Sunset view of the lifeguard tower on Lido Key Beach 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. In Sarasota, there’s a lot of art and culture: museums and gardens, live performances, and street festivals just minutes from the beach. There’s also high-quality dining 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 the homes as well as the amenities and lifestyle activities offered.

1. Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club

High $300s - High $600s

The condos 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 that include elevators and security. The attached homes offer single-story living and attached one-car garages.

Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club is without age restrictions, and it’s part of the master-planned Palmer Ranch community, which is well-known for its diverse amenities and active social calendar. There’s a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse with a private restaurant and an 18-hole championship golf course available to residents. 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 around mature trees providing plenty of shade. There are trails and paths throughout the community for walking, biking, and jogging.

Learn more information about Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club here.

2. Lake Tippecanoe

Low $100s - High $100s

At Lake Tippecanoe, a 55+ community that’s great for downsizing, homes are small and low-maintenance. There are only 259 condos in the community, providing an intimate and cozy environment where neighbors know each other and get along well. The homeowners' association 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 and also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There's plenty of parking available to 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 a spacious clubhouse with meeting rooms and multi-purpose space. Outside, there’s a pool and a large patio. In addition to all this, the community is in a desirable location near Interstate 75 and just minutes away from malls, grocery stores, and Sarasota’s energetic downtown area. Beaches like Siesta Key are within a 20-minute drive.

Learn more information about Lake Tippecanoe here.

3. Lakeshore Village

High $100s - Low $400s

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 maintenance, landscaping, or upkeep. The self-managed HOA works with two full-time maintenance professionals.

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

Water-loving active adults will enjoy the catch-and-release lakes in this community, and the heated outdoor pool has recently been resurfaced and updated. There’s a clubhouse, meeting rooms, a catering area, a library, and a billiards area. Two tennis courts are also available as well as horseshoe pits.

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

Learn more information about Lakeshore Village here. 

4. Whispering Sands

High $300s - High $1Ms

Whispering Sands has Sarasota homes for sale that are ideal for downsizing buyers who want to live on the beach and spend some time near the water. This 55+ community boasts its own private beach area with a Tiki Hut that has 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. Also, the community is close to all the beachside fun of Siesta Key, including restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques.

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

Learn more information about Whispering Sands here.

5. Sunrise Preserve

Low $300s - Low $500s

Buyers who are hoping to downsize but still want new construction homes can consider the single-family homes and attached villas at Sunrise Preserve. There won’t be any age restrictions at 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. Floor plans have 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, social events, 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. It’s also a few minutes from The Ringling Museum.

Learn more information about Sunrise Preserve here.