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  • Author Carla Goddard
  • Published February 10, 2023
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Looking for the right kind of Active Adult Communities is an important part of determining where you will spend your golden years. There are many options to consider. Should you buy into an existing retirement community or buy a brand-new home in a new community? Should you buy a single-family home or a villa? Should you consider a manufactured home community? There is no correct answer.

With new communities you will be able, in many cases, determine flooring, and design choices that fit your lifestyle and design. The downside is that many times in a new community the landscaping and amenities are still under construction, as well as the other new homes. You may need to live in a construction zone for a while. The positive of moving into a new community is that most of your neighbors are also new to the community making it easier to socialize and meet new friends.

With existing communities, any landscaping and amenities are already in existence providing a quieter lifestyle immediately. However, the homes will not be new and may require improvements and maintenance issues immediately. The positive of moving into an existing community is the well-established social clubs and activities already in place making friends who have similar interests.

Regardless of the type of community you decide on there are a few things you need to ensure that you find out before you purchase.

Homeowners Association – it is imperative to find out what the rules are within the community. Can you have your beloved fur baby? Can you put in a fence, a patio, or a pool? What are the regulations regarding visitors? Can you lease the property if you are not there?

What do the association fee’s cover? Landscaping? Trash? Club house amenities? Are there any extra fees associated with the various activities? In an existing community, are there any special assessments?

Is there a buy in cost to the community? Many communities have a one time buy in cost from $500 to $2000. Do you need to be approved by the association prior to moving in?

It is important to know the community. If you can not visit the community in person, it is important to work with a buyer’s agent that will spend the time with you to learn the extras. Extras such as security – is it a gated community? Where are closest medical facilities? What dining options are there in the area? Golf options? Does the community have a fitness center, if not where is the closest option?

Financial considerations include the monthly expenses not only the purchase price of the home. It is important that you get all associated costs up front.

It is important to work with a buyer’s agent that is from the local community that is familiar with the answers to these questions and the many more you will have as you determine your golden years home.

New Construction Resort Living Communities

Esplanade at Wiregrass Ranch

The elite gated resort style living at Esplanade is a unique experience centered around a planned resort style amenities and a wellness program designed to invigorate the mind, body, and spirit. There is a resort style pool, a Koquina Sand Spa for pampering treatments, fitness center, and sports courts for tennis, pickleball and bocce ball. This resort living community has a full time Lifestyle Manager who plans activities and events to mast the active adult’s zest for life. Single family homes and villas are available in this community that is less than 30 miles from Tampa. In the Wesley Chapel there is high-end retail shopping, top rated healthcare facilities, and restaurants offering casual to fine dining.

Medley at Mirada

Medley is a Staycation resort like gated community located within the 15-acre Crystal Lagoon community of Mirada. You will have everything you need here to live a relaxed lifestyle from the resort-style amenities including pool, clubhouse, fitness center, tennis and pickleball courts and access to the amazing crystal lagoon amenities. Programs and activities are planned by a lifestyle director, as well as many social clubs and neighborhood activities.

Mirada is a short drive from the Premium Outlets, fine dining, and retail establishments in the Wesley Chapel area. The community also has onsite grocery, restaurants, and retail shopping.

A few of the Existing Communities


Wedgewood Manor, an active 55+ community, is a must see! The community has a pool for relaxing and shuffleboard for fun and offers many activities in the clubhouse. The low HOA fee of $165 includes internet, cable, lawn mowing. This is a highly sought-after established community.


55+ community of DRIFTWOOD!!! Low HOA fee includes water, exterior maintenance, lawn-care and use of the wonderful community center and pool. This community is close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and medical centers. Whether you are looking for a full-time residence or wanting to be in Florida for the winter, this is the perfect place for you!

Walnut Grove

Villa’s Located in a cute 55+ community of "Walnut Grove". This community is close to shopping, restaurants, and medical centers. The low HOA includes your lawn maintenance making this a maintenance free lifestyle.

Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club

Live the RESORT LIFESTYLE in this gated 55+ Golf Cart friendly community with amenities galore! No CDD Fees. This is a community has resort style amenities including 2 golf courses, grand clubhouse with banquet facilities and full-service restaurant & pub/grille, state of the art fitness center, library, billiards room, card rooms, 2 swimming pools with an adult only pool and Olympic-size heated pool for year-round use, Tennis courts, bocce, pickleball, cornhole, shuffleboard and activities center with classes and planned activities plus clubs and travel excursions available!

Manufactured/Mobile Home Communities

In East Pasco there are too many of these types of community to list, a few to mention are:

Green Hill Acres is a small community with very low HOA fee’s including a clubhouse.

Betmar has Low Yearly HOA fee with lots of amenities: Walking trails over bridges and ponds, 2 swimming pools, 2 hot tub, tennis, pickle ball, basketball, bocce, 27 holes of golf, shuffleboard, mini golf, billiards, game rooms, library, clubhouses, planned activities, Bingo, and fun events.

Spanish Trails is an active 55+ community where you own your own land with a low HOA fee. Your low monthly fees get you access to all the subdivision's amenities which includes access to pool, spa, club house and community functions.

South Hill Mobile Homes is a 55+ community that offers amenities such as a Heated Community Pool, a Clubhouse, Shuffleboard Courts, and more!

Zephyr Shores, a 55+ community with a clubhouse with lots of activities, community pool and shuffleboard. There is even a pond with dock in the community.

Oaks Royal 3 This beautiful community offers wide streets, sidewalks, and you own your own land with a low HOA fee.

Colony Hills 55+ community located in a desirable area with a pool and club house with a low HOA fee.

Grand Horizons, a gated community. The community has a resident-owned clubhouse with pool, shuffleboard, billiards, library, and activities.

If you are looking for an active adult community in East Pasco Florida, we would love to have a conversation with you! Let’s discover what is important to your lifestyle and match you with the community that exceeds your desires!

Carla Goddard | East Pasco Living Team Lead

Graduate, REALTOR® Institute | Tampa Bay Builder Services Manager

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

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