Palm Beach County on Florida’s southern Atlantic coast, is the home of several desirable cities such as West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Boynton Beach. It’s generally considered a swanky place to live, thanks to celebrities like Tiger Woods and Bill Gates maintaining Palm Beach addresses. It has a reputation for gorgeous beaches, stellar shopping, and championship golf. It also provides locals and visitors with easy proximity to Miami.
However, you don’t have to be rich to buy a home in Palm Beach County. Plenty of 55+ communities have properties available for under $150,000. They’re comfortable and accessible, and you’ll never feel like you’re sacrificing space or amenities to stay within your budget.
Below $100k - Mid $200s
Lakefront living is available and affordable at Lakes of Delray in Delray Beach, a 55+ condominium community with 1,400 units. Homes are in two- and three-story buildings and range from 800 to 1,500 square feet. Many of the resale units available come with upgrades such as granite counters and ceramic tile.
The community includes a car wash area as well as public transport into the city for residents who would rather not drive. The amenities are geared towards active adults who enjoy fitness and fun. There are pools, spas, saunas, racquetball courts, a driving range, and space for shuffleboard, tennis, and bocce ball. Residents can also spend some time strolling through the parks and along the walking trails while taking in scenic lake views.
Below $100k - Mid $100s
Golf communities don’t have to be expensive as you’ll see at Poinciana, a 55+ community located in Lake Worth. This neighborhood is right in the middle of an 18-hole golf course, and properties are available as single-family homes, attached villas, and condominiums. In addition to golf, residents can enjoy tennis, bocce, shuffleboard, and poolside relaxation. There’s also a clubhouse, parks, and several scenic trails where active adults enjoy walking, jogging, and biking.
Lake Worth is close to shopping as well as the Florida Turnpike. In addition to the golf course in the community, there are nearly a dozen private and public courses within half an hour of Poinciana. Residents here are only eight miles from the beach.
Below $100k - High $200s
For condo living that’s both affordable and free of maintenance headaches, try Snug Harbor Gardens Condominiums. It’s a 55+ community made up of 194 one- and two-bedroom units offering 637 to 1,200 square feet. This community is located on the Intracoastal Waterway, and you’ll have a view of the water while you’re relaxing at the outdoor pool and congregating in the clubhouse.
Residents at Snug Harbor enjoy shuffleboard, pool parties, and individual workouts as well as group exercise classes in the fitness center. With public beaches less than half a mile away, group trips are frequently made. Also, the community is small enough that you’ll have an easy time getting to know your neighbors. Shopping and dining options are just a few miles away, and the Palm Beach International Airport can be reached in less than half an hour.
Below $100k - High $100s
When you’re looking for a larger community with easy access to the beach, try Century Village at West Palm Beach. This community is comprised of 6,500 condos, and some of them are available on a resale basis for under $150,000. Elevators, secured entry, and low-maintenance living are all the rage at Century Village, where active adults live comfortably in homes ranging from 600 to 1,500 square feet. Also, many condos have views of the nearby golf courses or the sparkling Atlantic shoreline.
This community has a clubhouse, eight pools, an indoor resistance pool, a fitness center with an aerobics room, a sewing studio, and a library. Residents also have access to 39 shuffleboard courts, four tennis courts, and a theater that seats more than a thousand people. Community transit is available, and residents enjoy getting together for game night and book club.
Mid $100s - High $300s
Condos and attached homes at Boca Lago can get pricey, but there’s a nice selection of properties available for under $150,000. Membership to Boca Lago Golf & Country Club is optional and includes golf course privileges. There are pools, tennis courts, and a fitness center that includes an aerobics studio and plenty of exercise classes. It’s hard to miss the tiki bar, and an activities center allows residents to frequently gather for happy hours, movie nights, and comedy shows.
Condos in this community offer between 1,100 and 2,400 square feet of living space. Villas and townhomes are also available on a resale basis. Boca Raton has some of the most celebrated shopping and dining in Palm Beach County. At Boca Lago, you’ll be close to championship golf courses and two international airports.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
Sugar Sands is an established active adult neighborhood of 344 condo units spread over 30 acres. At the community clubhouse, residents can stay in the exercise room, relax in the sauna, attend an event in the meeting room, or have some fun in the card, game, or billiards rooms. Outdoors, residents have a pool and spa that's great for relaxing or swimming laps.
This community consists of two- and three-story condo buildings housing units between 1,065 and 1,592 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and assigned parking spaces. The homeowners' association (HOA) takes care of common area maintenance. At Sugar Sands, Downtown West Palm Beach is just 20 minutes away, and residents are also within walking distance of the Atlantic shoreline.