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55 Communities in Tampa

Updated on October 8, 2011

What Are 55 Communities?

55 Communities or 55 Plus Communities are residential developments designed for adults aged 55 and above. Most homes are usually one-story and are designed with seniors in mind. They include features that make life comfortable, convenient, secure and safe for residents, such as easy-to-open doors, emergency buttons, easy-to-access alarm systems and electronic systems.

Most of these communities require that at least one person in the family is aged 55 or above. Some communities allow pets, some don't.


Photo by Scott Jacob, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mesaroyale/3594895713
Photo by Scott Jacob, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mesaroyale/3594895713

Why Do Many Adults Prefer 55 Communities?

Many adults want to live in 55 communities because of the following:

  • Common facilities are designed for seniors, such as tennis courts, lawn bowling, golf courses, libraries, parks, trails, pool tables, ballfields, shuffleboard courts and community centers.
  • Various clubs are available, such clubs for tennis, fitness, painting classes, scrapbooking, movies, ballroom dancing, quilting and arts and crafts.
  • Lots of group activities such as group dinners, card games, and potlucks.
  • No loud teenagers' parties that persist through the night
  • No loud music
  • Security and safety of gated and patrolled communities
  • Access to shops, restaurants, health facilities, laundry services and other facilities providing services to seniors
  • Assisted-living facilities (in some 55 communities)

Photo by Scott Jacob, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mesaroyale/3594895637
Photo by Scott Jacob, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mesaroyale/3594895637
Photo by Dorothy Finley, CC BY 2.0, flickr.com/photos/santafeegret/3850539906
Photo by Dorothy Finley, CC BY 2.0, flickr.com/photos/santafeegret/3850539906

Tampa Bay Golf and Tennis Club

Residents of this community enjoy strolling through nature reserves, boating and fishing in lakes and playing in a 27-hole golf course.
There are community facilities such as a library with computers, large clubhouse, heated pool, spa center, full-service restaurant and community centers.

Photo by Chris Bohn, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/chrisbohn/5914046370
Photo by Chris Bohn, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/chrisbohn/5914046370

The Groves Golf and Country Club

This community is known for its substantial conservation area, which occupies 40 percent of the total area of 446 acres. This area includes nature parks, golf course fairways and cypress reserves.

Sun City in Sun City Center

Sun City is among the largest and most popular retirement communities in Florida, with more than 14,000 homes developed by various major home builders and lots of community facilities spread out across sections of the community. Residents shop, join their clubs, and go to their appointments using their golf carts.

Roger Wollstadt, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4956039532
Roger Wollstadt, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4956039532
Photo by Mike Whaling, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mwhaling/3307768617
Photo by Mike Whaling, CC BY-SA 2.0, flickr.com/photos/mwhaling/3307768617

Things to Consider When Choosing a 55 Community

Here are some of the key factors you need to think about when choosing from many of the 55 communities across the U.S.:

Location -- Do you like it to be near where your children are? Are you particular about the weather and topography? If fishing is among your hobbies, then find a community along a lake or near ponds. Do you have special medical needs, then you have to be near a health facility managing your health condition.

Facilities or amenities -- If you're a golfer, then find a golf community. If you like boating, strolling or swimming, find communities located near lakes, forest reserves or the beach.

Home price, HOA, taxes and related fees -- How much down payment can you afford? Can you make bigger monthly payments since you have a shorter loan term because of your age?

Activities -- What activities will make your days happy, and are these available in your target community or nearby? Are you fond of theaters, arts centers, or sports? Or do you plan to attend a university class?

Tampa4U Will Help You Find Your Home in Tampa

You need a realtor who can provide you with listings of homes in 55 communities in Tampa according to your preferred criteria, who can give you information that you need to know, who can guide you through showings, and who can walk you through the homebuying process.

Visit Tampa4U.com today or call (813) 671-6657.

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