Active adults looking for affordable retirement communities in Florida would be wise to stay out of Miami and consider areas to the north of the city, on the state’s southeast coast.
Broward County is an excellent option. The area around Fort Lauderdale provides some great Florida real estate that’s accessible and close to a lot of interesting opportunities for travel, recreation, dining, and fun on the Atlantic Ocean.
It won’t burst a carefully crafted budget, either. In fact, there are plenty of 55+ communities with homes costing less than $150,000.
Lakes of Carriage Hills - Tamarac
Condo living means lower prices and less maintenance; a perfect way to enjoy a Florida retirement.
At Lakes of Carriage Hills in Tamarac, active adults can select a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with between 990 and 1,440 square feet. There’s assigned parking, open layouts, balconies, and extra storage. The 55+ community of 520 homes is spread out over 12 three-story buildings, all with elevators.
The homeowners' association (HOA) takes care of trash removal and lawn maintenance and includes water, sewer, and basic cable.
The clubhouse is the main gathering place for community events, potlucks, game nights, and book club meetings. There’s also a swimming pool, shuffleboard, and tennis courts. The grounds include gardens and a lake.
The community is close to restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, making it easy for residents to run errands and enjoy a dinner out. There are plenty of parks to enjoy in Tamarac, including Woodmont Natural Area, which has a boardwalk for easy walks and dozens of plant and bird species.
Wynmoor Village - Coconut Creek
Active adult homebuyers looking for a condo community that’s a little larger might consider Wynmoor Village in Coconut Creek.
With 133 mid-rise condo buildings holding more than 5,000 one- to three-bedroom units, residents can enjoy resort-style living for bargain prices. Homes are between 550 and 1,250 square feet, and each unit has a view of the golf course, the lake, or a garden.
Plenty of amenities keep residents busy at Wynmoor Village. 20 pools, 12 tennis courts, six shuffleboard courts, pickleball courts, and walking trails provide opportunities for outdoor exercise. There’s also a fitness center, a woodworking shop, and a business center.
Members of the community enjoy a busy schedule of events, club meetings, and activities. Discussion groups, painting classes, and the horseshoe club are just an example of the things that go on in the 50,000 square-foot clubhouse. For entertainment outside the community, residents can go to the Seminole Casino or enjoy any of the local cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club - Pembroke Pines
Buyers looking for a 55+ community with a golf course setting and affordable condos can check out Hollybrook Golf & Tennis Club in Pembroke Pines.
An 18-hole championship golf course is available to residents, as well as a par-3 course. There are no expensive greens fees or required club memberships; the only cost to play is the cart rental. There are also seven pools in the community, all with their own poolhouses, 14 tennis courts, and space for bocce, pickleball, and shuffleboard. Indoors, there’s a playhouse, a fitness center, and a library.
Condos available below $150,000 have one or two bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. They are between 800 and 1,570 square feet, come with an assigned parking spot, and feature a screened patio or balcony.
Grocery stores like Publix, Aldi, and Winn Dixie are just a few minutes away, and three hospitals are in the local area. Miami is only half an hour from the community.
Leisureville - Pompano Beach
Single-family homes and condos are available and affordable at Leisureville in Pompano Beach. One of the unique features of this 55+ community is that community transit is available. Residents can leave their cars at home and catch a ride into town for shopping, errands, or a restaurant meal.
Single-family homes are between 874 and 1,570 square feet with two or three bedrooms, and condos are 600 to 950 square feet with one or two bedrooms.
The community offers a number of amenities spread out between two clubhouses. In the North Clubhouse, there’s a 9-hole golf course, a fitness center, a sauna, a pool, and shuffleboard courts. The south clubhouse also has a pool, a multi-purpose room, and bocce ball courts.
Pompano Beach is right on the water, so residents can enjoy local sunny spots like North Ocean Park and the Municipal Pier.
Meadowbrook Lakes - Dania Beach
Buyers looking for affordable Broward County real estate can find condos for sale at or below the $150,000 mark at Meadowbrook Lakes in Dania Beach.
This active 55+ community has 1,234 condo units between 800 and 1,244 square feet. They are one- or two-bedrooms units and have open floor plans, large closets, and dedicated dining rooms. Upgrades like ceramic floors and granite countertops are available in some units for sale.
Three clubhouses, three outdoor pools, shuffleboard, a fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms keep residents busy and engaged with their neighbors at Meadowbrook Lakes. Walking and biking trails provide scenic views of the lake, and the community has a garden and several ponds.
HOA fees are affordable and include lawn care, exterior maintenance, trash removal, and access to amenities. The Dania Beach Pier is a great place for fishing, and residents might also enjoy a trip to the Casino at Dania Beach.