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The Best 55+ Places To Retire In Florida

There is a world waiting for you to start your top retirement years, to live the lifestyle that you deserve, to enjoy each precious day. Focus your life choices around things you love to do. Now is the time! Your intuition is encouraging you to follow your dream.

What is your heart telling you?

The crown jewel of Florida is its nature coast — the way life is meant to be! Perhaps in acquiescence to the sleepy rural surroundings, you will discover what you will really enjoy throughout your golden years of retirement! There's so much to love about the Florida 55 lifestyle —great weather, the beach, and life spent at a leisurely pace. While looking for that perfect spot to call home, you may have noticed not every state delivers all that Florida has to offer. We believe there is no better lifestyle than right here in the heart of Florida.

Truly unique top 55+ places to retire in Florida are found in popular locations like Tampa, Orlando, Ocala, and Clermont, to name a few. The locations that new55Florida focused on are second to none in all of Florida! Some sit on Florida's central ridge, catching the cooling breezes off the Gulf of Mexico just miles away. Residents enjoy access to world-class golf courses, tennis centers, with spa and fitness facilities on site. Florida's top fishing destinations and some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world are here in nearby state parks, lakes and rivers that provide hours of outdoor recreation fun.

These communities have plenty of residents who have led some very interesting lives, just like yours. At this stage in life they have found that what matters most is where they are going. Some of the places where residents can be found and things they are doing include:

  •  Checking out concerts, lectures, and events around the University of Florida, Gainesville
  •  Attending cultural events, fine dining, and Buccaneers football around Tampa Bay
  •  Exploring theme park attractions, and watching Orlando Magic basketball in Orlando
  •  Relaxing on a weekend cruise from the Port of Tampa and other nearby ports
  •  Spending care-free days at the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean beaches
  •  Tackling flight training at one of two nearby general aviation airports
  •  Embracing water activities like boating, fishing, scuba diving, and kayaking
  •  Enjoying the company of fellow residents and having fun socializing at one of our clubs
  •  Dancing the night away at one of the many area festivals.

These are but a sprinkling of reasons why this area tops the list of best places to retire in Florida. The down home, down-to-earth camaraderie of residents will leave such an indelible impression on you that, you will know, this is your very own slice of paradise!

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The Lifestyle Possibilities Are Endless In Today's Retirement Living

Just outside your door are endless opportunities to stay fit, from line dancing to bridge, biking to hiking, pickle ball to Pilates, while meeting new friends and relaxing with loved ones. In addition to some of the finest golf and tennis, you'll find singles and group fitness and wellness classes offered each month as well as numerous social and special interest club offerings. Social life in these award winning communities is also vibrant, with year-round schedules for special events and live entertainment. Enjoy heated pools, nature trails that wind throughout the communities, and some fantastic spa and fitness facilities.
It's true active resort style living every day of the year.

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After the first or second year of new-found freedom, you may find yourself wondering what to do?  Easy as 1, 2, and 3 — consult with your community's full-time lifestyle director who oversees lifelong learning and arranges onsite activities as well as community outings. Or just hike the miles of walking paths while taking in the naturally beautiful lush landscape.

Spa & Fitness Centers — You Simply Have To See — To Believe

When entering some of these one-of-a-kind luxurious lobbies, you will immediately know these are fitness centers and spas unlike any others you've seen. The equipment is state-of-the-art, from free weights to spinning cycles, with fitness training staff members on hand to help you create a realistic exercise plan, reach a new goal, or simply try something new. If group fitness is more to your liking, these centers offer everything from aerobics to zumba. And, with plenty of fitness classes offered each month, you're sure to find ones that fit with your interests and schedule.

An elegant, soothing, and relaxing environment is just the beginning of a very special spa experience. Some communities offer exquisite spa settings and services to include a variety of massages, body treatments, as well as luxurious spa packages. Bold locker rooms for both men and women usually include saunas and steam rooms. It's no wonder that these 55+ communities are considered some of the best places to retire in Florida.

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Florida Golf Like You've Never Played Before

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player, all golf courses within these beautiful communities will win you over with their natural beauty surrounded by live-oaks draped in Spanish moss, and unique rolling terrain. Take in the spectacular scenery near a heart of the state from these world-class courses; enjoy both relaxing and challenging play at other surrounding challenging courses. Each course offers its own unique challenges and members of community golf clubs enjoy access to these challenging courses located in beautiful Florida. Within the gates of some private courses, golfers have access to pro shops, clubhouses and well groomed practice facilities. Most clubs also offer a full slate of league and championship play for men and women.

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Incredible Tennis Facilities For Players Of All Abilities

Tennis lovers in these communities are generally provides top-quality courts, lessons with a resident pro, and a spot to cool off after a strong match with dinner and drinks. Tennis in most of these communities offer United States Tennis Association (USTA) play and leagues for all abilities and feature high-performance plexicushion and har-tru courts, full-service pro-shops and observation areas. Some offer traditional hard surface courts for all age players with private clubhouses.

Residents can also enjoy a game of pickle ball, a game that's become popular in The Villages Florida, on courts specifically designed for this increasingly popular game in community recreation centers.

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Care-Free Maintained Homes (lock and leave), And Traditional Single Family Homes

These days, members of the 55-and-over club choose to live in age-restricted gated communities that most Americans dream about. Many come complete with elegant dining rooms, groomed golf courses, pre-dinner cocktails on the veranda, day spas, facials and so much more.

Among some of the neighborhoods destined to win your heart, you'll discover well-manicured landscaping, beautiful homes and the very best in active resort-style living. Whether you are downsizing your family home or looking for a spacious warm-weather retreat, deciding on a new home in magnificent Florida is a big decision. When building in the majority of these 55 communities, you have ample options to personalize the new home you've always dreamed of.
When you build here in Florida, you're not just our clients, you become our neighbors.

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Live the lifestyle that so many only dream about!   Want to be part of it too? We will help you coordinate a discovery tour in one or two communities that will include lodging in private, romantic villas. You will have full access to world-class amenities that let you feel the lifestyle first-hand. Your villa will generally come with your personal golf cart to use while exploring vast resort-style, active-adult, country-club lifestyle communities! Better yet, talk to us about a Fly & Buy program will help make your dream home become a reality sooner and have the builder pay for your trip!

It doesn’t get much simpler than this — purchase your brand new home in one of these
award winning Florida Retirement Communities and begin to enjoy the life that you have always dreamed of.   With our ideal central Florida location and climate, now is the
absolute perfect time to plan your visit!


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Before your fingers and toes freeze again next winter, submit the short form below to receive detailed information that will help you plan your trip!   It's fun—and warm—in Florida, what better time than now?

What if you woke up this morning & found that you had time do anything that you wanted with your day?


Florida living is just that way — especially on the vibrant nature coast! Here you will take a step back in time, to the old Florida — unrushed, unspoiled, and waiting for you!


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Where to retire? If this is your time — live your golden years in style!

The luxury home market is attracting new residents and growing at four times the rate of other housing options. More luxury amenities are simply what today's consumers expect!

Relaxing 55 communities are a mainstay of many "best places to retire" lists with homes ranging in size from 1,400 to over 3,000 square feet, and in value from $160,000 to over $950,000. Posh new finishes such as volume ceilings, hard-surface kitchen counters, architectural massing, and paver driveways complete the designer look.


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