5 Unique Mountain Retirement Communities to Consider

5 Unique Mountain Retirement Communities to Consider

There’s no doubt about it, major perks and benefits come with mountain living. The lifestyle promotes health, wellness, peace of mind, and so much more. Along with tranquil serenity and panoramic vistas, many mountain communities feature luxury homes and distinct amenities such as lodge-style clubhouses, hiking/biking trails, ski lifts, national parks, fishing streams, and lakes. If you’re thinking about retiring above the clouds where clean air and unspoiled wilderness reign supreme, here are 5 unique mountain retirement communities to consider. 


1. Hot Springs Village- Hot Springs Village, AR 

The nation’s largest gated community, Hot Springs Village is spread across 26,000 acres in West Central Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains and offers the natural beauty of sweeping vistas, lush forests and sparkling lakes. A unique mountain retirement community in every way, residents have access to nine signature golf courses, a 13-court tennis center, 14-court pickleball facility, 11 lakes and two beaches for swimming, boating and fishing, 30 miles of hiking trails, a fitness center, numerous club sports and over 200 clubs and civic organizations. Amenities also include a 650-seat performing arts center, recreational library, and community centers.


2. Buck Hill Falls- Buck Hill Falls, PA 

Nestled in the heart of the Poconos, this unique 4,500-acre mountain community serves as a year-round destination for those seeking recreation, social experiences, and luxury living. Its small town vibe couples perfectly with recreational amenities and lifestyle comforts including a 27-hole golf course, ten Har-Tru tennis courts, youth summer camp, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, 40+ miles of trails, three waterfalls, fly fishing streams, and dozens of other offerings, including festive special events to celebrate seasonal milestones and holidays.  


3. The Greenbrier Sporting Club- White Sulphur Springs, WV

Perfectly tucked into the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia is this lush and luxurious 11,000-acre mountain community with a legacy that spans more than 238 years. Unique and upscale, it’s been visited by 26 U.S. Presidents as well as countless dignitaries and celebrities. Residents have full access to the revered sporting traditions of the community’s own private club, as well as complete access and member-only benefits to more than 55 amenities and services associated with The Greenbrier resort.


4. Trilogy at Tehaleh- Bonney Lake, WA

About an hour south of Seattle, this master-planned mountain community spans 4,200 acres of elevated forest land, with a mix of schools, businesses, housing and conservation areas. Just 25 miles northwest of famed Mount Rainier, this sweeping community is convenient to shops, restaurants and thousands of acres of Cascade Range parklands, trails and outdoor recreation. Residents seeking an active lifestyle won’t be disappointed with access to a private club with on-site dining, culinary studio, game room, indoor pool, athletic club, a full social calendar of classes, clubs, and events, and more.


5. The Coves Mountain River Club- Lenoir, NC 

Mountains and a scenic river. A rare combination to find in western North Carolina real estate developments, but this 3,600 acre gated mountain community checks both boxes—featuring five miles of river frontage along the Johns River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities include 39 miles of horse, biking and hiking trails, two community gardens, four community parks, four cascading waterfalls and a two story mountaintop lodge with infinity edge saline swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and well appointed entertainment area. 

Interested in exploring more mountain communities? PCR features dozens of additional community listings in U.S. mountain ranges from coast to coast. Learn more here.