Exploring the 55+ Communities in Naples, Florida

In and around Naples, there are plenty of 55+ communities steeped in luxury.

Active adults seeking a place for their Florida retirement have a number of excellent reasons to choose Naples. There are great beaches, lots of luxury, and plenty of culture and recreation. There’s also some of the cleanest air in the country, according to the American Lung Association.

Naples real estate offers a lot of options. There are master-planned neighborhoods and communities without age restrictions so entire families can live together, and the area also features housing with age restrictions. Buyers who appreciate the benefits of a 55+ community will want to consider these options.

Low $500s - Low $1Ms

Naples, Florida downtown cityscape on the canals at dusk.

Valencia Trails is a new, gated 55+ community that will consist of 850 single-family homes with one-level floor plans. These low-maintenance homes will offer 1,674 to 3,472 square feet, two to four bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.

Situated in Southwest Florida, Valencia Trails is only 25 minutes from Downtown Naples, 30 minutes from the Gulf Coast, and 40 minutes from Fort Myers. However, for residents who prefer to relax close to home, the community’s resort-style amenities include a 42,000-square-foot clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and three outdoor pools as well as a full social calendar of activities, clubs, and classes.

Mid $200s - High $500s

Exterior view of a home at Del Webb Naples in Ave Maria, Florida.

Located within the master-planned community of Ave Maria, Del Webb Naples is the perfect place for active adults who want the feel of a small town. Residents can wander around the town square or take a class at Ave Maria University.

The Oasis Club is an amenity center dedicated to the 55+ community, and it includes a catering kitchen, a continuing education center, a lap pool, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce. Optional golf memberships are available at Panther Run Golf Club, which has 18 well-landscaped holes, a practice facility, and a restaurant.

New and resale attached villas and single-family homes are available in models that have between two and four bedrooms, most with dens. They range from 1,157 to 2,852 square feet, and though prices start in the high $100s, current listings reflect a high $200s price point. Residents who want to mingle with other age groups only need to visit the town square to do some shopping and dining out.

Mid $200s - High $400s

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Another scenic 55+ community with golf available is Carousel Cove at Bonita Fairways. It’s an intimate neighborhood with only 105 single-family homes for active adults who value amenities and location. Also, Carousel Cove is part of the larger Bonita Fairways master-planned community. There’s always a reason to gather at the 19,000-square-foot clubhouse, whether it’s to use the fitness center or attend a casino night. There’s shuffleboard and tennis as well as miles of walking and biking paths, and the 18-hole executive golf course is perfect for daily or occasional play.

Many of the resale homes for sale have views of the golf course. Properties range from 865 to 2,152 square feet with two or three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Buyers also have an attached two-car garage and easy access to things like grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers.

Bonita Springs is close to Naples and has some unique beaches. Lovers Key State Park is perfect for kayaking and manatee watching, and Little Hickory Island Beach Park is a favorite for families and picnickers.

Mid $400s - Low $1Ms

Palm trees surrounding the community sign at Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Another Bonita Springs 55+ community that’s perfect for sun-seeking active adults is Valencia Bonita. It offers some of the most desirable homes for sale in Naples.

Imagine having a Roman tub in your master bath, a walk-in pantry in your kitchen, and a separate club room for games and entertaining. You can find all of those in the new home models at Valencia Bonita. With two or three bedrooms, up to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and between 1,738 and 3,350 square feet, these single-family and attached homes for sale offer quality and comfort.

Valencia Bonita offers a 45,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness studio, a grand ballroom, and a studio for arts and crafts. Residents can also access the sports lounge as well as the cafes and bars that have indoor and outdoor seating. A resort-style pool is planned as well as a resistance pool, a lap pool, and a wading pool. Residents can spend time outside playing basketball, tennis, pickleball, or enjoying the dog park and the fire pit.

Mid $300s - Mid $500s

Entrance to Miromar Outlet Mall in Estero, Florida.
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Farther north of Naples, towards Fort Myers is the beach town of Estero, and a favorite 55+ community in that area is Cascades at Estero. It has 614 single-family homes in an enviable Lee County location, with ample beaches and golf courses in the area.

These homes have two or three bedrooms and dens, and there are numerous floor plans available to meet most lifestyle needs, whether it’s a gourmet kitchen or a remodeled master suite. Homes are between 1,525 and 2,536 square feet, and prices start in the mid $200s.

Cascades at Estero is socially active and friendly. The community has its own newsletter and television channel as well as a full-time activities director helps with planning events and social engagements. Residents keep busy with clubs like quilting, bingo, and billiards. Also, there’s a clubhouse, a fitness center, a ballroom, and several spaces for cards and games. Outdoors, there’s a covered veranda, a large pool, and courts for tennis and bocce ball.

Low $300s - Low $700s

The outdoor pool at Tidewater by Del Webb in Estero, Florida.

Tidewater by Del Webb is a new 55+ community in Estero that features single-family homes and attached villas. Buyers can choose from eight spacious models that offer enticing features like open floor plans, huge master suites, and upscale fixtures. The Serenity model starts at 1,542 square feet, with two bedrooms and a den. The largest model is Stonewater with three or four bedrooms and 2,852 square feet.

Residents will have no trouble staying active at Tidewater by Del Webb. The fitness center in the clubhouse includes a movement studio, and there’s a library and a catering kitchen. Outside, there’s a resort-style pool and a barefoot bar. Residents can play tennis or pickleball.

Estero offers a lot of recreational opportunities, including Estero Bay Preserve State Park, which features hiking trails, wildlife, and a shallow inlet that’s perfect for snorkeling and shelling.

High $100s - Mid $300s

Sunset on the beach at Naples Pier in Naples, Florida.

At Riviera Golf Estates in Naples, residents enjoy a social and active lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for golf. The 18-hole course is pay-per-play, so no club memberships are required. The clubhouse in this 55+ community includes a library, a fitness center, and a studio for arts and crafts. There’s an outdoor pool and spa as well as two satellite pools, shuffleboard courts, and space for tennis and pickleball.

The community is comprised of 700 single-family homes and condos in two-story buildings. The condos have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and between 1,025 to 1,700 square feet. The single-family homes are between 672 and 2,158 square feet and have two or three bedrooms, and many come with attached two-car garages.

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