Abingdon continues to grow as a retirement destination. The town has just about everything someone looking to relocate to start a new phase in their life is searching for.  Affordable and charming real estate, low cost of living, great weather with four distinct seasons, a healthy lifestyle, and plenty of cultural amenities are just a few reasons SmartAsset has Abingdon ranked as # 1 place to retire in Virginia and # 9 in the nation.

Senior Living


Abingdon boasts many housing options that are attractive for seniors. The non-denominational ElderSpirit Community is open to people of any faith. Offering 29 mixed-income, co-housing homes, the community gives residents a choice to live in a duplex, townhouse or apartment. There is also a common house where they all can eat together and discuss topics such as spirituality and the role of elderly people in the world. Pledging to help care for one another in their later years, each resident at ElderSpirit also donates four hours per week for the good of the community. Those volunteering opportunities can include landscaping, teaching an art class or giving a fellow resident a ride to the doctor.


Healthy Lifestyle


For recreation, the community features the Harry L. Coomes Center provide a wholesome atmosphere where persons of all ages can meet, enjoy the benefits of physical fitness, leisure time activities, general group/individual exercise, social, and special event programs.

The Community Center of Abingdon, a nonprofit agency that offers activities, education, social events and volunteer opportunities for seniors. Some popular activities include ballroom dancing‚ exercise classes‚ crafts and a monthly game night and covered-dish supper. The senior center also provides health screening‚ walking paths‚ day trips and a self-service library with books‚ games‚ puzzles and music.

Continued Education


Learners 50+ years actively participate in the Higher Education Center’s College for Older Adults.   Enrichment courses ranging from computer applications to history, finance, language, and wellness are offered in six week terms – Fall, Winter, Spring. 



Abingdon also has several cultural venues, art organizations clubs and non-profits all looking for energetic and experienced people looking to volunteer. The William King Museum of Art houses galleries of regional and international art, while the Barter Theatre is one of the longest-running professional regional theaters in the United States, both seek volunteers throughout the year.  Be a part of the Virginia Creeper Trail Club, the organization who helps maintain and promote the Creeper Trail. Or join any number of civic and social organizations in Abingdon. 


Real Estate


Abingdon offers an array of housing for sale.  Find the perfect retirement home in the quaint downtown district or a small farm house out in the county.  There are several professional real estate agents representing Abingdon and the surrounding region here to help.


Anderson & Associates

Abingdon, VA


Callebs Realty

Abingdon, VA


Century 21 Shamrock Realty

Abingdon, VA


Countryside Realty

Abingdon, VA



Highlands Realty

Abingdon, VA



Jones and Associates

Abingdon, VA



The Mahaffey Agency

Abingdon, VA



Meade Realty

Abingdon, VA



Owens & Company

Abingdon, VA



Prestige Homes of the Tri-Cities

Abingdon, VA







Relocation Information


The Washington County Chamber of Commerce provides maps of the area, extra telephone books, brochures on area attractions, business directories, lists of Community organizations, churches, industries, and apartments. Also the homes magazine (local realtors listing) are available every month.

Sign up for a relocation guide

Please mail me the Abingdon Visitor GuidePlease send me a digital version of the guidePlease keep me informed of packages, deals and special events with your email newsletter.

  State:   ZIP: 
Any other questions or requests?
We respect your privacy. Your information will never be shared with third parties. You may opt out of the e-newsletter at any time.



Why Abingdon, VA is a Great Place to Retire – April 2012

Retirement Living in Theme-based

Retire in Abingdon, VirginiaGreat Retirement Spots