Before you buy into an active adult community and the future that it promises, it’s a good idea to spend some time in the neighborhood that you may call home one day.
Several 55+ communities in Florida offer guests the chance to stay in one of their properties for a few nights to get a feel for the home and the amenities offered in the area. If you’re not sure where to start your Florida search for a part-time or full-time home, consider staying at one of these places and getting a glimpse of the lifestyle that they offer.
Solivita – Kissimmee
Kissimmee is just outside of Orlando, and it’s where you’ll find Solivita, a gated, 55+ community with new and resale single-family and attached homes available for purchase. Guests can enjoy Solivita Discovery Days and stay for three days and two nights for a special rate of $149 plus tax per person. You’ll get a chance to experience what it’s like to live in a desirable golf cart community where you can spend your days relaxing at one of the pools, organizing a club activity, and taking one of the many fitness classes offered in the numerous dance and exercise studios.
The Discovery Days package includes a fully furnished guest house and complimentary lunches and dinners. You’ll have your own personal golf cart to get around the property and access to all the amenities and activities available at Solivita.
You’ll also have the benefit of meeting with current residents and talking about what it’s like to live in this sunny section of Florida. The best part of this package is that if you decide to buy, you’ll get a rebate for your entire stay – even your greens fees if you decide to play a round of golf.
Del Webb Ponte Vedra – Ponte Vedra
Close to Jacksonville and surrounded by natural preserves, Del Webb Ponte Vedra displays Mediterranean-inspired architecture and offers nearly 2,000 new and resale single-family homes, attached villas, and condos.
The builders invite potential residents to Explore Del Webb with day passes or overnight passes to the community. With the overnight pass, you’ll be able to stay in a fully furnished home and explore the neighborhood with your own loaner golf cart. A day pass includes lunch or dinner with a resident and an invitation to take a class, attend a club meeting, and meet with current residents.
Prepare to fall in love with the amenities. There’s a 37,800 square-foot clubhouse called The Anastasia Club. Residents enjoy a fitness center and an aerobics studio as well as a spa, ceramics studio, and library. Relax by the pool, practice on the putting green, or stroll along the six-mile nature trail. Del Webb Ponte Vedra also has fishing lakes, a zip line, and courts for tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball.
Cresswind at Victoria Gardens – Deland
Deland is a picturesque and historic small town, and home to both Stetson University and Cresswind at Victoria Gardens, a 55+ community that’s perfect for active adults who enjoy golf, resort-style amenities, and an environment that feels like a village. The Stay and Play Getaway offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy this lifestyle for three nights.
You’ll stay in a two-bedroom home within walking distance to the clubhouse, and enjoy access to the long list of amenities and activities that are a daily part of this community. Prepare for a round of golf at Victoria Hills Golf Club, lunch with residents, and a personal tour of the community and the area.
Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is built by Kolter Homes, and the community is comprised of 1,070 new and resale single-family homes ranging in size from 1,430 square feet to 3,236 square feet. Residents of this tightly knit community enjoy game nights, potlucks, and clubs for travel, scrabble, chess, and languages. There’s a large clubhouse, on-site restaurants, and every amenity you can imagine.
Cypress Falls at The Woodlands – North Port
Active adults stay busy at Cypress Falls at The Woodlands, with activities like line dancing, candlelight yoga, and movie nights. If you’re thinking about residency at this 55+ community in Southwest Florida, try a day or a weekend where you can stay and play. Stay overnight in one of the 710 single-family or attached homes, and enjoy a tour of the clubhouse, fitness center, and gardening plots.
Guests can get some exercise in the resistance pool, play horseshoes, practice serving on the tennis courts, or relax with a good book in the community library. Del Webb offers four models with more than a dozen floor plans, and Lennar Homes have one model with six floor plans.
PGA Village Verano – Port St. Lucie
If you enjoy a country club lifestyle and being close to the water is non-negotiable, visit PGA Village Verano in Port St. Lucie. As the name suggests, there’s also some amazing golf to be found in this sprawling, comfortable 55+ community.
The Stay and Play Package offered by Kolter Homes begins at $99 per night and includes all the activities and amenities available at Club Talavera. You’ll live like a resident, enjoy a round of golf, and have every opportunity to explore what it’s like to live in this desirable community.
At PGA Village Verano, there are 1,800 new and resale single-family and attached homes spread out among three championship golf courses. Other amenities include swimming pools, fitness centers, tennis courts, and learning centers. Enjoy some basketball, water aerobics, painting classes, and dance class. Homes are available in four different models and sized from 1,416 to 3,080 square feet.