Florida’s Top 8 Lowest-Priced 55+ Communities

by Bill Ness on January 27, 2012

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The Villages is the largest active adult community in Florida offering homes in every price range beginning from well under $100,000.

After getting a great response for our new Advanced Search feature, we decided to use it ourselves to find the best low-priced communities in Florida. Our search focused on communities which met three criteria: all community sizes, an age-restriction and new construction homes. We further restricted our search to communities with homes priced in the low $100s or under. Of the 12 results, here are the eight communities we think are best:

1. The Villages – The Villages, FL

With over 75,000 residences, including single-family, attached and manufactured homes, The Villages is a complete town unto itself. This sprawling community spans three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. It features resort-style amenities, retail centers, restaurants, banks, post offices and other convenient services.

2. On Top of the World – Ocala, FL

Residents at On Top of the World enjoy three championship golf courses, multiple clubhouses, beautiful grounds and numerous social and recreational amenities. The community is divided into several distinct neighborhoods with a mix of 10,000 single-family and attached homes in a wide range of styles and prices.

3. Pelican Preserve – Fort Myers, FL

Whether looking for condos, single-family homes or attached homes, active adults have many options at Pelican Preserve. This gated golf community is located just 15 miles from downtown Fort Myers and 40 miles north of Naples. Active adults who move to Pelican Preserve will enjoy a plethora of recreational amenities including a spacious clubhouse and a 27-hole golf course.

4. Trilogy Orlando – Groveland, FL

Trilogy Orlando is a pedestrian-friendly active adult community which boasts beautiful grounds and a prime location in Central Florida. This relatively new community is still under development, but construction of the 57,000 square-foot amenity center is well underway with completion scheduled in 2012.

5. Heritage Isle – Viera, FL

Designed as a collection of individual villages, Heritage Isle is a lovely enclave within the larger Viera master-planned community. While the community has its own amenity-rich clubhouse, residents can also enjoy hitting the links at the adjacent Duran Golf Course. When it comes to residences, homebuyers will find many styles of condos, single-family homes and attached homes.

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Budget-friendly 55+ communities still offer luxurious amenities such as this gorgeous swimming pool and spa at Arlington Ridge in Leesburg, Florida.

6. Solivita – Poinciana, FL

The Tuscan-themed Solivita community enjoys a prime location in Central Florida just 35 miles south of Orlando. Solivita’s scenic lakes, wooded preserves and two championship golf courses create a lovely backdrop for the community’s nearly 6,000 single-family and attached homes.

7. Arlington Ridge – Leesburg, FL

Active adults who are looking for a more intimate community may prefer Arlington Ridge. This brand new community broke ground in 2011 and, upon completion, will contain 629 single-family homes. Residents will enjoy exciting resort-style amenities such as a large clubhouse, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sports courts and a championship golf course.

8. Sun City Center – Sun City Center, FL

Located just 25 miles south of Tampa, Sun City Center is an active adult community that was originally begun by Del Webb in 1961. Since 1972, various builders have taken over development of the community leading to an interesting mix of neighborhoods, homes and amenities. Today, both resale and new construction homes are available in a range of prices and styles.

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Marianna February 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I have looked at SummerGlen in Ocala and think it is a beautiful, sensible choice with good prices, and I like the sound of the builder and his business/building practices. I don’t see that community on this list. I admit I would be partial to Ocala because it is a good distance north of most of the traffic and hub-bub of the more southern communities — IF I were going to Florida, which I’m not.

I wouldn’t touch The Villages with a 10-foot pole. Gentlemen, is somebody paying you to advertise them? You may be able to get in there for a decent price, but after that, they nickel and dime people to death. I am so glad I didn’t listen to my friends and move there. They’re the ones constantly being henpecked by their nosey neighbors about all kinds of stupid, childish issues — like Christmas lights. C’mon! To be really active there, you have to be very rich or highly in debt to the credit card companies.

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Bill Ness February 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Marianna, we appreciate having you as a loyal reader of the 55Places.com newsletter and blog. Your comments are very helpful to thousands of active adults who are considering retirement locations. Keep your feedback coming!

To all our readers, just to clear up any misconceptions, 55Places.com is an entirely independent website devoted to helping mature adults locate, search and compare 55+ and active adult communities all around the country. We do not accept money from builders to promote their communities on our site.

The descriptions about the communities on our site and our blog articles are unbiased and based on extensive research, community tours, resident (and non-resident) feedback and a variety of other factors.

Regarding The Villages, some people love it. Others hate it. You may see this community mentioned on our site or on our blog more than other communities. The fact is The Villages is by far the largest and most successful selling active adult community in the country. With over 75,000 occupied homes, they are clearly an attractive option for many retirees so we want to make sure we give them adequate attention on our site.

