San Antonio is a safe, fast growing town just to the west of Lake Jovita in west central Florida, about 30 miles north of Tampa. It was founded as a Catholic colony in 1881 and is the only surviving community out of five original villages in the immediate vicinity.
North of Tampa in west central Florida, San Antonio is the site of Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, a large, gated 55+ community with approximately 1,300 single family homes on 740 tropical acres. Construction started in the mid-1990s and continues today.
A quiet town on the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga, St. Cloud started as a retirement town for Union Civil War veterans. Today, it has safe, well-tended neighborhoods and a cute downtown with brick streets.
This stylish 55+ community is gated and has single family homes, town homes, a large clubhouse and direct water access.
Just 20 miles south west of Fort Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast, the prosperous, "beachy" town of Sanibel sits on the barrier island named Sanibel Island. It was once an infamous pirates' den but today is one of Florida's top vacation destinations and is renowned for its 15 miles of stunning, white crushed seashell beaches and wildlife refuges.
Low key St. James City is a very casual, unicorporated residential community on the southern end of Pine Island, an idyllic place with about 6,000 year round residents. The island is eight miles west of Cape Coral on the southwestern Florida coast and has several communities.
Friendly, mellow Stuart sits on southeastern Florida's famed Treasure Coast. Once a pirates' lair, today it has a thriving boating and charter fishing industry and is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World."
Nestled on the banks of St. Lucie River's south fork and the southern tip of Stuart on the southeastern Florida coast, the gated 55+ the Monterey Yacht and Country Club makes its home. It was built in the 1970s and 1980s and has 510 condominiums.
Tarpon Springs started out as a winter resort in the late 1870s and was named after the fish that haunts its waters. It sits along a series of bayous and the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles northwest of Tampa, and it grew up around Greek culture. In fact, this waterfront city has the largest concentration of Greek Americans in the United States.
Santos Isle is a new 55+ apartment community in Tarpon Springs, Florida. It is comprised of colorful three story buildings and is in a quiet neighborhood about two miles inland from the water.
Located in north central Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, mellow, semi-rural Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City." It borders four large lakes and has several smaller ones within town limits.
Royal Harbor is a gated 55+ waterfront community with nearly 800 single family homes. The development was built from the late-1990s to 2008 and sits along the shores of Little Lake Harris.
Trinity is a comfortable, fast-growing census-designated place (master planned development, really) named after the local Christian college, Trinity College of Florida. It is in a rural part of Florida, about 25 miles northwest of Tampa and 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
Trinity is located in west central Florida and is the site of Heritage Springs, an established, gated 55+ community that was constructed during the early-2000s. More than 1,300 residence are divied up between 24 neighborhoods, with the majority having single family homes. The remaining areas have town homes.
Safe, quiet and relatively affordable, Venice is along the southeastern Florida coast. Is it a great place to retire?
Weeki Wachee and North Weeki Wachee are essentially one community and are in northwestern Florida at the southern end of the Big Bend region. About an hour north of Tampa, the Weeki Wachee area is just to the east of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, which is adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico.
Glen Lakes is a large, master-planned golf course community in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Construction began in the early 1990s and continues today. At build out, it should have 1,500 single family homes spread across 1,400 lush subtropical acres.
Not too long ago, Yulee, located 25 miles northeast of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida, was just a sleepy rural hamlet. Today, it is a fast-growing collection of new subdivisions, but it still retains much of its country character.
Outside of Jacksonville in northeastern Florida, Yulee is the site of Lumber Creek, a new and growing planned community with a variety of home builders, including Adams Homes, Maronda Homes and LGI Homes.
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