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How to Choose a 55+ Active Adult Community in South Florida

South Florida just screams retirement paradise. There are so many wonderful active adult or 55+ communities around the Parkland area that it might get a little overwhelming. Choosing the right one for your needs and your budget may seem a little daunting and for some even a little frustrating. I want to make this choice easy for you so let’s go through some questions you can ask yourself when choosing the perfect 55+ active adult community in South Florida.

How to Choose a 55+ Active Adult Community in South Florida

What can I afford?

This is probably a great first step to choosing the perfect active adult community. If you set your budget and you can narrow down some of your choices, however, many communities have a wide range of prices from $250,000 up to $2 million or more. Finding the right price range for your needs and your budget should start with how much you can afford. Don’t forget to factor in things like condo or homeowner association fees, if any additional assessments, whether you have a mortgage, and whether that mortgage will include homeowner’s insurance and property tax.How to Choose a 55+ Active Adult Community in South Florida

How active do I want to be?

The term “active adult” definitely evokes a sense of activities, fun, and certainly, nothing like a boring assisted living facility. This is not what you’re going for. You want something that is comfortable, provides the right amount of social interaction and offers amenities and activities that meet your lifestyle both now and in the future. There are some communities that simply have a nice gated entrance offering security and stability. Others go above and beyond with community clubhouses, swimming pools, spas, restaurants, tennis courts, trails, and an active social calendar. Of course, there are some with everything in between so it helps to understand how active you really want to be.

Additional: Are there any downsides to a 55+ community?

How long are you planning to stay?

This might be a little bit of a touchy subject but while you might be lured in by the active part of active adult, ask yourself if you’re planning to remain in this home throughout retirement. You may need significant changes over the course of your stay and planning now for housing in a decade can let you remain in your home longer, remain independent longer, and make you feel more comfortable. Look for universal design features like no-step entries, single floor designs, and wider doorways and hallways. You may not need them now, but you never know what the future holds and having them already installed or available gives you peace of mind.

Additional: How to make your move as stress-free as possible

How to Choose a 55+ Active Adult Community in South FloridaAre there additional services or care services offered?

Although you might be in the best help today, medical conditions and health issues can pop up as we get older. Some people choose active adult communities that also offer certain care services. While it might not be fun to think about it now, if you plan on staying in the property long-term, it may be something you’ll want on the list later on.

What is the management like?

The community may have dozens of perks and amenities but if you don’t like how it is run, this might not be the community for you. Talk to the management teams and other residents to get a sense of how the community operates and if people are satisfied with the management. If there are salons or restaurants on-site, ask how the residents are satisfied with the level of service they receive.

Get to know the surroundings?

The community might be great but if you are five hours from your grandkids or even an hour from the closest clinic or your doctor, dentist, or any medical facility, this might not be the better option. Understand the surroundings and the community that you’re going to be living in. Will it satisfy all of your needs and will you be close to services and facilities for that just in case scenario?

Understand the difference between age-restricted versus age-targeted.

These active adult communities are generally geared toward residents over the age of 55 but not all are age-restricted. Age-targeted communities can be designed with amenities that appeal to active adults but are open to people of all ages. Ask about visitors and if someone under 55 is allowed to stay, whether long-term or just for a visit.How to Choose a 55+ Active Adult Community in South Florida

Visit each community.

One of the best ways to determine the right 55+ active adult community for you is to simply visit a few of them. Some may have homes for rent and some to purchase. Some may have higher Association or community fees than another. Talk to residents, talk to management, and get a sense of the surrounding area so you find the right home in the right community for you.

