View of condo buildings across the fishing lake at Cinnamon Cove in Fort Myers, Florida

Downsizing is a great way to spend more time enjoying your Florida retirement, and these communities make it easy.

A popular trend among active adult homebuyers is to downsize into a home that’s a little cheaper, a little smaller, and a lot less time-consuming to maintain. Downsizing comes with a number of benefits. There’s less responsibility around the house, you’ll save some money, and your days will be more flexible to do the things that you enjoy.

Buyers seeking homes for sale in Fort Myers, Florida will find that downsizing is easy, and these 55+ communities are great places to do it.

1. Seven Lakes

Below $100k - High $100s

At Seven Lakes, residents won’t have to worry about paying to golf on this 55+ community’s 18-hole executive course. There’s also a putting green and a chipping area as well as tennis, shuffleboard, and bocce ball courts.

Additional amenities include a large clubhouse, an exercise room, a catering kitchen, an auditorium with a stage, an arts and crafts studio, a library, and space for woodworking, ceramics, and other hobbies. Seven Lakes also has a restaurant, and the outdoor pool includes a Tiki bar. Buyers who are extra-serious about downsizing and thinking about leaving the car behind will be happy to know that Seven Lakes offers community transit.

Resale condos and attached villas can be found in one- to three-bedroom models with one or two bathrooms. The condos are in buildings with three to five floors and elevator access, while the attached villas have an attached one-car garage. Homeowners' association (HOA) fees will vary depending on the home that’s purchased.

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2. Pelican Preserve

Mid $100s - High $500s

Pelican Preserve is one of the largest and most popular 55+ communities with homes for sale in Fort Myers. There are 2,500 new and resale single-family homes, attached villas, and low-maintenance condos. The attached homes come in carriage, cottage, and villa models, with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,078 to 1,916 square feet, and an attached two-car garage. Many models also have den or office space.

The Pelican Preserve Golf Club is one of the most popular amenities within the community. Residents can enjoy a 27-hole championship course as well as a ballroom, a pro shop, and a members-only restaurant and bar. There’s also a fitness center and a clubhouse.

Amenities for all homeowners include a 70,000-square-foot clubhouse, an indoor walking track, a spa and sauna, an indoor lap pool, and tons of specialized rooms for crafts, ceramics, games, and computers. There’s also a juice bar, pools, and lots of recreational space outdoors for sports like volleyball, tennis, pickleball, softball, basketball, and lawn bowling. For extra outdoor fun, there’s a nature preserve, a fishing pier, and a boardwalk.

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3. Heritage Cove

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

Downsizing is a rewarding option for buyers who choose Heritage Cove, an attractive and affordable 55+ community close to malls, shopping, and restaurants. There’s a pier and a private beach, and homeowners can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle that leaves plenty of time for things like ice cream socials, fashion shows, and potlucks. Amenities include a fitness center, a library, a computer room, and meeting rooms inside the 7,000-square-foot clubhouse. Outside, there’s a large pool and patio as well as shuffleboard, tennis, and bocce.

While there are single-family homes and attached villas available to buyers, those interested in downsizing will want to consider a condo home in one of the four-story lakeside buildings. These homes have 1,232 to 1,408 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and parking in a garage or carport. HOA fees vary but include cable, pest control, amenity maintenance, and lawn care.

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4. Pine Ridge at Fort Myers

Below $100k - Mid $100s 

Living on the water doesn’t usually feel like downsizing, but that’s exactly what homeowners get at Pine Ridge at Fort Myers. This 55+ community has resale condos, attached villas, and single-family homes in a price range that's perfect for a downsizing budget.

The condos are in two- and three-story buildings with elevators and hurricane shutters. Condo homes have a manageable 960 to 1,400 square feet, two or three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Attached villas are also available with 1,000 to 1,468 square feet, two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage. Buyers who want less space without sacrificing the privacy of a single-family home can find a small home with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one-car garage.

Pine Ridge sits beside a scenic lake, where residents can enjoy a dock, a picnic area, and several walking and biking trails. The clubhouse includes a couple of multipurpose rooms and a catering kitchen. There’s also an outdoor pool and spa, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and a place for bocce. Homeowners enjoy getting together for movie nights, line dancing, and karaoke. There are pool parties, potlucks, and seasonal events planned throughout the year, keeping residents socially engaged and active.

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5. Cinnamon Cove

Low $100s - Mid $300s

Fishing might be part of the plan for buyers seeking Fort Myers real estate, and if that’s the case, Cinnamon Cove is an ideal place to downsize. Three fishing lakes are found throughout the community, and there’s also a fishing pier among the walking and biking trails that wind through this 55+ community’s well-landscaped neighborhoods.

Condos and attached villas have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 931 to 1,057 square feet. Single-family homes are available with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. There are several floor plan options for these models.  

The clubhouse has a fitness center and some meeting rooms as well as a library, a ballroom, a catering kitchen, billiards, and table tennis. Pickleball courts, shuffleboard courts, and 10 pools can be found outside. A large number of special interest clubs and activities often hold events at Cinnamon Cove, from the golf club to the chess club. There’s also a sewing guild and regular games of poolside bingo.

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