So please don't limit your thinking when considering an active adult community. There are many more options out there if you know where to look. I would suggest that consider working with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist who is an expert in the field. And of course being an SRES myself I would be happy to help in any way I can. Call any time at 678.206.6041
A similar community on the west side of Hwy 400 is Orchards at Crabapple, this area is off Rucker Road (which is what Old Milton Parkway turns into as you go west of Hwy 400), just past Houze Road. They are 3 bedroom, 2 bath properties in the $210s to $220's range.
Also on the west side of Hwy 400 is Orchards at Hopewell, this is west of Hwy 9, north of downtown Alpharetta, off Hopewell Road. They have a property in the $160's that's a 2 bedroom, 2 bath.
The Orchards of Sweet Apple is also in the Crabapple area (where Rucker Road dead ends into Crabapple). They are in the $210's to $220's with 3 bedroom, 2 bath properties.
As you can see, there is a theme with "The Orchards" with similar layouts from the same builder/developers. They all have in common good amenity packages with HOA fees that include yard maintenance, so you can travel with peace of mind.
This is just a sample of what's out there.
Please give me a call if you need additional assistance.
Katherine L. Morrison, CRS
Team Realty Group
Our group specializes in working with Active Adults and my partner Kathy lives in such a community, giving us great insight into the variables seniors should consider when moving to this type of neighborhood. If you would like further information and a tax chart of the counties that we have created for seniors, feel free to call me at 404-323-0049. And don't think it is too early to start talking to an expert- most of our clients take well over a year to make their move.