View of a wooden pathway over a lake leading to the picnic island in Lighthouse Bay, Bonita Springs, Florida

Here’s why villas are growing in popularity, especially within 55+ communities in Florida.

Looking at homes for sale in Florida? Perhaps it’s a single-family home you want with space and privacy or a low-maintenance condo that offers an opportunity to downsize. 

If you’re having trouble deciding between those options, there is another way. 

An attached villa provides the best of both worlds. You still have the feel of a single-family home, including spacious floor plans and outdoor space. On the other hand, you also get the low-maintenance lifestyle you want, with a strong sense of community and landscaping help from your homeowners' association.

Here’s why villas are growing in popularity, especially within 55+ communities in Florida.

Why Buy a Villa in Florida?

While buyers can find detached villas available in some active adult communities, these are typically attached homes, and they often come in pairs, meaning two homes share one common wall. Sometimes, villas are in clusters of four or even six. Most of these homes have single-story floor plans, but it’s possible to encounter a two-story villa that closely resembles a townhouse.

Many people think of sprawling European estates with fountains, vineyards, and horse stables when they hear the word villa. It’s not all that. Instead, it’s an opportunity for homeowners to enjoy a space of their own without spending all of their free time maintaining a large plot of land and complicated landscaping. 

There are several benefits to this type of home. In Florida especially, villas are often larger than condos and more affordable than single-family homes. They commonly have an attached one- or two-car garage, which eliminates the pain of leaving cars outside in the hot Florida sun. 

A lot of villas have private outdoor patios or screened lanais. There may be some yard space in the front or back of the house as well. Amenities are almost always available in the communities that offer villas. Look forward to indoor and outdoor pools, clubhouses, fitness centers, pickleball, walking trails, and even golf courses.

Villas make sense for a lot of buyers who want the space for entertaining guests without the requirements of a much bigger home. In Florida, they have an excellent resale value and there are new construction options as well as move-in ready homes to be found in communities across the state. 

Where to Buy a Villa in Florida

While there are common features to almost all villa homes, each villa is going to have its own unique characteristics, and a lot of what buyers find will depend on the community where it’s located. Many of the Florida neighborhoods with attached villa homes are found along the Gulf coast, in cities like Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, and Sarasota. There are plenty of villas on the other side of the state as well, in Palm Beach County and along the Treasure Coast. Buyers who prefer central Florida can check out some communities in Leesburg, St. Cloud, and Tavares.

Here are some of the best active lifestyle communities for anyone looking to buy a Florida villa.

Esplanade at Lakewood Ranch - Lakewood Ranch, FL

Mid $200s - Low $1Ms

Tidewater by Del Webb - Estero, FL

High $200s - Mid $400s

Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club - Fort Myers, FL

Mid $100s - $6M+

Waters Edge - Fort Myers, FL

Mid $200s - Low $2Ms

Turtle Rock on Palmer Ranch - Sarasota, FL

High $300s - Low $1Ms

Del Webb Tradition - Port St. Lucie, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Spring Run Golf Club - Bonita Springs, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

Worthington Country Club - Bonita Springs, FL

Mid $100s - High $500s

Lighthouse Bay - Bonita Springs, FL

Low $200s - Low $400s

Copperleaf at the Brooks - Bonita Springs, FL

Low $300s - High $600s

Grandezza - Estero, FL

Low $200s - Low $2Ms

Wildcat Run Golf & Country Club - Estero, FL

Low $200s - Low $1Ms

Renaissance - Fort Myers, FL

High $200s - High $2Ms

The Plantation - Fort Myers, FL

Low $200s - High $700s

Heritage CoveFort Myers, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

Seven LakesFort Myers, FL

Low $100s - Mid $200s

Legends Golf And Country ClubFort Myers, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $600s

PaseoFort Myers, FL

High $100s - High $900s

Autumn Woods - Naples, FL

High $300s - High $600s

Pelican Landing - Bonita Springs, FL

Low $100s - High $4Ms

Cinnamon CoveFort Myers, FL

Low $100s - Mid $300s

Palm Aire - Sarasota, FL

Mid $100s - High $600s

Imperial Cove - Clearwater, FL

Below $100k - Mid $300s

Heritage Lake - New Port Richey, FL

Low $100s - High $200s

Indian Spring - Boynton Beach, FL

Mid $100s - High $600s

Center Gate VillasSarasota, FL

High $100s - Mid $200s

Baywood ColonySarasota, FL

Low $200s - Low $600s

CastalinaFort Myers, FL

Low $200s - Low $400s

Villagewalk At Lake Nona - Orlando, FL

Mid $300s - Low $700s

Heritage Pines Florida - Hudson, FL

High $100s - Mid $300s

VillageWalk of SarasotaSarasota, FL

High $200s - High $500s

Heritage Springs - Trinity, FL

High $100s - Mid $400s

MiraBay - Apollo Beach, FL

Low $200s - Low $2Ms

Silverthorn - Brooksville, FL

Low $100s - High $800s

Timber Greens - New Port Richey, FL

Mid $100s - Low $300s

Southshore Falls - Apollo Beach, FL

High $100s - Low $300s

Kings Point - Sun City Center, FL

Below $100k - Mid $300s

The Isles On Palmer RanchSarasota, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Reflection LakesNaples, FL

