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55+ Communities Increasingly Popular with Homebuyers – Particularly in Florida

55+ Communities Increasingly Popular with Homebuyers – Particularly in Florida

Across the country, a growing number of Americans in their mid-50s are discovering that their future lies in communities built with them in mind.

These are Active Adult developments, also known as 55-Plus communities. They’re rapidly growing in popularity, particularly in Florida, which has become the ideal location for these communities.

That’s a key reason why Active Adult communities got created. 55+ communities were designed in response to the needs of people in their 50s who are still working and enjoying their careers, and consider themselves to be just that – active adults.

These people are looking for a community with other people around their age, who enjoy similar kinds of activities. AV Homes has been a pioneer in the field of 55+ communities, and fully understands what active adults are looking for.

The Central Florida lifestyle is a terrific one for people of all ages, and that’s especially true for those eager to enjoy an active lifestyle in the Sunshine State’s beautiful year-round weather.


Meeting the needs of Active Adults

People in their mid-50s share a lot of the same interests and goals. They’re at a point in their lives when they want fewer responsibilities (such as a large lawn to regularly maintain and care for).

They also want more opportunities to engage socially with their peers. That’s exactly why the concept of the 55+ community got created. Think of a community with free-standing homes, as well as beautiful common areas where residents can engage with one another and share recreational activities. The bottom line is the people relocating to 55+ communities are still active and independent. They want to start making new friends in a community filled with of like-minded individuals.

For many people looking to live in an Active Adult community, Florida is a natural choice. Many of them have long dreamed of relocating to Florida, attracted by the weather, the beaches, the tourist attractions, and the idea of eventually settling down and retiring in such a beautiful environment.

For them, an Active Adult community provides a great social atmosphere with people their own age, and plenty of activities to do. It’s a comfortable and fun lifestyle, one where residents know their neighbors, and can meet them in the community for an afternoon of fun. 

Who lives in 55+ communities?

Following the concept of truth in advertising, 55+ communities are limited to just that: residents need to be age 55 or older.

They like the idea of being in an Active Adult community. These residents are no longer raising children and have moved beyond that, and like the idea of living among other adults in the same phase of their life.

However, they are not at all ready to slow down.

These communities often promote a very active social life for residents, and they are similar in many ways to other master-planned communities.

Active Adult communities appeal to them because they want communities with plenty of amenities, and most 55+ communities offer:

  • Recreation centers
  • Fitness programs
  • Tennis courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Arts and crafts studios
  • Board games

Another amenity that many residents are looking for is putting greens and golf courses, and that’s where Florida really excels. The Sunshine State offers residents the ability to play golf any day of the year.

That’s why AV Homes has created 55+ communities like Solivita, which hosts the Stonegate Golf Club, which is beautifully nestled amid 3,300 acres of pristine wetlands and woods.

Stonegate Golf Club is a 36-hole combination that includes The Oaks, a Ron Garl-designed 18-hole par-72 course encompassing more than 7,000 yards with multiple tees for players of varied levels; and The Cypress, an 18-hole par-72 covering more than 6,700 yards designed by Clifton, Ezell and Clifton.


Conclusion: 55places.com just released its report on “100 Most Popular Active Adult Communities for 2017,” with their list of the 100 most popular active adult communities across the U.S.

Included on their list was Solivita, an award-winning active adult community developed by AV Homes that’s spread across 4,300 acres of scenic landscape in Florida.

At Solivita, homeowners can take advantage of a wide selection of innovative home designs in different styles and sizes, while also enjoying amenity centers, social clubs and plenty of ongoing events.

Solivita is located close to lakes, wooded preserves, and the theme parks. It’s the perfect lifestyle for the 55+ generation.

It’s also a reminder of why so many people in their mid-50s are discovering that Florida is the ideal place to enjoy a time in their lives when they’re looking to be outdoors, active, and meeting others in their age group.