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Newsmax's Top 50 Active Adult Retirement Communities in Florida

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 11:50 AM

Florida has long been a haven for retirees thanks to the climate, the tax perks, the amenities and, perhaps most importantly, the wide selection of communities specifically designed for older Americans.

They don't call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Florida's semi-tropical climate is a big draw for retirees looking to keep up an active adult lifestyle all year round.

The state is also considered one of the top 10 tax-friendly destinations for retirees, according to Kiplinger. Not only is there no personal income tax (that includes pensions and other retirement-related income), but there is also no levy on Social Security benefits. Not to mention, property taxes are relatively low as compared to the rest of the country.

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Florida and, in particular, active adult retirement communities also offer a host of amenities, from golf courses and luxury dining to pools and beaches. Newsmax compiled this list based on resident reviews, available amenities, size of community, and online reputation. Since everyone’s needs and wants will vary, we suggest this as a starting point for a search, obviously not a final say.

Here, Newsmax offers a look at 50 of the top active adult retirement communities in Florida, including details on location, number of homes, and price range, according to 55places.com, which also provides information on amenities and floor plans.

1. The Villages: 56,260 homes from below $100,000 to $2 million-plus.

By far the largest adult community is The Villages, an age-restricted city 60 miles northwest of Orlando that has been one of the fastest-growing locales in the country. From a population of 8,333 at the time of the 2000 Census, the number of residents soared to 51,442 by 2010 and has jumped to around 114,000 today.

The Villages stretches over parts of three counties and features 42 golf courses, more than 60 restaurants, dozens of outdoor pools, and a wide range of other facilities for leisure activities.

2. Aberdeen Golf & Country Club, Boynton Beach: 2,900 homes from the low $100,000s to low $400,000s. Resale homes only. No age restriction.

3. Baywinds, West Palm Beach: 1,082 homes from the high $100,000s to mid-$400,000s. Resale homes only.

4. Bellagio, Lake Worth: 1,099 homes from the high $200,000s to high $400,000s. Resale homes only.

5. Bonita National Golf & Country Club, Bonita Springs: 1,489 homes from the high $100,000s to low $700,000s. New homes only. No age restriction.

6. Cascades at St. Lucie West
, Port St. Lucie: 1,158 homes from the mid-$100,000s to high $300,000s. Resale homes only.

7. Coral Lakes, Boynton Beach: 1,324 homes from the mid-$100,000s to high $300,000s. Resale homes only.

8. Cresswind at Victoria Gardens, DeLand: 1,070 homes from the low $200,000s to mid-$300,000s. New and resale homes.

9. Del Webb Naples, Ave Maria: 3,800 homes from the high $100,000s to high $300,000s. New and resale homes.

10. Del Webb Ponte Vedra, Ponte Vedra: 1,988 homes from the high $100,000s to mid-$500,000s. New and resale homes.

11. Esplanade Golf & Country Club of Naples, Naples: 1,121 homes from the high $300,000s to mid-$600,000s. New homes only. No age restriction.

12. Fiddler's Creek, Naples: 6,000 homes from the low $200,000s to $2 million-plus. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

13. Grand Haven, Palm Coast: 1,901 homes from the mid-$100,000s to $1 million-plus. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

14. Gulf Harbour Yacht & Country Club, Fort Myers: 1,616 homes from the mid-$100,000s to $3 million-plus. Resale homes only. No age restriction.

