Peaceful Geneva, an unincorporated town in northeastern Florida, is proud of its history and its rural roots. Although it is only 12 miles from Orlando, it is surrounded by water and wilderness and feels a world away. In fact, it is sometimes called "the lost world" by locals. Both the big and little Econlockhatchee Rivers flow nearby.
Developed in the 1960s, mellow Hernando Beach sits along Florida's west coast, about an hour north of Tampa. It was dredged from wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico's floor.
North of Tampa, Hudson is on Florida's central Gulf Coast. Once a fishing and shrimping community, these days the town is popular with bargain-seeking "snowbirds," sun-worshipping vacationers and nudists.
Like many of the towns on Florida's east central coast, Indian Harbour Beach has strong ties to the space industry. It is situated on a barrier island between the calm Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean and was developed more than 50 years ago as a residential community for people working at the Kennedy Space Center.
The small barrier island community of Indian Shores is just west of Largo and less than an hour from Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast. A balmy, relaxed place, it started in the mid-1800s but still does not draw the tourist crowds of nearby communities.
On the southern end of Indian Shores, Barefoot Beach Resort, a condominium community, spreads across five acres and overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. The community was built in the 1960s but has been updated and renovated.
Known for its beautiful beaches and blue-green waters, Jupiter is located on Florida's southeastern coast. Downtown Miami is about 90 miles away, and Jupiter is considered one of its northern exurbs.
Established in 1982, Jupiter Bay Condominiums is an all ages community in Jupiter, Florida, about 90 miles north of Miami. It is near restaurants, shopping centers, theaters, beaches and Highway 1, which offers easy access to towns north and south.
Lake Alfred is a simple place located half way between Tampa and Orlando in central Florida. It started out as a military post but began to be developed as an agricultural community in the early 20th century.
Palm Shores, located in Lake Alfred, Florida is an established 55+ mobile home community. Ninety-four residences are here, all light colored and neatly lined up in rows. Streets are paved, and lawns are tidy. There are no sidewalks.
This pretty city of lakes is about 30 minutes north of Orlando in northeastern Florida. It started out as a citrus farming center and began to grow as Walt Disney World expanded in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, Lake Mary is a semi-rural bedroom community known for its high quality of life.
Nestled beneath a canopy of tall hardwood and pine trees in Lake Mary, Florida, The Forest is an aptly named 55+ manufactured home community. The densely wooded landscape is a quiet, private oasis not far from shopping and eateries.
Named for the large number of lakes within its borders, pretty, residential Land O' Lakes is at the northern edge of the Tampa metropolitan area. New Port Richey is about 30 miles to the west and has a beach park.
The Groves is an established 55+ community with 754 single family homes, patio homes and town homes. Construction finished in 2007, with numerous builders putting their mark here. The development spreads across 445 acres, 40% of which are devoted to open space.
Sandwiched betweeen Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway on Florida's west central coast, Largo spent much of its history as a farming community. New residents and houses started arriving in large numbers after WWII, and today the city continues to grow.
A laid back town on a barrier island, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is popular with snorklers and divers and maintains a prosperous, bohemian vibe.
Spread over a barrier island along Florida's west central coast, beautiful Longboat Key lies between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It is heavily developed, mellow and known for its stunning white-sand beaches.
Longboat Key is the location of Gulfshore of Longboat Key, a very casual, established 55+ mobile home community. Amenities consist of a swimming pool, a small marina, a private beach and a clubhouse with a library.
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