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Old 11-02-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Retired 60 year olds looking for good 55+ community in Florida

My husband and I have been retired for 18 months and live in Indiana. Until I can tear myself away from the grandkids, we are doing the snowbird thing in Florida. Jan-March. So far have we have spent a couple of months in Naples (we have friends that live there). I don't particularly like it due to the high cost of food/drinks/golf. But the gulf makes up for it. Spent a couple months in the Villages. I fell in love with it, but my husband is on the fence. Also, we hit the "unusual" cold last season. We are looking for a community that has a variety of ages, activities, and reasonable fees. I know I am asking for the moon, but I have been on many, many websites, and without visiting, not wanting to rent. I am not against a community that has manufactured homes or double-wide trailers, but I would want recommendations. We spent some time in Sebring, but I didn't see many people our age. We like outdoor activities. Golf, biking, bocce, pickeball, etc. Any information would be appreciated.
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... We like outdoor activities. Golf, biking, bocce, pickeball, etc. Any information would be appreciated.
These sound like activities you would find in Colorado not Florida. Other than Jan-Mar, it is probably too humid to pursue vigorous outdoor activities.
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mrsbusto: Any particular reason for limiting your search to 55+ communities? Is it for safety? Cost? Just curious since you mentioned that you are seeking a place that offers a variety of ages. I would think that 55+ might restrict the variety of ages. How about gated communities in general? BTW - are Florida 55+ communities considered safer?
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We love Colorado and have been going there during the summer for a long time. I guess I got the idea of the the 55+ community because I thought it would provide me with the options for all these activities. No it isn't for safety reasons either. After going to the Villages, I liked the idea of all the activity choices. So, I am just looking for ideas on what to look for.
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We love Colorado and have been going there during the summer for a long time. I guess I got the idea of the the 55+ community because I thought it would provide me with the options for all these activities. No it isn't for safety reasons either. After going to the Villages, I liked the idea of all the activity choices. So, I am just looking for ideas on what to look for.
In low or moderate income communities 55+ does tend to create a lower crime, lower disturbance environment.

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Just my thought, but there is no way in the world I would consider a double wide or mobile home anywhere in Florida with hurricanes...or Texas either.
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I agree. But where do we go. We prefer to be on the gulf side. So give me some areas that we can look at.
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Just my thought, but there is no way in the world I would consider a double wide or mobile home anywhere in Florida with hurricanes...or Texas either.
What percentage of TX do you think is vulnerable to hurricanes?

Oh - wait - never mind. You could be hit by a hurricane anywhere in TX. Maybe Amarillo, maybe DFW, maybe El Paso - you never know!

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These sound like activities you would find in Colorado not Florida. Other than Jan-Mar, it is probably too humid to pursue vigorous outdoor activities.
Huh?

November, December, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, and May are awesome outdoor months for almost any activity. In our area, it rarely gets over 93 degrees even in the summer. Of course it gets hot and muggy in the summer but we adapt -- pools, earlier golf, air conditioning.

We are very happy here on the gulf coast all year around.
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Huh?

November, December, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, and May are awesome outdoor months for almost any activity. In our area, it rarely gets over 93 degrees even in the summer. Of course it gets hot and muggy in the summer but we adapt -- pools, earlier golf, air conditioning.

We are very happy here on the gulf coast all year around.
Rich, as a PNW native I found drinking beer was sweaty work in Naples in March

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I am not against a community that has manufactured homes or double-wide trailers, but I would want recommendations. We spent some time in Sebring, but I didn't see many people our age. We like outdoor activities. Golf, biking, bocce, pickeball, etc. Any information would be appreciated.
Does it have to be a planned community? I know a couple who've finished renovating a home in a very nice area of Tampa and would love to move back to Hawaii...
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Does it have to be a planned community? I know a couple who've finished renovating a home in a very nice area of Tampa and would love to move back to Hawaii...
... and I know a great realtor who can make it all happen
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You can play golf or bike just about anywhere in Florida . You need to narrow down your search to an area you would like to live in . There are communities with activities everywhere in Florida but "The Villages " is the biggest and that is the only place I've heard of Pickleball . Do you want to be near a beach or is inland Florida okay for you ? How big of a town are you looking for ? What activities do you want the community to have ? If it's the non stop activity like "The Villages "you are limited . Most communities with clubhouses have some activities . Pools, a few clubs , tennis & shuffleboard . Run a search on active Florida retirement and you may find what you are looking for .Good Luck in your search !
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Rich, as a PNW native I found drinking beer was sweaty work in Naples in March
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yes I think tolerance for humidity is a relative thing! I find 70% unbearable...PNW resident too. Never gets above 60% except when pouring rain.
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Climate: Americans tend to set the thermostat at around 68 degrees. So, MoneyRates.com used this as the standard, and rated states according to how far their monthly temperatures varied from 68 degrees.
Hunh?!?

People tend to have skin temperatures of 77 degrees, so why not use that standard?

Ice freezes at 32 degrees, which would make the "lower than" rankings pretty interesting...

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