June 19

List of the Top 55+ Communities in Tampa

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Did you know that Tampa Bay is home to some of the most sought-after 55+ communities in the country?

With its warm climate, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culture, it's no wonder retirees from all over the nation are flocking to this picturesque region.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 4.5 million residents aged 65 and over have found their slice of paradise in Florida. 

But with so many options available, how do you find the perfect fit for your retirement needs?

That's where I come in.

In this article, we'll explore the list of top 55+ communities in Tampa, taking a closer look at what makes each unique and appealing.

From the serene surroundings of Apollo Beach to the energetic vibe of Wimauma, there's something for everyone.

Here's to enjoying the best that retirement life has to offer in Tampa Bay!


1. Southshore Falls Del Webb - Apollo Beach

Number of homes: 866

Home Types: Single Family and Villas

HOA: $324/mo for single family; $336/mo for villas

CDD: None

Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

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Discover the serene beauty of Southshore Falls, an upscale 55+ gated community nestled in the charming town of Apollo Beach.

This attractive haven offers a perfect blend of luxurious living and an active lifestyle, with a wide selection of elegant single-family homes and villas surrounded by lush landscapes.

Development of Southshore Falls began in 2005 by Centex, and after being acquired by Pulte in 2009, it reached completion in 2018.

The community features three models of attached duplexes ranging from 1,363 to 1,650 square feet, as well as two models of attached villas (arranged in quads) spanning 1,448 and 1,602 square feet.

For those seeking more spacious accommodations, single-family homes make up one-third of the community, with sizes varying from 1,730 to 2,544 square feet. 

At the heart of Southshore Falls lies a spectacular 14,000 square foot clubhouse, where residents can socialize and enjoy an array of top-notch amenities.

Stay active with the state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pools, tennis courts, and walking trails, all designed to promote a healthy and engaging lifestyle.

Wondering what the heck HOA fees are? Read this article.

What truly sets Southshore Falls apart is its prime location near the scenic Apollo Beach Nature Preserve and the vibrant dining scene at nearby Circles Waterfront Restaurant.

Finally, as a sought-after boating community, Apollo Beach offers residents easy access to Tampa Bay's breathtaking waterfront and recreational parks.


2. Cresswind - Lakewood Ranch

Number of homes: 650

Home Types: Single Family

HOA: $396 per month

CDD: None

Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

Experience the epitome of active adult living at Cresswind Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned 55+ community situated just east of Sarasota and approximately an hour's drive from Tampa.

Spanning over 250 acres, this vibrant community hosts more than 650 single-family homes designed to cater to an active lifestyle.

At the heart of Cresswind Lakewood Ranch is its focus on health and wellness, offering residents a variety of top-notch amenities, including a fitness center, nutritional advice, walking trails, a resort-style pool, a resistance pool, and a whirlpool spa.

The community also takes pride in fostering a strong sense of connection among residents with its extensive calendar of social events and clubs.

Homebuyers have plenty of options to choose from, with three distinct collections of single-story and two-story homes featuring a three different collections:

  • Key Collection offers three models ranging from 1,524 to 1,856 square feet.
  • Island Collection features eight models spanning 1,827 to 3,067 square feet. 
  • Coastal Collection provides eight floor plans that range from 2,384 to 3,574 square feet.

Cresswind's prime location within the larger master-planned development of Lakewood Ranch gives residents easy access to a wealth of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

This includes the popular Main Street at Lakewood Ranch and the beautiful Sarasota Polo Club.

Additionally, the community is conveniently located near medical facilities like Sarasota Memorial, Manatee Memorial Hospital, and Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.

A short drive away, you'll find the pristine white sands of Siesta Key Beach, Longboat Key, and Lido Key beaches, along with numerous golf courses like the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club.

With easy access to Interstate 75 and State Road 70, traveling to nearby cities like Tampa is a breeze, and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is just 17 miles away for further travel.


