florida: The Florida Escape You’ve Been Searching For: Oak Run - 02/17/20 11:39 AM
Florida is a renowned retirement destination for many reasons, although year-round sunshine and warm weather are two that come to mind for most. What better way to enjoy the idyllic weather than relaxing outdoors by the pool or participating in your favorite activities? With six pools, plenty of sports and clubs, and an activities director, Oak Run offers everything you need to enjoy your retirement exactly how you’ve imagined.
Decca began construction on Oak Run in 1985 and the community was completed in 2007. In total, there are 3,509 homes in Oak Run. The community offers both attached and single-family homes available … (1 comments)

florida: Fly South to Pelican Preserve This Year - 01/27/20 09:29 AM
With winter in full swing, many active adults dream of a destination where they can enjoy sandy beaches, warm weather, and palm trees. Those dreams are effortlessly turned into reality at Pelican Preserve, where residents are provided with year-round access to all that and more.
Construction on Pelican Preserve began in 2001 in Fort Myers, and when finished, the community will offer 2,500 homes. Residents can choose from a wide selection of condos, attached homes, and either new or resale single-family homes to find the right fit for their lifestyle. There are several different home collections and floor plans available, which feature … (1 comments)

florida: New Year, New Amenities in Kings Point - 01/09/20 02:40 PM
With every new year comes new resolutions. Whether you’re looking to travel more, get fit, or finally find that dream retirement home, 55places has plenty of communities to suit your needs. One community in particular features an exciting new clubhouse perfect for your fitness and wellness goals.
Kings Point in Sun City Center, Florida, remains one of our top-selling communities for a reason. Originally built in 1973, this gated active adult community continues to improve upon and add to its facilities, including its most recent addition: The 2020 Centre.
The 2020 Centre is a 25,000-square-foot lifestyle clubhouse featuring a modern, first-floor fitness facility … (1 comments)

florida: Affordability Remains in Sun City Center - 12/19/19 12:01 PM
With the holidays quickly approaching and the new year just around the corner, it’s easy to put off finding your dream retirement home. Every holiday season at 55places.com, we hear from retirees that their budgets are tightening and that moving to an active adult community seems out of the picture. 
That’s where Sun City Center comes into play. Originally built in 1961 by Del Webb, Sun City Center near Tampa, Florida, has grown into a 9,500-home community with multiple clubhouses, three distinct neighborhoods, and over 200 clubs and interest groups.
What keeps active adults flocking to Sun City Center? The lifestyle, resort-style amenities, … (1 comments)

florida: Latitude Margaritaville Lives Up to the Hype - 10/24/19 09:52 AM
For decades communities like Sun City, The Villages, and On Top of the World have set the standard for active adult living. A few years ago when Latitude Margaritaville in Daytona Beach was announced, that standard seemed to change. 
Inspired by the music of Jimmy Buffett, Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville idea of escapism and paradise drew incredible interest among active adults. But when a community like Latitude Margaritaville gets announced, its becomes a waiting game for residents who want to live there, builders who want to sell homes, and agents who want to help both. 
Throughout the construction process, progress updates announced groundbreaking, model homes … (0 comments)

florida: On Top of the World Reigns Supreme - 10/08/19 02:05 PM
Every year, we at 55places see a different active adult community, whether it’s established or new, dominate others in many metrics. In sales, leads, and pageviews, there’s almost always one community that stands out from the others. Recently, it’s been Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach and Sun City Hilton Head, but in 2019, we’ve seen some of the best numbers ever by On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida.
On Top of the World has been around since 1981, and it’s still building with plans for 10,000 homes upon completion. What’s made On Top of the World such a success among active … (1 comments)

florida: Heritage Pines, Hudson, Florida Active Adult - 05/02/12 05:11 AM
Florida is a premiere retirement destination offering numerous options for budget friendly retirement. Heritage Pines in Hudson, Florida is a wonderful option for active adults looking to enjoy exciting amenities and nice homes in an attractive price range. The homes of Heritage Pines start in the low $100’s and go up to the high $200’s. Built by Lennar Homes and U.S. Homes between 1999 and 2007, this completed community offers a nice selection of well-cared for resale homes.
Heritage Pines is a private, gated 55+ community of 1,407 homes. Throughout the 6 years this community was under construction there were 22 … (0 comments)

florida: Spruce Creek Country Club by Del Webb, Summerfield, Florida Active Adult - 04/30/12 01:40 AM
Central Florida is a popular retirement destination offering wonderful options for active adult living. Spruce Creek Country Club by Del Webb is an established 55+ community offering a fabulous collection of amenities and attractively priced homes from the mid $100’s.  Being located in Summerfield, Florida gives residents wonderful options for shopping, dining and outdoor recreation all just minutes from home. Ocala is just 15 miles away while the Gulf of Mexico is 30 miles to the west. The beaches of the Atlantic Coast are 90 miles to the east and the attractions of Orlando are about 90 minutes away.
Del Webb … (0 comments)

florida: Will Florida Always be the Top Retirement State? - 03/30/12 02:44 PM
For generations, Florida has been known as the top retirement state. Active adult communities are abundant, there are favorable tax laws for retirees and census data shows a high percentage of residents over the age of 65. Yet several other states have recently begun to give Florida some serious competition for this top spot.
According to a U.S. Census Bureau population report released in May of 1997, Florida has been the state with the highest percentage of residents over the age of 65 for some time and is likely to hold its position well into the future. In 1995, 19 percent … (2 comments)

