Living in Leesburg, Florida is pretty special, especially for active adults who want a quieter pace than the average beach town. Homebuyers who value affordability and wide-open spaces will find a lot to love about this area and the homes that are available.
Leesburg is not a city you may have considered for a Florida retirement, but we’re highlighting five of the best lowest-priced communities in this scenic and sensible setting.
1. Scottish Highlands
Reasonably priced and generous with amenities and social events, Scottish Highlands has just about everything buyers could be seeking when they look for central Florida real estate. There are 653 single-family homes in this 55+ community, all with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Resale homes can be found from 1,050 to 2,000 square feet, and homebuyers don’t have to spend a lot of time or money maintaining their home.
The clubhouse features several great amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness center, game room, and a ballroom with a stage. There’s also a catering kitchen, library, and billiards room. Residents spend a lot of time using the outdoor pool and patio as well as the tennis court, shuffleboard courts, and bocce ball courts. There’s also a book club, game nights, and pancake breakfasts to get excited about, as well as several clubs for special interests and hobbies.
2. Highland Lakes
There’s a lot to love about Highland Lakes, but one of the most unique features of this 55+ community is that it has a number of catch-and-release lakes and scenic ponds. It’s a great spot for people who love to cast a line and who don’t want to spend a bundle on buying a home.
There are two attached villa models available, and they have two bedrooms and two bathrooms with 1,120 or 1,293 square feet. They have one-car garages and open floor plans, and they’re excellent options for buyers hoping to downsize into a smaller home with less maintenance. Single-family resale homes come in eight models and have between 1,040 and 1,852 square feet. These properties have two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garage space for one or two cars. Some have space for golf cart parking or extra storage.
Amenities abound, with a clubhouse that has an exercise room, an art gallery, and a performance arena with a stage. There’s also a library, an arts and craft space, a woodworking shop, a card room, as well as an opportunity for indoor athletics. Residents have access to an indoor pickleball court, tennis court, walking track, and pool. Outside, there’s a lap pool, six tennis courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and softball. Highland Lakes also has a driving range and several nature trails as well as space for residents and their guests to park boats and RVs.
3. Pennbrooke Fairways
Golf course living doesn’t have to break a budget, and that’s evident at Pennbrooke Fairways, a 55+ community with three nine-hole golf courses. This is also a great community for buyers seeking a chance to dance. The Grand Hall is a huge entertainment space with a stage and a 4,500-square-foot dance floor which is used for ballroom dancing, line dancing, and dance classes. There’s also a card room, a catering kitchen, and an outdoor pool with a water volleyball net.
The Activities Center has a fitness center, craft room, movie screening room, and a ceramics center with a kiln. There’s also pickleball, a basketball court, as well as shuffleboard courts and horseshoes.
Resale single-family homes are modern and spacious. This was once a community of mobile and manufactured homes, but they were redone in 1994. Buyers can consider properties between 500 and 2,000 square feet. They have one, two, or three bedrooms, and they’re available as site-built vinyl siding homes, cottages, courtyard villas, duplexes, or stucco homes.
4. Legacy of Leesburg
Buyers who are seeking affordable Florida retirement communities with new construction should consider Legacy of Leesburg, where it’s possible to find a new or resale single-family home for a lot less than the investment required in other parts of the state. This 55+ community borders the Palatlakaha River, providing a great chance for residents to enjoy nature walks, picturesque lakes, and Legacy River Park.
The community is active, and dozens of clubs and social groups are available to residents. The fitness center includes an aerobics room and lockers, and there’s plenty of room for arts and crafts, cards, and computers. Outside, residents have a pool with a cabana and a bar. There’s also tennis, pickleball, bocce, softball, and horseshoes.
More than 50 models are available to buyers looking for resale homes, and they have two to four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached garage parking for one to three cars. Square footage is between 1,013 and 2,792. New construction homes are available in over 10 floor plans, ranging from 1,289 to 2,746 square feet with two, three, or four bedrooms and two or three bathrooms.
5. Plantation at Leesburg
Affordable luxury is available at Plantation at Leesburg, a 55+ community with welcoming waterfalls and two 18-hole championship golf courses that are semi-private. Residents can also work with one of the two PGA professional assistants who are on staff at the golf club. There’s a pro shop and a long list of additional amenities, including a fitness center, pools, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, pickleball courts, a field for softball and baseball, and space for billiards and cards. The clubhouses are well-appointed, and residents can enjoy a meal or a drink at Plantation Oaks Restaurant.
Resale homes are available in six spacious models, starting at a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with 1,872 square feet and getting as large as a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home with 2,650 square feet. All homes come with an attached two-car garage and unique features and designs. The community is split into 30 separate neighborhoods, and HOA costs and services depend on the neighborhood that a buyer chooses.