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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Offbeat Sunday: Pickleball Retiree Communities

These are the best communities to retire in if you love
Retirement is the best time to explore your favorite hobby or sport. With more retirees wanting to stay active throughout their Golden Years, more 55+ communities are adding sports courts to their list of amenities. One of those popular amenities is pickleball, which is all the rage at many retirement communities and has become one of the fastest growing sports in America. Pickleball was invented about 50 years ago and has swept the Baby Boomer generation because it’s fun, quick to learn, and easy on the body. Unlike tennis, pickleball is less strenuous due to its smaller court and lighter paddles, making it easy and accessible for more retirees to hit the court and enjoy this low impact sport.

Active adult communities have also taken notice of this growing trend and have added more courts as well as converted existing tennis courts for pickleball use. So if you’re ready to play, then grab your paddle and check out some of the best communities for pickleball enthusiasts.

This 6,200-home community, developed by Robson Communities in Central Arizona, offers a myriad of amenities that keep residents active and social. Most of the action revolves around its recreational facilities found at the Tuscany Sports & Aquatics Complex. Here, residents have a total of eight pickleball courts to choose from for a quick game with friends. Active adults will also find a robust social calendar, allowing them to join the community’s pickleball club that promotes the sport for players of all skill levels in a friendly environment. The club hosts social events, provides instruction and equipment, and has tournaments and leagues throughout the year.

This beautiful and established 55+ community in Henderson, Nevada, provides plenty of spacious clubhouses that are rich with indoor and outdoor amenities. Pickleball fans will fall in love with the community’s newest amenity complex called Liberty Center. This 22,000-square foot complex features eleven pickleball courts and a vibrant pickleball club. Baby Boomers will have their social calendars full of events, tournaments, and lessons for this popular sport in Sun City Anthem.

There are plenty of reasons to retire in Four Seasons at Hemet in Southern California. In addition to the area’s breathtaking views and beautifully designed homes, active adults will love its variety of world-class amenities. The heart of this 55+ community is its 14,859 square-foot clubhouse named The Lodge. Baby Boomers can spend their Golden Years staying active and fit by playing on one of the four pickleball courts. And if that’s not enough action, they can always play on the bocce ball, shuffleboard, or tennis courts to switch up their routine.

Boasting more than 150,000 square feet of recreational space, active adults are sure to find an activity or amenity that suits their interests. Solivita in Kissimmee, FL, is a beautiful master-planned 55+ community that’s perfect for pickleball fanatics. Retirees can find multiple lighted pickleball courts spread across this 4,300-acre development. Baby Boomers can be seen playing this popular sport day or night at one of the many recreational centers in Solivita as well as participating in pickleball clubs or clinics.

Pickleball fans can come together and have a ball in this Del Webb 55+ community in Georgetown, TX. The Village Center Amenity Complex is the central campus for Sun City Texas that provides a total of 86,000 square feet of recreational space. With six pickleball courts onsite, Baby Boomers will never have to wait long for their next match. The community also offers a long list of social clubs and groups, some of which specialize in this popular sport. Retirees can share their passion for this activity by joining the Pickleball Club and compete with other like-minded adults.

This welcoming 55+ community in Broomfield, CO, offers all of the amenities to keep retirees fit, active, and social all in one place. At the heart of Anthem Ranch is the Aspen Lodge, which is a 32,000 square-foot clubhouse that has all of the activities and sports courts for active adult residents. Pickleball enthusiasts can check out the neighborhood’s four pickleball courts where they can spend their Golden Years playing to their heart’s content.

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