Bella Vista Village, Bella Vista, Arkansas (Recommended)
Built by Cooper Homes and founded in 1965. Nearly 13,000 homes and 40,000 residents. This community used to be age-restricted but has loosened its restrictions and now accepts all ages; it has also become an incorporated town. Eight golf courses, eight lakes, three country clubs, five recreation centers. Residents also enjoy acres of woods and nature trails that spread across 36,000 private acres. Every home site here adjoins green belts or common property creating a true sense of privacy. Prices start at around $150,000.