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All 55+ Homes and Condos for Sale

Boca Chase

$499,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
10300 178th Ct
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase Sec 01 Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Backup
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,297
SQFT
10346 S 185th S Street
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE Subdivision
$242,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,232
SQFT
10365 Greenbriar Court
Boca Raton, FL 33498
GREENBRIAR Subdivision
$297,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,697
SQFT
18078 104th S Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33498
RIVIERA Subdivision
$392,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,351
SQFT
10572 Lake Jasmine Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE TR 4 Subdivision
$295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,761
SQFT
10640 180th S Place
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY HOMES Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,927
SQFT
10745 Oak Lake Way
Boca Raton, FL 33498
HIDDEN LAKE Subdivision
$339,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,694
SQFT
10696 180th S Place
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY HOMES Subdivision
$279,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,597
SQFT
10936 Lakemore Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33498
SWEETWATER SEC 3 Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,896
SQFT
21461 Millbrook Court
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE TR 9 B (IMPRESSIONS I) Subdivision
$350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Backup
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,864
SQFT
18303 Coral Isles Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE TR 9 E Subdivision
$249,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,597
SQFT
11155 180th S Court
Boca Raton, FL 33498
SWEETWATER 4 Subdivision
$249,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,727
SQFT
11129 Rios Road
Boca Raton, FL 33498
SWEETWATER 4 Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$399,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,726
SQFT
11256 Coral Key Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE TR 9 C Subdivision
$417,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
21240 Sawmill Ct
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase Tr 09b Subdivision
Short Sale
$439,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Contingent
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,801
SQFT
18196 Clear Brook Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase/Coral Bay Subdivision
$439,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
18171 Clear Brook Cir
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase 09a Rep Subdivision
$145,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
0.25
ACRES
PALM BEACH
COUNTY
18171 Clear Brook Cir
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase 09a Rep Subdivision
$359,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Backup
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,888
SQFT
18291 Clear Brook Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Boca Chase 09a Rep Subdivision
$404,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,985
SQFT
18014 Clear Brook Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33498
BOCA CHASE 9A Subdivision

Winston Bay

$269,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
988
SQFT
Winston Bay #202n
5900 NE 7th Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Villas of Waterberry

$239,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,459
SQFT
The Villas Of Waterberry At Boca Chase #B
10888 Waterberry Court
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$229,900
Villa For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,459
SQFT
10855 Waterberry Court
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY SEC 3 Subdivision
$339,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,694
SQFT
10696 180th S Place
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY HOMES Subdivision
$288,770
Villa For Sale
Contingent
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,913
SQFT
10751 Ladypalm Lane #A
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY SEC 4 Subdivision
$295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,761
SQFT
10640 180th S Place
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY HOMES Subdivision
$279,000
Villa For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,675
SQFT
10631 Ladypalm Lane #A
Boca Raton, FL 33498
WATERBERRY SEC 4 Subdivision

Boca Lakes

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$198,000
Villa For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
Boca Lakes #191
21032 Covington Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
$170,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
Boca Lakes #422
8916 Warwick Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$175,000
Villa For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
8612 Chevy Chase Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAKES CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$154,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,332
SQFT
8623 Bella Vista Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAKES CONDO Subdivision
$129,750
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
8661 Chevy Chase Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAKES CONDO Subdivision
$194,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,332
SQFT
8820 Bella Vista Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAKES CONDO Subdivision
$129,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
Boca Lakes #371
8916 Belle Aire Ct
Boca Raton, FL 33433
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$190,000
Other For Sale
Active
1
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
908
SQFT
8751 Chevy Chase Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAKES CONDO Subdivision
$153,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
Boca Lakes #49
8652 Boca Dr.
Boca Raton, FL 33433
$160,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,332
SQFT
21058 Covington Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Boca Lakes Subdivision