For us at 55Places.com, it makes no difference if our readers choose The Villages in Florida, Sun City in Arizona or a quiet little neighborhood in North Carolina. The important thing to remember is that everyone has different motivating factors when it comes to selecting the perfect community and home. We hope that you find our site useful while you consider making one of the biggest decisions of your life.

And, of course, making a decision about where to move gets easier as you have access to more information, feedback from others and reviews from people who live in or have visited these communities.

So Marianne, thanks for being so active on our blog. Your comments are read and appreciated by many.

But just to clarify, 55Places.com has never accepted a dime from any builder to get to the top of the list on our blog. There are plenty of sites out there that do that, but we are not one of them.

Happy Searching!

Bill Ness
55Places.com Owner/Founder

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Marianna February 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Bill — I accept your clarification. I was just asking, not accusing. I’m glad you are not bought by the developers/builders.

I’m sure there are many happy Villages residents, but I hope readers at least consider the warning flags that are written by me and others on this site. I have no personal bone to pick with the Villages, but I do know how it apparently has changed certain people from down-to-earth souls to materialistic, simon-says type robots.

wally February 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Don’t know how you missed The Royal Higlands and the Monarch Country Club of same. Have spent several days looking around the community and didn’t see one home that wasn’t being kept up beautifully. The folks seem very friendly and they have an indoor pool as well as an entertainment center.

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Simonsays February 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

We have just purchased a home in Arlington Ridge and we love it. We are not ready to retire for several years but look forward to vacations and long weekends away from the cold New York winters. Very pleased to see it on this list.

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Marianna February 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

This is funny! I used the term “simon says” in my message to Bill Ness above, then scrolled down to see your screen name — I can’t believe it!!!! LOL! It was not done on purpose — just a crazy coincidence!

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Pam February 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

Look at these 55+ places in Florida……

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Pam February 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

Pam see these places in Florida…..55+ communities

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DIANA February 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

WHICH 55+ RESORT COMMUNITIES IN HILLSBOROUGH, FLORIDA HAVE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE HOA / TAX / MAINT / CARRYING CHARGES/
[ie: least expensive monthly expenses] $150-$200k 2BR/2BTH/w/wo DEN/ DOUBLE CAR GARAGE with well-maintained grounds
thru out the community

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Richard February 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

I love Solivita. It’s my favorite. The thing holding us back is the crime rate in the Poinciana area. My cousin lived in Kissimmee and moved to Winter Haven because it’s going downhill. Poinciana is an area within Kissimmee.

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Goldie February 3, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Richard….why do you like Solivita?

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RITA April 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Cocoa beach?? Are you kidding.ugh!! There’s more pretty places in Florida as.I do live in Florida also on the list for a retiree home I’m shooting for a place in Naples

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sisterpetro June 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Naples Florida is pretty to look at, but rent before you buy. You may decide that it is not for you. The traffic in ‘Season’ is awful. Check out the crime rate also. And, the history of fires in Golden Gate. Lately, bears have been seen frolicking in people’s pools. This is unprecedented, but it has become more and more on the local news that bears are seen in Fort Myers also.

I tell you this not to discourage you, but to give you a ‘heads up.’ I have lived in Lee County for over 30 years. I have seen a decline in both services and safety. Home invasions recently in Collier County have forced some residents to hire armed guards to protect them from it. Please check out the reports for yourself. Do you really want to live in Collier County?

Msiggy September 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I am responding to the negative comments about Naples and Collier County. I retired here 2 years ago and love it. All places have areas that have crime. I’m in Naples, but couldn’t be further removed from what you have described. The gated community I live in is lovely and very safe. There have been a few home invasions in the homes of billionaires, but I doubt if any of us on this site have to worry about hiring armed guards! The culprits were caught invading an Orlando mansion.
If you are looking for PARADISE (caps on purpose) I suggest you check out everything wonderful that Naples has to offer.

glenna February 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Hello,

Do you have listings of new mobile/modular home 55+ Fl communities with affaordable monthly lot rental/hoa fees, under $400-500. monthly? Quiet communities in peaceful areas with nature, ok if shoppoing centers 20 minutes away or so. Not for party or golf or boat people-just those who want to retire quietly from chaos. Thank you for your time.

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Judith April 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Check out seniormobiles.com

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Barbara October 24, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Judith,
Great site…do you happen to have one for senior apartment rentals?
Thank you.

Mrs.Klos September 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Where are the best fishing club?????

