In this article, I'll look at the many 55-plus communities in the Orlando area, but first, a confession.
As a native Floridian hailing from a different part of the state (east coast), I always swore that of all the great places in Florida, I would NEVER live in Orlando.
Too crowded, too much traffic, and too big were just a few of my ready excuses.
But like they say, “never say never”!
Now that I actually live in the Orlando area, I think you'd have a hard time getting me to leave.
My excuses for shunning Orlando all those years might be true if we're talking specifically about downtown Orlando. I typically try to avoid I-4, the interstate that runs through downtown Orlando, as much as I can.
But most of the suburban cities around Orlando itself don't have those problems and serve as the perfect place to live while having easy access to The City Beautiful.
As you'll see in this article, the surrounding cities of Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Winter Garden, and Clermont among others have become retirement hotspots, and there are a large number of new 55+ communities in Orlando to consider.
Let's take a look!
Del Webb Oasis – Winter Garden
Del Webb Oasis in Winter Garden, located just minutes from Orlando area theme parks and attractions, is a highly anticipated new Del Webb 55+ community.
Like most Del Webb communities, Del Webb Oasis will have a long list of amenities for residents to enjoy, including a 12,000 sq. ft. resort-style amenity center.
Del Webb will be offering 13 different floorplans here from their “Scenic”, “Distinctive”, and “Echelon” home series, plus the “Ellenwood” from their attached villa series.
Del Webb Sunbridge – St. Cloud
Del Webb Sunbridge is a new 55+ gated community in St. Cloud, just minutes from Lake Nona and Orlando.
The 27,000 sf. Hammock Club features luxurious indoor and outdoor amenities like a zero-entry pool, resistance pool, pickleball and tennis courts, a fitness center, movement studio, and more.
Del Webb Minneola – Minneola, FL
Del Webb Minneola is a new 55+ community scheduled to open soon just north of Clermont. The community is only one mile from the Florida Turnpike, which makes getting just about anywhere you need to go in the greater Orlando area extremely easy. You can expect to see the same types of homes and amenities offered in other Del Webb communities here in Florida.
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Four Seasons at Orlando – Kissimmee, FL
Four Seasons at Orlando is a gated community of 557 single-family homes located in Kissimmee, Florida, just south of Orlando. Amenities here include a 14,000-square-foot clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center and an arts and crafts room, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, pickleball courts, and access to the 18-hole Mystic Dunes Golf Club.
There are 7 floorplans that range in size from 1,428 to 2,328 square feet. Prices start in the $300k’s.
Gatherings of Lake Nona – Orlando, FL
Gatherings of Lake Nona is a community of 216 condos located inside the master-planned community of Lake Nona, just outside of Orlando. Residents here can enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle, as well as access to amenities like a large clubhouse, outdoor pool, and a dog park.
The condos at Gatherings of Lake Nona are available in four different floor plans that offer two or three bedrooms. Those condos can be as small as 1,368 square feet, and they can be as large as 1,805 square feet. Prices start in the $400k’s.
Solivita – Kissimmee, FL
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.
With two stunning championship golf courses, intimate neighborhood centers, a softball field, miles of green space for walking, and cycling 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. Prices start in the $300k’s.
Tohoqua Reserve – Kissimmee
Tohoqua Reserve is a 55+ Active Adult neighborhood from Pulte Homes. It is located within a master-planned community in Kissimmee. Tohoqua Reserve is less than 10 minutes from the Florida Turnpike, making commutes to all major areas of Orlando much easier.
Amenities include a private amenity center exclusively reserved for active adults with a clubhouse, resort-style pool, sports courts, and more.
Single-family homes and villas are available in sizes ranging from 1,500 sq. ft. to more than 2,800 sq. ft. Prices start in the $300k’s.
The Lakes at Harmony – St. Cloud, FL
The Lakes at Harmony, is the newest addition to Harmony from Jones Homes USA. These two and three-bedroom homes are built for the way you live today, with space where you need it most. Residents here enjoy less crowded living with spacious outdoor living areas, many of which include water or conservation views, and a private recreation center and pool.
From the miles of walking and biking trails, to the community garden, parks, and fitness center, Harmony has something for everyone. Gather at the Town Square which includes a spa, market, physician's office, restaurants, and more, or play a round of golf on the only Johnny Miller Signature course in Central Florida without ever leaving your community. Prices start in the $400k’s.
Palms at Serenoa – Clermont, FL
Located just west of Orlando, Palms at Serenoa is a gated, active adult community of 570 attached villas and single-family homes that began construction in 2018. Residents here enjoy access to amenities like a community clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool, and more than 16 acres of parks and green spaces around the community.
The attached homes at Palms at Serenoa are a 1,608 square foot floorplan with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The single-family homes range in size from 1,402 to 2,034 square feet and come in six different models. Prices start in the $300k’s.
Twin Lakes – St. Cloud, FL
Residents of Twin Lakes can enjoy lakeside living with boating, fishing, kayaking, and many other amenities.
With a clubhouse, pool, patio areas, a newly opened fitness center, and a full-time activities director, there is something for everyone in this outstanding community. Twin Lakes, by Jones Homes USA, is now selling new homes with luxury features and advanced home technology, in the “convenient to everything,” Orlando Area. Prices start in the $400k’s.
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