Central Florida is best known as a tourist destination because most of the theme parks in the state are located in central Florida. There are a lot of retirement communities to choose from. Central Florida is great area to settle into an active retirement community, especially if you have grandkids who will be visiting. Some prominent central Florida cities include Orlando, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park, Kissimmee, Leesburg, Ocala, Gainesville, and Lakeland.
Anchored by its 57,000 square foot club, Trilogy® Orlando in sunny Central Florida is located just northwest of Orlando in south Lake Country. This beautiful 55+ Resort Community is situated in the heart of central Florida only 45 minutes from the Orlando airport. Magnolia House features all the latest in dining, fitness, and club connectivity. It also offers a sports retreat, and a demonstration kitchen. The Sports Pavilion features Championship Tennis courts as well as Bocce and Pickleball.
At On Top of the World Communities, active adults will find all they dream about and so much more. Located in beautiful Ocala Florida, On Top of the World residents can enjoy any schedule that suits their tastes – from activity packed to unhurried.
Leisure amenities include 54 holes of golf on three courses, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a 14-acre R/C flying field, bocce, racquetball and basketball courts, fitness center, health club and spa, restaurants, cultural venues, and much more.
Residents can also participate in over 200 clubs, leagues, hobbies, and lifelong learning opportunities.
New homes are of quality construction, often exceeding ENERGY STAR criteria while offering comfort, convenience, and a wide variety of design elements.
There are 17 floor plans available with prices ranging to suit every budget starting in the mid-$100s to the mid-$300s.
Trilogy® at Ocala Preserve is an all-ages resort community that also offers select 55+ neighborhoods. This naturally beautiful master planned community boasts a stunning 623 acres set amidst gently rolling hills in the heart of Florida’s pristine horse country. Southern charm, tradition and heritage defines the famed Ocala area, rich in culture, nature and history with an ideal warm and sunny climate, perfect for year-round activities.
Solivita is a national award-winning retirement community in Central Florida’s attraction zone, offering great natural beauty, vast recreational amenities and enough to do to keep any active adult as busy as you care to be. No matter where you live within this lush gated 55-plus community in Kissimmee, you can easily walk, bike or drive your golf cart to indoor and outdoor dining venues, state-of-the-art spa and fitness complexes, pickleball or tennis courts, and other facilities for sports and games. You can also meet up with newfound friends, share the fun in social clubs, and enjoy lifelong learning classes and countless other amenities—inviting you to do it all, or nothing at all.
With two stunning championship golf courses, intimate neighborhood centers, softball field, miles of green space for walking, cycling and meandering, and too many classes and clubs to count, you will have many ways to enjoy the Solivita life. Residents have access to a full-time on-site Activities Director and Lifestyle Team dedicated to creating a diverse, packed schedule of events, as well as assisting the 200+ Social Clubs created by Solivita residents. Your most difficult decision each day will be deciding how busy you’d like to be.
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Retirement Spotlight: The Villages, FL
Located about an hour north of Orlando, The Villages was not even called “The Villages” when it first began. It started as a mobile home park called Orange Blossom Gardens. Though it struggled in the early years, the community experienced staggering growth in the mid-1980’s because the community offered an impressive collection of amenities.
As that amenities-focused community continued to grow and develop, it eventually evolved into The Villages, which has become the premiere model for what a master-planned community should be. Today, The Villages is known for having the largest and most diverse collection of amenities of any community on the planet.
Retirement Spotlight – Clermont
Sitting right in the heart of Central Florida, just 20 miles west of Orlando, is where you will find the impressive little city of Clermont, Florida. It has been ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Places to Retire by Forbes and Money Magazines and was also voted the #1 Florida Bicycle-Friendly Community.
As if that wasn’t enough already, Clermont is also home to 18 athletes that competed in the 2016 Olympics, it is considered the center point of the impressive Coast-to-Coast Trail, and the city is still growing and developing at an incredible rate. Clermont is clearly the place to be in Central Florida today!
Retirement Spotlight: Kissimmee
If one of your concerns is that you move to Florida for retirement and your kids and grandkids never come to visit, that won’t be the case if you end up in Kissimmee. In fact, you might have a hard time getting them to leave!
Kissimmee is located just south of Orlando and is just minutes from popular attractions like the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, Sea World, and more. They call Kissimmee the “attraction zone” and it’s easy to see why.
Retirement Spotlight: Ocala
The Ocala area represents a unique combination of history, horses, and culture that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural environments you will find anywhere. Sprinkle in the collection of interesting shops and restaurants in Ocala’s downtown district and you will find Ocala to be the type of place where no one struggles to find something to do!
Other Central Florida Retirement Communities To Explore:
Heritage Hills is a gated central florida retirement community located in Clermont, being built by Lennar Homes. While Lennar builds several all ages communities, they are building several active adult and age restricted communities as well.
Lake Ashton – “Set on over 1200 acres of choice virgin Central Florida ranch land fronting the serene waters of Lake Ashton, this community is simply the best retirement community in Florida! A gated, active adult community, Lake Ashton’s amenities include a 26,000-sq.ft. clubhouse, 30,000-sq.ft. health and fitness center, indoor pool and outdoor pool, two 18-hole private golf courses, lighted tennis courts, boat ramp/dock, movie theater, bowling alley and much, much more!”
Oak Run is one of several central Florida retirement communities located in the Ocala area. And for good reason, as Ocala is a very tranquil, relaxing, and picturesque place to live.
Solivita is a gated, 55-plus central Florida retirement community located just 20 miles south of Walt Disney World in Poinciana, FL. Developed by Avatar Homes, there are currently 17 furnished model homes to see there and 23 floor plans to choose from.
Spruce Creek by Del Webb is a gated, 55-plus Central Florida retirement community located just 10 miles north of The Villages in the town of Summerfield. The community that eventually has become Spruce Creek actually started in the late ’70’s/early 80’s and changed hands many times before Del Webb purchased the community in 1998.
Stone Creek – Stone Creek is a 55+ central Florida retirement community located in Ocala, FL. Built and developed by Del Webb, Stone Creek is located about 90 minutes from Orlando and about an hour from Daytona Beach.
Summer Glen – SummerGlen is a gated 55+ central Florida retirement community in Ocala, FL, just a short drive from Orlando as well as the beaches of Florida’s east coast. The community has been awarded a place in the Top 100 Master-Planned Communities by Where to Retire Magazine for several years running.
The Villages, Florida – Florida’s most popular and fastest growing retirement community. People from all over the United States flock to The Villages, about an hour from Orlando. When you check out The Villages you will be amazed at the number of golf courses and amenities are available to residents in this 55+ community.
Other Central Florida Area Links and Resources:
Orlando Sentinel – This is the major metro newspaper for the greater central Florida area.
WESH 2 News – This is the local NBC affiliate and a great resource for news int he central Florida area.
Central Florida Travel Guide – The Orlando and greater central Florida area’s are popular travel and tourist destinations.