Recently I saw an article posted with the same name and it was obvious to me that it was posted without the knowledge of any local real estate agent. The following are communities I feel better meet the needs of people looking to retire on typical retiree funds and at the same time downsize. 

While it is nice to daydream that we all could live in a million-dollar plus estate home in Disney’s Golden Oak (the community designed by Disney and located between Magic Kingdom and EPCOT) it’s probably not practical for many people.

Most people at retirement age are looking for a single-story home with two or three bedrooms so they have room for guests or an office, but not one that includes an elevator.

Four Seasons by K. Hovnanian

One of my favorite attributes of this builder is great energy-saving home designs. This builder uses every inch and puts character in every square foot. Combined with that, the beautiful lush landscape of being in a brand-new golf course community.

My buyers appreciate that these homes are located about five minutes to Disney and when the fireworks begin again, they will see the glow as they did before.

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Del Webb Orlando

This gated community with a golf course is sold out, but resales are available. The key feature of this community is an extensive Community center with an indoor pool. That is something very much needed that I haven’t seen in a community of this size.

This attendant monitored gated community has lush landscaping and some spectacular views.   Approximately 25 to 30 minutes to Disney World. Shopping is right at your fingertips. 

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Del Webb Sunbridge

This community is a new, all natural gas community.  There are 13 different models, some with beautiful pond views. Many people would consider this an opportunity to get into the ground floor of the new Sunbridge area. 

Located about 45 minutes to Disney World, and 45 minutes from Melbourne you have the best of both worlds.  An onsite tavern, Single Family and Villa homes, a full-time lifestyle director, plus an exclusive partnership; with Advent Health to help keep you healthy and active. 

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Providence

Providence is not an exclusive over 55 community. But it does have some of the features of over 55 communities without high HOA fees.  The community is gated with a 24 hour attendant and is located on the very well-known Providence golf course. Included in the community is a restaurant which is open most days, Community pools and Gym all for a more reasonable HOA fee.

While this family-oriented community is not an over 55 community they do have activities for seniors. A key concept for the builders are freedom homes which have an extra efficiency unit usually attributed to the senior in the family. 

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Heritage Hills

Heritage Hills is located on land you didn’t think you would find near Disney World, Rolling Hills. And they make the most of it with a spectacular community layout and a community run winery which grows grapes and olives.

Heritage Hills does have resale homes often available. It Is about 35 minutes from Disney World and just a few minutes from great shopping in Clermont and Winter Garden.

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The Gatherings

Located just minutes from Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona and Medical City. this over 55 condo community is unique to our area. Being a condominium complex there’s very low maintenance.

Internet and cable television are included in the monthly fees and each unit has a balcony. You can choose between four models ranging between 2 to 3 bedrooms. Just about 30 minutes to Disney World with the activities of Lake Nona also nearby.

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Winding Bay

Winding Bay, while also not an over 55 community, is just a few minutes from Disney World and in the glow of Disney World fireworks! But they have a unique home available called the Tobago. This home includes an option of an Extra suite plus, which includes a sink and refrigerator. 

The home has a side entry to the suite, separate from the main front door, private bath, living room, bedroom, and step in closet. The independence of a condo within the same home as family.

Mobile home parks/RV parks in Davenport and Clermont

These are established communities of both mobile homes and single-family homes and RV homes located in communities which mix affordability and proximity to Disney World. 

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Solivita

Probably the most recognized name in over 55 communities near Disney world is Solivita which boasts over 150,000 ft.² of community centers, two golf courses and three eateries (from fine dining to Pizza).

There is even a pharmacy and a bank.  Solivita has both Indoor and Outdoor heated pools, court games, an indoor track, classes and a full-time fitness staff.  All behind the exclusive gates of Solivita and just a 45 minute drive to Disney World.

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Palms at Serenoa

One of my most popular communities is the Palms of Serenoa. I sold one of the first homes in this community and it was a villa. A villa shares a connecting wall with the unit on the other side. It is two bedrooms and an office space plus a covered lanai. 

There are several single-family model homes available in 2 to 3 bedrooms and a helpful feature of this community is that they’ve simplified the buying process. You can select upgrade features at a package price rather than negotiating over every item. 

The community center includes a zero entry lap pool, exercise area and facilities, dog park and court games. And is located just about 5 miles, as the crow flies, to Disney World. Future planning holds a direct connection to drive to Disney World. Look forward to updates on this page. 

OASIS

The Soon to be OASIS!  Just 2 minutes to WDW!   Literally 2 turns from Disney World with Disney designed shopping of Flamingo Crossing within walking distance and with over a dozen models will be opening in the fall of 2021.  The community center will have an on-site tavern overlooking the (soon to be returning) fireworks of Disney World. 

There are 13 different models available ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms from villas to Single family homes. You truly cannot be closer to Disney World.  But you also can’t be more away from it all in this exclusive community.

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