage lawn maintenance, including annual plantings, as well as exterior painting. Amenity levels vary from minimal to resort style living with golf courses, country clubs.
Building your retirement lifestyle around one of these specially designed homes with lower maintenance responsibilities makes perfect sense!
55+ Real Estate Specialist
In January 2017, Associate Broker, Jenna Dixon obtained her 55+ Realty Advisor Designation. The goal is to represent our 55 & over clients with the knowledge and resources they require to make sound decisions about their senior housing options.
We understand financing options for seniors and have resources available to assist with traditional mortgages, reverse mortgages, financial planning, estate planning, “aging in place” and so much more.
We are honored to work with our 55+ clients AND THEIR FAMILIES in making the right choice of a retirement community in North Georgia!
Jenna Dixon = 5 Stars! My husband & were looking for a Realtor to assist us in locating 55+ communities in the Dallas to North Georgia region. We contacted Jenna because her website indicated she had received specialized training for this market niche. Jenna did not disappoint us & we could not have been more… Read more “Specialized Training”
Jenna is a SUPER STAR! My wife has a unique and specific taste in buying our new home. Jenna was attentive and worked VERY HARD to get us what we want within our budget… Immediate response to email or text is only one of Jenna’s attributes. We could not say enough about her work ethics… Read more “Super Star”
Browse 55+ Communities in North GeorgiaFind your favorite Active Adult Community in Cobb or Paulding Counties by Name, City, or Price Range. Click on the COMMUNITY NAME for more information.
|Community Name||City||Price Range|
|Cottages at Baker Road||Acworth||100-150K|
|Grace by Windsong||Acworth||250-300K|
|The Villas Evans Mill||Dallas||100-150K|
|Legends Garden Villas||Hiram||250-300K|
|Enclave Pinetree CC||Kennesaw||350-450K|
|Brookhaven East Cobb||Kennesaw||350-400K|
|Willows at Chastain||Marietta||350-400K|
|The Vintage Club||Marietta||200-300K|
|Villas at Kob Farm||Marietta||125-175K|
|Village at Kendrick Farm||Marietta||200-300K|
|Village Green East Cobb||Marietta||400-500K|
|Oaks at Sandy Plains||Marietta||400-500K|
|Longleaf Battle Park||Marietta||450-550K|
|Cottages at Bells Ferry||Marietta||150-250K|
|Villas of Seven Springs||Powder Springs||150-200K|
|Silver Springs Village||Powder Springs||200-250K|
|McConnell Green||Powder Springs||275-350K|
|Haven at Lost Mountain||Powder Springs||300-350K|
|BelAire Creekside||Powder Springs||250-300K|
|Heritage Pointe The Georgian||Villa Rica||200-300K|
|Mars Hill Village||Acworth||350-400K|
Does Everyone Have to be 55 & Over?
1. age RESTRICTED developments require that 80% of households must have at least one resident age 55 and over, these are HUD approved communities reserved for seniors and have recorded restrictions and community guidelines within the county that they are located. These communities tend toward very restrictive and active HOA's to ensure compliance with community guidelines.
2. age TARGETED developments that are marketed to attract 55+ buyers but are not specifically limited to residents over 55. These so called "lifestyle communities" offer homes that may appeal to 55+ buyers, for instance smaller floor plans, master on the main plans, reduced home maintenance, amenity packages, etc.
Who Lives in an Active Adult Neighborhood?
Owners in 55+ communities include "empty-nesters", retirees as well as those still working full-time. The commonality of a senior living environment is found in the desire for a more "MAINTENANCE-FREE" level of home ownership in an amenity rich neighborhood within a peer group with common interests.
The key components in a 55+ community are INDEPENDENCE and a manageable retirement lifestyle.
These active adult retirement communities generally consist of detached single family homes, townhouses or condominiums that are comfortably sized and familiar to those accustomed to owning their own home.
These active adult lifestyle communities are not designed for assisted living or nursing home care.
What Kinds of Homes are Available in 55+ Communities?
