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There is perhaps no stronger market for the master-planned lifestyle community than in the Sunshine State, evidenced by the sheer number of amenity-rich Florida communities. Retirees, golfers, boaters, anglers, pickleballers...you name it. They all flock to Florida in search of the perfect community to call home. From the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast to the Treasure Coast, Miami Beach, and beyond, the variety of articles here provide tips, insights, and the very best of Florida communities.

Affordable 55 and Over Communities on Florida’s East Coast

If you’re thinking about retiring in Florida, here’s a list of the best affordable 55 and over communities on Florida’s east coast.   

The Best Florida 55-Plus Communities of 2024

In this article, we’ll spotlight seven of the best Florida 55-plus communities of 2024. Join us as we delve into The Sunshine State’s top-rated age-restricted communities and explore the perfect blend of luxury living, resort-style amenities, and an abundance of social and recreational opportunities.

The Most Popular Lifestyle Communities of 2024

This diverse list of top 2024 communities includes several categories broken down by state/region. With dozens of appealing and desirable communities in each region, we narrowed them down to recognize the most popular based on a wide range of data that combines user engagement, page visits, and information requests from the previous year. Read on to discover the most popular communities of 2024...

Best Florida 55+ Communities with Golf Courses

You can’t swing a 9-iron in The Sunshine State without hitting a golf community centered around one lifestyle or another...so here we’ll help focus your attention on 55 plus communities with golf courses in Florida.   

Best Golf Communities in South Florida

Have a look at what we consider to be the very best golf communities in South Florida.   

Great Places to Retire Near Spring Training

With baseball season right around the corner, we’ve created a list of some of the best places to retire that offer quick access to spring training games of some of your favorite Major League Baseball teams.

Northeast Florida's Best Retirement Communities for Active Adults

Nestled in the scenic landscapes and charming cities of the region, Northeast Florida boasts a collection of top-tier active adult communities that redefine the concept of retirement living. From gated communities with world-class amenities to those offering proximity to golf courses, beaches, and cultural attractions, the choices are as diverse as the preferences of those seeking an enriching chapter in their lives. 

Florida 55+ Communities Near the Beach

Here are the best Florida 55+ retirement communities near the beach. Keep reading for all the balmy details and ride the wave where it takes you...   

Uncover Paradise: Dive into Southwest Florida’s Spectacular Active Adult Communities

This article delves into the best active adult communities in Southwest Florida, where residents can enjoy not only the beauty of the Gulf Coast but also a diverse range of amenities and activities designed to enhance their overall well-being. From picturesque locations to top-notch recreational facilities, these communities are redefining the concept of retirement living in one of Florida's most sought-after regions.

Discover the Allure of These Prominent Active Adult Communities in Central Florida

From gated golf and tennis havens to resort-style communities with an abundance of amenities, Central Florida's active adult offerings create a tapestry of experiences that redefine retirement living. Explore these top active adult communities in Central Florida.

Florida Retirement Communities with Marinas

If you are an avid boater who wants nothing more than to ensconce yourself in a year-round boating lifestyle, here are some of the top Florida retirement communities with marinas.     

Top Communities in “The Cities Everybody Wants to Move to Right Now”

According to Realtor.com, there are several towns in particular that homebuyers from other parts of the country are targeting, and this article will highlight 5 of those cities—as well as some of the popular master-planned communities in or near those cities.

10 Most Popular Golf Communities of 2023

As an extension of our “Most Popular Communities of 2023,” we’re taking a deeper dive into 10 of those communities that feature exceptional golf courses and facilities. In addition to providing residents with a plethora of health benefits, golf communities offer beautiful homes with increased real estate value, lush landscapes, opportunities for socialization, privacy and security, and an array of additional resort-style amenities. Check out the top 10 golf communities of 2023 here!

10 Most Popular 55+ Communities of 2023

With amenities and homes specifically designed for residents 55 and over, some of the nation’s top builders have gone all in on providing accommodations that cater to a comfortable, low-maintenance, and socially engaged lifestyle for retirees and active adults. Hand-picked from PCR’s most popular lifestyle communities of 2023, here are some of those communities that are exclusive to 55+ homebuyers.

Most Popular Communities of 2023 with Homes Under $350,000

Located in several Sunbelt states from Florida to the Carolinas to Georgia and even Texas, here are several top communities of 2023 with homes under $350,000.

The Most Popular Lifestyle Communities of 2023

This diverse list of top 2023 communities includes several categories broken down by state/region. With dozens of appealing and desirable communities in each region, we narrowed them down to recognize the most popular based on a wide range of data that combines user engagement, page visits, and information requests from the previous year. Read on to discover the most popular communities for 2023 are…

Revealed: The Best Communities Near Nocatee, FL

Considered a suburb of Jacksonville with a population of almost 20,000, Nocatee is an unincorporated community located primarily in northern St. Johns County, Florida. In this article, we’ll showcase a few featured communities in or near Nocatee, FL, and tell you a little about their amenities, real estate, and more.

Best 55+ Communities in Central Florida

Central Florida is a wonderland for 55+ communities. Here is a breakdown of several of the best 55+ communities in central Florida.  