3. Del Webb Lakewood Ranch - Lakewood Ranch

Number of homes: 1,300

Home Types: Single Family and Villas

HOA: $996/qtr for single family; $1,036/qtr for villas

CDD: $1,599/year for single family; $1,400/yr for villas

Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

Welcome to Del Webb Lakewood Ranch, a marvel of 55+ resort-style living nestled within the heart of the 17,500-acre master-planned development of Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Just under an hour's drive from downtown Tampa, this expansive community spans over 640 acres and offers a perfect blend of luxury, convenience, and an active lifestyle for its residents.

Featuring a mix of over 1,300 single-family homes and attached villas, Del Webb Lakewood Ranch boasts a variety of floor plans to suit every taste and need.

Wondering what the heck CDD fees are? Read about CDDs here..

The attached homes range from 1,542 to 1,579 square feet, offering two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.

On the other hand, the single-family homes span from 1,289 to 2,808 square feet, providing two to five bedrooms, two to four-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two- to three-car garages.

All homes come with energy-efficient designs, gourmet kitchens, open layouts, indoor and outdoor living areas, and luxurious fixtures throughout.

At the heart of this vibrant community lies an expansive amenity center, complete with a state-of-the-art fitness facility, clubhouse, pool, and courts for various sports.

An on-site activities director ensures residents have ample opportunities to engage in a wide array of clubs, events, and activities tailored to their interests and hobbies.

Del Webb Lakewood Ranch's prime location offers residents easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, such as The Mall at University Town Center.

Additionally, Nathan Benderson Park is just a short drive away, providing a variety of outdoor activities and events for residents to enjoy.


4. Del Webb Bexley - Land O Lakes

Number of homes: 850

Home Types: Single Family

HOA: $297 to $309 per month

CDD: $946 to $2,500 per year

Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

A vibrant, 55+ community of Del Webb Bexley sits within the beautiful Land O Lakes area, just 20 miles north of Tampa.

Spread across a sprawling 489-acre landscape, this gated haven features over 850 meticulously crafted single-family homes and low-maintenance villas.

Del Webb Bexley offers an impressive array of three distinct home series:

  • Villas range from 1,533 to 1,579 square feet, offering 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and attached 2-car garages.
  • Scenic Series offers three models ranging from 1,405 to 1,655 square feet.
  • Distinctive Series boasts five models ranging anywhere from 1,670 to 2,748 square feet.
  • Echelon Series features four distinct models, ranging from 2,269 to 2,808 square feet.

These elegant homes have two to five bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two- to three-car garages.

Each home comes with open-concept kitchens, dens, walk-in closets, covered lanais, and optional upgrades such as additional storage and dropped soffit ceilings.

At the heart of Del Webb Bexley lies a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse, The Meridian, offering a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, grand ballroom, game room, arts and crafts studio, multipurpose rooms, and a food and beverage center for socializing and relaxation.

Outside The Meridian, residents can enjoy a slew of amenities, like:

  • Resort-style swimming pool 
  • Resistance pool 
  • Tennis courts
  • Miles of walking/biking trails
  • Pickleball and bocce ball courts 
  • Outdoor amphitheater
  • Event lawn 
  • Dog park

  • 5. Manors at Angeline - Land O Lakes

    Number of homes: 200

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $127 to $172 per month single family; $156 for villas

    CDD: $2,666 to $3,169 per year for single family; $1,742 for villas

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    Manors at Angeline_LandOLakes_55+Community

    Image credit: Lennar

    Angeline is a 6,200-acre master-planned community situated in the charming Land O' Lakes, FL, meticulously designed for active adults, aged 55 and above.

    The Manors at Angeline is a 40-acre community in Land O Lakes, Florida.

    This thriving locale presents a variety of new single-family homes and villas that perfectly cater to your vivacious lifestyle.

    If you're looking to buy a home here, you have three types of homes to choose from:

    • Attached villas showcase spacious floor plans, ample storage, and private outdoor spaces. They range between 1,398 to 1,747 square feet. All are 2 bed and 2 - 2.5 bath plans.
    • Manors Collection includes three floor plans with open layouts, private primary suites, and covered patios. They range from 1,683 to 2,145 square feet. You can find 2 - 3 bedrooms and 2 - 3 bathrooms.
    • Estates Collection features three luxurious models, each has generous living spaces, private lanais, and attached garages. These have 2 - 3 bedrooms and 2.5 - 3.5 bathrooms.