Whisper Walk

$272,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
8131 Songbird Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK SEC C CONDO Subdivision
$229,990
Condo For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,615
SQFT
8070 Summerview Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK SEC D CONDO Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$165,000
Villa For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
Whisper Walk #B
8954 Sunnywood Place
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$214,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,345
SQFT
8155 Whispering Palm Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision
$269,900
Villa For Sale
Contingent
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
Whisper Walk #B
8044 Hiddenview Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$185,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,310
SQFT
8029 Whispering Palm Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK SEC D CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$175,000
Villa For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,000
SQFT
Whisper Walk #C
8920 Meadowlark Way
Boca Raton, FL 33496
$169,000
Condo For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,260
SQFT
8156 Sweetbriar Way
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$244,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,348
SQFT
8167 Summerbreeze Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision
$210,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
Whisper Walk #A
8306 Springtree Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
$185,000
Villa For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
8065 Springtree Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK SEC C CONDO Subdivision
$175,000
Villa For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,148
SQFT
8218 Springtree Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision
$239,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,345
SQFT
Whisper Walk #H
8217 Springview Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33496
$169,000
Villa For Sale
Backup
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
8906 Meadowlark Way
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Whisper Walk Condos / Parkland Subdivision
$158,500
Other For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
18544 Hidden Way 18544 #18544
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK CONDOS Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$219,900
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,310
SQFT
Whisper Walk/Summerwinds #D
8233 Springview Terrace
Boca Raton, FL 33496
Price Change - yesterday
$204,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
8896 Sunscape Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK CONDOS Subdivision
$179,000
Villa For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
Whisper Walk Parklane #C
8955 Windtree Street
Boca Raton, FL 33496
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$155,000
Villa For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,022
SQFT
18844 Schooner Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision
$175,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,044
SQFT
8817 Echo Lane #D
Boca Raton, FL 33496
WHISPER WALK Subdivision

Sandal Foot

$359,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Contingent
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,848
SQFT
23061 SW 56th Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BARWOOD ESTATES Subdivision

Boca Barwood

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$195,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,398
SQFT
Boca Barwood #301
23305 Barwood N Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$214,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
Boca Barwood #306
23279 Barwood N Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428
New Listing - 2 days online
$165,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
Boca Barwood #306
23249 Barwood N Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$138,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
Boca Barwood #204
23247 Barwood Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428
Price Change - 2 days ago
$139,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,300
SQFT
Boca Barwood #206
23099 Barwood N Lane
Boca Raton, FL 33428

Boca Flores

$1,795,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Contingent
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,870
SQFT
50 Paloma Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33486
FLORESTA Subdivision
$2,825,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
5,466
SQFT
906 NW 2nd Street
Boca Raton, FL 33486
FLORESTA GROVE Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$289,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
Las Flores #C
20950 Via Alamanda
Boca Raton, FL 33428
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$420,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,981
SQFT
6662 Las Flores Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
L AMBIANCE OF VIA VERDE Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$438,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
L Ambiance Of Via Verde #6611
6611 Las Flores Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33433
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$344,788
Villa For Sale
Backup Contract Call La
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
6330 Las Flores Drive
Boca Raton, FL 33433
 
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$379,000
Villa For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
6498 Las Flores Dr
Boca Raton, FL 33433
 

Sabal Ridge

$3,400,000
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,773
SQFT
Sabal Ridge #14-N
750 S Ocean Boulevard
Boca Raton, FL 33432
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$223,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
2001 Sabal Ridge Court #E
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
Sabal Ridge Condo Subdivision
$239,000
Condo For Sale
Contingent
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,400
SQFT
Sabal Ridge #E
1501 Sabal Ridge Circle
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Century Village of Boca Raton

$60,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
715
SQFT
48 Suffolk B
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$64,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
715
SQFT
516 Mansfield M
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$64,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
601
SQFT
63 Brighton B
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$62,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
835
SQFT
445 Mansfield K
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$124,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
2053 Ainslie D
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$95,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
752
SQFT
2057 Ainslie D
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$119,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
916
SQFT
Century Village #4027 B
4027 Lincoln B
Boca Raton, FL 33434
$218,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,168
SQFT
1037 Hythe C
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$169,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
916
SQFT
2032 Newcastle B
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$69,900
Condo For Sale
Contingent
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
715
SQFT
391 Fanshaw J
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$179,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,387
SQFT
Century Village #2015 A
2015 Newcastle A
Boca Raton, FL 33434
$160,000
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
916
SQFT
1096 Wolverton E
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$89,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
4059 Cornwall C
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$139,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
3097 Cornwall E
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$119,500
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
1002 Guildford A
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$119,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
1020 Exeter B
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$134,900
Condo For Sale
Pending
2
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
880
SQFT
1002 Exeter A #1002
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE CONDO Subdivision
$140,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2070 EXETER D2070 #D2070
Boca Raton, FL 33434
CENTURY VILLAGE BOCA RATO Subdivision

Boca Lago

$209,900
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,470
SQFT
21217 Lago Circle #G6
Boca Raton, FL 33433
BOCA LAGO Subdivision

 

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