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Janis Peters calls St. Elizabeth Village a “little piece of paradise.” It’s easy to understand why. The community features a 12 acre pond, fronted by many of the Village’s houses in a secluded  100 acres, on Hamilton Mountain. “We refer to it as a cottage,” she says, “because as you drive into the village you are instantly in a park-like setting.” 

“Paradise” is the word many people use to describe adult lifestyle communities, also called 55 plus or active adult. Caron Nightingale, on the west coast in Arbutus Ridge, BC, has her own good argument for using that word. Nestled in the Cowichan Valley, Arbutus Ridge by the Sea benefits from Canada’s only maritime Mediteranean climate, with mild winters and moderate summers. The location overlooks Saanich Inlet, where whales and harbour seals are not uncommon. When they moved there, Caron’s husband “was immediately excited with the beautiful surroundings, access to the ocean and the exquisite houses in the community.” She herself was inspired by local activities that included golfing, kayaking, biking and fishing.

At The Crossing in Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, Mary Ruth and Ervin Cochrane would also say their home is ideal. There are many things to love about their location, including a golf course and walking trails these self-professed nature-lovers enjoy. A big draw for them was one-storey living, having all their belongings on one floor, with maintenance easy. Since moving in, though, what’s become most valued, though, is their neighbours, who are “all really friendly.”

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Generalizations may not apply to every lifestyle community, but these are the right place to be if you want to retain investment in a primary residence while shedding the pesky inconveniences that go with home ownership. You can find bungalow communities where lawn maintenance and snow removal are handled by staff. Security is often part and parcel of buying into condo towers or gated communities. Still other adult lifestyle communities are completely unique. At Wellings of Picton, you’ll find private suites in a four storey building that also features a shared atrium. No matter what the home style, the lifestyle opens up freedom to live life on your own terms. 

Tony Difruscio, president of St. Elizabeth Village says, “Everything here is about the residence experience.” St. Elizabeth Village partners with residents to set direction for the community, and in his words, “The people here create the community.” That’s exemplified in much that you find throughout communities like his. It results in a place that seems customized to the person you are, right down to the countertops and deck options. Bruce Mochrie of the Village created a wishlist for his new home and making an ideal home “was really quite painless,” he says. 

Of course, the home is just a physical building, but in line with the community’s belief in the importance of lifestyle, that’s not “what really brings us here,” says Mochrie. For him, it’s “so many people with similar lifestyles who’ve become great friends.” At St. Elizabeth, community also includes staff of the Village. “It’s even more important [for us] that we meet residents’ needs here,” says DiFruscio, chuckling, “because we live with them.” 

The people here help each other. Everyone here is just really friendly.

At Wellings of Picton, you “know that there’s always a social opportunity at hand, and friends to dine and socialize with,” says Rachel Henry, general manager there. “Sometimes that’s a card game, other times it’s a night of dancing. But you never know what fun is around the corner.”

Live in a community with a built-in peer group with endless opportunities for new friendships. Leave all the lawn cutting and snow shoveling to someone with a younger back. Create a space of your own in a community with endless activities tailored to someone your age. Does it indeed sound like paradise? Find your own below.

List of active adult lifestyle communities

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Royal Heights Inc.  

30 Adelaide Avenue East, Oshawa, Ontario, L1G 0B8

Royal Heights is designed with your active & independent lifestyle in mind. Luxury apartments feature en-suite laundry, stainless steel appliances & balconies. On site Fitness room, salt water pool, movie theatre & more!

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

The Crossing  

66 Elizabeth Avenue, Garlands Crossing, Nova Scotia, B0N2T0

The Crossing is a vibrant active living community in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, an award-winning wine region. Residents will enjoy nearby walking trails, community gardens, golf, skiing & casual or fine dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Waterford  

111 Bruce Street, Waterford, Ontario, N0E 1Y0

Welcome to Wellings of Waterford, a vibrant villa community for adults 55+. Community clubhouse and parking is included. On-site secured storage is available for an additional cost, all maintenance is included.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Stittsville  

2500 Wellings Private, Stittsville, Ontario, K2S 2R5

Enjoy a vibrant new community for adults 55+ who share a passion for an active lifestyle. Studios,1, 2 bedroom apartments to rent include full kitchens, appliances, laundry, balcony, parking, concierge & onsite dining.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

The Meadows of Aurora  

440 William Graham Drive, Aurora, Ontario, L4G 1X5

The Meadows of Aurora is a Christian Seniors Lifestyle Community that promotes the wellbeing of individuals 65+. Residents experience nature’s green spaces, memorable dining experiences and great times with friends.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Active Living

Wellings of Picton  

15 Wellings Drive, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

The Wellings of Picton is a vibrant new community for adults 55+, in Prince Edward County. Offering 64,one bedroom plus den and two bedroom apartments with all appliances and outdoor balconies, pub, parking and dog park.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

Edgewood Suites  

270 Hagan Street East, Southgate, Ontario, N0C 1B0

Welcome to vibrant, carefree, adult living community, Edgewood Suites, a unique adult lifestyle community located in Dundalk, a place rich in small town charm, natural beauty and superb amenities.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Wellings of Corunna  

180 Bunker Ave, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0

NOW OPEN - Wellings of Corunna is a vibrant new community for adults 55+. We are a maintenance free rental community, focused on independent living with amenities designed to make everyday living more convenient.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sifton Riverstone Retiree Apartments  

1961 Shore Rd., London, Ontario, N6K 0K5

Riverstone is offering a lifestyle designed just for you. Our energy-efficient retiree apartments boast up-scale interiors that bring the outside in, to create a one-of-a-kind sustainable environment powered by the sun.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

St. Elizabeth Village  

1 Yates Gate, Hamilton, Ontario, L9B 1T8

St. Elizabeth Village is a place where community comes first. The Village is set on an impressive 114-acre natural oasis of parks and ponds. Enjoy a non-stop slate of social activities in a vibrant, active lifestyle.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Gates of Bayview  

4003 Bayview Avenue, North York, Ontario, M2M 3Z8

Welcome to The Gates of Bayview, one of North Toronto's most exclusive rental communities. Offering residents spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with unmatched amenities, community events, and stunning floral scenery.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence  

221 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, M1S 4P4

Sts. Peter and Paul Residence offers a modern, efficient, and self-sustaining seniors community operated by a professional and compassionate staff.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living

Mahogany Platinum  

#100 - 2180 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, V3G0B1

A spectacular new residential tower in Abbotsford, Mahogany Platinum combines convenience, livability and luxury for seniors looking for an independent lifestyle community. Only a few suites left.

Lifestyle Options: Independent Living, Active Living

River Crest Estates  

2626 Mewburn Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2J 0G4

Welcome to River Crest Estates, where you will enjoy a higher quality of life, in the heart of the Niagara Region. You will find a community of comfort, simplicity, and freedom for 50+ Active Adults.

Lifestyle Options: Active Living






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