Active adults searching for their lost shaker of salt may have found it.
Latitude Margaritaville, a Jimmy Buffett-inspired 55+ community in Daytona Beach, Florida, isn’t your average Florida retirement community. For starters, there’s a private beach club under construction and a pet spa called Barkaritaville.
But more importantly, the Jimmy Buffett retirement community brings many people together. Residents curve towards the younger side of the 55+ crowd and the lifestyle they've created so far stands out.
It’s a Place to Party Responsibly and Collectively
Remember how proud you felt when your college was described as a party school?
Margaritaville residents have the same glow of pride, and they’re always eager to plan, enjoy, and then talk about their busy social calendars. There’s usually live music happening somewhere, and the impromptu events are just as common as the pre-planned gatherings.
A huge New Year’s Eve party included nearly the entire community and was set up as a series of open houses, where residents dropped in on their neighbors to share good wishes and enjoy a cocktail. There are birthday parties, plays and performances, and plenty of happy hours, potlucks, and banquets to keep everyone well-fed, social, and happy.
The fests, as the kids say, are lit.
Embracing a Sense of Community
It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that you’ll see Jimmy Buffett strumming his six-string on his front porch swing (okay, he might not have a front porch swing). The musician has gone door to door before, getting to know the people who chose to live in a Margaritaville retirement community. While he maintains a primary residence in New York, he did buy a home in the community that bears the name of his most famous song.
The other neighbors are pretty cool, too. Residents have described near-immediate friendships with the people they live near. Some couples have already planned vacations together. It’s easy to ask someone to check your mail and water your plants while you’re away for the weekend.
There’s an emphasis on communal fun and events that revolve around food and music, which is an instant draw for buyers looking for a 55+ community that’s about more than bingo games and early bird dinners.
While the community is open and inclusive, it’s not completely overbearing with its pressure to join the crowd. Ruth Houser, a resident who moved in late last year, said she chose the community because she’s not really a social person but likes to be around active people who are out doing things. She appreciates having the option to stay in or to go out and join an event.
Amenities Coming Soon
This is all happening without the main amenity center even in place yet. This summer, the Town Center is expected to be complete, at which point residents will be able to work out together in the fitness center, play some tennis or pickleball, and enjoy a meal together at the restaurant.
Latitude Margaritaville will feature an indoor lap pool and an outdoor resort pool. A private shuttle service will transport residents to their private beach club on the Atlantic Ocean.
Shopping and errands will be convenient. Latitude Landings shopping center will have a Publix grocery store and a number of other retailers, and it will be located right next to the gated entrance outside of Latitude Margaritaville on LPGA Boulevard.
Real Estate Options Designed for Living
The layouts and models are built to fit the lifestyle and preferences of active adults who don’t think of themselves as retired. More than 600 new homes have been sold since Latitude Margaritaville opened its doors late in 2017, and Minto Communities plans to construct a total of 3,092 single-family and attached homes and villas. The builder is catering to an age group that values customization, sleek designs, and environmental sustainability.
Square footage starts at 1,503 and goes up to 2,564. Two- and three-bedroom home models are the most common, and they have two or three bathrooms and sometimes a den. Garage space is available for two or three cars, and many models come with a lanai or covered patio space.
Buyers have a lot of room to choose their own paint colors, finishes, and upgrades. For help with interior design, the community has partnered with furniture specialist Ethan Allen to offer a set of themes that fit the beachside culture.
If you’re a serious Parrothead who wants to live just like Jimmy Buffett, you can live in a house just like his. He chose the Bimini model, which is part of the Island Collection. It has a master suite, an extra bedroom, and a den. There are two-and-a-half bathrooms, a formal foyer, and a separate laundry room.
Buyers looking for real estate in Daytona Beach, Florida that’s geared towards younger active adults with a lot of energy and a thirst for fun may find that Latitude Margaritaville is a unique and perfect option.