Gated communities are a priority for many homeowners because they offer extra security, less traffic, and a sense of privacy and serenity in their neighborhood. Active adult buyers looking for Tampa homes for sale in gated communities have many options.
Let's take a closer look at some popular gated communities near Tampa.
Below $100k - Low $300s
At Kings Point in Sun City Center, the guard gate includes a lane for residents and a lane for visitors. If you’re planning to visit, you better have credentials; the security officers are serious about who gets into this 55+ community, and they won’t hesitate to leave a person waiting or turn them away if there isn’t a resident who's willing to vouch for them. It gives residents a great sense of security, and it keeps traffic to a minimum, which is critical because most residents get around on golf carts.
Sun City Center is about half an hour south of Tampa, and it’s just off Interstate 75. Residents have a lot of amenities, and many of them are new or recently upgraded, including a new billiards room, extra meeting spaces in the clubhouses, and the Veteran’s Theater, which is a popular site for the dinner dances that community clubs are always hosting. There’s a new dog park, and the knitting club has been busy crafting items to sell and donate. Buyers can choose single-family or attached villas in more than a dozen models.
Below $100k - Mid $200s
One of the most popular and affordable 55+ communities in the Tampa area is On Top of the World, a lively community close to the Gulf of Mexico and known for its sunsets and consistent presence on nearly every annual “Best Beaches” list. The community is gated, and the homeowners' association (HOA) takes care of security in the 96 high-rise condo buildings.
At On Top of the World, buyers can select a resale condo with 850 to 1,750 square feet. Most have one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and assigned parking. Amenities include two golf courses, shuffleboard, a woodworking shop, pools, and community transit into Clearwater and the surrounding areas. Two recreation centers include fitness centers and space for billiards, cards, and arts and crafts. There’s also a fishing pier and plenty of trails for walking and biking.
Low $100s - High $300s
At Timber Pines, residents are in a gated golf community surrounded by lakes, ponds, and lovely landscaping just a few minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. There are 63 holes of golf at Timber Pines—one championship course, two executive courses, and a nine-hole course that’s perfect for beginners. There’s also a driving range, a putting green, and two chipping areas.
Plenty of fun is also available for non-golfers, thanks to the full-time activities director on staff and nearly 100 clubs and activities. Attached villa homes are available in 15 models, with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and an attached garage for one or two cars. Single-family homes are also available in over 20 floor plans with 1,405 to 2,373 square feet.
Low $200s - Low $2Ms
Active adults looking for new construction Tampa real estate in a gated community have some spacious and well-located homes to consider at MiraBay in Apollo Beach. Just outside of Downtown Tampa, this community is built along a nature preserve, allowing residents to live near greenspace, native wildlife, and hiking trails through scrub habitats. There’s access to the Tampa Bay and the Gulf, and residents can use the boat slips and private boat launch that’s restricted to MiraBay residents.
Multiple builders have been developing homes in MiraBay since 2003. Buyers can find both move-in ready properties and new construction lots. Homes range from 1,586 to 3,650 square feet with two to five bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. There are no age restrictions in this community, and amenities include pools, tennis courts, and a whirlpool spa.
Low $200s - Mid $600s
Valencia Lakes is a popular 55+ community just outside of Tampa, and it’s well-known for its activities and strong sense of community. Residents frequently get together for dances, parties, painting lessons, and work in the communal garden. It’s a gated neighborhood, and buyers can choose from resale and new construction single-family or attached homes.
The clubhouse is 40,000 square feet, and it includes a large fitness center, steam rooms, a restaurant, and an internet cafe. There’s a grand ballroom, a game room, and plenty of meeting space for clubs and classes. There’s also a resort-style pool, a resistance pool, and plenty of recreational space, including tennis courts, pickleball courts, shuffleboard courts, and places for horseshoes, bocce ball, and basketball.
Low $100s - High $500s
Tampa homebuyers who want a gated master-planned community will find everything they’re looking for at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, a coastal area north of Tampa known for its natural springs and its tourist-friendly mermaid exhibit. This community has no age restrictions and offers a full-time security team with guards at the gatehouse 24 hours a day.
Custom new construction homes are available as well as resale properties. There are 1,500 single-family homes here, and residents enjoy feeling like they’re part of a close-knit neighborhood in a small town. There’s an 18-hole private golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and a clubhouse that includes a fitness center and a restaurant. Homes are designed in more than 20 models, ranging from 1,620 to 3,065 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
High $100s - High $200s
One of the most affordable gated communities in the Tampa area is Heritage Pines, a 55+ community in Hudson. There are several self-governing neighborhoods and villages throughout the community, and security is provided by the HOAs. Buyers will find resale single-family homes and attached villas ranging from 1,297 to 3,548 square feet. Most homes offer two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
The 18-hole golf course is a major draw for buyers as well as the amenities such as the fitness center, performing arts center, woodworking shop, and Fireside Dining Room. Residents get together for activities and classes regularly. The pet lovers club is popular, and there’s a singles club, a motorcycle club, and a travel club.