    The Manors at Angeline is set to feature a future multi-million-dollar private amenity center, a tranquil oasis equipped with a refreshing pool, dynamic sports courts, and a vibrant clubhouse.

    But the perks don't stop at your doorstep.

    At Angeline, every resident is offered an array of exceptional amenities to indulge in.

    A few notable amenities include things like a community farm that nurtures a greener lifestyle to a staggering 3,600 acres of lush green space that breathes serenity. 

    Plus, in the works is a 100-mile network of trails and a recreational lagoon, where acres of crystal blue waters invite you to engage in endless beachfront activities.


    6. Del Webb Bayview - Parrish

    Number of homes: 950

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $326 per month single family; $156 for villas

    CDD: $1,623 per year for single family; $1,081 for villas

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    Del Webb Bayview is a prestigious 55+ community situated in the serene town of Parrish, Florida.

    Just a short drive from the bustling cities of Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Tampa, this gated haven offers an exceptional lifestyle that seamlessly blends upscale amenities, elegant homes, and a vibrant social atmosphere for its residents.

    Much like its sister communities, Del Webb Bayview offers an impressive array of three distinct home series:

    • Villas range from 1,533 to 1,579 square feet, offering 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and attached 2-car garages. Prices start at $364,990.
    • Scenic Series offers three models ranging from 1,405 to 1,655 square feet. You get 2 - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and attached 2-car garage. Prices start at $395,990.
    • Distinctive Series has five models ranging anywhere from 1,670 to 2,748 square feet. Floor plans allow you to get 2 - 4 bedrooms, 2 - 4 bathrooms and 2-car garage. Prices start at $455,990.
    • Echelon Series features four distinct models, ranging from 2,269 to 2,808 square feet. Floor plans allow you to get 2 - 4 bedrooms, 2.5 - 5 bathrooms and 2 - 3car garage. Prices start at $561,990.

    The impressive 14,000-square-foot clubhouse comes complete with state-of-the-art fitness facilities, an aerobics studio, catering kitchen, billiards room, and multipurpose rooms for diverse activities and events.

    Outdoor amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, lap pool, spa, tennis and pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, fire pit, and miles of walking and biking trails weaving through the community's lush landscape.

    In addition, what makes Del Webb Bayview one of the better 55+ communities in Tampa is that they have a dedicated on-site activities director.

    Del Webb Bayview's prime location provides easy access to daily necessities, healthcare facilities, local attractions, and shopping destinations like the Ellenton Premium Outlets.

    Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate the proximity to several parks and preserves, including Terra Ceia Preserve State Park.

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    7. Kings Point - Sun City Center

    Number of homes: 5,250 (that's not a typo)

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $500+ per month

    CDD: None

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

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    Image credit Kings Point

    On to Sun City Center, where we find Kings Point, a massive and active community covering over 5,000 acres. 

    This gated community has more than 5,200 homes, comprising a mix of single-family homes, townhomes, and villas.

    I think it's only befitting to just breakdown how massive Kings Point really is. Check these out:

    • There are 2 private clubhouses (the Main Clubhouse is 90,000 square feet and the South Clubhouse is 28,000 square-foot).
    • Separate legal boundaries, different bylaws, and over 100 condo associations.
    • 3 golf courses within Kings Point
    • 200+ clubs and interest groups

    Approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Tampa, Kings Point has a wealth of amenities like a fitness center, several clubhouses, and golf courses.

    It's close to various shopping centers and entertainment venues, offering residents the best of city life in a tranquil setting. 

    What sets Kings Point apart is its own TV channel, used to communicate community events and important news to residents.


