55 Communities in Tampa Area
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There are many types of 55 communities in the Tampa area. This area has long been one of the most popular retirement places due to it's subtropical climate, beautiful beaches and health-oriented culture full of opportunities for outdoor physical activity.
You can also find many heated indoor pools open all year. The urban areas can be traffic congested but offer something for everyone.
The Tampa area has great advantages that attract retirees such as warm climate, open air food markets, and water sports.
Some outlying counties around Tampa were overbuilt before 2006 and were hard-hit by the recession, but recovery is underway in Florida (check with local Realtors.)
A Changing Florida
Tampa, the largest city in the area, used to be dominated by a senior population but not anymore. New businesses and industry have made it an attraction for all ages.
Counties considered to be part of the Tampa Bay Area:
- South Pasadena
- Palm Harbor
- San Antonio
- New Port Richey
- Land O Lakes
Also see West Coast Florida for other counties.
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Newest 55+ Communities in Tampa Chart
|NAME||Location/Starting Price||Link |
|1. Encore at FishHawk Ranch||Lithia/High $200's||See More|
|2. Verona||Sun City by Minto/$200's||See More|
|3. Valencia Lakes||Wimauma/$200's||See More |
Tampa Area - Lithia
- New Encore at FishHawk Ranch - About 20 miles to downtown Tampa - Single homes starting in high $200's located in the master community of FishHawk Ranch. Enjoy the amenities of FishHawk Ranch and the private and gated ones at Encore. Clubhouse, social activities, pool and more. 6004 Thrushwood Rd., Lithia - 813-422-6175
Tampa New Homes in Wimauma
2-nite stay program $99 (verify as this can change)
Valencia Lakes - Photo by GL Homes
Valencia Lakes - Tampa
Price-$, Size-Medium - by GL Homes - 27 mi. to downtown Tampa - Luxury resort-style living with lifestyle director. 2 and 3-bedroom villas and single-family homes. Clubhouse, pool, RV and boat parking, grandkids tot lot and more. Prices start at low $200's and up.
5006 Stone Harbor Circle, Wimauma - 813-634-8100 - Open Daily
Sun City Center
Sun City Center has been around awhile but some of its new and upgraded services are very impressive and worth giving a "shout out" to.
- The Good Samaritan services include ambulance to doctor's appointments (with specified notice requirements), coordination of Meals on Wheels and have an Alzheimer's support group and respite program. Read more about Good Samaritan programs at Sun City. Verify all information.
We have mentioned in previous articles that many large older 55+ communities are upgrading and expanding to remain competitive. Here are more recently upgraded features at Sun City:
- New Visitor Center in a more convenient location and tours are conducted by homeowners instead of real estate agents.
- Upgraded Fitness Center
- New and greatly improved softball field
- Multi-club building including Photo club amenities.
- Sun City Center (Homeowners) Price-$ to $$$, Size-Large - Very large golf course community with lots of amenities - was formerly owned by Del Webb. See Oakley Greens attached villa homes among their new 18-hole Scepter golfcourse. Many pricing options.
1002 Cherry Hills Dr. (Information Center) - 813-633-3500 (8-3pm)
- Kings Point in Sun City Center, Fl - By Minto Communities - Kings Point is another community in Sun City but differs. Most of the homes are duplexes which is unlike Sun City's mostly single family homes. 1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center - 813-634-2063 (Main Gate)
Here is a good chart showing the differences between them to help you decide Kings Point VS Sun City (please verify all information--we are not responsible for 3rd party info since it may be inaccurate or out-of-date).
- Aston Gardens at Sun City - Enjoy all the amenities of resort-style living in Sun City in these independent living apartment homes. Amenities include housekeeping, concierge, clubhouse, pool, activities and more. 1311 Aston Gardens Court, Sun City Center.
Newest Community in Sun City (and last phase to be built there.)
- Verona - By Minto - gated enclave of paired villas from upper $100's and singles from $200's. 105 Commercial Center Dr., Sun City Center -
Models Open Daily or call for appointment at 888-812-2990
Resale in Hillsborough County
- Southshore Falls by Del Webb - Price-$ - Size-Medium - by Del Webb - Tampa Bay area - Villas started $170's - There are also single family homes (please verify). Lagoon-styled pools - Gated. Convenient to shopping, dining and healthcare facilities. Resales.
5815 Sunset Falls Dr., Apollo Beach
- Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay Price-call, Size-Medium at Tampa - Resales only. 24 hr security - wellness center - concierge, heated pool, close to Westchase, fitness, daily breakfast - popular retirement community in Tampa with purchase villas or rental apartments with services.
- Bay Island - Price-$ to $$, Size-Large - Bay Island Drive - South Pasadena - Large waterfront condo complex - lots of activities - close to beaches and downtown Tampa. Many pools, gym, small marina, tennis, walkway. Resort-like. Waterfront - Resales
High population of seniors over 65 at approx. 20%.
