Published on January 4, 2022
Award season is upon us, and PCR is ready to roll out the red carpet and recognize the most popular lifestyle communities of the year!
What a banner year it was as many of our clients across the country experienced record-breaking sales. With more than 1 million visitors and tens of thousands of leads generated in 2021, a listing on PCR has proven to help communities nationwide keep their pipelines full and inventory low. And here’s a spoiler alert: there are no signs of things slowing down in 2022.
Before we announce this year’s winners, let’s examine the kind of things 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 the most recent 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, 2021 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—all the attractive community attributes PCR brings to the forefront.
In partnership with some of the country’s top builders, developers, retirement communities, country clubs, and realtors, PCR goes beyond the real estate to shine a spotlight on all the amenities and lifestyle characteristics active adult homebuyers want.
And while all of the nearly 300 communities on PCR’s site generated great interest among qualified buyers, some absolutely crushed it this past year.
This diverse list includes eleven categories broken down by state/region:
With dozens of appealing and desirable communities in each region, we narrowed them down to recognize a few of the most popular in each category based on user engagement, page visits, and information requests. Here are PCR’s most popular communities of the year…
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 clients in the Grand Canyon State take full advantage of the demand with a listing on our site. Here are the year’s most desired Arizona communities, according to our visitors:
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 currently featured on PCR. The top California communities are:
There is perhaps no stronger market for the master-planned lifestyle community than in the Sunshine State. From the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast to the Treasure Coast, Miami Beach, and beyond, more than 80 Florida communities have found a home—and great success—on PCR. According to our visitors, here are the most popular.
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. Georgia communities, builders, and realtors see great benefits year after year with their PCR showcase page. These are the top Georgia 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.
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, and with nearly 15,000 combined leads generated this past year, South Carolina communities and PCR are a perfect match—the most popular are:
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 our most requested and sought-after among our visitors, with these communities topping the list.
While not as many Texas communities are featured on PCR as other states, the ones that are here see an impressive amount of traffic each year. 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:
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, and these top Virginia communities have garnered much demand with their listing on our site.
Steeped in history with diverse big cities and charming small towns, settling down the Mid-Atlantic region is desired by families, active adults, and retirees alike. As a result, communities throughout the region know that increasing their online exposure through PCR can pay dividends. With an impressive collection in states like West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Delaware, New York, and more, visitors were particularly interested in these communities.
For many lifestyle community homebuyers, “the west is the best,” and the plenty of PCR clients in this region are striking gold with their prospecting. Outside of our popular community listings in Arizona, California, and Texas, here are the best of the rest of the west.
Whether by location, lifestyle options, or amenities offered, chances are your community has a lot in common with many of the best-in-class communities on this list.
So, who’s to say you won’t make the list next year? When it comes to PCR’s annual “Top Communities,” one thing’s for sure: they’re keeping their sales pipelines full and flowing with a consistent influx of qualified leads and motivated buyers.
Learn more about getting a showcase page on PCR that’s charged to attract and convert buyers looking for everything your community has to offer. Schedule a free demo today!