    8. The Preserve at La Paloma - Sun City Center

    Number of homes: 104

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $283/mo for single family; $302/mo for villas

    CDD: None

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    The Preserve at La Paloma is one of the smaller 55+ communities in Tampa. It's tucked on the north side of Sun City Blvd in Sun City, Fl.

    Ranging from expansive single-family homes to cozy, low-maintenance townhouses, there is a perfect fit for every lifestyle.

    Within this thriving neighborhood, you'll find the usual amenities designed to foster a strong sense of community and an active lifestyle.

    Whether it's enjoying an invigorating morning swim in the resort-style pool, refining your swing on the pickleball court, or gathering with friends at the well-appointed clubhouse, La Paloma offers spaces for every occasion.

    Plus, adjacent to the community is Cypress Creek Golf Club. So getting in a few golf rounds is, literally, within a short walking distance away.

    Moreover, you'll appreciate the beautifully landscaped parks, walking trails and green spaces that intertwine seamlessly within the community, fostering an atmosphere of tranquility and harmony with the environment.

    The natural surroundings invite you to step outdoors and explore, whether it's for a leisurely bike ride, a scenic hike, or a relaxing picnic by the pond.

    Convenience is also at your doorstep with a selection of shopping centers, dining venues, and recreational hotspots located just a short drive away.


    9. Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch - Wesley Chapel

    Number of homes: 868

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $5,072 - $5,364 per year, depending on lot size

    CDD: $2,447 - $3,704 per year, depending on lot size

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    Next, we visit Wesley Chapel, home to Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch.

    Taylor Morrison began construction here back in 2019.  

    This 500-acre community is home to more than 800 single-family homes and detached villas. 

    Located just 25 minutes from downtown Tampa, Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch offers residents a variety of amenities, including:

  • Gated/guarded entrance
  • Lawn care maintenance
  • Cable and internet
  • Trash service
  • Full-service amenity center
  • Pool and spa
  • Activity room
  • Billiards room
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Group exercise classes
  • Spa services
  • Pickleball
  • Tennis courts Bocce ball
  • Pet park
  • Located in the booming area of Wesley Chapel, Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch is just a stone's throw away from the Shops at Wiregrass, a premier open-air shopping center featuring an eclectic mix of over 100 shops and restaurants. 

    Also nearby is AdventHealth Center Ice, the largest ice sports facility in the Southeastern US, and the Tampa Premium Outlets featuring a diverse mix of popular retail brands.

    You may read more about living in Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch here.


    10. Valencia Lakes - Wimauma

    Number of homes: 1,600

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $1,550/qtr for single family; $1,667/qtr for villas

    CDD: None

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    55+ Community in Wimauma_Valencia Lakes

    Valencia Lakes, developed by GL Homes, is a vibrant 55+ community located in Wimauma, Florida.

    This gated, active adult neighborhood offers residents an exceptional lifestyle with resort-style amenities, a wide range of home designs, and a welcoming social atmosphere.

    The community features over 1,600 single-family homes and villas with various floor plans, ranging from 1,321 to 3,273 square feet.

    These residences have two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.

    The homes are designed with modern kitchens, open layouts, and luxurious fixtures, catering to diverse preferences and needs.

    Valencia Lakes' 40,000-square-foot clubhouse serves as the social hub for residents.

    The clubhouse includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, billiards room, arts and crafts studio, and a grand social hall for events.

    Outdoor amenities include: 

    • resort-style pool
    • resistance pool & lap pool
    • spa
    • tennis courts / pickleball courts / bocce ball courts, 
    • horseshoe pits
    • softball field

    Residents can also enjoy a variety of clubs, activities, and classes, facilitated by a full-time activities director.

    Valencia Lakes' prime location ensures easy access to shopping, dining, healthcare facilities, and local attractions in the Tampa Bay area.

    Experience an unparalleled blend of luxury, convenience, and active living at Valencia Lakes, where you can create lasting friendships, pursue your passions, and enjoy the exceptional lifestyle you deserve.


