Cresswind Charleston Recognized as one of the 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 July/August issue, on newsstands June 11. The list is the only one of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first-person testimonials by current residents. (View a complete list of the 50 Best online)

Cresswind Charleston, in Summerville, is one of five master-planned communities in South Carolina to be recognized this year. Residents sunbathe by the pool, create in the arts and crafts room and compete on the athletic courts adjacent to the private clubhouse in their 55-plus neighborhood. They also have access to amenities in The Ponds, the larger all-ages development in which Cresswind is located. “I’m so blessed we selected this place,” one resident said.

“It is an honor to have two of our Cresswind 55+ communities in the Southeast make Where To Retire’s annual 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States’ list,” said John Manrique, Kolter Homes Vice President of Marketing. “What is most meaningful is that the features which earned Cresswind Charleston – resident events, award-winning lifestyle programming, fitness, clubhouse features and home designs – are what we build into all of our Cresswind communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.”

The selected 50 best master-planned communities showcase the variety of housing options and amenities that enrich the lives of relocating retirees. “Moving after retirement doesn’t mean just a new home; it means a new life,” Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller said. “Yes, each of our 50 communities builds attractive homes, but they also nurture new friendships. Most developments offer trails, sports courts, fitness equipment, restaurants, pools and more. The settings are gorgeous, near mountains, oceans, rivers, lakes and low-humidity deserts. Climates generally are mild, allowing daily communes with nature.”

Nearly a year ago, editors began gathering and evaluating information on hundreds of communities, but chose only established neighborhoods with enough acreage to build at least a year’s supply of homes. The communities come from 17 states. Florida has nine of the winning 50 communities, followed by North Carolina with eight, Arizona with seven and South Carolina with five. Home prices begin in the $120,000s and go upward of $3 million; 35 communities on the list have homes that start at less than $300,000. Almost half of the neighborhoods are age-restricted or age-targeted while the rest are all-ages. The communities are not ranked; rather, they are listed alphabetically by state and then by development name. A two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities.

As the authority on retirement relocation since 1992, Where to Retire has covered hundreds of the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities. The magazine is published six times a year and has a national circulation of 200,000.