High $100s - Low $400s

Riverwood - Port Charlotte, FL

High $100s - High $800s

Venetian Falls - Venice, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

VeronaWalkNaples, FL

High $200s - High $600s

Lely ResortNaples, FL

High $100s - Mid $1Ms

Island WalkNaples, FL

High $200s - High $800s

Crosley Villas - West Palm Beach, FL

Below $100k - Mid $400s

Huntington Pointe - Delray Beach, FL

Mid $100s - Low $300s

Floral Lakes - Delray Beach, FL

Low $200s - Low $400s

Heritage Isle - Viera, FL

Mid $200s - High $400s

Palm IslesBoynton Beach, FL

High $100s - Low $400s

Villaggio ReserveDelray Beach, FL

Mid $300s - Mid $500s

Coral LakesBoynton Beach, FL

High $100s - Low $400s

Venetian IslesBoynton Beach, FL

Mid $200s - High $400s

Baywinds - West Palm Beach, FL

Low $200s - High $400s

VillageWalk at Wellington - Wellington, FL

Mid $200s - Low $1Ms

LakePark at Tradition - Port St. Lucie, FL

High $100s - Mid $300s

Palm GreensDelray Beach, FL

Below $100k - Mid $200s

Marina Bay - St. Petersburg, FL

Low $500s - Low $4Ms

Village PlazaSarasota, FL

Mid $100s - High $200s

Esplanade By Siesta KeySarasota, FL

Low $300s - Low $600s

Lakeshore VillageSarasota, FL

High $100s - Low $400s

Timber Pines - Spring Hill, FL

Low $100s - High $300s

Village WalkNaples, FL

High $200s - Mid $600s

PalmiraBonita Springs, FL

High $200s - High $1Ms

Palm ChaseBoynton Beach, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Bent Tree Villas WestBoynton Beach, FL

High $100s - Mid $300s

Wellington At Seven HillsSpring Hill, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $300s

Aberdeen Golf & Country ClubBoynton Beach, FL

Low $100s - Low $500s

Kings Point in Tamarac - Tamarac, FL

Below $100k - Mid $300s

The Palms At Weston - Weston, FL

Mid $200s - Low $400s

Camelot VillageDelray Beach, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

The Florida Club - Stuart, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $600s

Esplanade at Artisan Lakes - Palmetto, FL

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Hammock Bay Golf And Country ClubNaples, FL

High $200s - Low $1Ms

Briar PatchNew Port Richey, FL

Mid $100s - High $100s

Halifax Plantation - Ormond Beach, FL

Low $300s - High $1Ms

Plantation Golf & Country ClubVenice, FL

Mid $100s - High $800s

Woodside TerraceSarasota, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

Emerald PointeDelray Beach, FL

High $100s - Mid $300s

The Villages - The Villages, FL

High $100s - High $1Ms

Highlands Ridge - Avon Park, FL

Below $100k - Mid $300s

Ashley Oaks - Sebring, FL

Low $100s - Mid $100s

Harmony Reserve - Vero Beach, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Pine Ridge At Fort MyersFort Myers, FL

