How do you imagine your retirement years?

Do you want a cruise ship or resort-type lifestyle? Do you want to play golf, shuffle board or bridge 24/7?

Or are you looking for something different – somewhere you can make a difference?

Choosing a retirement home is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Finding a place where you will be comfortable, safe and happy requires careful consideration and research.

Take a look at Penney Retirement Community (Penney). It’s truly one of a kind – active, caring and affordable.

Nestled in the historic town of Penney Farms in Northeast Florida, Penney is a unique and active, inclusive Christian retirement community. Founded in 1926 by businessman J.C. Penney, the community is built on the philosophy that retirement is just the beginning of a time filled with purpose and joy, and surrounded by caring friends.

Why retire when you can rewire?

You’ll find that Penney is a vibrant hometown offering countless activities. Located near Jacksonville, FL, Penney is snuggled among picturesque live oaks, Southern magnolias and sabal palms on a 200-acre campus. This pet-friendly retirement community boasts a diverse group of caring and friendly residents from 35 states and more than 25 foreign countries.

Just a few minutes away is historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S., as well as the many cultural and sports activities available in downtown Jacksonville. Miles of beautiful Atlantic beaches are also nearby. A three-hour drive takes you to Orlando and the magical worlds of several entertainment parks and attractions.

Penney offers a wide range of amenities and independent home choices. Choose from apartments, cottages or single-family homes in a safe, secure environment. As a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), Penney Retirement Community allows you to remain in your community, no matter what healthcare needs you may eventually have. Penney has a full continuum of healthcare services on campus, including skilled nursing, rehab/therapy, and memory care.

We take care of each other — and the earth.

Not only are we careful stewards of one another, we believe in making every effort to conserve the abundant natural blessings around us. Penney has community garden plots and is committed to green efforts including recycling, regional conservation partnerships, increasing solar use, and more.

Healthy living is a cornerstone of the Penney experience, and there are endless opportunities for maintaining good health. You’ll find walking and bicycling trails, plus nature trails and bird habitats. Penney residents are engaged and committed to living lightly.

Visit us & see for yourself

You know there is more to retirement than sitting on the porch – and Penney Retirement Community is the perfect answer. Many residents find that they are busier today than ever before… and they love it! They enjoy learning new skills, vibrant fellowship, and the opportunity to provide meaningful service to others.

Come visit and see for yourself why Penney residents are so happy with their choice of retirement community.


Penney Retirement Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

View or download our 2014 Annual Report.
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