Magazine lists Westhaven among top master-planned communities

Williamson Herald June 11, 2013

A national publication has listed Franklin’s Westhaven community among the country’s best community of its type in the country.

The country’s 50 best master-planned communities selected by “Where to Retire” magazine highlight a resurgent era in active-adult and master-planned living – in demand now more than ever, with the boost in the economy and the continuing coming of age of baby boomers. The list is the only one of its kind, focusing on communities rather than locales and featuring first person testimonials by current residents. Where to Retire reveals “The Short List: 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States,” in the July/August issue, on newsstands June 18.

The selections in 17 states won their place in the top 50 by breaking new ground with amenities such as multiple lakes for fishing, wellness complexes, retail outlets, arts centers to display residents’ work, street festivals, seasonal farmers market. Others offer workplaces inside the gates, dog parks and community gardens – options that reach far beyond golf courses and swimming pools.

“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,” said Karen Northridge, publisher of Where to Retire magazine. “For these retirees, their communities provide much more than comfortable, attractive housing; they also serve as a catalyst for residents to reinvent themselves.”

Half the developments contained in the listing are active-adult communities, where residents must meet minimum age requirements. The communities are not ranked, but rather profiled in alphabetical order by state.

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