Wimauma is a place that most people…even those who live here in Florida…have probably never even heard of.
But in the Florida retirement world, it is a big name and a hotbed for 55+ communities.
Wimauma was founded in 1902 when the railroad came through the area. Legend has it that the name Wimauma is a combination of the names of the daughters of the town's founder, Captain C.H. Davis: Wilma, Maude, and Mary.
Not everyone agrees with me but the way I pronounce it is “WHY-mama“.
The key thing with Wimauma, and why I think several 55+ communities have been built here, is that it's close enough to bigger cities like Tampa and Bradenton that you can get to them relatively easily when you want to, but you're not stuck paying big city prices.
Downtown Tampa is about 30 minutes to the north, and Bradenton is just about 35 minutes to the south. Tampa International Airport is about 45 minutes away, and getting to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will take you about the same amount of time.
Wimauma 55+ Communities
As I mentioned before, Wimauma is home to a handful of popular 55+ communities, including:
Southshore Bay is a community of 655 attached villas and single-family homes located in Wimauma, between Tampa and Bradenton. Available amenities here include a community clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor pool, and a large Crystal Lagoon.
Southshore Bay offers villas and single-family homes that range in size from 1,396 to 2,775 square feet. Prices start in the $300k’s.
Valencia Lakes is a 55+ community located in Wimauma, about halfway between Tampa and Bradenton.
Valencia Lakes residents have access to a 40,000 sq. ft. clubhouse that features a fitness center, card room, ballroom, an arts and crafts room, tennis, pickleball and bocce courts, a resort-style pool area, and more.
Attached villas and single-family homes are both available and prices start in the $300k's.
Valencia Del Sol’s convenient Tampa area 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 community features a stunning selection of twin villas and single-family homes that provide the ultimate in 55+ living at an incredible value. Prices start in the $400k's.