Florida has been known as a haven for retirees for decades. The state’s appeal is obvious, starting with the tropical, sunny weather that draws thousands fed up with snowstorms and shovels.
But the weather isn’t the only reason that so many retirees flock to Florida. The Sunshine State has no income tax and low property taxes, and seniors are able to keep more of their IRA or 401(k) withdrawals.
But in addition to retirees, Florida is also attracting plenty of others, including Millennials in search of job opportunities, and younger Baby Boomers in their 50s, ready to start a new phase in their lives. What they come here for is the opportunity to fit in with other Active Adults.
Florida remains the nation’s top destination for Active Adult communities, noted the website 55places.com, which acts as a resource for people looking for information about active adult communities in the United States.
As the website noted, Florida’s ranking as the top Active Adult destination looks secure. For those 55-plus Boomers, the state’s traditional strengths – the weather, beaches, low cost of living and diverse lifestyle options – are complemented by the availability of Active Adult communities like Solivita in Poinciana and Vitalia at Tradition near Port St. Lucie.
Why did 55Places.com Rank Florida so High?
Florida has been attracting people ages 55 and older for a very long time, and in response, builders like AV Homes have constructed popular Active Adult communities, or developments that offer independent and relatively maintenance-free living to residents aged 55 and over. In these age restricted communities, many of the residents continue to work part or full time, and the concept behind these developments is that people at the same stage of life share many leisure-time interests.
Not surprisingly, these communities usually feature a variety of on-site activities, from fitness centers to tennis courts and continued learning opportunities. The residents who live here are selecting both a community – and a lifestyle.
And it’s become a popular lifestyle option in Florida with its warm year-round climate and plenty to do.
As 55Places.com noted, “(A)ctive adults find that Florida caters to their needs better than almost any other state.” The site added, “Today, this southern state is a favorite among active adults looking for a warmer climate or cheaper cost of living,” including being a very friendly tax state for active adults.
In addition, Florida has 252 active physicians per 100,000 people, among the highest physician counts in the nation. There are more than 300 hospitals in the state offering numerous medical options for active adults.
55places.com recently completed its third list ranking the best active adult communities across the country, based on the number of sales through 55places.com from March 1 2017 to Feb. 28 2018. Among the communities on the list were Solivita in Central Florida and Vitalia at Tradition in South Florida.
What Does Solivita Offer Active Adults?
As 55places.com noted, “With a wide selection of active adult communities from coast to coast, retirees now have more options than ever when choosing their perfect 55+ community.”
55places.com also noted that their top selling 55-plus communities were located in warm climate states. And one of those states was Florida.
AV Homes constructed Solivita as a 4,300-acre master-planned active adult community in Poinciana, a growing community close to Orlando and the popular theme parks like Walt Disney World.
“The award-winning gated community continues to rank top-of-the-charts for active adult communities with their dedication to creating a fantastic lifestyle that is built around the homebuyer,” 55places.com noted.
In addition to the homes, Solivita provides more than 150,000 square feet of amenities that are woven into a natural landscape of the development, including lakes and streams.
Solivita is ideal for active adults who want to simplify their life and not have the responsibility for outdoor maintenance, and at the same time reinvigorate their social life. And in this golf-cart-friendly community, there is certainly a lot to do.
The Riviera Spa and Fitness Center, for example, offers everything from an indoor lap and exercise pool to a dance studio with weekly classes in aerobics, yoga, Zumba and more. With 32,000 square-foot of space, it hosts a state-of-the-art exercise room with a cardiovascular suite, strength equipment and free weights.
There’s also a FIT Program offering a free compressive fitness plans designed for 55-plus residents who are looking to become more active, offered year-round by certified trainers.
Solivita also hosts other amenities, including The Oaks Course, an 18-hole golf course; The Cypress Course, a 6,800-yard golf course; and restaurants like The Grille at Stonegate, Mosaics and The Bistro.
What does Vitalia at Tradition have to offer?
Florida’s Treasure Coast is a very popular area for anyone who loves being close to the state’s beautiful beaches, and one of the biggest selling points for the development known as Vitalia at Tradition is the fact that it’s a short drive from those beaches. But Vitalia, as 55places.com noted, has its own appealing attributes that have made it a top seller as well.
A gated active adult community close to Port St. Lucie, Vitalia “welcomes those 55 and better seeking an engaging lifestyle that enriches the mind and the body,” 55places.com noted.
For those seeking the ultimate in active adult lifestyles, there are certainly plenty of amenities available here.
A good example is the Captiva Club, a 24,000 square-foot lakefront facility that serves as a recreation center offering a ballroom, fitness center, arts and crafts room, aerobics studio with modern Fitness on Demand technology, as well as billiards and dart rooms.
The property also includes a resort-style pool, eight pickleball courts, two bocce ball courts, and five tennis courts. Neighbors can also gather on the event lawn, which has firepits, a lakeside pavilion, and a putting green.
Numerous walking and biking trails are also available here, giving residents of Vitalia the option of either taking a day trip to the beach – or enjoying the amenities in their own back yard.
What are Active Adult Buyers Looking For?
People who want an active lifestyle understand how appealing Florida is. The Sunshine State is likely to maintain that appeal to Baby Boomers aged 55 and older, because of the popularity of active adult communities like Solivita and Vitalia. It isn’t simply real estate they come to Florida for – it’s a lifestyle choice, with an emphasis on health, fitness, and socializing.
Of the 10 states attracting the most 55-plus in-migration, seven are in the Sunbelt, and Florida has been attracting the largest percentage of 55-74-year-old newcomers among the 50 states. In fact, studies indicate that Florida will have 4.3 million residents between the age of 60 and 75 by 2028, an increase of 1.2 million since 2013.
The most successful active adult communities are going to offer these newcomers the lifestyle options they’re looking for.
AV Homes fully understands the needs and interests of the fast-growing number of people age 55 and older, which is why we built Solivita and Vitalia at Tradition.
These are communities offering an unbeatable combination of the most modern home designs with plenty of great things to do.
Contact AV Homes today at 1-800-AVHOMES to learn more about the exciting opportunities that the 55-plus lifestyles at Solivita and Vitalia at Tradition offer.