The Most Popular Lifestyle Communities of 2023

The Most Popular Lifestyle Communities of 2023

It’s once again time for Private Communities Registry (PCR) to recognize the year’s most popular master-planned 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 today’s homebuyers 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, 83% of respondents cited “active lifestyle amenities” as the reason they want to live in a community—specifically selecting swimming pools (74%), walking/biking trails (73%), and fitness centers (67%) 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. Nearly half of those surveyed (46%) 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. In addition, 51% of those surveyed prefer relocating to a community are doing so in search of “warm weather.”

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

How Were the Winners Selected?

Ultimately, PCR users are drawn to the site by the country’s very best communities. And while all of the nearly 250 communities on PCR generated great interest among prospective buyers, there were some that rose to the top to reach our “award-winning” status.

This year’s 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 a wide range of data that combines user engagement, page visits, and information requests from the previous year (2022).

Without further ado, the most popular communities for 2023 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:

Encanterra Trilogy Resort Community Arizona
Encanterra, A Trilogy Resort Community- Queen Creek, AZ

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

Trilogy at Verde River Arizona Community
Trilogy® at Verde River™- Rio Verde, 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, 15 California communities are featured on PCR. The top California communities are:

Esperanza California Community
Esperanza- Ontario, CA

Lake Wildwood California Community
Lake Wildwood- Penn Valley, CA

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

Trilogy Bickford California Community
Trilogy® Bickford- Lincoln, 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 nearly 70 Florida communities. According to our visitors, here are the most popular.

Ave Maria Florida Community
Ave Maria- Ave Maria, FL

Fiddlers Creek Florida Community
Fiddler’s Creek- Naples, FL

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach Florida Community
Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach- Daytona Beach, FL

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound Florida Community
Latitude Margaritaville Watersound- Panama City Beach, FL

On Top Of the World Communities Florida
On Top of the World Communities- Ocala, FL

PGA Village Verano
PGA Village Verano- Port St. Lucie, FL

Windward at Lakewood Ranch Florida Community
Windward at Lakewood Ranch- Sarasota, 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.

Cumberland Harbour Georgia Community
Cumberland Harbour- St. Mary’s, GA

Lake Arrowhead Georgia Community
Lake Arrowhead- Waleska, GA

The Landings Georgia Community
The Landings- Savannah, GA

Savannah Quarters Georgia Community
Savannah Quarters®- Savannah, GA

Waterways Georgia Community
Waterways- Richmond Hill, GA

Top North Carolina Communities

From all over the Tar Heel State are nearly 40 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.

Albemarle Plantation NC Community
Albemarle Plantation- Hertford, NC

Bear Lake Reserve NC Community
Bear Lake Reserve- Tuckasegee, NC

Carolina Gardens by Del Webb NC Community
Carolina Gardens by Del Webb- Fuquay-Varina, NC

Connestee Falls NC Community
Connestee Falls- Brevard, NC

Riverlights NC Community
Riverlights- Wilmington, NC

Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure NC Community
Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure- Lake Lure, NC

St. James Plantation NC Community
St. James Plantation- Southport, 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 state that checks all those boxes, so it’s no wonder the Palmetto State is represented well on this year’s list.

Callawassie Island SC Community
Callawassie Island- Callawassie Island, SC

Cresswind Charleston SC Community
Cresswind Charleston- Summerville, SC

Dataw Island SC Community
Dataw Island- Dataw Island, SC

KHov Four Seasons at Carolina Oaks SC Community
K. Hovnanian's® Four Seasons at Carolina Oaks- Bluffton, SC

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head SC Community
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head- Hardeeville, SC

McCord's Ferry at Lake Marion SC Community
McCord's Ferry at Lake Marion- Santee, SC

Savannah Lakes Village SC Community
Savannah Lakes Village- McCormick, SC

Woodside SC Community
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.

Black Creek Chattanooga Tennessee Community
Black Creek Chattanooga- Chattanooga, TN

Fairfield Glade
Fairfield Glade- Fairfield Glade, TN

Tellico Village
Tellico Village- Loudon, TN

Top Texas Communities

While not as many Texas communities are featured on PCR as other states, the ones that are here see 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:

Boot Ranch Texas Community
Boot Ranch- Fredericksburg, TX

Chambers Creek Texas Community
Chambers Creek- Willis, TX

Headwaters Texas Community
Headwaters- Dripping Springs, 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.

Bay Creek Virginia Community
Bay Creek- Cape Charles, VA

Colonial Heritage Virginia Community
Colonial Heritage- Williamsburg, VA

Fawn Lake Virginia Community
Fawn Lake- Spotsylvania, VA

KHov Four Seasons at Virginia Crossing
K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Virginia Crossing- Woodbridge, VA

Trilogy at Lake Frederick Virginia Community
Trilogy® at Lake Frederick- Lake Frederick, 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.

Amblebrook Pennsylvania Community
Amblebrook Gettysburg- Gettysburg, PA

Glade Springs West Virginia Community
Glade Springs- Daniels, WV

Heritage Shores Delaware Community
Heritage Shores- Bridgeville, DE

Noble's Pond Delaware Community
Noble’s Pond- Dover, DE

The 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…

Port Ludlow Washington Community
Port Ludlow- Port Ludlow, WA

Red Ledges Utah Community
Red Ledges- Heber City, UT

Trilogy Valor Idaho Community
Trilogy Valor- Kuna, ID

Whitetail Club Idaho Community
Whitetail Club- McCall, ID

Find Your Lifestyle with PCR

There you have it. In all, 54 outstanding communities top our 2023 list—congratulations to the winners!

We invite you to explore all the unique 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