Revealed: The Best Communities Near Ave Maria, FL

Near the Gulf Coast, and within proximity of desirable Florida cities like Naples, Fort Meyers, Bonita Springs, and Miromar Lakes, people interested in living in or near Ave Maria in Southwest Florida can enjoy beautiful beaches, boating and fishing, museums, performing arts venues and cultural events. Learn more about Ave Maria itself, as well as a few of the best communities near Ave Maria.

10 Most Popular Active Adult Communities of 2022

Based on user interaction, page views, and information requests through the PCR site this past year, these are the 10 active adult communities that were the most popular in 2022.

Top Neal Communities in Southwest Florida

Neal Communities has built over 20,000 new homes in Southwest Florida neighborhoods spanning cities including Bradenton, Parrish, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, Fort Myers, and Naples. Learn more about them here. 

Trending Communities in the 2023 “Markets to Watch”

This article spotlights trending lifestyle communities in or near the Sun Belt region cities that have been named 2023’s top housing markets to watch.

Exploring Kolter Homes 55-Plus Communities in the Southeast

Designed specifically and exclusively for active adults 55 and better, Kolter’s Cresswind communities are renowned for their lifestyle-oriented amenities based on the cornerstones of fitness, relationships, education, and entertainment. Focusing on Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, this overview will explore a few of Kolter's 55-Plus communities in the Southeast.

Exploring Lennar 55-Plus Communities in Florida

Founded in 1954, Miami-based Lennar Corporation has solidified itself as one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Known for their community development in 17 states, this article will focus on a few of Lennar’s 55-plus communities in Florida.

Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 10 Top Cities with Exceptional Lifestyle Communities

We looked at the top 25 cities on the U.S. News 2022-2023 Best Places to Live list and zeroed in on the ones with some of the country’s most sought-after master-planned communities. Keep reading to explore 10 of the best cities to live in the U.S.—and discover some of the top communities located in or near those cities.

Latitude Margaritaville Amenities Provide Residents with Another Day in Paradise

For many retirees, the biggest benefit to living in an active adult community is gaining access to a myriad of amenities. And nowhere will you find a more impressive and unique array of resort-style amenities than within the sun-kissed grounds of Latitude Margaritaville communities.

5 Top Tennis Communities in Florida

Whether you’re searching in the Panhandle, Gulf Coast, Treasure Coast, or elsewhere, these top Florida tennis communities are great for both the casual player and those looking to take their game to the next level.

Top Florida Communities without Golf

From beaches to boating to tennis, pickleball, and more, what these communities lack in golf they make up for with so many other resort-style amenities. The best part? It’s Florida, so there’s always golf nearby for those who still want to play occasionally. Here’s a list with details on some of the best Florida communities without golf. 

A Look Inside Margaritaville Retirement Communities

If you’re looking for a change of scenery as you prepare to spend your golden years, perhaps a retirement change in latitudes and attitudes is also in order. Take a look inside these Margaritaville retirement communities inspired by the laid-back Jimmy Buffet lifestyle.

Most Popular 55+ Communities in Florida

Florida is perhaps the most sought-after destination for retirees and adults seeking a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle. Here is a shortlist of the most popular 55+ communities in Florida.  

Best Tennis Communities in Naples, Florida

Looking for a community with Har-Tru courts, tennis professionals, pro shops, and night play under the lights in Naples, FL? Here are some of the best tennis communities in the area.    

Florida 55 Plus Communities with Homes Under $250,000

Did you know that real estate in The Sunshine State can also be pretty affordable in many of its top 55 plus communities? Here are the top Florida 55+ communities with homes under $250,000.  

Most Affordable Golf Communities in Southwest Florida

A locale so desirable has got to be out of your price range, right? Not at all, and here we explore some of the most affordable golf communities in Southwest Florida.   

Best Gated Retirement Communities Near Orlando

Close to world-class attractions and just a short drive from coastal beaches, shopping, and dining, gated retirement communities near Orlando are surrounded by an abundance of fun and entertainment.

Most Affordable Snowbird Destinations in Florida

Thinking about the best places to spend the winter as a snowbird? When it comes to finding your perfect snowbird community, there are many considerations.   

Most Affordable 55+ Communities in Florida

If retiring in Florida is on your radar, you have plenty of options that won’t break the bank. Read on to see for yourself and learn more about the most affordable 55+ communities in Florida.    

A Look Inside Palm Beach County’s Best Golf Communities

With designs that are both classic and modern from the likes of Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, and even the legendary Jack Nicklaus, here’s a list of the best golf communities and country clubs in Palm Beach County.  

Best Gated Communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast

If privacy, security, and a strong sense of neighborly camaraderie are things you desire—and you want to couple that with your dream of living on (or near) the beach, you won’t find better options than these gated communities on Florida’s Gulf Coast.   

Best Retirement Beach Towns in Florida

We’re here to kick-start your Sunshine State research with a few of the best Florida beach towns with retirement communities.  

Most Affordable Golf Communities in Florida

We did the research so you don’t have to—and compiled a list covering several distinct regions throughout this retirement haven. Here are five of the most affordable golf communities in Florida.   

The Snowbird's Guide to Florida

Tired of the cold? Check out Florida’s snowbird destinations.