Florida has long been considered a retirement destination thanks to housing affordability, low taxes, and healthcare quality - plus all that gorgeous Florida Sunshine! You can’t help but love living in a place with no snow, no shoveling, and no shivering!
So, it should come as no surprise that in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020 list, Florida dominated with nine cities named in the top 25 best places to retire! Of those nine cities, Highland Homes is proud to build in four –Orlando (No. 22), Tampa (No. 17), Lakeland (No. 15), and Sarasota, the No. 2 best place to retire!
To compile the list of best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data from the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the United States using criteria including the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates, and healthcare quality in order to assess how living there meets retirement needs and expectations.
Landing at No. 22 on the list of the best places to retire is Orlando, Florida. In addition to being a vacation and theme park destination, Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and boasts beautiful parks and lakes, more than 170 golf courses, and sunshine galore. Orlando earned an overall score of 6.9 on the list, ranking high for the number of residents moving into the city, the desirability, and the quality of life. One of Florida’s most appealing places for business, living, and entertainment, Orlando is an ideal place to retire, play, and enjoy life.
If you’re searching for a new home to retire to in Orlando, our luxurious, low-maintenance townhomes at Gramercy Farms in St. Cloud, an Orlando suburb, are a must-see! Priced from the $220's, these townhomes include high-end finishes, community amenities, and everything you need to move-in and start living the Florida lifestyle. Or, if you prefer a single-family home check out Canopy Reserve, with new homes in St. Cloud priced from the $240's.
At No. 17 on the list of Best Places to Retire is Tampa, Florida. Also scoring a 6.9 out of 10 and ranking highly for net migration and quality of life, Tampa offers the perfect combination of a laid-back beach lifestyle and big-city amenities. The thriving Tampa Bay area is known for its incredible art, entertainment, and cultural attractions, along with some of Florida’s most famed beaches.
We build both single-family homes and townhomes in Tampa Bay, with prices starting from the very affordable $180's. Find your new home in Tampa today!
Coming in at No. 15 is Lakeland, Florida, which also scored a 6.9 overall, with a 7.3 in the housing affordability category. The city is highly ranked for net migration, meaning more people are moving into the city than out, as well as quality of life and desirability. Named for the many lakes that are found in the area, Lakeland offers incredible outdoor recreation with its many lakes and parks, an ambiance of Old Florida with historical architecture, and a convenient location between Orlando and Tampa offering easy access to both big cities.
We build new homes in Lakeland in several desirable neighborhoods, with prices starting from the very affordable $180's. Whether you are downsizing or seeking a spacious home in a gated community, our Lakeland neighborhoods have options for you!
At the top of the list, Sarasota, Florida ranks as the No. 2 place in the United States to retire, just behind Fort Myers, Florida. Sarasota tied with Fort Myers with a 7.6 overall, and scored a perfect 10 for its net migration, while also scoring high for quality of life, desirability, and its job market. The area’s warm temperatures, award-winning beaches, flourishing art and cultural scene, fantastic restaurants and shopping, and top-rated healthcare system make Sarasota a top place to retire.
If you’re ready to retire in one of the country’s best cities for retirees, check out our luxurious, low-maintenance townhomes at Bradford Manor with prices starting in the $220's for spacious townhomes in this gated community with amenities. Or, if you prefer a single-family home, Aviary at Rutland Ranch in nearby Parrish, FL, offers single-family homes from the $230's with resort-style amenities in a peaceful, country-like setting with beautiful nature views.
If you’re ready to retire to Florida, there is no time like the present! Learn more about our new homes in Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, and Sarasota by calling our Florida New Home Specialists at 863-797-4999 or visiting the Highland Homes website.
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