florida: Highland Lakes, Leesburg, Florida - 03/01/12 02:35 AM
The Central Florida area is an ideal retirement destination with scenic landscapes and tranquil relaxation, close to nature yet still close to everyday conveniences. Highland Lakes in Leesburg, Florida is a gated 55+ community in Central Florida offering attractively priced homes in a scenic setting surrounded by seven small lakes and natural wetlands. 
Built between 1990 and 1999, this completed Central Florida active adult community offers residents reasonably priced homes from below $100,000 up to the mid $200’s. Today, interested home buyers can select from well-cared for resale homes sized from 1,056 to 2,463 square feet. In total there are … (0 comments)

florida: VillageWalk at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida Real Estate - 02/19/12 11:10 AM
VillageWalk at Lake Nona is a stunning resort-style community in Orlando, Florida. This luxurious community is open to residents of all ages yet is particularly attractive to the discerning active adult homebuyer. VillageWalk Lake Nona opened in 2006 and is being built by DiVosta. Plans call for 1,300 homes within this elegant gated community.
Lake Nona is a sprawling master-planned community gracing 7,000 acres of pristine Florida landscape. The homes and amenities within this unique community are easily accessible via an intricate network of canals. The Central Florida location is within 20 minutes of Walt Disney World and all of the … (0 comments)

florida: Jacksonville: Florida’s Best Kept Retirement Secret - 08/26/11 02:20 AM
When many people picture a Florida retirement they imagine coastal shores in areas like Tampa Bay and Palm Beach County, or iconic cities like Orlando and Miami. However, some discerning retirees are expanding their search, and discovering Northern Florida’s secret gem: the city of Jacksonville.
Located on Florida’s northeastern coast, Jacksonville lies about 90 minutes north of Daytona Beach, and about the same distance southeast of Georgia’s famous Okefenokee Swamp. This sprawling city stretches across over 840 square miles, making it the largest city by area in the continental United States. Yet, with an estimated population of just over 850,000, Jacksonville … (0 comments)

florida: Avalon Estates, Boynton Beach, Florida - 07/11/11 03:27 AM
Avalon Estates in Boynton Beach, Florida is pure elegance for Florida active adults. This intimate community of just 365 homes features stunning Mediterranean architecture and luxury single-family homes built by Eagle Homes and Northstar Homes. Proving very popular among Florida retirees, this community sold out of new construction homes in just two years. It was built between 2003 and 2005 and today offers a nice selection of well-cared for resale homes priced from the high $200’s to the low $500’s.
From the moment you drive through the impressive community gates you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Mediterranean dream. Beautiful architecture, … (0 comments)

florida: Kings Point, Sun City Center, Florida - 06/10/11 03:28 AM

Just 25 miles south of Tampa, Florida is the active adult community known as Kings Point. This 55+ resort-style community has nearly 5,200 homes with approximately 9,400 residents. Homes were built by WCI Communities from 1973 to 2010. Today, those interested in purchasing a home at Kings Point Florida can choose from a wide variety of resale homes priced from under $100,000 to the high $200’s. Located in Sun City Center, Florida, this gated community boasts convenient golf cart access to the neighboring Sun City Center community and all of its wonderful restaurants and shops.
Kings Point boasts nearly 130,000 … (0 comments)

florida: The Treasure Coast – South Florida’s Affordable Retirement Gem - 05/14/11 01:28 PM
While South Florida is a retirement hot spot, many active retirees can’t afford to buy a home in popular areas such as Palm Beach County. This does not mean that they have to give up their South Florida retirement dreams. Expanding the search to lesser known areas turns up more affordable options, such as buying a home in South Florida’s beautiful Treasure Coast.
“Treasure Coast” is a term used to describe the South Florida region that lies just north of Palm Beach County. Depending on the source, you may find some variations in the Treasure Coast’s specific boundaries. In general, the … (1 comments)

florida: Pelican Preserve, Ft. Myers, Florida - 04/28/11 08:26 AM
Florida retirees in search of a unique active adult community in Southwest Florida will want to visit Pelican Preserve in Ft. Myers. This gated community for adults age 55 and better is known as being one of the first residential communities in the world to be awarded the Gold Seal of Sustainability from Audoban International’s Sustainable Development program.
Pelican Preserve by WCI Communities opened in 2001 and is planned for 2,500 homes upon completion. Set on 1,100 acres of tranquil botanical-like grounds, Pelican Preserve is a beautiful place to call home. Its location is ideal just 15 miles from downtown Ft. … (0 comments)

florida: Providence, Davenport, Florida - 04/19/11 02:19 PM

In Davenport, Florida is the age-targeted community known as Providence. With numerous home builders and over 30 different floor plans to choose from, there is something for everyone at Providence Florida. The community is planned for between 4,000 – 5,000 homes upon completion and is being built by Toll Brothers, ADB, Lennar, Meritage Homes and Contempo.
While not a true Florida active adult community, Providence does have numerous appealing attributes for the discerning active adult homebuyer. The community is situated around a sparkling lake and boasts a semi-private 18-hole championship golf course. There is a fitness and aquatic center with … (0 comments)

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