10 Retirement Communities to Consider in Central Florida

Buying new at SummerGlen Ocala allows residents to choose from three different series, a total of 21 floor plans, and a large array of customization options.
Buying new at SummerGlen Ocala allows residents to choose from three different series, a total of 21 floor plans, and large array of customization options.
Buying new at SummerGlen Ocala allows residents to choose from three different series, a total of 21 floor plans, and a large array of customization options.

As a semi-tropical peninsula, Florida is often recognized for its beautiful beaches. However, Florida’s central region should not be overlooked by relocating retirees. This popular area offers scenic beauty, numerous lakes, sprawling golf courses and a handful of some of the best Florida retirement communities available. The Orlando area is also home to many exciting attractions such as theme parks, shopping centers, and diverse restaurants.

The Central Florida region has many well-established 55+ communities, but there are also several spectacular developments which offer beautiful new construction homes. Here are 10 of our favorites:

1. On Top of the World

Below $100k – Low $400s

On Top of the World is a sprawling resort-style community known for its fabulous amenities. This includes three 18-hole golf courses, multiple clubhouses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and facilities to support a wide range of recreational and fitness-related activities.

2. Solivita

Mid $100s – Low $400s

In Poinciana, Solivita boasts nearly 148,000 square feet of amenities spread over two village centers. There are also two championship 18-hole golf courses, and the entire community is golf cart accessible. With Mediterranean architecture, Solivita projects a small-town atmosphere despite its large size.

3. Stone Creek

Low $100s – Mid $500s

Stone Creek is a new Del Webb community which opened its doors in 2006. Its amenity-rich recreation center features two indoor facilities and beautiful grounds with plenty of outdoor activities. There is also an 18-hole championship golf course, a fishing lake, and miles of scenic walking trails.

4. Stonecrest

Low $200s – High $400s

Set in Summerfield, Stonecrest is a well-established community set in a fairly rural area. This tranquil location offers scenic beauty and new construction homes built on large home sites, yet there are also plenty of amenities to support an active adult lifestyle.

5. Lake Ashton

Mid $100s – Low $500s

Located just one hour from both Tampa and Orlando, Lake Ashton boasts two 30,000 square-foot clubhouses, two private championship golf courses, lovely single-family homes, and numerous resort-style amenities. Its beautiful scenery includes surrounding citrus groves and rolling hills.

6. Lakes of Mount Dora

High $100s – Low $500s

With numerous scenic lakes and beautiful New England inspired architecture, Lakes of Mount Dora will impress potential homebuyers with its charming small-town atmosphere. The community offers many exciting amenities, as well as a large percentage of waterfront homesites.

7. Heritage Hills

High $100s – Mid $300s

Opened in 2009 by Lennar Homes, Heritage Hills is one of Central Florida’s newest 55+ communities. Upon completion, this scenic community will boast 1,150 single-family homes, a 19,000 square-foot clubhouse, and numerous indoor and outdoor resort-style amenities.

8. SummerGlen

Mid $100s – High $200s

Situated just outside of downtown Ocala, SummerGlen is a golf course community which offers a relaxed atmosphere in a prime Florida location. This beautiful 55+ community includes plenty of activities and amenities centered around its Town Center and Resident’s Club facilities.

9. Trilogy Orlando

Low $200s – Low $500s

Trilogy Orlando is an amenity-rich Shea Homes community which enjoys a prime location just 30 miles west of Orlando. In addition to its fabulous resort-style amenities, Trilogy Orlando offers residents thoughtfully-designed homes with many energy-efficient features.

10. Del Webb Orlando

Low $200s – High $300s

Located within the master-planned community of Riverwood Lakes, Del Webb Orlando boasts many amenities to support an active adult living. There is a 30,000 square-foot clubhouse, an 18-hole golf course and beautifully landscaped grounds with numerous outdoor recreations.

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