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JERSEYLEE December 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

WELL FOLKS RETIRED 11 YEARS AGO TO SUNNY FLORIDA , GREAT MOVE WE LOVE THE WEATHERAND THE LOW TAXES WE LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY WHERE THE RAT AND HIS MISTRESS LIVE APPROX.12 MILES . HOWEVER WE LOOK AT THE VILLAGES AND IT WAS NOT FOR US THE TAXES ARE OUT OF CONTROL AND THE HOMES ARE SO CLOSE TOGETHER YOU CAN SEE YOUR NEIGHBOR SHAVING, NOT FOR US AND THOSE CARTS ARE GREAT BUT SOME OF THE DRIVERS SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING THOSE CARTS AT ALL . IT IS A BEAUTIFUL LOOKING PLACE BUT TO COOKIE CUTTER FOR US. WE WOULD LOVE TO GET INTO KINGS RIDGE IN CLERMONT BUT WE HAVE NOT FOUND THE RIGHT PLACE YET… LOW TAXES AND 55+ AND A GOLF COURSE AND YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY FOR LIVING ON THE GOLF COURSE AND YOUR PROPERTY ALWAYS STAY UP NOT DOWN…… SOME DAY SOON WE WILL BE MOVING TO CLERMONT JUST LOVE IT NO SECTION 8 THEIR………………..STAY WARM AND MERRY X-MAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT………………JERSEYLEE

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elligirl April 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Are there similar properties in Orlando? We are looking for a nice condo with a screened in lanai near Disney, but we don’t want to spend a fortune.

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Cheryl April 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Use to live in Kings Ridge, Clermont, Fl. Loved it. Would move again, but fees are now from $300.00-$310.00. Taxes are high any where in Lake County. They do have some good buys now in there. Most home was built in 1996-1997-1998. So many amenities, but no restaurant.. Two golf courses-two pools.

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Goldie February 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Cheryl…why are Lake County taxes so high?

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Cheryl April 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Also want to know about 55 plus East Coast. Coco Beach, etc.

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ljc August 6, 2013 at 9:51 am

any 55 over communities in florida where there are more 50 something then 80 somethings> what are the general rules for visitors? Looking for lots of amenities

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kathy January 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Could you please recommend any 55+ communities clearwater, Palm harbor or Tampa?

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samantha.dahlstrom January 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Check out http://www.55places.com/florida/area/tampa-bay to see communities in the Tampa-Clearwater area. Good luck in your search for a new home!

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kathy January 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Thanks so much

Jo May 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

We just bought a home in Timber Pines which is an over 55 community in Spring Hill, Florida (approximately 35 miles north of Tampa). We loved it so much that within one month of ownership I convinced my best friend to buy a house around the corner from us, which she did! We’ve rented at The Villages on numerous occasions and at first considered buying there, however, we found it too pricey. Our house in Timber Pines was half the cost of one in The Villages and it possesses charm and character, something that the cookie cutter houses in The Villages simply have not got. We love the old growth trees in Timber Pines as well as our close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. The Villages is far too busy and crowded from January to April. Take a look at Timber Pines, the amenities are gorgeous and the price is right. I can’t wait to get back there this Fall!

Paul January 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Looking for 55plus in clermont. Something with affordable fees . Pric around 170,000 thank you

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george February 1, 2014 at 8:50 am

i have lived in a solstice community in central fl. for almost 2 years and i can tell you it was a bad move on my part i was totally lied to as well as other residents they have gone up every year on lot rent and for the life of me i can not understand this pass of tax we have to pay considering we do not own the land so be very carefull if you are thinking of buying in a land leased community in florida.

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Goldie February 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Good advice George. Leased land is a bad deal.

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Reba June 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Thanks about Solstice. I have been looking at them on the web, They conveniently don’t discuss the land lease issue and how much it would be. Live on fixed income which makes me nervous about increases!

ugotzeus February 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

Looked at Sun City Center (South Hillsborough County)-specifically focused on Kings Point for a week last month. Kings Point has much newer and nicer amenities, but the golf is all separate and yet $400-480 per month HOA! Wow…nice selection of older to newer condos and duplex condos, but trying to decide if the HOA is worth it. Another challenge is we determined after a week of looking with a realtor, that 85% of all the various associations don’t allow pets or have a 20-30 pound limits for your dog. Ouch-my gold retriever is too precious to give up.

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Goldie March 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

Those HOA’s are crazy! Keep looking.

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Reba June 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I am with you about the fees! Outrageous! and what is w/ the dog limit. Not everybody has a little dog. We have a 88lb mixture that is a big baby, and inside. We take him everyday to the local dog park. We want to move to Fl. but no place will allow him. Florida is supposed to be dog friendly and has places on beaches and dog parks. I am w/ you ugotzeus, I am not willing and would never give up our best friend!!

