Jefferson Landing has been selected by “Where to Retire” magazine as one of the country’s top 50 best master-planned communities in the United States.
“This is the second year we have received this honor,” said Jimmy Miller, the director of real estate sales for Jefferson Landing. “It’s a big deal; to be recognized as one of the top 50 places in the country.”
“The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States,” is the only list of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first-person testimonials by current residents.
Due to the mountain scenery and overall atmosphere, Miller said Jefferson Landing is a prime location for retirees.
“People are friendlier here,” said Miller. “It’s a throwback to the way things used to be.”
Jefferson Landing features amenities like a golf course, two full-service restaurants, a river park, tennis courts, a swimming pool and on-site lodging for visiting guests, as highlighted by “Where to Retire” magazine.
Also, Miller said Jefferson Landing is a “debt-free community,” which is a major selling point.
According to Miller, several community developers have “gone under” in the past few years due to the rough economy. When a developer succumbs to debt owed on a development (like Jefferson Landing), residents will keep their homes, but their property values will plummet.
“People like having the security. Knowing the community isn’t going under is huge,” said Miller.
According to “Where to Retire” publisher Karen Northridge, living in the chosen communities offers other benefits as well.
“Time and again, the retirees interviewed for this story told us their neighborhoods give them opportunities to try different activities, connect with like-minded people and in the process, build brand-new lifestyles,” Northridge said. “For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves.”
In order to compile this list, “Where to Retire” editors began gathering and evaluating information on more than 100 communities across the nation nearly a year ago.
According to Miller, Jefferson Landing’s residents spoke well the community, which was the leading factor for the Landing’s selection on the top 50 list.
“It seems like everyone who lives here really loves it,” said Miller about the residents.
The chosen communities offer homes that vary in price, from manufactured homes starting in the $80,000-range, to site-built, single-family homes that begin in the $120,000-range. Half the developments are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements.
The selected communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state, and a two-page chart gives a snapshot of all 50 choices and a guide to their amenities.
The 50 master-planned communities selected for this list came from 17 different states; seven of the top 50 selections are from North Carolina.
The selections earned their place in the top 50 by breaking new ground with amenities such as a pavilion with a heated pool and a sports complex among views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club in North Carolina, an arts center to display residents’ work at Robson Ranch in Eloy, Arizona and expansive open space and a focus on green living at Harmony in Florida to mention a few. Others offer workplaces inside the gates, dog parks and community gardens – options far beyond the traditional golf courses and clubhouses.
In addition to the top 50 communities, “Where to Retire” includes the “Hall of Fame,” a small group of established neighborhoods previously recognized by the magazine.
This July/August issue marks the eighth biennial honor roll of America’s best master-planned communities compiled by “Where to Retire.”
The magazine, launched in 1992, is published six times each year. Every issue profiles top retirement towns, both undiscovered and well-known, and master-planned communities that cater to retirees.