Northeast Florida 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

3 Active Adult Communities in Northeast Florida

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Del Webb Ponte Vedra

Ponte Vedra, FL

High $100s–Low $400s

1,988 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached, Condos

New and Resale Homes

Sweetwater

Jacksonville, FL

High $100s–Mid $300s

901 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family, Attached, Condos

New and Resale Homes

Low $200s–Low $300s

450 Homes

55+ Age Restriction

Single Family

New and Resale Homes

Northeast Florida stretches from Flagler County just north of Daytona Beach all the way to the Georgia state line. The region encompasses thirteen counties and stretches west to Gainesville and Live Oak. Some of the more popular retirement communities and towns include Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Amelia Island and places further inland like Gainesville and Lake City. The region is very diverse in terms of landscape and offers some of the most natural beauty in all of Florida. Much of the region is covered in thick pine forests, rolling hills and lakes.

The region is rich in culture and has a history dating back four and a half centuries to 1562 when St. Augustine became the oldest permanent settlement in the United States. Much of the region offers a quieter, more subdued life than other highly congested areas along the Atlantic Coast of Florida. Most of the residents of the region seem to relish the fact that this area is less crowded and has gone largely undeveloped, unlike much of Floridas Atlantic Coast. It should be noted that those who are looking for a place with extensive nightlife and big city amenities, Northeast Florida might not be your best option. Aside from Jacksonville and Gainesville, much of the area is more rural and distinctively different than the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Florida. The Northeast Florida region is more attractive to retirees who want a quieter lifestyle.

Real estate in Northeast Florida is relatively reasonably priced compared to other areas of Florida. Residents of this region can expect a cost of living that is slightly lower than most areas of the state and real estate prices tend to be 2 to 12 percent lower than in other regions. Typically, homes closer to the ocean, waterways and cultural centers are more expensive. The most expensive housing in the region is found in the Jacksonville area. There are a number of great retirement communities in the region. As active adults have sought out areas with lower prices, more open spaces and proximity to culture, Northeast Florida has seen a recent increase in the development of 55+ age-restricted active adult communities and active retirement communities.

Palm Coast, for example, in Flagler County is home to over 60,000 residents. Although the community is not age-restricted it attracts a large number of retirees and the average age of the community is in the low 50s. In addition, a number of age-restricted active retirement communities in Jacksonville have opened in recent years.

The region enjoys a milder climate than many parts of Florida due to its northern location. Residents will get a taste of four seasons, but the temperature rarely drops below freezing. Most of the region experiences average summer highs around 91 and lows in the low 70s. In January, temperatures are typically in the upper 60s during the day and mid 40s at night. Average rainfall is around 50 inches annually.

The Northeast region of Florida offers great recreational and cultural opportunities. The typical water activities of other Florida regions such as relaxing on the beach, fishing and boating are popular in Northeast Florida. However, this region also offers some inland activities that are more difficult to find in places further south along the Atlantic Coast such as camping, canoeing and hunting. Jacksonville is home to professional hockey and football teams and the University of Florida in Gainesville is renowned for its successful athletic program.

Visits to St. Augustine are a must for cultural enthusiasts. Here, visitors can see the oldest house in the country, see the fort of Castillo San Marcos built in 1672 or visit one of the grand hotels built by Henry Flagler in the late 1800s. Further inland, Gainesville acts as one of the most culturally stimulating cities in Florida. The University of Florida is home to almost 50,000 students and 11,000 employees and provides an extensive lineup of cultural events and activities for active adults to enjoy.

In addition to the University of Florida in Gainesville, there are a number of community colleges spread throughout the region - some of which offer free tuition to older adults. Part-time work is available for active adults who want to earn extra income or stay busy. However, full-time for the 55+ crowd is more difficult to find in places other than in Jacksonville.

Healthcare is readily available in the region, but residents who choose one of the more rural communities may find they need to drive a little further to get to the doctor. The Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville is recognized as being one of the best teaching hospitals in the country.