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Where To Retire Magazine Names St. James Plantation in Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in U.S.

June 7, 2011 - Southport, NC - Where to Retire Magazine has named St. James Plantation and other Brunswick County Communities in their list of the Top 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

Where to Retire reveals "The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States" in the bimonthly magazine's July/August issue on newsstands June 21.

Retirees today have their sights set on a dynamic and fulfilling retirement lifestyle, seeking out communities with friendly neighbors and amenities to keep their minds and bodies active.

Research began nearly a year ago when Where to Retire editors gathered information on more than 150 communities across the nation and eventually zeroed in on those that are amenity-rich, with clubhouses, recreation and activities to help residents stay fully engaged.

Where to Retire publisher Karen Northridge said, "Like the people who inhabit them, no two master-planned developments are exactly alike. Yet, the combination of amenities and social opportunities at each produces a common result: the interesting, active and fulfilling lifestyle retirees seek. Clubhouses, fitness centers, social clubs and educational classes mean residents get much more than a house at a planned community."

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The selection contains communities in 17 states, including places beyond traditional retirement havens. The choice of neighborhoods runs the gamut in price, from those featuring manufactured homes starting in the $80,000s to developments where site-built, single-family homes begin in the mid-$400,000s. Just over half the developments are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state. Also, a two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities.

In addition to the top 50 communities, Where to Retire includes the Hall of Fame, a small group of established neighborhoods previously recognized by the magazine, as well as Communities on the Rise.

About Where to Retire Magazine
This July/August issue marks the seventh biennial honor roll of America's best master-planned communities compiled by Where to Retire. The magazine, launched in 1992, is published six times each year. Every issue profiles top retirement towns, both undiscovered and well-known, and master-planned communities that cater to retirees.

Where to Retire can be found on various newsstands and at Barnes & Noble bookstores or you can Subscribe Online.

The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States

Arizona
Dolce Vita at Superstition Mountain
PebbleCreek Resort Community
Quail Creek Resort Community
Robson Ranch Resort Community
Sun City Anthem by Del Webb
at Merrill Ranch
Sun City Festival by Del Webb
Talking Rock Ranch
Trilogy at Vistancia

Arkansas
Forest Lakes Garden Homes

California
Sun City Shadow Hills by Del Webb
Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Colorado
Anthem Ranch by Del Webb

Delaware
Heritage Shores

Florida
Cascades at World Golf Village
GlenLakes
Harmony
Heritage Isle
Lakes of Mount Dora
On Top of the World Communities
Solivita
Stone Creek by Del Webb
SummerGlen
Terra Vista of Citrus Hills
Valencia Lakes

Georgia
Riverwood Plantation
Soleil Laurel Canyon
Sun City Peachtree by Del Webb
The Georgia Club

Missouri
The Communities at Branson Creek

New Jersey
K. Hovnanian's Four Seasons
at Harbor Bay

North Carolina
Anderson Creek Club
Brunswick Forest
Carolina Colours
Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club
Jefferson Landing
Ocean Ridge Plantation
River Landing
St. James Plantation

Pennsylvania
Penn National Golf Course Community
Traditions of America at Silver Spring

South Carolina
Cedar Creek
Daniel Island
Lakeside Crossing
Woodside Plantation

Tennessee
Fairfield Glade

Texas
Comanche Trace
Robson Ranch Resort Community

Utah
SunRiver St. George

Virginia
Colonial Heritage

Wyoming
The Powder Horn Golf Community

Hall of Fame

Port Ludlow
Port Ludlow, WA

SaddleBrooke Resort Community
Oracle, AZ

Sun City Center
Sun City Center, FL

Sun City Hilton Head by Del Webb
Bluffton, SC

Sun City Texas by Del Webb
Georgetown, TX

Communities on the Rise

CantaMia
Goodyear, AZ

Harbor Shores
St. Joseph, MI

PGA Village Verano
Port St. Lucie, FL

SaddleBrooke Ranch Resort Community
Oracle, AZ

The Ridge at Chukker Creek
Aiken, SC

Also Recognized in Communities on the Rise:

Bailey's Glen
Cornelius, NC

Home Towne Square
Lancaster County, PA

Pendleton
Ruther Glen, VA

WindSwept on Cherokee Lake
Morristown, TN
 


 

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