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mills4769 February 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

hello,
Maybe someone can have a shout out and help locate and apartment senior plus in and around disney.
If so give a hollar.

thanks

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Barbara February 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Hello,

Recently widowed in manual wheelchair. Looking for an adult park (55+) rental, handicapped accessible, affordable, golf cart friendly very desirable. Located in west central Florida. Thanks.

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Lisa March 4, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I’m looking to rent (in the beginning to make sure I’m in the right place) a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, furnished MH in a gated +55 park that allows dogs,

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gordon March 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

we have looked in the leesburg-clermont area and are very interested in the communities and lake harris , anybad feed back. we like , Arlington ridge , plantation and kings ridge

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RITA April 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm

As for the lady heading to cocoa Beach .why??
Live in Florida there’s. So many beautiful retirement places to choose from all according to your needs .stay away from cocoa Beach

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Henry May 30, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Summerglen in Ocala is not a great place to live. It’s so far away from anything. Has many nosy and downright nasty people in it like the Villages. Old people with nothing better to do. Though there are some nice people scattered about. It’s the most pesticide/herbicide/fertilized carcinogenic community I’ve ever seen. Very disappointing.

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sisterpetro June 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Henry

Thank you for your input regarding Ocala. I was always curious about that area.

SisterPetro
June 16, 2014

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LRG September 12, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Unless you are politically/socially conservative, forget Ocala, Lady Lake, Sumter, etc. There is simply no tolerance for liberal points of view. I lived in the villages for 5 years and fled. Be extremely careful of moving to Central florida if you have health issues. Health care in the area isn’t even substandard; it’s third world. Right now, trying to find a place in Tampa Bay close to good health care, culture, and reasonably priced. May be too much to ask. we may end up just buying a house in a community. Any suggestions?

al July 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

we spent 14 years in Hawthorne@leesburg fl, a mobile home park, which is a very secure gated community, very well maintained, with their own emergency and fire team-two buttons in each home to push in emergency. it has has approximately 1200 units with 2000 residents, who own a share. Monthly maintenance fees were reasonable, and were increased SMALL AMOUNT ABOUT EVERY 3 YEARS, They have over 100 acivities, wih golf nearby. If you are looking for a GREAT resident owned park check it out. Because of health issues we had to go back to Ohio to b near family. It is approximately 3 miles south of Leesburg fl on route 27 . . Resells are available from 25,000 up.

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Pat O'Bryan July 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Al,
Am looking to move back to Fla. within the next year and am not sure of the location. Single lady and want to bring my Mother for short stays, with two dogs and plays golf…is this where I need to be?

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Goldie September 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

AL – No rentals allowed?

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David August 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I am impressed by the 55 plus communities in Mission, Texas, a community on the Texas-Mexican border ( next to better known McAllen, TX). There are three good sized communities there where the owners do most of the maintenance and keep the HOA to less than $400/year. Most homes are independent houses that have low maintenance, “desert” landscaping.
Don’t be put off by the talk of crime along the border. The small cities there are among the safest and best managed in the USA. The biggest problem for my wife and I is that she works (bank teller) and in the border area, Spanish is required.
Are there other communities in the US with similar plans?

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Joan August 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm

We are trying to decide on buying in either Port St Lucie,Fl. or Viera,Fl. We want a. 55+ amenity filled community convenient to shopping,airport and recreation. Thanks for any info or advice.

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Barbara August 11, 2014 at 11:38 am

I’m looking to buy an investment home 2/2 in “The Villages”.
How much are HOA’s?

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DT August 15, 2014 at 9:03 pm

In Ocala, Country Town Village is nice. It’s not 55+, but the few kids are well-behaved. Nice to move the grand kids close. Lot rent is only $235. No HOA. Quiet neighbors, safe, in town, really close to medical complexes. Not a lot of amenities other than a pool, but it’s a nice, quiet place. It’s close to shopping, airport and recreation.

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Jan September 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Has anyone looked into Saddlebag Lake Resort just 8 miles of Lake Wales on Hwy 60. It is a small well-kept gated community (with gate and security))? It has lovely
pool, Tennis courts, nice shuffleboard area, fishing or boating lake. It has Mobile home lots, places for rent, many new Modular homes. If you are trying FL for the first time, it has lots of older well-kept places for sale for surprisingly low prices. It
is a very active community with bingo, dances and all the amenities you expect. HOA. Drive by and take a look….we did and fell in love.

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Nancy September 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I’m a single woman with a golden retriever looking to find a reasonable rental in the Clermont area to be able to look for something permanent. Liked Kings Ridge. The Villages is not for me. Nobody know where I can look for a rental?

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