Top spots for retirees

6 great homes in active adult communities

Picture your retirement in a vibrant city with a nice climate. Then add the benefits of an activity-rich adult community, and you have a great recipe for your golden years.

We used Forbes' 2012 and 2013 list of Best Places to Retire to shop for homes in active adult communities — most with age restrictions — in some of the best retirement cities in the country.

The amenities of these homes differ, but they are all located in communities where retirement is the focus, offering everything from daily golf to spas and bocce ball courts.

Home prices on our list range from around $179,000 to $297,000, or a monthly payment of about $718 to $1,191, assuming a 20% down payment and today's average mortgage interest rates.