Below $100k - Mid $100s

Highland Lakes on Lake Tarpon - Palm Harbor, FL

Mid $100s - Low $400s

Highland Lakes - Leesburg, FL

Low $100s - Mid $200s

Whispering Sound - Palm City, FL

Low $200s - Mid $200s

Cross Creek Golf and Country ClubFort Myers, FL

Low $100s - Mid $400s

Beacon LakesNew Port Richey, FL

Below $100k - Mid $100s

Las VerdesDelray Beach, FL

Below $100k - Mid $200s

Spanish Main Yacht Club - Longboat Key, FL

High $200s - High $500s

LakeRidge FallsSarasota, FL

High $200s - Mid $400s

Baytree - Tavares, FL

Low $100s - Mid $300s

Cormorant Point - Sebring, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

AberdeenBoynton Beach, FL

Mid $100s - High $500s

Fair Winds Village - Nokomis, FL

High $100s - Mid $200s

Village On The GreenClearwater, FL

Below $100k - High $200s

Villas of Lake ArborClearwater, FL

Mid $100s - High $100s

Woodside Village EastSarasota, FL

Mid $100s - High $100s

Quail RunBoynton Beach, FL

Low $200s - Mid $300s

Tuscany Isles - Punta Gorda, FL

Low $200s - High $200s

Tarpon BayNaples, FL

Mid $200s - High $300s

Lauderdale West - Plantation, FL

Mid $100s - High $300s

Hammocks at Bent TreeSarasota, FL

High $200s - High $300s

Pines Of DelrayDelray Beach, FL

Below $100k - High $100s

Sunrise PreserveSarasota, FL

Low $300s - Low $500s

Sweetwater - Jacksonville, FL

Low $300s - Low $500s

Woodfield - Vero Beach, FL

High $100s - Mid $300s

Bobcat Trail - North Port, FL

Low $200s - Low $500s

Lakeside Landings - Oxford, FL

Mid $100s - High $300s

Talon BayNorth Port, FL

High $100s - Low $400s

Pennbrooke FairwaysLeesburg, FL

Below $100k - High $200s

GlenLakes Country Club - Weeki Wachee, FL

Low $100s - High $500s

Magnolia Landing - North Fort Myers, FL

Low $200s - High $300s

Village GreenSarasota, FL

Low $200s - Mid $500s

Boca Lago - Boca Raton, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $600s

PGA Village Verano - Port St. Lucie, FL

Low $200s - Low $1Ms

Swifton VillasSarasota, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

Woodside Village WestSarasota, FL

Mid $100s - High $100s

Boca Ciega Point - St. Petersburg, FL

Mid $100s - Low $600s

Vienna Square - Winter Haven, FL

High $100s - High $200s

Deer CreekSarasota, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $600s

Stoneybrook Golf and Country ClubSarasota, FL

Low $300s - High $500s

Del Webb Sunbridge - St. Cloud, FL

Low $300s - High $600s

Thunderbird Hill Village - Sebring, FL

Low $100s - Low $200s

Country ManorsDelray Beach, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

Wiggins BayNaples, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Esplanade Lake ClubFort Myers, FL

Mid $300s - Mid $2Ms

Delray DunesBoynton Beach, FL

Low $200s - High $1Ms

Garden Oaks - Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Low $300s - High $400s

Lacuna - Lake Worth, FL

Mid $200s - Low $500s

Fountain Lakes - Estero, FL

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Miromar Lakes Beach And Golf Club - Miromar Lakes, FL

High $200s - $6M+

The Villages at Country Creek - Estero, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

The Villages of Citrus Hills - Hernando, FL

Mid $300s - Mid $1Ms

Sullivan Ranch - Mount Dora, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $500s

Northpointe Villas - Ocala, FL

High $100s - Low $300s

West Bay ClubEstero, FL

High $400s - Mid $3Ms

Cypress Falls at The WoodlandsNorth Port, FL

Low $200s - High $400s

Mirror LakesBoynton Beach, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

Tuscany BayBoynton Beach, FL

Low $200s - Low $300s

Brandywine - Fort Myers, FL

Low $100s - High $200s

Harbour Isle - Bradenton, FL

Mid $400s - Mid $900s

Palm Chase LakesBoynton Beach, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $200s

The Groves Golf and Country Club - Land O’Lakes, FL

Mid $100s - High $200s

Arbor Grande at Lakewood RanchBradenton, FL

High $200s - High $800s

Kings Gate - Port Charlotte, FL

Low $200s - High $300s

Park ShoreNaples, FL

High $100s - $6M+

Royal Oaks - Inverness, FL

Low $100s - Mid $100s

Sapphire LakesNaples, FL

High $100s - High $200s

Dudley Villas - Greenacres, FL

Below $100k - Mid $100s

Mariner Village Tarpon Cove - Tarpon Springs, FL

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Green Dolphin - Tarpon Springs, FL

Low $100s - High $100s

Grand Palm - Wellen Park, FL

High $200s - High $600s

Gran Paradiso - Wellen Park, FL

Low $200s - Low $700s

VillageWalk of Bonita SpringsBonita Springs, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $500s

Springwood Villas - Pinellas Park, FL

Below $100k - Mid $100s

Stoney Pointe - Lakeland, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $300s

Tohoqua Reserve - Kissimmee, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Valencia del Sol - Wimauma, FL

Mid $200s - High $600s

Bonita BayBonita Springs, FL

High $200s - $6M+

Fiddlesticks Country ClubFort Myers, FL

Mid $200s - High $1Ms

Pelican PreserveFort Myers, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $600s

Bay ForestNaples, FL

High $100s - Low $500s

Huntington at Hunter's Ridge - Ormond Beach, FL

Low $200s - High $300s

Seven Springs Villas Golf & Country ClubNew Port Richey, FL

Below $100k - Low $200s

On Top Of The WorldOcala, FL

Mid $100s - Low $500s

Del Webb Nocatee - Ponte Vedra, FL

Low $400s - Mid $1Ms

Sun City Center - Sun City Center, FL

Below $100k - Mid $500s

East Lake Woodlands - Oldsmar, FL

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

Barkley VillasWest Palm Beach, FL

Below $100k - Low $100s

The Isles of Collier PreserveNaples, FL

Mid $300s - Low $2Ms

VerandahFort Myers, FL

Mid $200s - Mid $1Ms