The pros and cons of retiring in Central Florida.
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

Pros and Cons of Retiring in Ocala, The Villages, and Orlando

Thinking about retiring in Central Florida? We’ve got you covered! We break down the pros and cons of Ocala, The Villages, and Greater Orlando. From affordability and outdoor activities to entertainment and healthcare, find out which area is your perfect fit! ...Continued

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Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

Community Connections: Building Friendships in Active Adult Living

Discover the secret to a happier, healthier retirement through friendships in active adult living. Explore how you can foster connections that enhance physical health, boost mental sharpness, and bring joy and fulfillment to your golden years....Continued

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Why We Traded the Florida Coast for On Top of the World
Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Why We Traded the Florida Coast for an On Top of the World Retirement!

Scott and Jim's search for a peaceful retirement led them to On Top of the World in Ocala. Discover how they found a community that offers tranquility, activities, and a warm spirit. Read their story and see how Explore55Plus can help you find your perfect retirement home....Continued

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Spring Cleaning Guide for Retirees
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The Retiree's Guide to Spring Cleaning

Refresh your home this spring with our spring cleaning guide for retirees. Discover practical tips and strategies to declutter, clean safely, and maintain your space year round. Embrace a healthier, happier lifestyle with a spotless living environment. ...Continued

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Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Why We Left England For Our Dream Retirement in Ocala, Florida

Liz & Ian's journey from the UK to Central Florida with Explore55Plus reveals the warmth and community of 55+ living. Their story showcases the transition to a dream retirement home in SummerGlen, exceeding every expectation....Continued

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Our Top 6 55+ Communities in Naples and Fort Myers
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

Our Top 6 55+ Communities from Naples to Fort Myers

Explore the top 55+ communities in Naples & Fort Myers! From golf courses to clubhouses & pristine beaches, discover your perfect retirement paradise in Southwest Florida's most coveted retirement neighborhoods....Continued

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Re-ranking Travel + Leisure's 15 Best Places to Retire in Florida
Area Spotlights — 5 minute read

Exploring the 15 Best Places to Retire in Florida

Florida is famous for its 55+ communities, incredible weather, and lifestyle that provides the perfect retirement balance. Because of this, we often get asked one very important question: ‘Where is the best place to retire in Florida?’ Let Explore55Plus be your guide to finding the ideal city for you! ...Continued

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Top 15 Must See 55+ Communities in Florida for 2024
Guides to Retiring — 10 minute read

Top 15 Must See 55+ Communities in Florida for 2024

Discover our top 15 must-see 55+ communities of 2024 in Florida. From the serene lakeside havens of Lake Ashton and Highland Lakes to the vibrant, amenity-rich Del Webb Oasis and Valencia del Sol, we've curated a list to suit every lifestyle and budget....Continued

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How much does it cost to retire in 2024?
Guides to Retiring — 10 minute read

How Much Does Retiring in Florida Cost in 2024?

In 2024, retiring in Florida comes with its set of financial considerations. Discover the latest trends, predictions, and essential savings tips to effectively plan for your dream retirement. Learn about the cost of living, housing, healthcare, and how to maximize your savings in the Sunshine State....Continued

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Aerial view of Solivita's community center featuring a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by palm trees.
Guides to Retiring — 7 minute read

Why Florida's 55+ Communities Are Perfect for Snowbirds

Discover why Florida's 55+ communities are the perfect retreat for snowbirds seeking sun, social life, and serenity. From The Villages' town squares to Solivita's proximity to Disney and Sun City Center's community spirit, we spotlight the best places for an enriching retirement lifestyle....Continued

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Downsizing for Retirement
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

Top 10 Tips for Downsizing for Retirement

Explore downsizing for retirement with Explore55Plus. Our new guide offers tips on decluttering, selecting versatile furniture, and optimizing living spaces for a joyful retirement. Learn to transform your lifestyle into a vibrant, clutter-free experience. ...Continued

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The lobby in the clubhouse of one of Florida's 55+ communities.
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

Your Quick Guide to Visiting Florida's 55+ Communities

Starting your search for the perfect retirement home in one of Florida’s 55+ Communities is an exciting journey. And your first visit to a 55+ community is a big step. At Explore55Plus, we know your next home is more than a new address. It’s about creating a life that fits just right for you......Continued

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An aerial view of a new 55+ community in Central Florida.
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

4 New 55+ Communities in Central Florida for 2023

Discover your dream retirement in Central Florida's finest 55+ communities! Immerse in Del Webb Minneola's luxury, find affordable charm at Heritage - The Cottages of Sanders Grove, embrace Del Webb Sunbridge's vibrant lifestyle, and get excited about Del Webb Oasis, minutes from Disney. Adventure awaits!...Continued

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Why we retired in Royal Highlands 55+ community.
Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Why We Retired in Royal Highlands 55+ Community

