Congratulations to PCR’s Top Communities of The Year

Congratulations to PCR’s Top Communities of The Year

Award season is upon us, and PCR is ready to roll out the red carpet and recognize some of this year’s most popular lifestyle communities! features hundreds of communities from all over the country. Prospective homebuyers come to us looking for not just real estate—they come in search of the perfect “lifestyle.”

What Are Lifestyle Community Homebuyers Looking For?

Before we announce this year’s most popular communities, let’s examine the kind of things your peers are looking for in their ideal community.

Each year, PCR conducts a survey of site visitors to discover the behavior, motivations, and financial situations of those looking to buy or rent in a master-planned community. According to this year’s survey, 81% of respondents cited “active lifestyle amenities” as the reason they want to live in a community—specifically selecting swimming pools (73%), walking/biking trails (71%), and fitness centers (65%) as their most-preferred community amenities.

Going beyond just the amenities, last year saw some common denominators in the kind of lifestyle people prefer as well. More than 50% of those surveyed are looking to settle down in an active adult 55+ community, for example. As far as specific recreational activities, living near a golf course, beach, and/or lake was also preferred by most searchers.

Not surprisingly, many of the communities on this “best of” list include the lifestyle amenities searchers are looking for.

And while all of the nearly 300 communities on PCR’s site generated great interest among prospective buyers, some absolutely crushed it in 2021.

This diverse list includes several categories broken down by state/region:

North Carolina 
South Carolina

With dozens of appealing and desirable communities in each region, we narrowed them down to recognize the most popular based on user engagement, interest, and demand.

The winners are…

Top Arizona Communities

Arizona has often been considered a prime real estate location for retirement because of its warm summers and mild winters. Today, many active adults seeking all the spoils of a lifestyle community environment begin (and end) their search in Arizona, and PCR features some top-notch communities in the Grand Canyon State. Here are the year’s most desired Arizona communities, according to our visitors:

Arizona Encanterra Trilogy Resort

Encanterra, A Trilogy Resort Community- Queen Creek, AZ

Arizona Four Seasons at Victory Verrado

K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Victory at Verrado- Buckeye, AZ

Arizona Palmas Del Sol

Palmas Del Sol East- Apache Junction, AZ

Top California Communities

With more than 160,000 square miles of land area, a strong business environment, and the largest population of any U.S. state, California boasts an exceptionally broad range of master-planned communities and residential real estate. Sprinkled throughout the entire state, 16 California communities are featured on PCR. The top California communities are:

California Esperanza

Esperanza- Ontario, CA

California Four Seasons Terra Lago

K Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Terra Lago- Indio, CA

California Trilogy at Monarch Dunes

Trilogy at Monarch Dunes- Nipomo, CA

California Trilogy at Polo Club

Trilogy at the Polo Club- Indio, CA

Top Florida Communities

There is perhaps no stronger market for the master-planned lifestyle community than in the Sunshine State, evidenced by the number of top communities provided by Florida to this year’s list. From the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast to the Treasure Coast, Miami Beach and beyond, PCR spotlights more than 80 Florida communities. According to our visitors, here are the most popular.

Florida Ave Maria

Ave Maria- Ave Maria, FL

Florida Grand Harbor

Grand Harbor- Vero Beach, FL

Florida Fiddler's Creek

Fiddler’s Creek- Naples, FL

Florida Kings Gate

Kings Gate- Port Charlotte, FL

Florida Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach- Daytona Beach, FL

Florida PGA Village Verano

PGA Village Verano- Port St. Lucie, FL

Florida Isles of Collier Preserve

The Isles of Collier Preserve- Naples, FL

Top Georgia Communities

Whether they’re looking along the coast of the Golden Isles, up into the Blue Ridge Mountains, south to the historic districts, or casting a net in the Atlanta metro area, those in search of Georgia communities have plenty of options. Another very popular destination for PCR’s audience, Georgia is home to several of this year’s top communities.

Georgia Cumberland Harbour

Cumberland Harbour- St. Mary’s, GA

Georgia Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead- Waleska, GA

Georgia Reynolds Lake Oconee
Reynolds Lake Oconee- Greensboro, GA

Georgia The Landings

The Landings- Savannah, GA

Georgia Waterways

Waterways- Richmond Hill, GA

Top North Carolina Communities

From all over the Tar Heel State are nearly 50 featured communities on PCR. With so much to choose from along the coast, within the mountains, and even the Sandhills-Piedmont area, we could recognize dozens of North Carolina communities that piqued major interest with our visitors. Here are the most popular.

