The Best Communities for Downsizing in Sarasota, Florida

If you\'re looking to downsize into a Florida retirement, check out these active adult communities in Sarasota.

Downsizing in Sarasota can mean living the Florida retirement dream many active adults have spent their lives pursuing. Sarasota is home to museums, gardens, live performances, and street festivals just minutes from the beach. There’s also high-quality local cuisine and more than 30 golf courses in and around the city.

Buyers seeking Sarasota homes for sale that allow them to simplify their lives have some great options in the area’s most popular communities. Let’s take a look at these homes as well as the amenities and lifestyle activities offered.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

Low $300s – High $500s

A palm tree-lined walking path in Sarasota, Florida
Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club is located in a shady, wooded area.

The condos and attached homes at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club are spacious and modern. They’re also perfect for downsizing into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with fewer than 2,000 square feet. Many of the resale condos and attached villas are reasonably priced and include patios and lanais. Many of the condos are in three-story buildings with elevator access and security. The attached homes offer single-story living and one-car garages.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club has no age restrictions and is part of the larger Palmer Ranch community, which is well-known for its diverse amenities and active social calendar. Residents have access to a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse with a private restaurant and an 18-hole championship golf course. There’s also an indoor pool, a fitness center, a pro shop, and courts for tennis, pickleball, and bocce.

The neighborhood includes 940 homes built in a wooded area with plenty of shade. Homeowners can enjoy trails and paths throughout the community for walking, biking, and jogging.

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Lake Tippecanoe

Low $100s – High $100s

Aerial view of a crowded day on a Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, Florida
Lake Tippecanoe is in a desirable location near Sarasota’s Siesta Key.

At Lake Tippecanoe, another 55+ community great for downsizing, homes are small and require little maintenance. There are 259 condos in the community, providing an intimate and cozy environment where neighbors know each other and get along well. The homeowners’ association (HOA) handles all exterior maintenance and landscaping, and residents don’t have to pay for cable.

Buyers can select the standard condo model, which has 1,146 to 1,296 square feet, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms, or they can opt for a villa model, which is between 1,066 and 1,182 square feet. There’s also plenty of parking available for residents and their guests.

Residents get together for bridge, bunco, bingo, and other games. A social committee puts together special events and holiday parties as well as weekly activities. There’s also a spacious clubhouse with meeting rooms and multipurpose space. Outside, homeowners can visit the pool and large patio. In addition to all this, the community is in a desirable location near Interstate 75 and minutes away from malls, grocery stores, and Sarasota’s energetic downtown area. Beaches like Siesta Key are within a 20-minute drive, as well.

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Lakeshore Village

Low $300s – Mid $400s

A green underlit bridge leading to downtown Sarasota, Florida
Lakeshore Village is great for buyers looking to enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.

Low-maintenance living is available at Lakeshore Village for buyers who want to downsize into an attached villa that doesn’t require a lot of landscaping or upkeep. The self-managed HOA works with two full-time maintenance professionals.

Lakeshore Village is a small neighborhood with only 195 residences. The multiple home models have two or three bedrooms and two or two-and-a-half bathrooms. Floor plans range from 1,605 to 2,433 square feet and include attached two-car garages. Buyers will find a lot of available upgrades in the resale properties, which all feature open floor plans and high ceilings.

Water-loving active adults can enjoy the catch-and-release lakes in this community, and the heated outdoor pool has recently been resurfaced and updated. Other amenities include a clubhouse, meeting rooms, a catering area, a library, and a billiards area. Tennis courts and horseshoe pits are also available.

Neighbors get together for social gatherings and happy hours, and there are often concerts, lectures, and travel presentations. Weekly coffees keep residents connected as well as caffeinated.

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Whispering Sands

High $600s – High $1Ms

A flock of white herons with one in center focus, located on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida
Whispering Sands has homes for sale for buyers who want to spend time near the water.

Whispering Sands has Sarasota homes for sale ideal for downsizing buyers who want to spend some time near the water. This 55+ community boasts its own private beach area with a Tiki Hut, grills, an outdoor pool, and several scenic lakes. There are also two clubhouses with meeting rooms, a library, and an exercise area.

With 900 feet of white Siesta Key sand, residents can enjoy sunbathing and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the community is close to more beachside fun, including restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques.

Two waterfront condo buildings house 267 homes. These units are 1,271 to 2,746 square feet with two to four bedrooms and two to four bathrooms. Homes may have balconies with views of the ocean, and buyers can also choose units with spa bathrooms, hurricane shutters, and upgrades such as granite counters. Some homes come with attached garages, while others have assigned parking spaces.

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Sunrise Preserve

Mid $400s – Mid $700s

Exterior of the pink Ca' D'Zan building at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida
This community is a few minutes from The Ringling Museum.

Buyers who are hoping to downsize to new construction homes can consider the single-family homes and attached villas at Sunrise Preserve. There won’t be any age restrictions in this community, which Mattamy Homes began constructing in 2017. Buyers will have 11 models to choose from, ranging from 1,539 to 2,623 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two and three bathrooms, and attached garages of varying sizes.

At Sunrise Preserve, an on-site activities director will help with planning events, parties, and club activities. Amenities include a clubhouse, a resort-style pool, a large patio, and courts for tennis and bocce. The community is close to some of the prettiest beaches in Sarasota, and it’s a short drive from the shopping and nightlife at St. Armands Key. The community is also a few minutes from The Ringling Museum.

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Pelican Cove

Mid $200s – High $500s

Downtown Sarasota, Florida skyline peaking about trees
Pelican Cove is a 20-minute drive from Downtown Sarasota.

Covering 75 acres along Little Sarasota Bay, Pelican Cove is a gated community offering condos and attached homes. Originally built in 1975, Pelican Cove provides interested homebuyers with a variety of floor plans perfect for downsizing into a low-maintenance space.

Condo homes are available in six models, ranging from 829 to 1,986 square feet with one to three bedrooms and one to three bathrooms. The attached homes offer 1,984 square feet with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There’s ample carport parking for all homeowners, and home features can include cathedral ceilings, walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and built-in wine racks.

The waterfront neighborhood is pet-friendly and boasts a wide range of amenities, including six swimming pools, several athletic courts, a private boat slip, and an exercise center. Located near shopping and dining destinations, Pelican Cove is only a 15-minute drive from Siesta Key and a 20-minute drive from Downtown Sarasota.

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