Active-adult communities in Florida include "The Villages" and "On Top of the World," which are both in the Ocala area, "Pelican Preserve" in Fort Myers, "Trilogy Orlando" in Groveland, and "Heritage Isle" in Viera. Other options include "Solivita" in Poinciana and "Sun City Center," which is near Tampa. These communities are all age-restricted, feature new-construction homes, as of 2015, and offer affordable living, according to 55places.com.
The Florida Commission on Human Relations website offers a search tool for registered Florida adult communities, catering to ages 55 and older. Users can search by county, street address or city. It also provides consumer information and laws affecting senior housing in the state.
"The Villages" is a large retirement community located in Central Florida, 15 miles south of Ocala. It includes many smaller neighborhoods across parts of Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, according to The Villages Community Development Districts website. In the 1970s, the developers created a mobile home park called "Orange Blossom Gardens," which is located in the City of Lady Lake and unincorporated parts of Lake County, Florida. In the years since then, additional development expanded into Sumter and Marion counties. Slate magazine states that "The Villages" is the largest gated retirement community in the world, and that its total area is larger than the island of Manhattan.