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Old 11-15-2016, 09:03 AM
 
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What's the best retirement community in Florida?

Budget $150k-$400k

Age: 65
Status: Single

Looking for something that has a lot of activities.

Would like a low maintenance house/townhouse, possibly a condo. IE. if its a house a community that includes yard maintenance.

On/near the water would be nice but not a requirement, IE. a lake or along the coast.

Preferably something that would act as a good investment as well.

Near shopping/good grocery store would be nice as well.

As far as which part of Florida, I'm from out of state now, so any part would be an option.

I would like an established community rather than new construction.

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Old 11-15-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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For more established communities on/near the water I would recommend in no particular order cities like Jupiter, Sarasota or St Pete Beach which are retiree friendly, yet diverse enough in terms of age which is probably a factor you might consider and are large enough to provide cultural/recreational amenities as part of larger metro areas. If you want something more "small town" places like Stuart, Vero Beach, Fort Myers or Mount Dora are good options.
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:43 AM
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Old 11-15-2016, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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What's the best retirement community in Florida?

Budget $150k-$400k

Age: 65
Status: Single

Looking for something that has a lot of activities.

Would like a low maintenance house/townhouse, possibly a condo. IE. if its a house a community that includes yard maintenance.

On/near the water would be nice but not a requirement, IE. a lake or along the coast.

Preferably something that would act as a good investment as well.

Near shopping/good grocery store would be nice as well.

As far as which part of Florida, I'm from out of state now, so any part would be an option.

I would like an established community rather than new construction.
Kings Point Sun City Center - An Active Adult Community.
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Too many options and really a personal choice.
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:24 PM
 
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I was looking at Panama (very, very unhappy w/ the last election), and I'm not sure about the other areas, but Panama City has a LOT of crime. A serious amount. Costa Rica would be for me, but probably not for my budget:[

In any case, the op asked about Florida, and you really need more information before you even think of making a decision. There is a big cultural difference between South Florida and the East Coast and West Coast sides (although the latter two are not nearly as different as South Florida might be).

You also need to come and see for yourself. I do not recommend that anyone move anywhere solely on the advice of a bunch of strangers on a forum, you need to experience the places for yourself.

I remember the time I called the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce (DON'T call these places for anything I found out) and asked about their downtown because I like a vibrant downtown. "Oooooh, you'll love Knoxville then! We have this, and we have that". So I go and it looked like the War Between the States had just ended the day before I got there. I mean bombed out (this was years ago). I asked a local how long it had been like that and he looked around at the falling down buildings, sighed, and said "Oh, about 30-40 years." They may have had a vibrant downtown in 1860, but that was a long time ago.

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Old 11-15-2016, 07:43 PM
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Agree! Sun City has everything on OP's list of what he's looking for.
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Old 11-16-2016, 06:44 AM
 
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Agree! Sun City has everything on OP's list of what he's looking for.
Except the good investment aspect. Sun City Center isn't known for a healthy return on investment (as all retirement communities tend) with an average cost of 155K and 3% appreciation on average. It's also quite far from any beach, being about an hour from the closest one.
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Beach wasn't an OP requirement. Homes are appreciating, not depreciating. If flipping is the goal, than would look elsewhere. Plenty of lakes, ponds behind many homes.
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Citrus countyFL
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