The "best" adult community for any buyer is relative to the individual (i.e., your needs and wants). I do a good portion of my business in adult communities in the areas you mention and each buyer is different. Some prefer developments with not so many homes, others don't mind developments with 300+ homes. Some like to be close to the parkway because their children are "up north" and like the easy access. Etc., etc.
In my view, the MOST important factors for any adult community buyer are the taxes and monthly maintenance fees. If your future financial situation has you living solely off a social security check, you want to be sure that these fees aren't that high. And, keeping in mind that if you are currently purchasing with a spouse and in time find yourself living alone, you will need to be sure you can carry the property. Too often I find adult community residents who thought they were purchasing their final home, having to resell because they can no longer afford the fees.
Francesca Patrizio, ePro
Seniors Real Estate Specialist