Discover Mike and Robin's journey to finding the perfect 55+ community - Royal Highlands. Their story, from research to settling into their dream home, showcases the crucial steps in selecting a 55+ community. ...Continued

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9 new 55+ communities in Jacksonville, Florida
55Plus Communities in Florida — 10 minute read

The Top 9 New Jacksonville FL 55+ Communities

Explore our top 9 new Jacksonville FL 55+ communities, perfect for the active retirement lifestyle. Each community offers unique amenities and a full community life. Find your ideal retirement haven in the Sunshine State, where leisure, comfort, and adventure await....Continued

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Paul and Suzanne at their home in Stone Creek, Ocala, Florida.
Buyer Testimonials — 10 minute read

Why We Retired in Stone Creek Ocala

Discover how Paul and Suzanne found their dream 55+ home in Ocala's Stone Creek with Explore55Plus. Get expert advice on choosing retirement communities, embracing an active lifestyle, and the importance of community. Let Explore55Plus guide you to your dream retirement home in Florida!...Continued

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Agent of the Year — 4 minute read

Introducing The 55-Plus Real Estate Agent of the Year for 2021

Happy Spring! We at Explore55Plus are so excited to recognize Tricia Fornash as our best 55-plus real estate agent of the year for 2021. Tricia began working in real estate back in 2013 after dedicating nearly 20 years of her life to the hospitality industry. Prior to her career in the real estate profession, Trici......Continued

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55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

13 Ocala & The Villages 55+ Communities

Looking for a place to call home near Central Florida? Our team at Explore55Plus is sharing 13 of our favorite Ocala & The Villages 55+ communities that are perfect for seniors looking for a beautiful active adult community packed with amenities. Developed with modern living standards in mind, these community homes......Continued

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55+ Retirement Communities in Orlando
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

3 Alternatives to Expensive Homes in The Villages

When looking into 55+ communities in Central Florida, The Villages can seem like one of the only retirement communities. But our team at Explore55Plus has found three nearby neighborhoods like The Villages that are less expensive and might just win your heart!...Continued

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The Villages - Spanish Springs
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

The Best Time To Get Connected With An Agent

Wondering when to connect with a real estate agent to begin your search for a 55+ community? Our Explore55Plus experts recommend starting early to allow time for community tours and to prepare for buying. They will assist in narrowing down the right community for you, finding your dream home, negotiating, and more....Continued

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Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

How Much Does Retiring in Florida Cost in 2022?

There are about as many ways to do retirement as there are people wondering how much money you need to retire in 2022. You can choose to work part time or volunteer, you can choose to sleep in every day or to go for an extravagant breakfast every morning. You can choose between moving into a retirement community an......Continued

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Entryway to the Lake Ashton Clubhouse set upon the lake
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

4 "Must See" 55 Plus Communities In Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Florida is a great place to retire. With its moderate climate and abundance of activities, it's no wonder that more and more retirees are choosing to call this vibrant city home. If you're looking for a retirement community in Lakeland, you're in luck! We've put together a list of four of the most popular ......Continued

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Bird's eye view of clubhouse, pool and sports courts
Guides to Retiring — 7 minute read

The Pros And Cons Of Living In An HOA

We all know that HOAs don’t have the best reputation in town; in fact, some people avoid them entirely in their home searches. While HOAs certainly have their own set of pros and cons, we are here to help you weed through the information and explain some of the benefits and downfalls of living within an HOA....Continued

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Sparkling outdoor and indoor pool
55Plus Communities in Florida — 15 minute read

The 25 Best Retirement Communities in Orlando, Florida

It‘s hard to make a choice when looking at the best retirement communities in Orlando, Florida! We can’t decide which community you’ll find your home in, but what we can do is give you lots of great options to choose from. Check out our list of the 25 best retirement communities in the Orlando, FL, area — curated b......Continued

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Carillon Lakes clubhouse set upon a lake
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

4 More of Our Favorite Lakeland, Florida 55+ Communities

Lakeland is an ideal location for retirees who want to enjoy all aspects of living in Florida. Legoland, Disney and Universal are all close enough to enjoy a day trip with the family. Sports fanatics and cruise lovers can easily pop over to Tampa. Beach lovers can spend the day lounging in the sun and sand in Clear......Continued

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Solivita golf course and ponds during the fall
55Plus Communities in Florida — 10 minute read

Our Favorite Winter Activities in Florida that DON'T Require Shoveling Snow

As the weather gets cooler up North, people from all over flock to Florida to enjoy its sunny skies and moderate temperatures. While some come for the golf, others come for the tennis, and others come just to relax on the beach. One of the best things about retiring in Florida is that you don’t have to deal with th......Continued

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55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

Why we chose NOT to retire in The Villages

After months of research and planning, Michelle and Jeff were almost certain they would retire in The Villages, Florida. However, they ultimately decided against it. Here's why, according to Michelle and Jeff....Continued

