It’s liberating to downsize; throwing out and donating all the things you no longer need and giving up the tedious and time-consuming household chores in favor of a low-maintenance lifestyle is good for your emotional and financial health.
If you’re thinking about downsizing somewhere along the Florida Treasure Coast, consider the homes for sale in Port St. Lucie. In this growing city, you’re close to the beckoning Atlantic Ocean, you can play on some of the best golf courses in Florida, and you’re near Interstate 95, which provides easy access to the rest of the state.
The 55+ communities we’re looking at today offer floor plans and price points that meet the needs of active adults who want to downsize during their Florida retirement.
Tarpon Bay Yacht Club
Downsizing doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of the water. At Tarpon Bay Yacht Club, condo units range between a manageable 1,314 and 1,666 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and boat docks available.
This 55+ community is on Kitching Cove, just off the north fork of the St. Lucie River. There are walking trails and ponds all over the property, making it a pleasant place to stroll or bike. Amenities include a clubhouse with a library and a community workshop. There are tennis and pickleball courts as well as a pool and an orchard full of fruit trees.
Buyers hoping to not only downsize but simplify their lives and get back to nature will find a lot to love at Tarpon Bay Yacht Club. The serene waters are great for kayaking and canoeing. The property is close to Savannas Preserve State Park, where visitors can fish, hike, or go horseback riding. There are also dozens of golf courses, shopping centers, and restaurants to choose from within a 10-minute drive of the community.
One of the most established and affordable 55+ communities in Port St. Lucie is Kings Isle, where active adults hoping to put their space and budgets to better use can find resale attached villas and single-family homes. There are fewer than 1,000 properties in the entire community, making it feel cozy and intimate.
There’s a clubhouse with a fitness center as well as an outdoor pool and sandy beach area. Golf practice stalls are available, and several championship courses are in the neighborhood.
The Courtyard Homes are an excellent option for downsizing homebuyers. They’re two-bedroom, two-bathroom attached homes with assigned covered parking. The Bouganvillea model is just 969 square feet, and the largest model in this collection is the Jasmine, at 1,216 square feet. All of the homes in this collection include a utility room and a covered outdoor patio.
Del Webb Tradition
New construction is also available to active adults interested in Port St. Lucie real estate that’s suitable for downsizing. At Del Webb Tradition, 550 single-family and attached homes are under construction in an amenity-rich 55+ community.
Cressida, the attached model, has 1,579 square feet, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. There’s also an attached two-car garage, a patio in front, and a covered lanai in back.
An on-site lifestyle director will work with residents to organize clubs, social activities, and community gatherings. Amenities will include a huge clubhouse, a fitness center, and an aerobics and dance studio. In addition to an outdoor pool, there’s also pickleball, tennis, and bocce ball courts.
The community is three miles from a shopping center that includes grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers. It’s right off Interstate 95, making it easy for residents to explore other areas of the Treasure Coast or even head south to Miami or the Florida Keys.
LakePark at Tradition
Finding a maintenance-free lifestyle isn’t always easy, unless you’re buying a home at LakePark at Tradition. This 55+ community is within the master-planned Tradition development and has an active HOA that takes care of absolutely everything. For an annual fee, residents have lawn care and irrigation managed for them, as well as exterior maintenance, community upkeep, basic cable, high-speed internet, and alarm monitoring.
The attached homes are in the Harbour Collection, where buyers will find two- or three-bedroom properties with attached two-car garages and floor plans between 1,565 and 1,862 square feet. Buyers will appreciate the gourmet kitchens and high ceilings. Appliances and design work are installed with energy efficiency in mind, which will not only serve the environment but also keep electric bills down.
Amenities will include a clubhouse and fitness center, as well as cabanas along the resort-style pool.
PGA Village Verano
Moving into a large golf course community might not seem like downsizing, but PGA Village Verano has some attached villas that are perfect for people who want smaller spaces and a low-maintenance lifestyle. It also doesn’t hurt that this community has no age restrictions, which means you can have visitors and even roommates of any age. Buyers who golf will enjoy the access this community provides to three championship courses.
The villas are part of the Bella Vista Collection. The smallest is the Amelia, with a modest 1,416 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. It includes an attached two-car garage.
For just a little extra space and functionality, the other villa in this collection is Castellano, with 1,819 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Each property is set up as a single-story duplex unit, so residents are only sharing walls on one side of the property. These homes are available as resale properties or new construction.