Living in a community with a lifestyle director has a number of benefits. Residents appreciate having a point of contact for social events and activities, and most lifestyle directors take the extra step to welcome new homeowners and help them get acclimated to the rhythm and the pace of their new neighborhood. This can be especially beneficial to residents who are new to Florida or not sure what to expect from their new community.
We took a look at some of the most popular Florida communities with engaged and active lifestyle directors. Buyers looking at homes for sale in Florida, with the intention of embracing all the communal and social activities available to them, will enjoy moving into a community with a full-time professional who organizes regular events.
Mid $100s – Mid $500s
Solivita is a large 55+ community with various resale and new construction homes for sale in Kissimmee, just outside of Orlando. It’s well known for its amenities and activities largely due to the on-site lifestyle director. Residents enjoy yoga and fitness classes, get together for book discussions, and attend cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. There are support groups, a singles club, and groups for birders, cyclists, swimmers, and volunteers. It’s also easy to stay busy with regular bingo games and movie nights.
Amenities at Solivita serve the social atmosphere and make it easy for the lifestyle director to put together fun events. Residents enjoy an amenity complex with a fitness center, an aerobics studio, and a business center. There are pools, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. At the Spa & Fitness Center, there’s also a dance studio, a walking track, and a heated indoor pool.
Neighborhood centers have their own unique offerings, and there’s a large ballroom as well as the Stonegate Golf Club, where homeowners and their guests can play on either of the 18-hole golf courses or take some practice swings at the aquatic driving range.
Mid $200s – Low $800s
The master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch is large and still growing, and buyers looking for homes for sale in the area will want to consider Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch. There are no age restrictions, but active adult residents are especially drawn to the expansive amenities as well as the activities and events put together by the on-site lifestyle director.
Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch offers an 18-hole golf course, polo fields, a fire pit, an event lawn, a resort-style pool, a resistance pool, and a waterfront area where residents can launch kayaks and canoes. There’s also a fitness center and pickleball courts.
Homes are available in new construction and resale models. Taylor Morrison expects to build 1,250 single-family homes ranging from 1,686 to 3,439 square feet with two or three bedrooms, den space, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Mid $200s – Mid $300s
Grand Isle, a 55+ community on the Space Coast in Melbourne is on the smaller side, with only 336 single-family homes. However, the full-time lifestyle director stays busy planning activities and organizing events. Residents can enjoy card games, yoga, water aerobics, bocce ball, and tennis. Community parties are frequent, and there are often art classes and workshops which garner a lot of resident participation. There’s also a community room, a parlor, and a library that’s used as an activity room.
The amenities at Grand Isle include a pool, a fitness center, shuffleboard courts, bocce ball courts, and tennis/pickleball courts. There’s also a veranda and several walking and biking trails that border scenic lakes. The resale homes in this community come in four models, ranging from 1,765 to 2,546 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.
Low $200s – High $300s
The lifestyle director at Del Webb Orlando keeps residents at this new 55+ community busy with clubs, events, activities, and parties. There’s water volleyball, group cycling classes, margarita happy hours, movie nights, and the regularly scheduled bring-your-own-appetizer event at the pool. Residents get together to play music, discuss books, and play games. There’s also a cigar club and a couple of noncompetitive pickleball groups. Amenities include an optional membership to the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, where homeowners can access 18 holes of golf as well as practice facilities.
New construction and resale homes are available to buyers seeking homes for sale in Orlando and the surrounding area. More than 20 single-family floor plans offer one to four bedrooms, one-and-a-half to four bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Some homes have space to park a golf cart and others include extra space for a den or office. Square footage ranges from 978 to 2,251.
Low $300s – High $400s
Only 160 new construction and resale homes are available in Mirabella, a 55+ community for homebuyers in Bradenton, but the full-time activities director keeps busy. There are plenty of parties and special events, and residents enjoy participating in group outings to popular spots along the Bradenton beaches and in nearby Sarasota. The community clubhouse invites residents to enjoy the exercise room, meeting space, and movie theater. Outdoors, there’s a pool, patio, and spa.
Low-maintenance living is offered to residents at Mirabella. Not only does the homeowners’ association provide an activities director, they also offer lawn care, landscaping, pest control, irrigation, fertilization, and security at the community’s gated points of entry.
Homebuyers can choose from four attached models. These are two- or three-bedroom homes with a den and two bathrooms. Homes include an attached two-car garage, private patio space, and features like walk-in closets and double vanities in the master suites.