Considering the plethora of 55+ community options in the Ocala area, one could easily argue that the North Central Florida region is the most popular part of the state for retirees.
Besides Ocala and maybe Gainesville, most of the other cities in this region are not exactly retirement hot spots, but they include cities like Cedar Key, Lake City, Palatka, Micanopy, and more.
Featured North Central Florida Communities
Ocala Preserve is a resort-style community with sections that are designated 55+. The ~17,000-square-foot clubhouse offers incredible amenities and unique social spaces for connection, relaxation, and fitness. There's a restaurant and bar, resort and lap pools, a spa, pickleball, and sports courts, and more. Ocala Preserve is also home to homeowner-led clubs, live events, and plenty more going on to keep residents happy and engaged.
Shea Homes and DR Horton are both building single-family homes and villas ranging in size from about 1,300 sq. ft. to around 2,800 sq. ft. of living area, with starting prices from the $200k's.
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.
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 175 clubs, leagues, hobbies, and lifelong learning opportunities.
There are around 20 different floor plans available with prices ranging to suit every budget starting in the $200k's.
Del Webb Stone Creek is a gated, 55+ active adult community located in the horse capital of the world, Ocala, FL. The community has an 18-hole championship golf course, restaurant, resort-style pools, fitness center, spa, multiple game courts, a full-time lifestyle director and more. Home prices start in the $200k's.