15. Heritage Isle, Viera: 1,500 homes from the low $100,000s to mid-$400,000s. New and resale homes.

16. Heritage Pines Florida, Hudson: 1,407 homes from the low $100,000s to mid-$300,000s. Resale homes only.

17. Heritage Springs, Trinity: 1,337 homes from the mid-$100,000s to high $300,000s. Resale homes only.

18. Island Walk, Naples: 1,856 homes from the high $200,000s to mid-$500,000s. Resale homes only. No age restriction.

19. Kings Point, Sun City Center: 5,277 homes from below $100,000 to the low $400,000s. New and resale homes.

20. Kings Gate, Port Charlotte: 940 homes from the high $100,000s to high $200,000s. Resale homes only.

21. Kings Ridge, Clermont: 2,088 homes from the low $100,000s to high $200,000s. Resale homes only.

22. Lakes of Mount Dora, Mount Dora: 950 homes from the mid-$100,000s to low $400,000s. New and resale homes.

23. Legacy of Leesburg, Leesburg: 999 homes from the mid-$100,000 to high $300,000s. New and resale homes.

24. Lely Resort, Naples: 4,506 homes from the low $200,000s to $1 million-plus. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

25. Oak Run, Ocala: 3,509 homes from below $100,000 to the low $400,000s. Resale homes only.

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26. On Top of the World, Ocala: 10,000 homes from below $100,000 to the low $400,000s. New and resale homes.

27. Palm Isles, Boynton Beach: 2,367 homes from the low $200,000s to mid-$300,000s. Resale homes only.

28. Paseo, Fort Myers: 1,158 home from the high $100,000s to high $900,000s. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

29. Pelican Bay, Naples: 6,500 homes from the low $300,000s to $5 million-plus. Resale homes only. No age restriction.

30. Pelican Landing, Bonita Springs: 3,068 homes from the high $100,000s to $3 million-plus. Resale homes only. No age restricted.

31. Pelican Preserve, Fort Myers: 2,500 homes from the mid-$100,000s to mid-$500,000s. New and resale homes.

32. PGA Village Verano, Port St. Lucie: 1,800 homes from the high $100,000s to high $600,000s. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

33. Plantation at Leesburg, Leesburg: 2,820 homes from below $100,000 to the mid-$300,000s. Resale homes only.

34. Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club, Ormond Beach: 5,000 homes from the low $100,000s to low $900,000s. New and resale homes. No age restriction.

35. Plantation Golf & Country Club, Venice: 2,600 homes from the low $100,000s to mid-$600,000s. Resale homes only. No age restriction.

36. Royal Highlands, Leesburg: 1,500 homes from the low $100,000s to low $400,000s. Resale homes only.

37. Sarasota National, Venice: 1,600 homes from the low $200,000s to high $200,000s. New homes only. No age restriction.

38. Solivita, Kissimmee: 5,900 homes from the low $100,000s to low $500,000s. New and resale homes.

39. Spruce Creek Country Club, Summerfield: 3,250 homes from the low $100,000s to mid-$400,000s. Resale homes only.

40. Stone Creek
, Ocala: 3,800 homes from the high $100,000s to high $300,000s. New and resale homes.

41. Stonecrest, Summerfield: 2,200 homes from the low $100,000s to low $400,000s. New and resale homes.

42. Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, San Antonio: 1,336 homes from below $100,000 to the high $200,000s. New and resale homes.

43. Timber Pines, Spring Hill: 3,452 homes from below $100,000 to the low $300,000s. Resale homes only.

44. Trilogy at Ocala Reserve, Ocala: 1,800 homes from the high $100,000s to mid-$300,000s. New homes only. No age restriction.

45. Trilogy Orlando
, Groveland: 1,499 homes from the high $100,000s to mid-$300,000s. New and resale homes.

46. Valencia Lakes, Wimauma: 1,540 homes from the low $200,000s to mid-$600,000s. New and resale homes.

47. Valencia Reserve
, Boynton Beach: 1,043 homes from the mid-$300,000s to high $600,000s. Resale homes only

48. Valencia Shores, Lake Worth: 1,143 homes from the low $400,000s to high $600,000s. Resale homes only.

49. Vitalia at Tradition, Port St. Lucie: 1,200 homes from the high $100,00s to mid-$400,000s. New and resale homes.

50. Wellington at Seven Hills, Spring Hill: 1,108 homes from the low $100,000s to high $200,000s. Resale homes only.

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