Active adult living doesn’t always include golf, and there’s plenty of Florida real estate available to retirees and buyers who don’t want the noise, expense, and constant traffic that can often be found in golf course communities.
In Palm Beach County, there are dozens of 55+ communities that offer all the amenities and comforts that come with southern Florida coastal living, without the green fees and the wayward golf balls.
Check out these five possibilities when you’re looking for golf-free living.
Whisper Walk - Boca Raton
With a name like Whisper Walk, it’s hard to imagine that this gated, 55+ community could be anything but peaceful, serene, and conducive to long morning strolls and leisurely coffees on your screened balcony, where you might look out at one of the several ponds located on the property.
Several well-respected championship golf courses are close to the community, but there isn’t anyone playing at Whisper Walk. Instead, residents enjoy tennis, shuffleboard, handball, pickleball, and five outdoor pools and spas. Homeowners get together for classes or club meetings in one of the five clubhouses, or host a picnic in the barbecue area.
There are 2,637 attached homes at Whisper Walk, and they have two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Most of the homes currently available are between 1,200 and 1,550 square feet.
Boca Raton provides lots of choices in shopping, dining, and art galleries. Great beaches are nearby, and locals favor Spanish River Park, a delightful spot on the Intracoastal Waterway for picnics, swimming, and fishing.
Century Village - West Palm Beach
There are over 6,000 condos at Century Village at West Palm Beach, but there aren’t any golf courses. West Palm Beach homes for sale in this gated, 55+ community are affordable and comfortable, with most units offering one or two bedrooms and between 615 and 1,500 square feet.
Community transit is available if you want to leave the car behind while you’re running errands or zipping into downtown for a bite to eat. An on-site activities director helps with social activities, group outings, and club meetings.
Amenities include a 92,000 square-foot clubhouse, an indoor resistance pool, and a modern fitness center. There’s a computer room and a performing arts center, as well as eight outdoor pools, four tennis courts, and 39 shuffleboard courts.
There’s rarely a dull moment at Century Village, but if you feel the need to look for entertainment outside of the community, try the nearby Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, which is a tribute to the Gilded Age and a great place to soak up the area’s art and culture.
Palm Isles - Boynton Beach
For Boynton Beach real estate that feels like resort-living, Palm Isles hits the mark for active adult lifestyles that don’t include golf. This gated, 55+ community embraces social activity and group events. There’s a full-time activities director, and clubs such as a movie society, a singles club, bowling leagues, and creative writing groups.
An indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center allow residents to stay healthy, and there’s also a collection of shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. Inside the clubhouse, there’s a library, billiards room, and plenty of space for dances, card games, and performances.
Over 2,000 condos, attached villas, and single-family homes can be found at Palm Isles. Choose between two- and three-bedroom models and enjoy the low-maintenance lifestyle that this community affords.
Beaches are plentiful and close to this community, and you’ll also want to explore downtown Boynton Beach, where the Art in Public Places initiative gives visitors and residents the chance to experience modern art murals, colorful sculptures, and other works of art in everyday places.
Valencia Shores - Lake Worth
A number of residents at Valencia Shores in Lake Worth may love golf, but not the idea of living on a golf course. If that sounds like you, this could be your 55+ community. There’s a putting green to help you get your fix, but no green fees or country club memberships required.
There’s also a long list of other resort-style amenities that leave Valencia Shores residents feeling pampered and comfortable. Enjoy the private lakeside beach, for example, or play a game of basketball or tennis. Inside the social club is a cafe, ballroom, and arts and crafts studio.
Homes are spacious and updated. Ranging from 1,682 to 3,466 square feet, your place will be a great spot for entertaining family and friends or hosting holiday gatherings. A dozen models are available in flexible floor plans, with between two and four bedrooms. There’s plenty of social and recreational activity happening at the community, but be sure to check out the monthly block party in downtown Lake Worth.
Las Verdes - Delray Beach
When your plans for Delray Beach, Florida real estate do not include a golf course, consider Las Verdes, a 55+ community close to the Atlantic coast beaches and everyday conveniences like grocery stores, restaurants, retailers, and places of worship.
There are 1,235 attached homes and condos on the property, and those currently on the market are two- or three-bedroom models with two bathrooms and between 1,000 and 1,700 square feet.
With several challenging golf courses nearby, residents at Las Verdes can golf when they want but spend their time at home relaxing at one of the three pools, playing some shuffleboard, or enjoying bocce, tennis, or handball. There’s an exercise room, a library, and plenty of trails for walking, biking, or jogging.
For a night out, head to East Atlantic Avenue for shopping and art, or visit Arts Garage, a place for music and live entertainment as well as art installations.