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

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Why We Traded the Florida Coast for On Top of the World

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

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Dive deep into the lives of real retirees, Scott and Jim, who've made the big move with Explore55Plus and are now living their dream life in On Top of the World.

Sometimes, it takes a dramatic event to catalyze a major life decision. For Scott and Jim, that event was Hurricane Irma, which forced them to evacuate their home in Southwest Florida. This experience highlighted the need to find a secure and peaceful environment, not just for themselves but also for their family, including two elderly parents, a brother with special needs, and their faithful dog.

Their journey began in Bonita Springs, where Scott had lived since he was a teenager. It was a charming beach town, ideal for his younger years, nestled between Naples and Fort Myers. But as they aged, their needs changed, and Ocala's cooler climate and tranquil atmosphere beckoned.

When Scott and Jim visited Ocala in February, they were immediately struck by the peace and quiet of On Top of the World—a stark contrast to their life in Bonita Springs. This 55+ community not only offered a serene environment but also the freedom to engage in amenities and enjoy the outdoors, with the option to leave maintenance to the professionals if they chose.

Their search included a consideration of The Villages, another popular retirement community, but they found it too bustling and unguarded for their tastes. Scott and Jim sought a quieter locale where they could relax and savor their surroundings—exactly what they found in On Top of the World.

Community spirit is a significant aspect of life in their new home. The residents are friendly, always greeting each other with a smile, contributing to a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The community culture is a big draw for many retirees who choose to move to Florida. It’s not just about the location; it’s about the people and the shared experiences.

On Top of the World offers an array of activities and amenities to cater to diverse interests. From yoga and pickleball, which boasts 600 members, to woodworking and RC planes, there's no shortage of things to do. Jim, an avid runner, also appreciates the safety of the community's streets, a stark improvement over the dangers he faced while running in Bonita Springs.

The natural beauty of the area is another highlight. With attractions like Rainbow River and Ormand Beach nearby, the opportunities for outdoor adventures are plentiful. The community's convenient location also means everything you need is just a short walk or bike ride away, including grocery stores and retail outlets.

Reflecting on their journey, Scott and Jim advise new seekers to be patient and not to stress the process of finding the perfect retirement home. They also suggest investing in making your new home truly yours from the start, even if it means spending a bit more initially.

Scott and Jim’s story is not just about finding a new place to live; it’s about discovering a community that feels like home. Thanks to the resources and videos from Explore55Plus, they were able to make an informed decision that has led to a fulfilling and enjoyable retirement. If you’re on a similar journey, take a leaf out of their book: consider your needs, explore your options, and find your perfect community.

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Ready to find your perfect retirement community? At Explore55Plus, we specialize in connecting you with the ideal 55+ active adult communities that meet your lifestyle and preferences. Don’t wait to start your next chapter in a community that feels like home. Contact us today to discover how we can help you find your dream retirement home just like we did for Scott and Jim. Click here to get started on your journey to a serene and fulfilling retirement. Let’s make your golden years truly golden!

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