Lakeland, FL 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

Lakeland is a centrally located community in Florida with plenty of activities for the active, outdoor-seeking retiree. Residents enjoy its abundant natural areas, and easy access to larger metropolitan areas, along with its warm and sunny weather. 55+ communities in Lakeland are becoming increasingly popular with 55 and over homebuyers.

Lakeland is a centrally located community in Florida with plenty of activities for the active, outdoor-seeking retiree. Residents enjoy its abundant natural areas, and easy access to larger metropolitan areas, along with its warm and sunny weather. 55+ communities in Lakeland are becoming increasingly popular with 55 and over homebuyers.

Lakeland Climate & Geography

Lakeland is located in the flatlands between Tampa and Orlando in Central Florida and experiences a typical Florida tropical climate. Hot, humid summers with afternoon thunderstorms lead to dry, mild winters with sunny skies. The landscape is generally level with a large mix of wooded areas and orchards.

There are 38 named lakes in Lakeland. Lakes Mirror, Morton, and Hollingsworth are among the largest and most popular.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment in Lakeland

As the name suggests, Lakeland’s main attraction is its 38 named lakes. Many of them offer bike trails and fishing, and those interested in birdwatching can enjoy the many acres of Circle Bar Preserve, a protected natural area. Hollis Garden is another popular destination with impressive landscape architecture and neoclassical art.

Lakeland also has a wide variety of antique shopping options, from the Wildwood Antique Mall to numerous vintage boutiques downtown. There is also a downtown farmers market and the Polk Museum of Art.

Lakeland Cost of Living & Taxes

Polk County has a lower cost of living compared to both Florida and the U.S., mainly because the average home cost is much lower. Other factors, like health care, utilities, and transportation are lower than average as well. Groceries tend to match the average U.S. cost.

Florida is a popular destination for retirees because there is no state income tax, which includes Social Security benefits and other forms of retirement income, allowing active adults to enjoy more travel and entertainment. The combined sales tax in Lakeland is 7 percent, and property taxes tend to dip below the U.S. average.

Health Care in Lakeland

55+ communities in Lakeland are part of the Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area which ranks within the top 100 communities in Gallup’s Well-Being Index.

The Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is the only hospital in the city, and it is ranked by U.S. News as the No. 21 hospital in the state as well as high performing in four specialties. Two other high performing hospitals are located nearby, which are AdventHealth Heart of Florida in Davenport and Winter Haven Hospital in Winter Haven.


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Cypress Lakes

For Sale
  • Mid $200ks - High $200ks
  • 1604 Homes (5 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 1987 - 2016
  • 2 reviews

Sandpiper Golf & Country Club

For Sale
  • High $100ks - Mid $300ks
  • 1193 Homes (21 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New And Resale Homes
  • 1985 - Present
  • 1 reviews

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Highland Fairways

For Sale
  • Mid $200ks - High $300ks
  • 660 Homes (16 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 1983 - 1998
  • 1 reviews

Carillon Lakes

For Sale
  • High $200ks - Low $400ks
  • 650 Homes (4 for sale)
  • No Age Restrictions
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 2000 - 2006
  • 5 reviews

Foxwood Lake Estates

For Sale
  • Mid $100ks - Low $200ks
  • 545 Homes (5 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 1982 - 1987
  • No Reviews

Colonnades

For Sale
  • High $100ks - High $200ks
  • 360 Homes (3 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 1985 - 1994
  • No Reviews

Lake James

For Sale
  • High $300ks - Low $500ks
  • 216 Homes (9 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New And Resale Homes
  • 2004 - Present
  • 1 reviews

Silver Lakes

For Sale
  • Low $300ks - Low $300ks
  • 148 Homes (3 for sale)
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • Resale Homes Only
  • 1996 - 2001
  • 1 reviews

Heritage Landings

For Sale
  • Mid $200ks - High $300ks
  • 65 Homes
  • 55+ Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
  • 2017 - 2020
  • 1 reviews

Lakes at Laurel Highlands

For Sale
  • Mid $200ks - High $300ks
  • 65 Homes (6 for sale)
  • Age Restriction
  • New Homes Only
  • 2017 - Present
  • No Reviews

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