Let's explore what the "typical" home is like in an active adult / retirement community. The most common terms used in describing these homes are GARDEN HOMES, PATIO HOMES, RANCH CONDOS, RANCH TOWNHOUSES.
The controlling theme is usually ONE LEVEL LIVING. You will likely find a master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor as well as the common living areas.
More recent designs have expanded to include second floor bedrooms and bathrooms with a bonus room or living room separate from the main floor which makes it possible for homeowners to bring in extended family, outside help, live-in caregivers, nursing care, etc.
Main floor living makes "aging in place" safer & easier. In addition, step-less entries, grab bars in bathrooms, wider doors and hallways make future mobility issues simpler to deal with.
Homes are usually between 1500 and 2500 sq feet but never compromise on style! Open floor plans, soaring ceiling heights, gas fireplaces, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile kitchens and baths, hardwood floors and more can be expected.
Don't worry! Storage won't be an issue. In addition to guest bedrooms, many builders include "flex" space into their plans. For instance, areas such as bonus rooms, craft rooms, sun rooms, home offices, etc. often find their way into these homes.
What is not common is basements. While not unheard of or impossible to find, basements are not a standard feature among the homes in Active Adult communities. In keeping with the idea of "downsizing" and letting go of items that become unnecessary as residents move into this new phase of their lives, basements are extraneous and no longer desirable for many.
Active Adult Homes With Basements
What are the Benefits of Living in A North Georgia Retirement Community?
Active Adult Lifestyle
Active adult 55+ communities are often referred to as "LIFESTYLE NEIGHBORHOODS." According to a 2005 housing survey, nearly 85% of these developments were located in metropolitan areas with easy access to recreational and cultural attractions, shopping and dining, healthcare facilities as well as a variety of on-site activities.
A Sense of Community
Whether you choose to settle into an age-restricted 55 & over development or a more lifestyle-centric neighborhood, one of the most important aspects is the sense of community with like aged adults. Therefore, builders foster this community building mindset by designing retirement communities that invite connection. From front porches to private patios, outdoor living space encourages social interaction.
Community clubhouses often become the heartbeat of the neighborhood because there's always a reason to have a party! Holidays, birthdays and anniversaries to the Super Bowl...Neighbors celebrate together.
On-site amenities vary by neighborhood and go far beyond the "retirement" community stereotype of shuffleboard and Mahjong! But don't worry, these are available too.
These lifestyle-centric developments can bring the resort or vacation feel to your new retirement home. Pools, tennis, golf, country clubs, club houses, community events, fitness centers and classes like Pilates are often available. In many cases walking and biking trails are being incorporated into the neighborhood. You may find a stocked lake or fishing pond, a marina and more.
For some, never having to leave home is a BONUS.
Focusing on the physical and social needs of their residents make Active Adult Communities very appealing when searching for a new home as you move into retirement!
Maintenance Free Living Heading Into Retirement
"Maintenance free" homeownership is an attractive aspect of retirement communities in North Georgia. Many Active Adult Communities are built upon the condominium concept. As a result most neighborhoods have a Homeowner's Association that manages exterior maintenance, lawn and landscaping services, trash removal, irrigation and the inclusion of some utility services.
"Maintenance free" can also mean no exterior painting, gutter cleaning, etc. In a condo association these items are frequently included in the monthly or annual homeowner's association fees.
These services allow residents to enjoy traveling without the restrictions of a more traditional model of homeownership.
No need to worry about the grass getting too tall or dying while on vacation because it's all taken care of!
Imagine...taking a 3 month European vacation without giving home a second thought!
Go ahead, spend the summer at your beach condo because everything will be fine!
Visit the children or grandchildren for a few weeks and yet you have no worries!
Retirement Benefits in North Georgia
Favorable Property Tax Exemptions for Seniors
Retirement in North Georgia offers unique advantages that other states. Property taxes are a significant consideration when buying a new home heading into retirement.
In Cobb County, homeowners over the age of 62 are exempt from the "school tax" portion of the annual property tax assessment which often results in a significant savings.
