It is no surprise that Florida is among the top five, if not the top, most popular states for Americans to retire to. Smart Asset found that in 2018, Florida had a net migration of 84,663 retirees. This brought Florida’s Medicare-aged population to more than 19% of the state’s total population.
With more and more seniors choosing Florida as their home in their golden years, the competition for retirement communities is at an all-time high. We found that these six amazing communities for Florida residents beat out the other competition.
Solivita in Kissimmee, Florida
This retirement community has won several national awards for things such as community planning and design. Solivita (which means sun life) is home to thousands of retired Florida residents. With homes ranging from mid $100K to low $400k, you are sure to find something you’re comfortable with calling home.
This Tuscan-inspired community has a lot to offer. As a Solivita resident, you will have access to Zumba, yoga, and FIT classes. They even have personal trainers to make sure you’re exercising safely and efficiently.
Other activities include pickleball, tennis, exclusive parties at their Starlite ballroom and more. This community is no stranger to luxury either. With their luxurious spas and included spa-like bathrooms in their homes, you’ll be able to relax like royalty.
Although residents must be at least 55 years old, your grandkids are more than welcome to visit. When the grandkids come to visit, you won’t have to worry about boredom, as Universal Studios is just a few miles away.
The Villages in Sumter County, Florida
Although The Villages is a 55+ age-restricted community, it feels more like a small town than anything. With its 20,000-acre lot, it has been claimed as one of the largest retirement communities in the nation.
If you’re an avid golfer, this community is sure to strike your fancy as it has more than 100 miles of golf. Other outdoor activities include softball and polo. The Villages is also home to many banks, restaurants, and theaters.
There are over 56,000 homes within the community, all ranging from $100K to $1M. Therefore, this community has a price range for everyone. From villas to ranch houses, this community has it all.
On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida
With the many amenities that this community offers, you are sure to feel like you are on top of the world. This community is also restricted to 55+ residents. While On Top of the World isn’t one of the largest retirement communities in the country, it is one of the largest in Florida.
With over 10,000 homes ranging from $100k to $400K, this community has many options. From concerts to an exclusive bar, On Top of the World is home to many seniors who still like to get out and make new friends and memories.
What’s a retirement community without a golf course? Well, this community has three along with over 175 activity clubs. This community is also in close proximity to shopping centers, airports, Sea World, and the Kennedy Space Center.
Sun City Center in Hillsborough County, Florida
Created in the 1960s, Sun City Center has many years of experience serving seniors. With over 9,000 single-family homes, duplexes, and condos, Sun City Center offers a reasonable price range of $100K to $400K.
Sun City Center is known for its love of the arts. They even have an entire center dedicated to arts and crafts. With over 200 clubs, you can enjoy anything from cards to tennis.
Possibly our favorite part of this community is the fact that they offer continuing education courses to its residents, such as financial courses to help you with your retirement planning.
Lely Resort in Collier County, Florida
At this community, you are sure to feel like you’re on vacation year-round. Lely Resort has over 4,500 homes, condos, and villas ranging anywhere from the high $100K to $1.75M.
This community has a focus on both fitness and relaxation. In the clubhouse, you’ll find a fitness center packed with the latest exercise equipment, along with personal trainers. There are also senior dedicated classes for yoga, Pilates, and spin.
Once you’re ready to relax, enjoy a massage or trip to the sauna at the Lely Resort spa. You can also hang out with friends at the poolside Tiki Bar. After that, enjoy a high-class date night at one of the many fine dining restaurants within the community.
One thing that some might see as a negative is that the Lely Resort has no age restriction, which means younger non-retirees can enjoy this community as well.
Cypress Falls at The Woodlands in North Port, Florida
Although Cypress Falls is the smallest community on our list, it certainly has much to offer. Opened in 2005, Cypress Falls has over 700 homes available from $150K to $300K. This community has been said to have a considerably lower crime rate than the national average, which can be very important in retirement communities.
Living here will make you feel like you’re constantly surrounded by friends. You can enjoy the fitness center, ping pong and card tables, barbecue pits and more. Cypress Falls also provides you with your own personal garden plot where you can plant your favorite flowers and show off your green thumb.
Whether you’re looking for an active lifestyle or a relaxed one, you are sure to enjoy any one of these retirement communities. When deciding which is right for you, perhaps make a pros and cons list of each one to narrow down your choices. Once you have two or three, visit them and take a tour of the community to make your final decision.
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