Dreamy House Plans Built for Retirement

Young's Crossing #1912

If you've picked the perfect town for retirement living but are striking out with the available real estate, this might be just the solution. We've gathered a few of our favorite house plans that will make the ideal abode for soaking it all in. Our collection of Southern Living house plans include both single story house plans and two-story house plans. Our house floor plans will run the gamut from simple house plans to more elaborate, larger options. We think you'll find choosing your new house plan is hands-down the most exciting part of retirement planning.

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Adaptive Cottage #2075

Adaptive Cottage #2075
Moser Design Group

Designed by Moser Design Group in conjunction with the Parkinson's Foundation, this beautiful one-floor cottage was created to adapt to the physical needs of the owners. With three bedrooms and bathrooms, there's plenty of room for the family to come visit. Plus, there's a front porch and screened porch in the back, so there's no shortage of spots to relax and read a book or drink a glass of sweet tea.

See Plan: Adaptive Cottage

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Whisper Creek Plan #1653

Whisper Creek Plan #1653
Southern Living

This 1,555-square-foot cottage is all about the porches. They're perfectly suited for rocking the afternoon away with a glass of tea. The interior features two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.

See Plan: Whisper Creek

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Palmetto Cottage #2009

Palmetto Cottage
Southern Living House Plans

Looking to downsize in style? You won't believe how much charm 656 square feet can hold. This also makes an ideal house plan for the kids to add as a guest house so Mama always has a place to stay (hint, hint). Despite thinking small with this house plan, the architects at Court Atkins Group had to leave enough room for a true Southern front porch, of course.

See Plan: Palmetto Cottage

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Eastover Cottage Plan #1666

Eastover Cottage Plan #1666
Southern Living

The stately Eastover Cottage is a beautiful place to call home. The wide front porch adds even more livable space to the 2,530-square-foot-cottage. With four bedrooms and three and a half baths, there will be plenty of room for hosting the grandkids.

See Plan: Eastover Cottage

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Young's Crossing #1912

Young's Crossing #1912

Who doesn't love a brick house? This one-floor, French country-influenced home is positively timeless. The master bedroom has French doors that open onto the back porch for the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. The best part is that this house plan provides accessible living with wide doorways, handicap accessible baths, and 5' turning radii throughout.

See Plan: Young's Crossing

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Tideland Haven Plan #1375

Tideland Haven House Plan
Designed by Our Town Plans

If deep front porches and a sprawling layout is what you're after, this might be the retirement plan for you. The 2,418-square-foot-home is designed with comfort in mind and includes three bedrooms and two and a half baths.

See Plan: Tideland Haven

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Farmhouse Revival Plan #1821

Farmhouse Revival Plan #1821
Designed by Historical Concepts

This is the one you've been dreaming of. It clocks in at 3,511 square feet with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, but that's just the beginning. The porches are the real stars here.

See Plan: Farmhouse Revival

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Sparta II #1810-A

Sparta House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

This one-floor home gives you everything you need in less than 2,000 square feet. There's opportunity for three full bedrooms or two bedrooms and an office if anyone in the family needs a work-from-home spot before retirement. Keep the doors open from the dining area to the screened porch for nice summer nights. The only thing we're wondering now is whether you'll spend more time on the front porch or the screened porch? Decisions, decisions.

See Plan: Sparta II

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Tucker Bayou Plan #1408

Tucker Bayou Plan #1408
Designed by LRK Architects

If the coastal lifestyle has been calling your name, check out the Tucker Bayou Plan. The 3,554-square-foot home is inspired by historic seaside architecture and packs in a whopping five bedrooms and four baths. While it may look like a vacation home, the thoughtful design of Tucker Bayou makes it a great choice for year-round living.

See Plan: Tucker Bayou

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Amelia River Cottage #2069

Amelia River Cottage

This spacious one-floor cottage is the ideal forever home. With an expansive owner's suite on its own wing of the home, you're assured privacy and relaxation when family is in town. Small stairs to the front porch and between the garage and mud room can be adapted to ramps, of course.

See Plan: Amelia River Cottage

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Nautical Cottage

Nautical Cottage
Southern Living

It's easy to see why this is one of our all-time favorite house plans. It's inspired by small summer cottages, but easily adaptable to whatever climate and locale you call home. It's chock-full of charming details like cedar shakes and a Nantucket star design on the porch railing. Don't be deceived by its tidy exterior, this home is larger than it looks: 1,315 square feet and three beds, two baths.

See the Plan: Nautical Cottage

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Covington Cottage #1010

Covington Cottage House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

Who can resist a bay window? Not us! This one-floor charmer comes in at just under 2,000 square feet with breezy living spaces and a private owner's suite in the back of the home. The architects at Countryside Homes designed this plan to fit well into a traditional neighborhood or work in whatever retirement setting you prefer, whether the beach or the mountains.

See Plan: Covington Cottage

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Deer Run Plan #731

Deer Run Plan #731
Southern Living

If you're a fan of cabin living this might be the one for you. Every square inch of this 973-square-foot cabin is meticulously designed to maximize space. Features include two bedrooms, two baths, and an open living room with a fireplace, lots of windows, and French doors that open to a screened back porch.

See Plan: Deer Run

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Crabapple Cottage #667

Crabapple Cottage
Southern Living

For plenty of space and a timeless design, look no further than the Crabapple Cottage. Truth be told, its spacious 3,945 square feet and four beds, three baths, and two half baths can hardly be classified as a cottage—but it just sounds so much more charming.

See the Plan: Crabapple Cottage

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Farmdale Cottage

Farmdale Cottage
Laurey W. Glenn

This 2,057-square-foot cottage oozes with Southern charm. A stunning entry and plenty of bedrooms and baths make this one to seriously consider.

See the Plan: Farmdale Cottage

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