A blue sky over the outdoor pool at Heron Creek in North Port, Florida

North Port is a hidden gem of Southwest Florida, and its active adult communities are worth taking a look at.

North Port isn’t one of Florida’s most well-known destinations, and the local population doesn’t mind that at all. It’s more inland than coastal, but it's still less than half an hour from the closest beach. It’s quiet and private but full of activities and recreation like golf, fishing, shopping, hiking, and horseback riding. Residents can be found soaking in the local warm mineral springs or spending time on scenic waterways in a kayak or canoe.

Living in this part of Southwest Florida is a treat. It’s close to Sarasota and Venice, but homes for sale in North Port are far below the price point found in other areas. We’re taking a look at what’s available in the active adult communities throughout this hidden city just off Interstate 75.

Heron Creek

High $100s - Mid $500s

Golf enthusiasts and buyers looking for a country club lifestyle will want to check out Heron Creek, where there are three nine-hole golf courses to play, practice facilities, five tennis courts, and both a tennis and a golf pro shop. Residents can also enjoy a pool, a spa, a large patio, and plenty of pleasant walking and biking trails.

At Heron Creek, there’s a 21,000 square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a sauna, and several meeting and multipurpose rooms. Homeowners who don’t feel like cooking can visit one of the community’s two restaurants; Heron’s Roost Grille for something casual or Top of the Green for something fancy. An activities director plans social events and organizes clubs for special interests like books, trivia, and poker.

Dozens of home models are available to buyers who value space and open floor plans. Attached villas are low-maintenance and affordable, with three models offering 1,385 to 1,700 square feet, two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Single-family homes start at a higher price point and offer water or golf course views, two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage.

Learn more information about Heron Creek here.

Cypress Falls at The Woodlands

Low $200s - High $400s

Both new construction and resale homes are available at Cypress Falls at The Woodlands, a 55+ community that offers a wide range of choices when it comes to North Port homes for sale. From the collection of attached villas, buyers can select a paired duplex-style home or a garden villa with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Most models also come with a den or office space and range from 1,362 to 1,650 square feet.

The single-family homes have 1,372 and 3231 square feet, two to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The Monte Carlo floor plan, which is the largest in the Executive Homes Collection, has garage space for a third car.

Buyers looking for opportunities to live in a social and welcoming community will love the activities and events routinely planned by the lifestyle director at Cypress Falls at The Woodlands. There are parties, pot lucks, group nature hikes, candlelight yoga classes, and line dancing.

Amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, an internet cafe, a ballroom, meeting spaces, a library, a billiards room, and a catering kitchen. Outside, residents can lounge by the resort-style pool or get the heart racing and the muscles moving in the resistance pool. Tennis and bocce courts, a putting green, horseshoe pits, and gardening plots are also available.

Learn more information about Cypress Falls at The Woodlands here.

Bobcat Trail

High $100s - Low $500s

Attached villas and single-family homes are available at Bobcat Trail, a golf course community without age restrictions. The attached villas are in their own neighborhood with a private pool, clubhouse, and library. These homes come in two- or three-bedroom models with 1,450 to 1,677 square feet, two bathrooms, an attached two-car garage, and shared patios and backyard space.

The single-family homes are between 1,500 and 3,340 square feet with two to four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms. Homes include an attached two- or three-car garage, open floor plans, large master suites, and screened lanais.

Amenities available to all residents can be found at the community center. There’s a fitness center, a library, an arts and crafts studio, and a restaurant with a bar. An 18-hole championship golf course is spread out through the community, and there’s also a pool, tennis courts, and practice facilities. Homeowners can enjoy long, leisurely walks throughout the community, and there are also biking and jogging paths. Neighbors get together frequently for pool parties, coffee groups, and kayaking trips.

Learn more information about Bobcat Trail here.

Talon Bay

High $100s - High $200s

Buyers looking for a smaller and more intimate community in North Port can consider Talon Bay, where a total of 227 single-family homes and attached villas provide a cozy, communal feel. There are six lakes behind the gates of this active adult community as well as acres of nature preserves and parks.

Residents have access to a private canoe and kayak launch as well as trails for walking and biking that border the Myakkahatchee Creek. Homeowners can be found at the pool, on the sundeck, or working out in the fitness center. Talon Bay is just minutes from the Warm Mineral Springs, where a soak is therapeutic and services like massages and facials can be booked.

The Twin Villas offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den, an attached two-car garage, and 1,342 square feet. There’s also a covered lanai, an open floor plan, and a laundry and utility room right off the garage. Larger paired villas with 1,616 to 1,865 square feet, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage are also available in additional models. For buyers interested in single-family homes, there are eight floor plans offering1,559 to 2,431 square feet, two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two- or three-car garage.

Learn more information about Talon Bay here.