    11. Medley at Southshore Bay - Wimauma

    Number of homes: 655

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $183/mo for single family; $286/mo for villas

    CDD: $342/year for single family; $392 for villas

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    Medley at Southshore Bay, a 55+ community developed by Lennar in Wimauma, Florida, offers an exceptional living experience with an array of features and advantages that cater to the needs and preferences of active adults.

    This master-planned development is designed to provide residents with a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle, surrounded by a vibrant social atmosphere and top-notch amenities.

    One of the most notable features of Medley at Southshore Bay is its diverse range of home designs.

    Buyers can choose from various single-family and villa floor plans that span from 1,200 to 3,300 square feet, offering two to six bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two- or three-car garages.

    These well-appointed homes have modern kitchens, open layouts, and elegant fixtures, ensuring a high standard of living for all residents.

    In addition to its beautiful homes, Medley at Southshore Bay offers an impressive selection of amenities to promote an active and fulfilling lifestyle.

    The community's Oasis Club features a state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, tiki bar, and covered pavilion for socializing.

    Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the dog park, playground, sand volleyball court, and walking trails that weave throughout the community.

    What sets this community apart from other top 55+ communities in Tampa is the 5-acre Crystal Lagoon. It's a tropical-style lagoon where residents can enjoy a beach-like atmosphere, water sports, and entertainment.

    The community's prime location provides easy access to shopping, dining, healthcare facilities, and local attractions in the Tampa Bay area.

    Safety and security are top priorities at Medley at Southshore Bay, with a gated entrance and round-the-clock surveillance ensuring peace of mind for all residents.

    The community also has a full-time activities director who organizes various clubs and activities.


    12. Valencia Del Sol - Wimauma

    Number of homes: 565

    Home Types: Single Family and Villas

    HOA: $1,347/qtr for single family; $1,704/qtr for villas

    CDD: None

    Note: The above fees are subject to change and there may be other fees to be aware of.

    Valencia Del Sol_55+ Wimauma

    Last but not least, we end our tour of the premier 55+ communities Tampa has to offer with Valencia Del Sol in Wimauma, FL, meticulously crafted by GL Homes. 

    Designed with active adults in mind, this luxurious development offers an array of practical benefits and top-notch amenities that cater to the needs and preferences of its residents.

    At Valencia Del Sol, you'll find a diverse range of beautifully constructed single-family homes and villas, featuring modern kitchens, open layouts, and elegant fixtures.

    These well-appointed residences ensure a high standard of living, complemented by the community's strategic location that provides easy access to shopping, dining, healthcare facilities, and local attractions in the Tampa Bay area.

    Safety and security are paramount at Valencia Del Sol, with a gated entrance and round-the-clock surveillance offering peace of mind for all residents.

    The community's impressive amenity center has a state-of-the-art fitness center, resort-style pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, and a grand social hall for events – providing endless opportunities for recreation and social engagement.

    Living in a 55+ community like Valencia Del Sol offers numerous advantages, such as reduced maintenance, a strong sense of community, and access to engaging social activities.

    A full-time activities director organizes various clubs, events, and classes.

    With its exceptional quality of construction, prime location, safety measures, stylish living options, and lively social atmosphere, this 55+ community is the ideal choice for those seeking a truly remarkable and fulfilling living experience.


    Final Thoughts

    In conclusion, this list of top 55+ communities in Tampa offers a truly unparalleled living experience for active adults who value luxury, convenience, and a vibrant social atmosphere.

    These master-planned developments, such as Valencia Del Sol, Medley at Southshore Bay, and Valencia Lakes, provide residents with an array of high-quality facilities, engaging activities, and meticulously crafted homes that cater to diverse needs and preferences.

    With their prime locations, these communities ensure easy access to shopping, dining, healthcare facilities, and local attractions in the Tampa Bay area.

    Safety measures, reduced maintenance, and a strong sense of community further enhance the appeal of residing in these exceptional neighborhoods.

    By choosing to live in one of the top 55+ communities in Tampa, you are not only investing in a beautiful home but also embracing a lifestyle that fosters personal growth, lasting friendships, and endless opportunities for recreation and leisure.

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