The Villages is the largest active adult community in Florida offering homes in every price range beginning from well under $100,000.

After getting a great response for our new Advanced Search feature, we decided to use it ourselves to find the best low-priced communities in Florida. Our search focused on communities which met three criteria: all community sizes, an age-restriction and new construction homes. We further restricted our search to communities with homes priced in the low $100s or under. Of the 12 results, here are the eight communities we think are best:

1. The Villages - The Villages, FL

With over 75,000 residences, including single-family, attached and manufactured homes, The Villages is a complete town unto itself. This sprawling community spans three counties, three zip codes and over 20,000 acres. It features resort-style amenities, retail centers, restaurants, banks, post offices and other convenient services.

2. On Top of the World - Ocala, FL

Residents at On Top of the World enjoy three championship golf courses, multiple clubhouses, beautiful grounds and numerous social and recreational amenities. The community is divided into several distinct neighborhoods with a mix of 10,000 single-family and attached homes in a wide range of styles and prices.

3. Pelican Preserve - Fort Myers, FL

Whether looking for condos, single-family homes or attached homes, active adults have many options at Pelican Preserve. This gated golf community is located just 15 miles from downtown Fort Myers and 40 miles north of Naples. Active adults who move to Pelican Preserve will enjoy a plethora of recreational amenities including a spacious clubhouse and a 27-hole golf course.

4. Trilogy Orlando - Groveland, FL

Trilogy Orlando is a pedestrian-friendly active adult community which boasts beautiful grounds and a prime location in Central Florida. This relatively new community is still under development, but construction of the 57,000 square-foot amenity center is well underway with completion scheduled in 2012.

5. Heritage Isle - Viera, FL

Designed as a collection of individual villages, Heritage Isle is a lovely enclave within the larger Viera master-planned community. While the community has its own amenity-rich clubhouse, residents can also enjoy hitting the links at the adjacent Duran Golf Course. When it comes to residences, homebuyers will find many styles of condos, single-family homes and attached homes.

Budget-friendly 55+ communities still offer luxurious amenities such as this gorgeous swimming pool and spa at Arlington Ridge in Leesburg, Florida. 

6. Solivita - Poinciana, FL

The Tuscan-themed Solivita community enjoys a prime location in Central Florida just 35 miles south of Orlando. Solivita’s scenic lakes, wooded preserves and two championship golf courses create a lovely backdrop for the community’s nearly 6,000 single-family and attached homes.

7. Arlington Ridge - Leesburg, FL

Active adults who are looking for a more intimate community may prefer Arlington Ridge. This brand new community broke ground in 2011 and, upon completion, will contain 629 single-family homes. Residents will enjoy exciting resort-style amenities such as a large clubhouse, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sports courts and a championship golf course.

8. Sun City Center - Sun City Center, FL

Located just 25 miles south of Tampa, Sun City Center is an active adult community that was originally begun by Del Webb in 1961. Since 1972, various builders have taken over development of the community leading to an interesting mix of neighborhoods, homes and amenities. Today, both resale and new construction homes are available in a range of prices and styles.