Guide to Best Places to Retire in Florida



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Best Places to Live & Retire in Florida

Our free Digital Retirement Guide and Ideal-Living Magazine offer an abundance of information on which states, towns and cities are the best for retirees, vacationers and second-home buyers. This includes retirement communities in Central Florida, as well as the panhandle and Southern Florida.

In Florida, we have many communities for which you can get all the information you need. You can compare locations within Florida as well as vacation and retirement communities all across the U.S. Our Ideal-Living Digital Magazine includes numerous articles such as the top travel destinations, tips on selling your home, and how to make the most of your retirement. Our Guide allows you to compare cities and communities on variables such as climatepopulationhome valuescost of living and the proximity of schools, hospitals and airports.

Besides its natural beauty and incredible coastline, Florida is one of the most tax friendly states for retirees and seniors. The tax benefits of living in Florida include:

  • No state income tax
  • No tax on social security benefits
  • Permanent residents qualify for Homestead Exemption
  • Seniors may qualify for additional property tax exemptions

 

Idyllic Communities in Ideal Locations

Prospective residents should choose a community that best fits their lifestyle. Some neighborhoods are only a short walk or ride away from bustling city centers. Others are closer to quieter, small-town shops.

We can help you find your ideal location to live and retire in the beautiful state of Florida. Our resources put all the information at your fingertips to make the best decision for you, including putting you in contact with representatives from the top retirement and resort communities in Florida, this includes FL Del Webb communities and Minto communities.

 

Sample Communities to Discover

Village Green Active 55+ Resort | Florida Thesman Community | Retire FL

Active 55+ Resort Village Green

St. Petersburg, FL

Affordable 55+ Luxury Living
Welcome to Village Green, where you’ll find luxury living at an affordable price. Village Green is an active 55+ adult community with a wide selection of pre-owned homes from the $30’s, a multi-million dollar clubhouse, a full-time Activities Director, friendly people, and the finest in resort amenities. Whether you’re looking for the best value in retirement, or simply a place to live life a little easier near the water, you’ll find it a Village Green. Visit us and see why so many of our residents say it’s like being on vacation all year long.

Village Green is among the award-winning family of Thesman Communities proudly offering affordable resort living since 1980.

Additional Amenities Include:
Full-Time Activities Director, Year-Round Activities, Fitness Center, Ballroom, Billiards, Arts and Crafts, Courtesy Shuttle Bus, Pet Park, and Bike to Bay.

Management and Sales offices are still open 7 days a week, 8-5. Please contact us for more information.

Virtual Tours now available! Feel free to watch our video playlist below. You can navigate to the next video by simply clicking the button to the right of the “share” icon.

Homes are shown by appointment only. Call today!

Also check out our other Thesman Communities:
Briarwood
Las Palmas
Las Palmas Grand
Las Vegas Meadows
Palmas Del Sol
Palmas Del Sol East
Sunrise Village
Village Green

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Shell Point Retirement Community

Fort Myers, FL
Lifecare Units from studio to homes. $120K - $1M+

THE BEST PLACE TO BE
Shell Point® is an award-winning lifecare retirement resort located along the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers, Florida just minutes from Sanibel Island and the Gulf of Mexico. When you retire at Shell Point, you have the comfort of knowing that your needs will be taken care of – both now and in the years to come.

RECREATION FOR EVERYONE
Shell Point offers an unparalleled lifestyle in an unparalleled waterfront setting. For those who enjoy exploring Florida’s waterways, there’s boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and canoeing. For sport and fitness fans there is Shell Point’s championship golf course, four Har-Tru tennis courts, five pickleball courts, a bocce court, fitness centers with trained professionals and four heated swimming pools. Nature lovers will enjoy the boardwalks, bridges, bike paths and miles of walking trails. Residents who are interested in gardening enjoy individual garden plots, a lovely rose garden, and a fully-equipped orchid greenhouse and a butterfly garden.

ARTFUL LIVING
No other community offers the variety of outlets for creativity and personal expression that are available at Shell Point. Shell Point provides extensive craft and hobby facilities, including a complete woodworking shop, lapidary room, train room for miniature train enthusiasts, digital photography lab, modern pottery and ceramics studio, and an art studio with classes for beginners as well as advanced artists in a variety of media. Performing arts are enjoyed through choral ensembles, a jazz band, and multiple musical groups for participants at all levels.

DISCOVER SHELL POINT
Discover for yourself what residents of Shell Point already know – that Shell Point is the perfect place for retirement living – all in a resort-style setting. Shell Point offers private appointments with a tour of the community. Schedule your visit by calling (239) 466-1131, press 1 for Sales.

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55+ Community Lakewood Ranch FL | Cresswind Lakewood Ranch

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch

Lakewood Ranch, FL
Homes from the $400s to $800s

Whether you’re retiring or continuing to work remotely, Cresswind Lakewood Ranch is a 55+ community for active adults who want to live and play in southwest Florida’s most enticing location.

Cresswind Lakewood Ranch is a gated community with its own private clubhouse that includes the Cresswind SmartFIT Training Center powered by EGYM with cardio studio, a lounge, a game room and an arts & crafts studio. The community Lifestyle Director organizes interest club meetings and social events. Outdoor exercise can be enjoyed in the resort-style, resistance and spa pools or on the pickleball, tennis and bocce ball courts.

In addition, Cresswind residents have access to all of the amenities and services in the surrounding Lakewood Ranch master-planned community, including golf courses, a polo club, village centers with shops, restaurants, medical offices and so much more.

Choose from a variety of ranch-style floorplans designed specifically for today’s active adult, ranging from just over 2,100 to more than 4,400 total square feet of living space. All of the designs have spacious great rooms for entertaining and 2- car garages. Kolter Homes’ Built Around You approach provides hundreds of structural and design personalization options to create your ideal home, including flex spaces and 2nd-floor bonus rooms.

In addition to the convenient Lakewood Ranch amenities, Cresswind residents have access to all of the top-rated medical centers, cultural attractions, fine- dining restaurants and year-round festival events in the nearby Sarasota- Bradenton area. The region’s finest Gulf Coast beaches are just a short drive away.

Request more information below and discover why Cresswind Lakewood Ranch may be the ideal Florida destination for you.

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