The world of active adult communities is constantly evolving and changing but there’s always one constant. Florida. The Sunshine State remains far and away the most popular place for Americans to retire and the most popular place to live in an active adult community.
Earlier this year, 55places.com crunched the numbers to find out the 100 most popular active adult communities across the country. Now, however, we want to focus on Florida. What are the most popular picks in the most popular state?
We researched various data points, including unique pageviews and homebuyer inquiries, to determine which ones are the most popular around the state (read more about our methodology here).
Here, based on our findings, are the 25 most popular active adult communities in Florida.
1. Latitude Margaritaville - Daytona Beach, FL
In February 2017, Minto Communities announced that they were partnering with Margaritaville Holdings to create new active adult communities inspired by the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett. The initial Latitude Margaritaville gated community would be built across 1,600 acres in Daytona Beach and would ultimately include 6,900 single-family homes with prices starting in the low $200s. The lush amenities plan calls for an amphitheater for live music and a restaurant offering Margaritaville-inspired dishes and drinks.
2. On Top of the World - Ocala, FL
With 10,000 homes, On Top of the World in Ocala is one of the largest 55+ communities in Florida. In fact, they’re still building and expect to get to over 10,000 homes. With so many residents, the community makes a real effort to organize clubs and special interest groups that cater to everyone. It’s no surprise it remains one of the most sought after active adult communities on the site.
3. The Villages, FL
For years it topped the lists but The Villages has dipped down to No. 3 on this one. Perhaps that’s only because the competition is getting stiffer because this notable active adult community is still a force to be reckoned with. Spanning three counties, three zip codes, and over 20,000 acres, this self-sustaining town full of 55 and better residents includes more amenities per capita than any city or age-restricted neighborhood in the country.
4. Solivita - Kissimmee, FL
This 4,300-acre community will eventually include 5,900 attached and single-family homes. In the meantime, the residents already here will just have to make do with the 32,000 square-foot Riviera Spa and Fitness Center, 19,000 square-foot Palms Amenity Complex, Starlite Ballroom, Waterfront Galleries, Freedom Park recreational sports complex, and Stonegate Golf Club. Solivita’s Kissimmee location isn’t too shabby either, located close to Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, and Walt Disney World.
5. The Plantation - Fort Myers, FL
The Plantation by Pulte Homes is a master-planned community in Fort Myers where active adults are flocking despite not having an age restriction. The Plantation offers three amenity centers within the community. The Plantation’s 38,000 square-foot clubhouse, Great House, provides members with access to the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design. Each of the two neighborhoods has its own amenity center while the lifestyle director at The Plantation organizes fitness classes and events throughout the community.
6. Pelican Preserve - Fort Myers, FL
Pelican Preserve in Fort Myers is spread across 1,100 acres and will host 2,500 homes upon completion. The highlight of Pelican Preserve is the rich lineup of resort-style amenities and recreational facilities. The central hub of physical and social activity is at the community’s 70,000 square-foot Plaza Del Sol clubhouse where residents can take advantage of a state-of-the-art fitness center, 100-seat movie theater, banquet hall, and on-site restaurant.
7. Oak Run - Ocala, FL
Oak Run in Ocala is a 3,509 home active adult community in the heart of central Florida. This established 55+ community offers reasonably priced resale homes and a robust lifestyle offering over 100 clubs and interest groups. Oak Run offers the perfect blend of large community amenities with a small, close-knit neighborhood feel. The Palm Grove Club is Oak Run's 30,000 square-foot clubhouse while residents also have access to The Orchid Club for card games and libraries, The Island Club for swimming and outdoor activities, and The Royal Oaks Golf Club and golf course.
8. Spruce Creek Country Club - Summerfield, FL
Spruce Creek Country Club in Summerfield is a 3,250-home community that includes state-of-the-art amenity centers, 36-holes of golf, and nearly 100 clubs and interest groups. At the heart of the community is the Horizon Center, which was built in 1996 and later remodeled by Del Webb. The community also includes Lake Vista Recreation Area, Peninsula Park Recreation Area, and Eagle Ridge Golf Club, showcasing how lifestyle takes center stage at Spruce Creek Country Club.
9. Sun City Center, FL
With over 11,000 residents and 9,500 homes, it’s no surprise that Sun City Center is among the most popular communities in Florida. This large active adult community near Tampa is a self-contained village complete with retail establishments, grocery stores, worship centers and a hospital. The community is also designed around three amenity campuses that each offer facilities for fitness, socializing and hobby activities.
10. Valencia Lakes - Wimauma, FL
Right next door to Sun City Center you’ll find Valencia Lakes in Wimauma. For buyers who cherish the Sun City Center location but prefer newer homes, world-class amenities, and a lifestyle tailored around socially active and fitness-minded individuals, this ends up being an ideal location. At the heart of this 55+ community is the 40,000 square-foot clubhouse where Valencia Lakes puts an emphasis on active living. The community activities director is continually planning new and exciting events and activities that cater to the diverse preferences of the residents.