Best Area to Retire in Florida

What Is the Best Area to Retire in Florida?

Many experts say Central Florida is hands-down the best part of the Sunshine State to retire in for numerous reasons, including:

  • A relatively low cost of living when compared to other regions with vibrant metro areas
  • Convenient access to the state’s best-known attractions, including beautiful beaches, theme parks, casinos, golf courses, sports venues, and charter fishing destinations
  • A wide range of job opportunities for older adults who want to continue working, either full or part time

These are all great reasons to zero in on Central Florida as your general retirement destination, but how do you find the ideal retirement community? Ask any Florida retiree this question and you’ll receive a wide variety of opinions about the best places to retire. For many people, one of the state’s communities for active adults 55 and older is a great option. These age-restricted communities are designed with the interests and needs of active older adults in mind. They often include a clubhouse with a swimming pool and fitness center on the premises, so that older adults can easily find ways to stay physically active, mingle with their peers, and build the personal relationships that are so important to a healthy and enjoyable retirement.

Sounds Great, But Can I Afford It?

If you’re one of the many older adults who are concerned about stretching their retirement savings to the max, you’ll be interested in the affordable active lifestyle you can enjoy at one of five 55+ communities operated in Central Florida by Blair Group. Each of our beautiful gated communities features high-quality manufactured homes for sale and a bevy of resort-style amenities to help our residents stay physically active and socially connected to others in the community. While each community is unique, they all offer a wide variety of activities to appeal to diverse interests, including:

  • Classes for cooking, floral arranging, yoga, and more
  • Wine and paint events where you can flex your artistic muscles and moonlight as a sommelier
  • Group trips to casinos, tea rooms, and one-of-kind destinations like the Moore’s Museum, which houses the world’s largest Tiffany glass collection

How Can This Be Affordable?

When you purchase one of the attractive homes for sale in one of our Central Florida communities and pay a low monthly home site lease fee, you’ll enjoy daily access to one or more clubhouses, where many of our community events are organized. This means you can enjoy living in a manufactured home that’s safe and comfortable but likely to cost far less than a site-built home, thus freeing up more of your resources to spend on the activities you’ve been looking forward to in retirement.

Which of our five Florida communities is the best place for you to retire? Here’s a brief description of each one:

Cypress Lakes

This community features two 18-hole golf courses, but those are just the beginning of the many perks our residents enjoy. We also offer a multimillion-dollar clubhouse complex, two pools, an on-site restaurant, and an activities director on staff. Cypress Lakes is located in Lakeland between two major tourist destinations—Orlando and Tampa—which means you’ll have plenty of easily accessible sightseeing opportunities outside the community.

Lake Griffin Harbor

One of the best-kept secrets among Florida’s 55+ communities is this lakefront community in Leesburg. It’s situated on the shores of sparkling Lake Griffin, which is home to state and local bass fishing events and offers plenty of opportunities for boaters, kayakers, and water sports enthusiasts to pursue aquatic adventures on a daily basis.

Hyde Park

Located in Winter Garden just outside Orlando, this is a popular community for older adults who enjoy taking their grandchildren and other visitors to nearby theme parks, dinner theaters, and a practically endless list of tourist attractions. Our community is also located near a charming downtown district where there’s always something exciting going on. And it’s accessible by golf cart—no need to even take your car out of the garage.

StrawBerry Ridge

Although this community near Tampa is only a short drive from several professional sports venues, the Florida Aquarium, the state fairgrounds, and a huge casino resort, many of our residents cite the neighborly camaraderie and many on-site activities as the reasons why they consider this to be the best place to retire. We also offer a fully equipped woodworking shop and ceramics studio, as well as indoor and outdoor pools.

Bear Creek

You might think being located 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean would be enough to make Bear Creek near Daytona Beach one of the best places to retire in Florida. However, we sweeten the pot with three community clubhouses, three swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with aerobics room, and many other on-site amenities.

Interested? Contact Blair Group today, and one of our Lifestyle Consultants will be happy to tell you more about them. You can also click here for descriptions of all our communities.