Why We Build in the Best Places to Live in Florida

Posted: November 11, 2020 | Categories: Communities | Communities>Kingsland Country Estates | News | Communities>Stonebridge at Chapel Creek | Communities>Gramercy Farms | Communities>Summercrest | Communities>Ridgewood | Communities>Riverbend West | Communities>Siena Reserve
By Highland Homes

A new home in Lakeland, one of the best places to live in FloridaAt Highland Homes, our goal is to provide you with the best in value, design, and location, with the intention for you to love where you live! We know location is a key factor in that equation, and that is why Highland Homes is proud to build in five of the top 10 “Best Places to Live in Florida” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 – 2021 rankings! Ocala, Lakeland, Orlando, Tampa, and Sarasota were all included in the top 10. In addition, each of these fantastic cities were included in the overall “150 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list.

To compile the list, U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

Thoroughbred running in open field Ocala one of the best cities to live in FloridaOcala, Florida

Rounding out the Florida top 10 is the city of Ocala known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” since it is home to over 600 thoroughbred farms and is one of a few thoroughbred centers in the world. While it maintains its equestrian roots, Ocala is a growing metropolis with a diverse offering of industry, entertainment, and recreation. The city center is home to a burgeoning logistics industry, while the historic downtown is known for its picturesque Victorian-era homes and active square with plenty of entertainment and dining opportunities. With a 6.6 overall ranking, Ocala is highest ranked for its net migration, overall desirability, and quality of life.

Highland Homes is currently building new homes for sale in Ocala, Florida at two communities. Spacious home sites surrounded by towering trees and homes priced from the $190’s can be found at Kingsland Country Estates, while Summercrest offers single-family homes from the $200’s in a gated, peaceful setting adjacent to Baseline Golf Course.

A swan looks onto Lake Morton in Lakeland, FL one of the best places to live in Florida
A swan overlooks Lake Morton
Less than a mile from downtown Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida

Coming in at No. 9 on the list is Highland Homes’ hometown, Lakeland. Known for the many lakes in the area – hence the name – this city offers incredible nature and recreation opportunities. Lakeland possesses old Florida history and beauty, and is conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa with easy access to both cities. Featuring an overall ranking of 6.6 on the U.S. News Scorecard, Lakeland ranked highest for its net migration, overall desirability, and quality of life.

If you’re searching for a home for sale in Lakeland, the geographic center of Florida, we build in several desirable neighborhoods with prices from the $220’s. Whether you’re looking for a new home in the exclusive Highlands area of South Lakeland or a home in one of the city’s most popular gated communities, our Lakeland communities have options for you!

Lake Eola Fountain in Orlando, FL one of the best places to live in Florida
The fountain at Lake Eola Park
Downtown Orlando

Orlando, Florida

Earning a spot at No. 7 on the Best Places to Live in Florida list, Orlando is perhaps one of the most famous cities in Florida thanks to its “Theme Park Capital of the World” claim. The city features a thriving downtown, a sleepy residential area, and of course, theme parks of all kinds! Other major attractions that draw visitors and homebuyers alike to Orlando include the area’s fantastic parks and beautiful lakes, more than 170 golf courses, and year-round sunshine. Orlando boasts a 6.7 overall ranking, with net migration, overall desirability, and quality of life as the three top ranking factors that turn Orlando’s visitors into residents.

If you’re considering making The City Beautiful your new home, Highland Homes is proud to be a new home builder in Orlando. Enjoy a lock-and-leave low-maintenance lifestyle with a new townhome priced from the $230’s at Gramercy Farms Townhomes. Or, if a single-family home is more your style, we offer new homes with three to six bedrooms and prices from the $290’s at Siena Reserve.


Tampa, Florida

Tampa is the No. 4 best city to live in FloridaComing in at No. 4, the city of Tampa offers both the laid-back lifestyle that comes with living by the beach and all the amenities available when living in a major metro area. Calling Tampa home means having convenient access to an abundance of recreation, cultural attractions, shopping and dining destinations, entertainment hot spots, and of course, outdoor living and beautiful weather! With a 6.8 overall ranking, Tampa ranked highest for its net migration and overall desirability.

Highland Homes currently offers Tampa homes for sale with prices from the $220's in desirable neighborhoods such as Ridgewood in Riverview, Riverbend West in Ruskin, and Stonebridge at Chapel Creek in Zephyrhills.

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota ranked No. 2 on the list of best places to live in Florida. The quintessential Florida city, Sarasota of course boasts beautiful weather, access to award-winning beaches, and a thriving arts and cultural scene. Conveniently located near both Tampa and Orlando, this flourishing city is also home to an abundance of delicious restaurants and fantastic shopping destinations. In addition to Sarasota’s ranking as the second-best place to live in Florida, it was also named the No. 1 Place to Retire in the U.S., and it was ranked No. 16 on the Best Places to Live in the U.S. list. With a 7.1 Overall Ranking on the U.S. News Scorecard, the area was ranked most highly for its net migration, overall desirability as a city to call home, and the quality of life residents can enjoy here.

A new home in Sarasota, the No. 2 best place to live in Florida.If you’re ready to call Sarasota home, hurry in to snag one of the final homes available at Bradford Manor. This popular community boasts luxurious, move-in ready townhomes priced from the $240’s, with limited opportunities remaining.

If you’re ready to call one of Florida’s best cities home, now is a great time to buy a new home in Sarasota, Lakeland, Tampa, Ocala, or Orlando. Learn more about our new home communities in these fantastic cities by calling or emailing our Florida New Home Specialists!

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