(please verify for current data)
- On Top of the World - Condominiums for sale or rent in great location - Amenities and activities. Their other community is for over 55 in Ocala. From upper $100's. 3-day visit tour. On Top of the World Condominiums
- Belleair Towers in Clearwater Apartment Homes with services by Holiday Touch - owns and operates hundreds of retirement communities throughout U.S and 18 in Florida.
Resale older condos in Dunedin and Seminole - many under $100k (check with your local Realtors)
Pinellas Trail for Biking and Hiking
If you are
looking for a quieter area, then check out Dunedin. It is near the
Gulf of Mexico for fishing and boating. One of its features is the
Pinellas bike and hiking trail that runs through it. This is a 45-mile
long bike trail from St. Petersburg up to Tarpon Springs (Fred Marquis
Pinellas Trail). Similar cities near Dunedin are Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs.
- Edgewater Arms - Edgewater Drive - Older (1970's) highrise condos on water. Close to downtown and marina. Resales.
- Heather Hill Apts - Patricia Ave and DeSoto Drive - single-story condos - resales under $100,000.
- Scotsdale Villas - Scotsdale St. - (1980's) Zero lot line single story villas - 1 cat allowed
- Villas of Forest Park - Belcher Rd and Beverly Dr. - 2-bedroom single-story condo villas - no pets
- Royal Stewart Arms - Right before entry to Honeymoon Island State Park - tennis courts, fishing pier, Rec building - Pinellas Trail goes by entrance - water views - no pets
- Seminole Square Condos - Resale garden-style condos priced under $100,000. Built in 70's. 25 miles to Tampa. 10 minutes to beaches. Check with Realtors. 11720 Park Blvd., Seminole, Pinellas County.
- Highland Lakes - older large golf course community of condos, villas and single homes - executive golf (no fee for residents-verify), clubhouse, activities - boat launch on Lake Tarpon. Price range starts under $100,000 (rentals and sales listed on their website)
3300 MacGregor Dr. (homeowners association)
- Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club by Lennar at San Antonio, Florida by Lennar. 20 minutes to Tampa - great amenities include golf. 3 communities started mid $100's. Sold out.
10573 Belmullet Drive - San Antonio, Fl.
- Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club homes by K Hovnanian Homes San Antonio off I-75 - Pasco County - Eleven 2 and 3-bedroom designs - great amenities include golf, clubhouse, restaurant and bar, dog park - from upper $100's. Energy Star certified.
10401 Rough Road - San Antonio - Phone: 813-425-8739
New Port Richey
- Crosscreek at Summertree Price-$, Size-Small - New Port Richey - North of Tampa area - resales and new - clubhouse, golf, heated pool, exercise room - minutes to Gulf beaches and near airport - prices started in $170's. Sold out. 11001 Kiskadee Circle
- Timber Greens 783 single homes and villas in Pasco County - Clubhouse, pool, activities including 18-hole golf and tennis courts.
6333 Timber Greens Boulevard - New Port Richey, FL. Resales only.
- Heritage Pines Country Club Price-$, Size-Medium at Hudson and within one hour to Tampa. North of Clearwater. Gated with variety of homestyles including villas. Lists rentals in community also. Pool, 18-hole golf. Audubon award. Resales.
11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., Hudson - 727-861-7784
Land O Lakes
- The Groves Golf and Country Club Price-$ to $$, Size-Medium - Land o Lakes - Gated community 20 minutes north of Tampa. Golf. Resales.
7924 Melogold Circle, Land O Lakes - 813-995-2832 (H/O)
- Heritage Springs - Trinity - gated country club community with golf, tennis, clubhouse and much more. 30 minutes to Tampa. 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
- Terra Vista at Citrus Hills Hernando - 65 minutes North of Tampa - Single family and villas in a luxury country club setting with championship golf and spa activities. From mid-$300's.
2400 N. Terra Vista Blvd., Citrus Hills - 352-746-6121
- Timber Pines Over 55 Community Price-resales, Size-Large - Spring Hill in Tampa Bay area. Hernando County. Gated and minutes to Gulf beaches. Fishing in West Central Florida.
This is a resident-owned, award winning community of 3452 homes and villas on 1400 acres featuring a country club lifestyle. Amenities include 54 holes of golf, walking/biking paths, tennis, resort-style pools, new fitness, woodwork shop, clubs and more. Single homes are not low maintenance but for additional fee from H/O fee, the villas can be low maintenance. 40 minutes to downtown Tampa. 6872 Timber Pines Blvd., Spring Hill
- Wellington at Seven Hills - Spring Hill - Gated golf course community of singles and villas. 40 minutes to airport. Large community with many amenities. Resales only. You can find rentals here also.
400 Wexford Blvd. - Spring Hill
- Glen Lakes - Price-$, Size-Small - at Weeki Wachee north of Tampa and Port Richey. Ask for Sylvia 1-800-222-9003. Villa and estate lots. Fishing, boating.
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Also see: West Coast Florida for other west coast counties.