Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota are the biggest populations centers in this region of the state. Also known as the Gold Coast, the west coast of Florida offers direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, which is perhaps a more serene option than the Atlantic Ocean. This area is also very popular with residents and retirees from the Midwest who are able to shoot right down I-75 to get here.
Black Diamond Ranch is an exclusive golfing community located in the Lecanto, Florida area of Citrus County. Located about an hour from Tampa and about an hour from Orlando, Black Diamond Ranch is approximately 35 miles southwest of Ocala which is the heart of Thoroughbred Horse Racing country in Florida.
Glen Lakes is a gated country club community located just 45 minutes north of Tampa. While its not a true Tampa retirement community as it’s not age restricted, it has many of the amenities and the type of lifestyle that many retirees are looking for.
Kings Point at Sun City Center is a gated, 55-plus Tampa retirement community of just over 5,000 homes, located adjacent to the original Sun City Center community near Tampa, FL. Though the two communities share similar features and amenities, they actually have different sets of bylaws and restrictions covering each.
River Strand is a gated, golf and country club community located in Bradenton on the West coast of Florida. Like many other Tampa retirement communities, River Strand is not age restricted, but the focus on golf and other amenities makes it appealing to retirees.
Southshore Falls -Southshore Falls is a Tampa active adult community developed by Centex Homes. The community is age restricted, only those 55+ can live there, and when complete the neighborhood will have nearly 900 homes. Southshore Falls is one of several maintenance free lifestyle communities we’ve covered here.
Valencia Lakes – Besides offering top notch amenities on par with even the most expensive retirement communities, the two best qualities of Valencia Lakes are perhaps the prices and the location. Valencia Lakes is located just 20 minutes south of Tampa, putting world-class dining, shopping and entertainment options within easy reach.
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