It’s entirely possible that Ocala is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets, especially when it comes to active adult living. Not only are you situated in Central Florida, within easy driving distance of Gainesville, Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Tampa, you’re also close to some of Florida’s most wild and natural parks, lakes, and springs.
Imagine horse farms and towering cypress trees as well as gentle hillsides rolling through the landscape of an otherwise flat and swampy state. If you’re looking for an affordable place to live that isn’t along the crowded coastline, consider these 55+ communities in Ocala.
Below $100k – Low $100s
A collection of 880 single-family homes, Pine Run Estates in Ocala is close to golf courses and freshwater lakes that make great spots for fishing and boating. Buyers in this 55+ community can purchase resale homes in several models ranging in size from a two-bedroom home under 900 square feet to a three-bedroom with 1,456 square feet of living space.
There’s both the main clubhouse and a secondary clubhouse, where residents have a fitness center, pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and game rooms. Aerobics and Aquacize classes meet regularly, and there are holiday parties and potlucks to enjoy. Other activities include a horseshoes club, a singles club, and Bingo.
Below $100k – Mid $200s
Buyers looking for an affordable 55+ community on a golf course should consider Oak Run. This Ocala neighborhood is comprised of 3,509 single-family and attached homes. Duplexes have two or three bedrooms and range in size from 1,049 square feet to 1,489 square feet. The single-family homes are available in 20 different models and floor plans, with up to 2,275 square feet of living space.
There’s an option to purchase a golf membership or a social membership at Royal Oaks Golf Club, which includes 18 holes of championship golf, a restaurant, and a pro shop. Amenities outside of the golf clubhouse include pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers. Residents participate in a long list of activities and clubs, including yoga, table tennis, gardening, and theater.
Below $100k – High $100s
For a low-maintenance lifestyle, Marion Landing is a 55+ community for discerning active adults to consider. For a low monthly fee, the HOA takes care of everything from exterior maintenance to water and sewer bills. Amenities and common spaces are also well-maintained. There are 600 single-family homes at this community, and they range in size from 864 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Properties are available to new buyers on a resale basis, and there’s R.V. parking on-site.
The Lifestyle Center provides residents with fitness classes in the exercise room and events in the ballroom and the craft room. There’s an eight-lane bowling alley included as well, and a fishing pond. Residents enjoy shuffleboard, line dancing, and weekly social events.