Read more about COBB SENIOR TAX EXEMPTIONS
In Cherokee County, seniors benefit from exemptions from "school tax" on a portion of the value of their home as well as various income & disability based exemptions.
Read more about CHEROKEE SENIOR TAX EXEMPTIONS
In Paulding County, homeowners over the age of 65 are eligible for certain exemptions as well, that are based on income.
Read more about PAULDING SENIOR TAX EXEMPTIONS
For seniors living on a fixed income, the property tax exemptions can save hundreds of dollars per month!
Proximity to College & Universities
North Georgia Counties are very attractive areas for the development of both age restricted, 55 and over and lifestyle targeted Active Adult Communities because staying close to family and within a familiar area is comforting as we age.
Let's start with the proximity of many of the state's colleges and universities. Empty nesters can now downsize without compromising on style or location.
As children transition from area high schools to colleges such as Kennesaw State University, Georgia Perimeter College, University of West Georgia, University of Georgia, Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology, parents are often inspired to downsize their living space without moving away from the area in which they raised their families.
For many, part of a healthy, happy retirement includes the ability to continue one's education, take hobby courses, or even secure a teaching position at an area school. North Georgia is home to many of the state's elite educational institutions. Many colleges offer free or steeply discounted fees for seniors.
Shopping, Dining & Entertainment
North Georgia cities have a unique strategy to satisfy the retail needs of its residents. Nearly every niche neighborhood is home to its own shopping, dining and entertainment district. Grocery, discount retail, upscale retail and specialty stores, movie theaters, museums and concert venues are plentiful in and around both counties.
The small town southern charm that draws many residents is born out of the organic growth of our cities. Most of the towns of Cobb, Cherokee & Paulding Counties grew up around a railroad and central town square. As a result, our towns have retained their historical charm with shops and restaurants now occupying many of the original buildings and homes from the 1800s and early 1900s dotting tree-lined avenues.
Many North Georgia communities host annual farmer's markets, artisan fairs and holiday events to keep residents happy and engaged.
Learn more about our towns and choose the perfect location for your new 55+ retirement community:
Recreational Opportunities & Senior Living Resources
Retirement in North Georgia assures that you have the opportunity to remain active, engaged and healthy. Part of a healthy lifestyle includes adequate physical activity as well as social engagement. We hope that you will enjoy exploring all of the resources below to find a peer group that meets your needs, keeps you challenged and helps you make great new friends.
Cobb County Parks & Recreation
Outdoor recreational opportunities in the area are abundant. The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Silver Comet Trail, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona are just a few! Residents can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, horseback trail riding, swimming, boating and a host of other outdoor activities.
Cobb County has an extensive and well developed network of Parks and Recreation facilities throughout the county. Facilities are available for tennis, swimming, softball, baseball, soccer and so much more.
Cobb County Senior Centers
- Austell Neighborhood Center
4915 Austell-Powder Springs Rd (inside Clarkdale Park)
Austell, GA 30106
- East Cobb Senior Center
3332 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066
- Freeman Poole Senior Center
4025 South Hurt Road
Smyrna, GA 30082
- North Cobb Senior & Neighborhood Center
3900 South Main Street (inside Kennworth Park)
Acworth, GA 30101
- Senior Wellness & Marietta Neighborhood Center
1150 Powder Springs Street, Ste 100
Marietta, GA 30064
- West Cobb Senior Center
4915 Dallas Hwy
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Cherokee County is nestled into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and is a wonderful choice for those seeking a connection to nature within driving distance to Atlanta. Cherokee County parks include mountain biking, an aquatic center that offers 2 indoor pools & an outdoor leisure pool, as well as Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River.
