Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to where you live. Smaller communities offer a unique opportunity to really get to know your neighbors. Active adults in Florida looking for a place to call home can consider these five small communities for 55+ residents.
Hidden Creek – Sebring, FL
Hidden Creek in Sebring has 55 single-family and attached homes in a quiet, picturesque community free from the traffic, congestion, and noise that plagues larger cities. These 55+ homes developed between 1986 and 2007, and residents in this tightly knit community enjoy their natural surroundings and maintenance-free lifestyle. HOA dues cover all maintenance, security, and landscaping, and the price range for these homes are below $100k to the low $100s.
Homes are available in two- or three-bedroom floor plans, and the clubhouse is where residents and their guests gather to socialize and exercise. Residents frequently host potluck dinners, and Monday morning coffee socials are popular. Other amenities include shuffleboard, a library, and an outdoor pool and spa. Lake Placid is close to Sebring and provides lots of recreation on the water, and it’s easy to reach Sarasota, Lakeland, and Orlando from Hidden Creek.
Freedom at San Salito – St. Augustine, FL
As the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine is a gem for historical and cultural exploration. It’s also home to Freedom at San Salito, a small 55+ community with 96 new D.R. Horton homes. The single-family homes in this gated community are close to golf courses, beaches, and all the coastal beauty the North Atlantic section of Florida has to offer. Construction is still ongoing, but with fewer than 100 homes to build, residents will enjoy the small-town feel that Freedom at San Salito offers.
Residents can stroll around the scenic ponds, enjoy the outdoor pool and fireplace, or get competitive on the volleyball and tennis courts. An Amenities Center is under construction. Homes range from the mid $200s to the high $200s, and association fees cover all maintenance, landscaping, and water bills. Freedom at San Salito is close to I-95, making travel in and out of the state easy. It’s also close to Jacksonville International Airport.
Knob Hill – Boca Raton, FL
With only 80 homes in this 55+ community, Knob Hill in Boca Raton is a great place for active adults to really get to know their neighbors and nurture lifelong relationships. These single-family homes developed between 1971 and 1980, and they offer open floor plans and a price range from the mid $200s to the high $200s. Buyers can choose two- or three-bedroom models with garages or carports. Knob Hill’s Boca Raton location is in Palm Beach County, one of the most desirable areas in Florida and well-known for its shopping, dining, and recreational opportunities.
Some of the most popular activities for Knob Hill residents include shuffleboard, miniature golf, card games, and arts and crafts. Community events are frequently organized at the clubhouse, and residents often gather around the pool or work out in the exercise room. Association fees cover everything from trash collection to lawn care, providing Knob Hill residents with a free and relaxed lifestyle.
River Towers – Cape Coral, FL
High-rise condo living is still the way to go for a large number of active adults, and River Towers in Cape Coral offers 108 condos in a gorgeous building that has stood since the 1970s. This 55+ community is right on the Caloosahatchee River, and a short drive from Fort Myers and fun places to visit like Marco Island and Sanibel Island. Most condos have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and prices range from the high $100s to the low $200s.
Residents quickly become friends with their neighbors, and enjoy relaxing at the Olympic-sized swimming pool. There’s also a tiki-hut, a fishing pier, and a boat dock. Other amenities include two shuffleboard courts, a billiards room, and a library. This is a low-maintenance community that offers a superb location close to the water.
Villas of Lake Arbor – Clearwater, FL
Residents at Villas of Lake Arbor can live in attached villas or condos. There are 121 homes in this 55+ community, keeping the lifestyle in the pleasant Clearwater neighborhood simple and community-oriented. Forming between 1984 and 1989, these homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and have updates with stainless steel appliances and vaulted ceilings. They are priced from the mid $100s to the high $100s.
There’s a fishing pier and a lake, as well as a picnic area and a heated outdoor pool. Other amenities at Villas of Lake Arbor include biking and walking trails, and a clubhouse where social functions and events often take place. Clearwater has some of the best beaches in Florida, and it’s close to St. Petersburg and Tampa.