Florida has always been a popular retirement destination because of its sunny weather, sandy beaches, and low taxes that have attracted retirees from across the country. And with so many active adult communities throughout the Sunshine State, retirees have plenty of options to choose from when deciding where to settle down and call home. 55places.com determined the most popular 55+ communities in Florida according to unique pageviews from August 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017. Here are the ten hottest 55+ communities in Florida.
1. The Villages
It’s no surprise to see The Villages in Central Florida in any top list since it’s one of the largest age-restricted communities in the world. This massive 20,000-acre active adult community, with plans to have more than 56,000 homes, is a self-sustaining town complete with retail establishments, banks, restaurants, medical facilities, and a wide selection of amenities and recreational facilities. Residents get around the community via 100 miles of golf cart legal streets and trails. The Villages also has multiple recreation centers and town squares that offer a variety of resort-style amenities and outdoor recreational facilities. And with construction still going on, active adults can choose to buy a new home from the long list of model collections that come in different styles, sizes, and price points.
2. On Top of the World – Ocala
In the second spot is On Top of the World in Ocala. This beautiful 55+ community will host 10,000 homes upon completion and provides retirees with affordable home designs as well as a rich lineup of world-class amenities and recreational facilities. From working out at one of the many fitness centers to golfing at one of the three on-site courses, homeowners will never run out of ways to stay active in this vibrant age-restricted development. Residents also have more than 200 organized clubs and special interest groups to choose from to keep their social calendars full all year long.
Sun City Center is an impressive active adult community in the Tampa Bay area and is home to more than 11,000 residents. This self-contained active adult community provides all of the daily conveniences and necessities retirees could want or need. Sun City Center is home to grocery stores, worship centers, retail shops, and a hospital as well as three campuses that host multiple activity centers and recreational facilities. Retirees are drawn to Sun City Center because of its reasonably priced homes that feature low-maintenance exteriors and come in a variety of designs, sizes, and price points.
4. Solivita - Kissimmee
Solivita is an award-winning, master-planned active adult community that is sprawled across 4,300 acres of lush landscape in Kissimmee, Florida. This large, gated 55+ community offers residents more than 150,000 square feet of amenities and recreational facilities that are woven into the natural landscape of the community, including scenic lakes and streams that enhance the area’s picturesque backdrop. Builder AV Homes plans to build 5,900 residences upon completion and offers homebuyers a wide selection of home designs that come as attached or single-family homes. Solivita is arranged in a collection of welcoming neighborhoods that feature Tuscan-inspired homes that feature expansive great rooms, gourmet kitchens, and inviting outdoor spaces.
5. Oak Run - Ocala
Oak Run in Ocala is a beautiful 3,500-home active adult community in the heart of Central Florida. This active adult community provides homeowners with a country-club vibe allowing them to enjoy world-class amenities while leaving the hassles of exterior home maintenance behind. Retirees have five recreation centers to choose from. They can mingle with neighbors at the 30,000 square-foot Palm Grove Club or work out in the Orchid Club that has a fitness center, outdoor pool, sports courts, and trails. There are also 18 holes of championship golf that wind through Oak Run. The course is a 6,703-yard, par-72 course that was carefully designed around mature trees and native vegetation within the community. In addition to these stunning amenities, residents also have the Royal Oaks Golf Club where they can access a six-hole golf practice facility.