7 Glorious Retirement Destination Communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast

by Bill Ness on April 8, 2013

Paseo in Fort Myers, Florida is pure perfection for active adult living.

Paseo in Fort Myers, Florida is pure perfection for living an exciting active adult lifestyle in a premiere location.

With a focus on resort-style living, Florida’s Gulf Coast offers many spectacular open-age communities which are particularly appealing for active adult retirees. Homebuyers can choose from neighborhoods which feature desirable touches like spacious clubhouses, golf courses and community marinas. Here are seven Gulf Coast communities to consider.

Paseo – Fort Myers

With both resale and new construction homes, Paseo offers resort-style living on 444 landscaped acres at the heart of South Fort Myers. The community was opened in 2006 by Stock Development with plans for 1,158 homes in a wide range of styles and sizes. The 26,000 square-foot clubhouse is the hub of activity. In addition to all the amenities you would expect in an active adult community, Paseo has unique attractions like a coffee shop, an ice cream shop and 90-seat movie theater.

MiraBay – Apollo Beach

Set 20 miles from Tampa, on 750 landscaped acres, MiraBay is a luxurious community with plans for about 1,700 homes. These upscale residences are available in a variety of styles and are constructed by multiple builders. Resort-style amenities include a 10,000 square-foot clubhouse, a zero-entry pool, tennis and basketball courts, boat slips and ocean access, and a location next to the Wolf Creek Nature Preserve.

Harbour Isle – Bradenton

Opened in 2010, Harbour Isle is a newer gated community with a fabulous location near Holmes Beach on the Anna Maria Sound. It’s an ideal destination for residents who dream of tropical beach living. Water lovers can enjoy kayaking in the lagoon or taking out their boats from the community marina. Future plans include a clubhouse with amenities to further support an active lifestyle.

The amenities at IslandWalk at West Villages are world-class and are perfect for active adult living.

The amenities at IslandWalk at West Villages are world-class and are perfect for active adult living.

IslandWalk at West Villages – Venice

IslandWalk at West Villages, by DiVosta, is an 830-acre gated neighborhood within the larger West Villages community. Active adults are particularly drawn to the low-maintenance homes and inviting lifestyle. At the IslandWalk Town Center, residents enjoy amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, hobby and game rooms, and meeting rooms for special-interest groups. Outdoor recreations include a lagoon pool, tennis courts and a basketball court.

The Reserve at Estero – Fort Myers

Built by the Toll Brothers, The Reserve at Estero features upscale single-family homes and a spacious clubhouse. Residents can stay in shape at the fitness center, swim in the resort-style pool or enjoy some friendly competition on the tennis and basketball courts. The clubhouse also includes plenty of space for socializing, including hobby and game rooms, a library and a community kitchen.

Village Walk – Naples

Active adults who prefer a more established community may find the perfect destination at Village Walk. This beautifully landscaped community was built by DiVosta between 1995 and 1998. Today the development is complete with 850 low-maintenance residences, including attached villas and single-family homes. Residents enjoy a range of amenities in the spacious clubhouse, as well as convenient services such as an on-site post office, travel agency and hair salon.

The Quarry – Naples

Set in the North Naples area, The Quarry features an impressive 18-hole golf course, two large lakes, an amenity-rich clubhouse, and on-site dining. The community opened in 2006 and is still under construction, with plans for just over 1,000 homes, including both attached and detached designs. The Quarry’s country club lifestyle and close proximity to downtown Naples make the community particularly appealing to active adult homebuyers.

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giselle carrilho April 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

If u are not interested in purchasing, will there be opportunites for rentals. I don’t think I want the financial pressure of mortgages, loans etc.

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Colors11 April 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Good question. I would like to suggest that 55Places.com offer rental information in senior communities.

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