North Carolina Albemarle Plantation

Albemarle Plantation- Hertford, NC

North Carolina Bear Lake Reserve

Bear Lake Reserve- Tuckasegee, NC

North Carolina Brunswick Forest

Brunswick Forest- Leland, NC

North Carolina Compass Pointe

Compass Pointe- Leland, NC

North Carolina Connestee Falls

Connestee Falls- Brevard, NC

North Carolina River Bluffs

River Bluffs- Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure

Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure- Lake Lure, NC

North Carolina The Coves Mountain River Club

The Coves Mountain River Club- Lenoir, NC

Top South Carolina Communities

Not to be outdone by its neighbor to the north, South Carolina has just as many featured communities on PCR, and they’re just as popular among our audience. They come looking for golf…they come looking for beaches…they come looking for outdoor recreation…and they come looking for world-class amenities. It’s a place that checks all those boxes, so it’s no wonder the Palmetto State is very well represented on this year’s list.

South Carolina Dataw Island

Dataw Island- Dataw Island, SC

South Carolina Haig Point

Haig Point- Daufuskie Island, SC

South Carolina Four Seasons at Lakes Cane Bay

K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Lakes of Cane Bay- Summerville, SC

South Carolina Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head- Hardeeville, SC

South Carolina Savannah Lakes

Savannah Lakes Village- McCormick, SC

South Carolina Sun City Hilton Head by Del Webb

Sun City Hilton Head by Del Webb- Bluffton, SC

South Carolina The Cliffs Mountain Region

The Cliffs – Mountain Region- Travelers Rest, SC

South Carolina Woodside

Woodside- Aiken, SC

Top Tennessee Communities

With favorable taxes, reasonably priced real estate, and a generous year-round climate, the great state of Tennessee has become a hotbed for active adults seeking amenity-rich communities. Perhaps not surprisingly, Tennessee communities on PCR are some of the most sought-after among our visitors, with these communities topping the list.

Tennessee Tellico Village

Tellico Village- Loudon, TN

Tennessee Black Creek Chattanooga

Black Creek Chattanooga- Chattanooga, TN

Tennessee Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay- Vonore, TN

Tennessee Wind River

WindRiver- Lenoir, TN

Top Texas Communities

While not as many Texas communities are featured on PCR as other states, the ones that are here generate a lot of interest. Whether they already live there or are looking to relocate from out of state, many community homebuyers prefer Texas for its variety of golf, tennis, equestrian, neo-traditional, retirement communities, gated communities, and master-planned communities. The most searched this year are:

Texas Cimarron Hills

Cimarron Hills- Georgetown, TX

Sun City Texas

Sun City Texas- Georgetown, TX

Texas Boot Ranch

Boot Ranch- Fredericksburg, TX

Top Virginia Communities

From popular seaside resort towns to scores of historical landmarks to expansive areas of unspoiled wilderness, the Commonwealth State of Virginia has a lot to offer through its diverse lifestyle communities. Golf, tennis, equestrian, and retirement communities offer tremendous real estate opportunities for PCR visitors, with these Virginia communities topping the list.

Virginia Bay Creek

Bay Creek- Cape Charles, VA

Virginia Colonial Heritage

Colonial Heritage- Williamsburg, VA

Virginia Fawn Lake

Fawn Lake- Spotsylvania, VA

Virginia Spring Creek

Spring Creek- Zion Crossroads, VA

Top Mid-Atlantic Communities

Steeped in history with diverse big cities and charming small towns, settling down in the Mid-Atlantic region is desired by families, active adults, and retirees alike. As a result, communities throughout the region are a big hit on PCR. Of the impressive list of communities in states like Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, New York, and more, visitors were particularly interested in these five.

Pennsylvania Amblebrook Gettysburg

Amblebrook Gettysburg- Gettysburg, PA

West Virginia Glade Springs

Glade Springs- Daniels, WV

Delaware heritage Shores

Heritage Shores- Bridgeville, DE

Delaware Noble's Pond

Noble’s Pond- Dover, DE

Delaware Peninsula on the Indian Bay River

The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay- Millsboro, DE

Top West Communities

For many lifestyle community homebuyers, “the west is the best,” and those prospecting in this region are striking gold on PCR. Outside of our popular community listings in Arizona, California, and Texas, here are the best of the rest of the west…

Washington Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow- Port Ludlow, WA

Utah Red Ledges

Red Ledges- Heber City, UT

Nevada Trilogy Sunstone

Trilogy Sunstone by Shea Homes- Las Vegas, NV

Idaho Trilogy Valor

Trilogy Valor- Kuna, ID

Find Your Lifestyle with PCR

There you have it. In all, 55 outstanding communities top our 2022 list—congratulations to the winners!

But this list is just the beginning. We invite you to explore all the unique and wonderful communities featured on PCR to see photos, discover amenities, find real estate, and request more information.

By location, community type, amenities offered, home prices, and more, you can customize your search as you begin your quest to find the perfect lifestyle. Get started today at