5 Great Florida Communities for Younger Retirees

The Isles in Palmer Ranch offers amazing amenities in a tranquil setting.

Today’s younger retirees focus on the “active” component of an active adult community. They want low-maintenance homes and community amenities that meet their busy lifestyles. A location that offers plenty of nearby activities and attractions is also a big plus for young retirees, and for many, location is the driving force behind choosing a destination.

Young retirees looking to relocate to sunny Florida should consider some of the state’s fabulous active lifestyle communities. They offer many of the same activities and amenities as other resort-style 55+ communities, but without the age restrictions. There are many Florida active adult communities open to all ages, including the following six spectacular communities.

Villages of Citrus Hills – Hernando

Set in Hernando in  central Florida, The Villages of Citrus Hills is a resort-style community that offers a dazzling array of amenities and activities. The community includes multiple spacious clubhouses and state-of-the-art fitness centers. There are restaurants, lounges, hobby and game rooms, sports courts, tennis facilities, three 18-hole championship golf courses, and much more. Upon completion, Villages of Citrus Hills will boast 10,000 residences including both maintenance-free detached villas and traditional single-family homes.

Lely Resort – Naples

With a prime location in beautiful Naples, Lely Resort Golf and Country Club sprawls over nearly 3,000 acres of Florida’s southwest coast. This active adult community offers a bit of everything including three 18-hole championship golf courses, spacious clubhouses, state-of-the-art fitness centers, sports courts, swimming pools, restaurants and even its own movie theater. The planned 4,506 residences within the community include both single-family homes and attached home varieties.

VillageWalk at Lake Nona – Orlando

Set on the southeast side of Orlando, VillageWalk at Lake Nona enjoys a prime location within easy distance of central Florida’s amazing attractions. Nearby Orlando offers shopping, dining, and several theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Busch Gardens. The community is also only 30 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Kennedy Space Station. Within the community, the Town Center offers resort-style amenities as well as services such as a post office, salon, gas station, and pet-grooming center. The planned 1,300 residences will include townhomes, villas, and single-family homes.

Vineyards – Naples

Located in the north Naples area, Vineyards is a 1,375-acre gated community provides many on-site amenities as well as a prestigious, vacation-style setting. A wide array of amenities are offered throughout the 70,000-square-foot main clubhouse and through smaller neighborhood clubhouses. The community boasts two 18-hole golf courses, multiple swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, 12 Har-tru tennis courts, scenic lakes, and a 32-acre community park. The 2,733 residences include attached homes, condominiums, and single-family homes.

The Isles on Palmer Ranch – Sarasota

Sarasota is often considered one of Florida’s best cities for young retirees. Its central gulf coast location offers beautiful beaches and a wide variety of nearby shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. With 674 planned homes, The Isles on Palmer Ranch is a smaller community that still offers a spacious clubhouse, fitness center, sports courts, and several community activities. Its affordable residences are available in carriage homes, single-family homes, townhomes, and attached villas.

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