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Amenities surrounded by Oak Run's golf course
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

Reasons to Retire in Ocala, Florida

If you're looking for a perfect spot for retirement, Ocala, Florida may be just what you need. The reasons to retire in Ocala, Florida aren't few and far between. Not only is it a premier destination for retirees, but it is surrounded by breathtaking nature and a vibrant lifestyle offered in many of its retirement ......Continued

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Amenities, sports courts and pool area surrounded by green area and lake.
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

The Best 55 Plus Communities of 2022

A brand-new year might have begun, but we're still enamored with our top communities of 2022. Florida hosts some of the nation's best 55-plus communities. With numerous options, choosing where to retire can be daunting. Hence, we've crafted this guide to Florida's best 55plus communities....Continued

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WaterSong at RiverTown, Jacksonville
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

7 Best Places to Retire in the United States

There is nothing more enjoyable than picking the right location for retirement after years of hard work. The most important factors you need to consider when choosing where to retire include the costs of living, access to health, quality of life, and security. To guide you in your search, we at Explore55Plus have s......Continued

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Sparkling pool surrounded by lounge areas and palm trees at Arlington Ridge
Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Why we chose the 55+ Community Arlington Ridge

When Susie and Kelly first started researching retirement communities two years ago, Central Florida wasn't exactly their first choice. Like most out-of-towners, Kelly assumed the area was "all hurricanes, alligators, and water snakes."  They never expected they would find their perfect home in the 55+ community of......Continued

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Aerial view of the many lakes and homes
55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

Our Top 55+ Communities Under and Over $300,000

If you're looking for a retirement community in Central Florida, you're in luck! And if you're wondering what our top 55+ communities over and under $300k, this is the article for you. Keep reading for information on pricing, amenities, and lifestyle in our top 55+ communities over and under $300k!...Continued

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Golf Course at Ocala Preserve
Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Why I Chose Ocala Preserve | Lisa's Explore55Plus Journey

Let’s face it, most retirees hope to enjoy their golden years of retirement basking beneath the sun and indulging in a plethora of amenities and activities. All of this, of course, with low maintenance costs. But is it possible to get an affordable retirement home with premium amenities in Florida - the most desira......Continued

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55Plus Communities in Florida — 5 minute read

Our Top 5 New Build 55+ Communities in Ocala, Florida

With so many 55 plus communities in Ocala Florida, it can be hard deciding which ones fit all the criteria you're looking for. That's why we've narrowed it down to the top 5 new build communities in Ocala, FL that offer affordable prices, low HOA and CDD fees, and plenty of amenities. Read on and you may discover y......Continued

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Jacksonville
Area Spotlights — 7 minute read

Top Reasons Why Jacksonville, Florida is Your Ideal Retirement Destination

Considering a Jacksonville retirement? Retirees looking for the perfect blend of sunshine and savings can find it in Jacksonville, Florida. With its warm climate, gorgeous beaches, and bountiful outdoor fun - all at an affordable cost - retirees can embrace the carefree lifestyle they deserve when they retire in Ja......Continued

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Outdoor porch overlooking pool and lounge area with a lake view in a beautiful 55+ community.
55Plus Communities in Florida — 10 minute read

Retiring in Central Florida: The Ultimate 55+ Community Guide

Discover why Central Florida is the place to retire with our ultimate 55+ community guide! We take a close look at 4 beautiful areas in this sunny region, offering invaluable insight and tips so you can make the most of your retirement journey....Continued

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Aerial view of the clubhouse at Trilogy
Buyer Testimonials — 5 minute read

Are we happy we left D.C.? Why we chose Trilogy Orlando 55+ Community

Mike and Greg spent spent the majority of the last decade moving from city to city. As they began to approach retirement, they knew that they wanted to find a place where they could enjoy their golden years surrounded by warm weather and friendly people. After doing some research, they decided that Trilogy Orlando ......Continued

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Lake Ashton - Golf Community
55Plus Communities in Florida — 7 minute read

Our Top 5 55+ Golf Communities in Central Florida

Welcome to the land of sunshine, sandy beaches, and... retirement communities? That's right, folks! Florida is known for its vibrant array of 55+ communities. And what's one of the most popular activities among retirees in Florida? Golf, of course! But why is golf so beloved by retirees? Perhaps it's the chance to ......Continued

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A picturesque view of a sparkling Sun City Center pool, surrounded by lounge areas with green umbrellas, and a clubhouse, all overlooking a serene lake.
Guides to Retiring — 5 minute read

Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Searching For A Retirement Home

Ready to take the plunge into retirement home buying? Look no further - Explore55Plus is ready to help! It's time to gain insight on what mistakes are best avoided - after all, why waste valuable funds and energy when there’s an easier way forward? In this blog post, we discuss how smart pre-planning can help ensur......Continued

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