Cherokee County Senior Centers
William G. Long Senior Center
223 Arnold Mill Road
Woodstock GA 30188
Ph: (678) 445-6518
Canton Senior Center
1001 Univeter Road
Canton GA 30115
Ph: (770) 345-6730
Waleska Satellite Senior Center
9081 Fincher Road
Waleska GA 30183
Ph: (770) 345-6730
Ball Ground Satellite Senior Center
3045 Canton Highway
Ball Ground GA 30107
Ph: (770) 345-6730
Paulding County Parks and Recreation serves residents across the county with facilities that include playgrounds, tennis, raquetball, basketball, softball, picnic pavilions and meeting rooms. A full guide to individuals parks can be found here.
Paulding County Senior Center
The Paulding Senior Center is located:
54 Industrial Way N
Dallas, GA 30132
Be sure to consider the location of available resources when selecting one of our active adult communities in order to increase your overall quality of life and engagement!
Healthy Retirement: A Well Established Healthcare Network
Enjoying a long and healthy retirement requires planning and a big part of that is ensuring that you have access to adequate healthcare resources. Since we are living longer and longer, we need to plan for long-term care as we age.
North Georgia offers an established and continuously growing healthcare network. The majority of area 55+ retirement communities are located within a short drive of a major medical facility because health needs change and advance as we age.
Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is located in the heart of Cobb County at 677 Church Street, Marietta GA 30060. The Wellstar network also includes two additional hospitals in Cobb at Austell and Windy Hill as well as a host of urgent care centers and associated physician practices and imaging centers throughout the county.
The new Wellstar Paulding Hospital is conveniently located at 2518 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram 30141 and offers state of the art facilities for the fast growing communities of Hiram and Dallas.
Northside Hospital Cherokee campus is newly constructed and is located at 450 Northside Cherokee Blvd. Canton 30115.
A new Wellstar Hospital is under construction in Holly Springs, Cherokee County.
Atlanta is a Travel Hub
Maintenance free living means freedom to travel without worrying about how long you will be gone! Purchasing a home in one of the 55+ active adult communities in our area keep you perfectly situated to take advantage of the Atlanta travel hub.
Private & International Airports
Several North Georgia counties are home to private airports capable of handling jet traffic for private and corporate air travel. For a full list of public and private Georgia airports, visit GlobalAir.com.
Cobb County McCollum Field is located in Kennesaw near Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw State University. The airport houses several flight schools, charter services, bi-plane rides and a restaurant.
Cherokee County Airport is located in Ball Ground at 1350 Bishop Road. It is open to the public and offers maintenance services, car rental, catering and more.
Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport is the newest jet capable airport built to serve the Atlanta market in over 30 years. Located at 730 Airport Parkway, Dallas GA 30157. The facility offers a flight school and hangar rentals in addition to the standard services.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is only a short drive from most areas within Cobb or Paulding County. Avoiding traffic is easier with the advent of the HOV lanes. Flexible travel times and routes also making reaching the airport less complicated. From West Cobb & North Paulding it is very easy to reach the airport within 30 minutes.
The Atlanta Airport serves as a hub city for both Delta and Southwest Airlines.
Professional Sports in North Georgia
Atlanta has a long history as a sports town. Over the last few years we have seen the development of new stadiums for both the Falcons and the Braves as well as the addition of a new professional major league soccer team.
Since this is the South, we also LOVE our SEC college football. The Georgia Bulldogs are always a competitive force in the SEC and it's just a short drive to Athens.
Additionally, several smaller colleges have launched football programs. And the Friday night lights still shine over countless high school football fields throughout the fall.
Fans flock to Mercedes Benz Stadium to cheer on the hometown Atlanta Falcons (or perhaps, a visiting favorite)! Located in the heart of Atlanta, the stadium is easily accessed from major interstates surrounding the city.
A new addition to Cobb County, SunTrust Park, is the home of the Atlanta Braves during baseball season as well as an event venue. SunTrust Park is located at 755 Battery Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30339 near the intersection of Interstates 75 & 285.
While major league soccer is new to Atlanta, it's fan base is fierce! The Atlanta United FC also play at Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta.
Finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, floor plan and price range
for your needs is our primary objective!
If you need assistance selling your current home and finding all of the resources you will need to transition to your new home, we will be happy to help!
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