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6 Beautiful & 🏌️‍♂️ Active 55+ Communities in Cincinnati [list, map, tips]

Did you know Cincinnati is frequently ranked as one of the best places to retire? It may not offer the year-round sunny weather you get in Florida or the beaches, but its low cost of living, great quality of life, retiree-friendly activities, and quality healthcare make the Queen City the perfect place to spend your golden years.

If you’re ready to explore over 55 communities in Cincinnati, keep one thing in mind. Cincinnati doesn’t have a lot of age-restricted communities like popular retirement destinations in Arizona and Florida. Instead, you’ll find a combination of senior apartments with age restrictions and many “active lifestyle communities” designed for older adults but free of age requirements. Here are the top Cincinnati active adult communities you’ll love sorted into age-restricted and non-restricted communities.

What Is a 55+ Community?

Put simply, 55 plus communities are simply communities designed for residents at least 55 years old. Sometimes called active adult communities or retirement communities, they are usually age-restricted and only allow people who are 55+ to buy a home with limited exceptions. However, age-restricted communities aren’t common everywhere. In Ohio, most retirement communities are free of age restrictions and simply attract a large share of retirees based on features, amenities, and home styles.

Benefits of Living in a 55 Plus Community

Is living in an active adult community in Cincinnati the right choice? Here’s why you might love living in a retirement community:

  • If there are age restrictions, you’ll be sure your neighbors are a similar age and likely have similar interests to make it easier to socialize and make friends
  • Low-maintenance or maintenance-free single-level living is standard
  • There’s a strong sense of community
  • Most are located very close to medical facilities, highways, dining, and entertainment
  • Benefit from planned activities, social clubs, community events, and special interest groups

Best 55+ Retirement Communities in Cincinnati with Age Restrictions

The following are the top Cincinnati 55 and older communities that do have age restrictions. Note that all of these age-restricted communities in Cincinnati are rental properties.

Ivy Pointe Senior Apartments – New Cincinnati 55 and Older Community Near Shopping

Interested in 55 plus communities in Cincinnati with rental apartments? If you aren’t interested in buying, Ivy Pointe Senior Apartments is the best choice close to Cincinnati. This 119-unit, 3-story senior apartment building was built in 2018 is on Clough Pike right off 275 near the pet-friendly Ivy Pointe Park and the LDS Church. There are also three shopping centers within minutes including Eastgate Pavilion. Its location near shopping is a top draw, but many seniors also appreciate the small touches that are hard to find like in-unit laundry and walk-in showers. The apartment complex receives rave reviews for its friendly staff!

Enjoy comfortable senior living in a brand-new building with amenities that keep you entertained without leaving home. The upscale lounge and clubhouse are perfect for quiet evenings or catching up with friends while the community room includes a kitchen and is an ideal place for private gatherings and inviting the family over for dinner. The game room offers everything from tabletop shuffleboard, chess, and game tables with a huge library of board games and puzzles. There’s even an in-building coffee bar and beauty salon/barber shop! When the weather’s nice, you can grill and relax at the community patio or enjoy your own private balcony or patio with glass sliding doors.

Ivy Pointe offers one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 625 to 825 square feet. Monthly rent is $1,180 to $1,380 which includes all utilities.

This pet-friendly active retirement community in Cincinnati allows up to two cats or dogs with a 25-pound weight limit, a one-time fee, and low monthly pet rent.

Ridgewood Senior Apartments – Affordable 55+ Retirement Community with Income-Based Rent & Amenities

Most 55 and older communities with income-based rent offer the bare minimum in services and amenities. That definitely can’t be said for Ridgewood Senior Apartments! It’s one of the top-rated 55+ retirement communities in Cincinnati for older adults on a fixed income with a peaceful setting in the Mount Healthy area of Cincinnati. The apartment building is located right off the Ronald Reagan Highway and Hamilton Avenue. You’ll be right next to Winton Woods, one of the top parks in Cincinnati with miles of paved trails, picnic areas, disc golf, fishing on Winton Lake, golfing, and Parky’s Farm, a working educational farm with pony rides and animals.

Ridgewood Senior Apartments offers a peaceful setting with a landscaped courtyard, scheduled activities, and amenities you can enjoy. There’s an arts and crafts room, a library, a lounge with a library and TV, and billiards.

There are one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 400 to 600 square feet at Ridgewood Senior Apartments with fully equipped kitchens and a 24-hour emergency call system. Rent is 30% of your monthly income with all utilities included.

Note that applicants must be at least 62 years old. However, adults 55 and older with disabilities can also apply.

The Valley: Active Senior Living – Upscale Active Adult 55+ Community in Cincinnati

The Valley is one of the top active adult communities in Cincinnati with an ideal location and tons of amenities. Located in a private setting on Montgomery Road, you’ll enjoy wooded views but be close to shopping, dining, and downtown Cincinnati. You’ll be right off 275 next to Bethesda North Hospital.

