Just north of Miami, Broward County is split by Interstate 75 and includes cities like Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac. It’s the very definition of south Florida living, with beaches easily accessible and hundreds of golf courses scattered throughout the region. This is where Floridians come to catch a cruise ship or board an international flight.
It’s also an excellent destination for a Florida retirement. Active adults who are trying to downsize can do so easily in Broward County. These 55+ communities offer affordable retirement homes with manageable spaces, fantastic locations, and a laid-back, low-maintenance lifestyle.
1. Lauderdale West - Plantation, FL
Buyers who are downsizing to one car or even no cars will be just fine at Lauderdale West, where community transit is reliable and efficient. It takes residents to the two local malls, the neighborhood grocery stores, and Plantation Walk, which is merely 10 minutes from Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Attached homes are 900 to 1,250 square feet with one or two bedrooms and assigned parking. Single-family homes have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,460 to 1,750 square feet. These homes are ideal for downsizing and come with screened patios, lots of closet space, and upgrades like tile floors.
The main clubhouse includes dozens of amenities such as a woodworking shop, exercise room, sauna, and library. There’s also an outdoor pool and spa, tennis courts, and six shuffleboard courts. Residents who live on the other side of this 55+ community will find themselves closer to the second clubhouse, which includes a multi-purpose room, a pool and spa, as well as a pickleball court. Seasonal and themed parties are frequent in this community, and there are also exercise classes, movie nights, and discussion groups to join.
2. Leisureville - Pompano Beach, FL
Leisureville has been around since the 1960s, but the community has been upgraded and turned into a modern neighborhood for 55+ residents who want a simple, active lifestyle. Buyers can choose a resale single-family home or a condo unit.
The condos are 921 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They include walk-in closets, galley kitchens, and screened outdoor space. Detached homes have 874 to 1,710 square feet, two to three bedrooms, one to three bathrooms, and an attached garage. They’re available in several floor plans.
Community transit is available at Leisureville as well as a nine-hole golf course, shuffleboard courts, and bocce ball courts. Residents can find activities and amenities at either the north or south clubhouses. Fitness centers, pools, libraries, and multi-purpose rooms are available. There’s a gorgeous coral reef off the coast of Pompano Beach and several shipwreck sites that divers enjoy exploring. Buyers hoping to downsize into a classic and affordable Florida retirement will find what they need at Leisureville.
3. The Palms at Weston - Weston, FL
Homes for sale in Weston are especially desirable at The Palms at Weston, a collection of modern attached villas and condos. These low-maintenance properties are great for downsizing, and come with little maintenance and no landscaping responsibilities. The HOA even takes care of trash removal.
Amenities in this community are pretty special, with more than just a clubhouse and a fitness center. There’s also a beauty salon, a banquet room, and The Palace at Home Health Agency. Residents get together for happy hour, bingo, movie night, and line dancing.
Seven floor plans are available to buyers choosing a resale condo home. They can be as large or as small as potential residents desire, with between 868 and 1,881 square feet. Condos have one to two bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. Many units have a den, an extra half bathroom, and large private master suites. Attached villas are much larger, but buyers who want to downsize without sacrificing space may enjoy the 2,600 square feet, the attached two-car garages, and the two or three bedrooms.
4. Meadowbrook Lakes - Dania Beach, FL
Affordable and cozy condos are available at Meadowbrook Lakes, a gated 55+ community with three clubhouses and three outdoor pools. There are also shuffleboard courts, exercise rooms, and event rooms for activities such as parties, social gatherings, and community game nights. Meadowbrook Lakes is just minutes from the Dania Beach Pier, where it’s fun to fish, take a walk, sip a coffee, or enjoy an early morning sunrise.
There are 1,234 condos in this community, and the homes are found in mid-rise buildings with elevators and security. Most resale models offer 800 to 1,244 square feet with one or two bedrooms and bathrooms. There’s plenty of parking, and buyers can find homes with open kitchens, outdoor patios, and upgrades like crown moulding and ceramic floors. The community is well-designed for residents who like to walk, bike, or jog.
5. Wynmoor Village - Coconut Creek, FL
The condos at Wynmoor Village are found in 133 mid-rise buildings, and they’re great options for buyers who are downsizing. They start at a mere 550 square feet and go up to 1,250 square feet. These homes have between one and three bedrooms and one or two bathrooms. Each home has a view, either of the neighboring golf course, the garden, or the lake. Open floor plans, plenty of parking, and upgrades in some resale homes such as stainless appliances and granite counters are also available.
Residents enjoy a country club-type lifestyle at Wynmoor Village. The clubhouse includes a fitness center, an arts and crafts studio, and space for ceramics. Artistic buyers will be excited about the stained glass studio, painting studio, and stone and clay studio. There’s also a woodworking shop, a business center, and a lecture hall. Multi-purpose rooms are available for club meetings and activities, and there’s also a library and a theater. Outside, residents can relax at the main pool or one of the 19 satellite pools. There are also courts for playing tennis, shuffleboard, and pickleball.