And for good reason.
First off, what’s not to like about Florida’s West Coast, and Tampa is in the heart of it.
It’s got great weather year-round, is easily accessible from most other parts of the country, particularly the Northeast where most retirees are coming from, and let’s not forget about all of those (winning!) sports teams.
If your goal is to hang out with Tom, Gisele, and Gronk in retirement, here are a few great options to explore:
Valencia Del Sol – Wimauma, FL
One popular choice nearby is Valencia Del Sol by GL Homes. Valencia Del Sol’s convenient Tampa location makes it easy to enjoy having fun in the sun along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Offering a robust and extraordinary 55+ lifestyle, Valencia del Sol caters to residents looking to socialize and stay physically active. Active adults will enjoy the 25,000 square foot Clubhouse offering an array of resort-style amenities including a fitness center, grand social hall, a relaxing pool and spa, tennis and pickleball courts as well as a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. A full-time, on-site lifestyle director will be dedicated to organizing a wide variety of fun events, clubs and opportunities for making new friends all year-round. This amazing new community features a stunning selection of twin villas and single-family homes starting in the $400k’s that provide the ultimate in 55+ living at an incredible value.
Bridgewater Landing – Riverview, FL
(813) 395-2613 | Website
Bridgewater Landing is a neighborhood of attached villas and detached single family homes within a Continuing Care Retirement Community located just off I-75 in the southern greater Tampa metro area.
Residents enjoy a 13,000 square foot community clubhouse with a pool, exercise room and gathering rooms. Dining facilities are also on premise and dining options may be available Bridgewater Landing residents. Apartment living options are now under development and will be available soon.
Del Webb Bexley – Land O’ Lakes, FL
(813) 412-8842 | Website
Del Webb Bexley is a fairly new gated community of 850 single-family homes that just started construction in 2018. Amenities here will include a 17,000 square foot clubhouse with a state-of-the-art fitness center, a resort-style outdoor pool, a full-time activities director, and a homeowners’ associate to take care of general maintenance.
New homes at Del Webb Bexley are available in three different series that each offer three different floor plans. Altogether, those nine floor plans range in size from 1,372 square feet all the way up to 2,852 square feet. The prices for those homes start in the mid-$200s and can get as high as the low-$400s.
Medley at Southshore Bay – Wimauma, FL
(800) 495-6496 | Website
Medley at Southshore Bay is a community of 655 attached villas and single-family homes that is located in Wimauma, between Tamp and Bradenton. Available amenities here include a community clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, and a large lagoon.
The homes are Medley at Southshore Bay range in size from 1,396 to 2,775 square feet. Those homes come complete with all of the bells and whistles that today’s buyers are looking for, and they are usually priced in the mid-$200s to mid-$300s.
Esplanade at Artisan Lakes – Palmetto, FL
941-882-5077 | Website
Esplanade at Artisan Lakes in Palmetto, Florida offers residents extraordinary amenities for an inspired lifestyle.
Esplanade at Artisan Lakes has something for everyone. Offering over 800 manicured acres with lakes, preserves, winding streets and mature trees in the middle of a picturesque location.
Esplanade at Artisan Lakes is located on the I-75 corridor between Bradenton and Tampa Bay, a convenient drive to great beaches and only thirty minutes from Tampa International Airport.
Esplanade at Starkey Ranch – Odessa, FL
813-428-6995 | Website
Esplanade at Starkey Ranch is a community of luxury homes and resort amenities in Odessa, Florida with easy access to some the best attractions Tampa Bay has to offer.
Residents will enjoy an extraordinary range of resort-style amenities on site, but they also have easy access to nearby shopping, dining, medical care, outdoor recreation, beaches, nature reserves and the many cultural attractions in Pasco County and nearby Tampa.
This community is part of the master planned community of Starkey Ranch.
Villages of Citrus Hills – Citrus Hills, FL
Another nearby favorite among my readers is the Villages of Citrus Hills. While not a 55+ community, the Villages of Citrus Hills is a Florida Retirement Community with single family homes and maintenance free villas that have been built with today’s demanding baby-boomer in mind. But what makes the promise of Florida Retirement in the Villages of Citrus Hills truly come together for today’s new breed of active adult retiree is its extraordinary collection of world-class community country club amenities and extensive social activities. Depending on the style and neighborhood you choose, home and home site packages range from the $300k’s to more than $1.2 million.