The Valley offers a comfortable, home-like setting with community amenities like the new fitness center with classes and a spacious library and fireplace ideal for relaxing on cold days. Enjoy entertainment without leaving home with a billiard lounge, media room, and recreation room.

There are one- and two-bedroom units available at The Valley. Apartments include patios or balconies, walk-in showers, extra storage, and in-unit washers and dryers. The Valley is also pet friendly with a 50-pound weight limit and some breed restrictions.

Note that The Valley only offers leases. Rent is $1,349 to $1,799 per month.

Best Cincinnati Active Adult Communities Without Age Restrictions

Most retirement communities in Cincinnati are not age restricted. This means you do not have to be 55 and older to buy into the community, but they are still designed with active adults in mind. You’ll find upscale amenities, single-story living, and low-maintenance or maintenance-free living as a standard. As a bonus, buying a home in a community without age restrictions makes it much easier to sell later and helps with home appreciation if you decide to move later.

Liberty Grand Villas in Liberty Township, OH – Maintenance-Free Senior Adult Community with Upscale Amenities

Want to enjoy maintenance-free living without the hassle of renting? Active living communities like Liberty Grand Villas may not have age restrictions that make them official 55 plus retirement villages in Cincinnati, but they still attract active older adults with their amenities and features. Enjoy the lifestyle you want with a home tailored to your needs and amenities and social activities at your fingertips!

Liberty Grand Villas is a new development right next to the Liberty Center, one of the premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations in Greater Cincinnati. You’re right off I-75 and State Route 129 and minutes from some of the best medical centers and hospital campuses in the area like the UC Health West Chester Hospital, the Christ Hospital Medical Center, a Mercy Health medical center, and TriHealth Liberty.

Liberty Grand Villas offers a private setting with maintenance-free, single-level living. There are private entry ranch condos and detached courtyard style condos available that can be customized to your needs with second-story retreats, master baths, and four-season rooms. As a standard, all condos have two bedrooms and two bathrooms but some models include dens, offices, or second-story bonus rooms. All exterior maintenance, yard work, and snow removal are taken care of.

This beautiful new development earns a spot on the list of the top Cincinnati retirement communities thanks to its luxury amenities like the well-appointed clubhouse with a kitchen and outdoor grill, a heated pool with lounge seating, landscaped grounds and walking paths, and a 24-hour fitness center.
Does Liberty Grand Villas sound like it’s up your alley? Prices start in the $320s!

Bel Haven in West Chester, OH – One of the Best Luxury 55+ Communities in Cincinnati with Ranch Homes

Designed specifically as “an alternative to traditional 55 plus communities in Cincinnati,” Bel Haven offers beautiful ranch homes with private courtyards starting in the $400s. Bel Haven is located directly across the street from Villas at Park Place, another Epcon community designed for active adults.

At Bel Haven, you enjoy all the benefits of owning your own home without the maintenance or stress. Your HOA fee covers:

  • Clubhouse, pond, pool, and fitness center maintenance
  • Snow removal including from your driveway
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Common area lighting
  • Lawn fertilization, weed control, and mowing
  • Trash removal and recycling

The community clubhouse is the perfect place to meet for group classes at the fitness center, swimming, games, and socializing. The clubhouse is complete with a kitchen while the outdoor pool is heated for relaxation year-round.

Bel Haven boasts a European village atmosphere with free-standing, low-maintenance courtyard ranch homes. Homes come with large 2.5 car garages and large island kitchens.

What makes Bel Haven one of the best over 55 communities in Cincinnati? Along with maintenance-free living and excellent on-site amenities, you’ll enjoy an ideal location. Located next to I-75 in West Chester, you’re close to shopping, restaurants, parks, and hospitals. The West Chester Medical Center plus shopping and entertainment at Liberty Center, Tri-County Mall, and Bridgewater Falls are minutes away!

The Woods on Wilkens in Mason, OH –Condos Near Shopping & Entertainment Perfect for Active Adult Living in Cincinnati

The Woods on Wilkens isn’t an age-restricted over 55 community, but it’s still a popular choice for retirees. Built in 2002, homes in the development range from the high $200s to $300s with an average of 1,800 square feet of living space. Attached ranch condos have a four-unit model with two central walls shared between each home.

The Woods on Wilkens offers everything you need for a leisurely lifestyle spent relaxing and pursuing your interests. The community has a clubhouse with a fitness center, catering kitchen, and multi-purpose room for socializing and entertaining. There’s also a pool, community patio area, pond, and walking paths.

The Woods on Wilkens has an unbeatable location right across from the Deerfield Town Center with a Whole Foods, Regal Cinemas, Walmart, and more. There’s even an active social calendar with scheduled events like happy hour, ladies breakfast, book club, and bingo.

Map of 55+ Communities in Cincinnati

Do one of these 55 plus communities in Cincinnati sound ideal for you? Once you’re ready to move, give us a call at Bell Moving & Storage. Our full-service movers can help you settle in without the stress and worry of packing, loading, driving, or setting up!