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10 Ritzy Retirement Havens for the Wealthy

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Whereas many Americans face financial struggles as they approach retirement, the top tier of well-to-do people can focus on less fraught matters, such whether a beach club or a golf course — or perhaps a landing strip for private planes — is more important to their retirement lifestyle.

Topretirements.com pulled together an informal list of 10 communities it found to be the most expensive places to retire in the U.S. The list does not purport to be comprehensive, but gives a good indication what is available to those who can afford top-dollar accommodations.

Topretirements noted that most people are looking for a 55-plus or active community where they can retire and stretch their savings and Social Security into a comfortable retirement.

In contrast, its list of the most expensive communities comprises a range of 55-plus, all ages, active adult, lifecare developments and continuing care retirement communities. Topretirements noted, however, that most of the residents in these places are in fact 55 and older, even if there is no requirement.

What these communities have in common is how expensive it is to buy into them and pay their associated fees. Many, not surprisingly, are located in Florida or big urban centers — the latter tending to be high-end continuing care communities.

Check out the gallery for what’s on offer at the country’s most luxurious retirement communities.

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