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The Nona Blog features events, special offers & development updates for the Lake Nona area as well as the greater Orlando Area.

Nov. 6, 2017

Headquarters of BBA Aviation Moving to Lake Nona Town Center

BBA Aviation LogoThe Lake Nona Town Center has been selected by BBA Aviation for their new headquarters. The company is known for providing signature flight support and has decided they are a great match for Lake Nona. They believe this best-in-class facility will fit perfectly with the company mission and direction.

The Lake Nona Town Center was developed by Tavistock Development and the new location for BBA Aviation will be constructed by PCL Construction. The ground breaking on the office building is expected to happen any time now and completion is expected in late 2018.

The location is one of the most convenient in the fast-growing Lake Nona Town Center. It will be found at the southwest corner of Lake Nona Boulevard and Veteran's Way. The space will cover about 65,000 square feet and will stand six stories tall. It will be a class-A, multi-tenant office building.

BBA Aviation is very happy about the move and believes it will help boost their business to the next level. They have called the community "state-of-the-art" for both businesses and residents. The company believes Lake Nona offers endless benefits for both the business and their employees. They are thrilled for the future of the company with a new headquarters in a prime Lake Nona location.

The goal of the company is to create an incredible work environment for employs so that they can move their world-class business to the next level. They look forward to becoming a part of the Lake Nona community.

The new headquarters for BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support will be a LEED-designed facility with the best climate control, collaborative spaces, outdoor spaces and ergonomic work stations possible. The design will also maximize the use of natural light. The company is expected to occupy the new space within the first quarter of 2019.

M+A architects, an award-winning architecture firm will be responsible for the interior architecture of the space. Not only will this be a prime location, but it will be a master-designed space in one of the fastest-growing communities in the state of Florida.

The Lake Nona Town Center covers a total of 100 acres an 3.8 million square feet. It's a mixed-used space within the large-scale master-planned community of Lake Nona. Once it has been fully developed, the Lake Nona Town Center will include over 80 specialty retailers, restaurants, anchor stores and junior anchor stores.

To date, the Lake Nona Town Center has successfully leased and opened 75,000 square feet of class-A office space and another 16,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. They have also made a deal with the dual branded Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott Hotel. In addition, the project includes a multi-level parking structure.

A number of build-to-suit opportunities are still available throughout Lake Nona, such as the Sports & Performance District. Many new businesses are opening or have opened throughout this fast-growing area near the Orlando International Airport. BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support is one of the latest to make the announcement. More company headquarters are expected to relocate to Lake Nona, along with new locations for many businesses opening throughout the area.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Nov. 6, 2017

Why Buy Your Retirement Home Before You Retire?

Retired and buying a homeHave you been dreaming of the day you will retire? Do you want to live in Central Florida, enjoy the amazing climate and play golf or tennis every single day? This is the dream of many looking to retire, but you shouldn't wait until you retire to buy your retirement home.

Your twilight years are the time to buy your retirement home. You're still fully employed and you have a few years left before you'll retire. This means, you not only have a better chance of getting a mortgage, but you can also set yourself up for a very successful retirement. Here are a few reasons why you should buy your retirement home before you retire.

Mortgage Approval is Easier

Lenders look at more than just credit when you apply for a mortgage. The debt-to-income ratio makes a big difference and it won't be as pretty if you're not employed. When you're still employed, you will likely have more income to help keep this ratio lower.

This makes it easier to qualify for a mortgage and for a lower interest rate. If you wait until you retire, you may be limited the amount you can get in a mortgage for your retirement home.

Ability to Pay off the New Mortgage Faster

When you can handle a second home mortgage, you should take the opportunity now to buy before you retire. This will give you a head start on getting the retirement home paid off. If you plan it just right, you'll be able to pay off the retirement home when you sell your current home; with the proceeds.

More Money Available for Renovations

Before you retire, you have a regular income and a home to leverage for renovation money. There's no guarantee you will find the perfect retirement home and you may want to renovate it some before you move in during your golden years. In addition, this allows you to shop for homes that may not be perfect and score a deal, if you already plan to renovate.

After you retire, it may be harder to get a mortgage with enough cash to help you with renovations. Plus, you won't have an income to count on when it comes to paying for renovations yourself. Buying a few years before you retire gives you time to get the renovations done and make the home perfect before moving in.

Ability to Expand Your Portfolio

When you're capable of carrying two mortgages as once, you have the ability to expand your portfolio. You can rent out the home you plan to use for retirement before you retire. It can become an income generating property for you, which will only make it easier to pay off once you retire. You may even have enough coming in from the property to help you retire sooner.

Along with these reasons, buying a home before you retire will give you some tax benefits, as well. It will also allow you to know where you're going and what to expect when you do leave your job. It just makes sense to buy a home before you retire and use it as your retirement home when that time comes.

Nov. 6, 2017

Lake Nona Getting a New Restaurant & Medical Facility Soon

Pollo Tropical Lake NonaMany new restaurants, medical facilities, shops and other businesses have opened in Lake Nona over the past few years. The openings are certainly not one and recently a new opening was announced for November 6th, 2017.

Pollo Tropical will open at Lake Nona landing very soon and will provide another great choice for dining. This restaurant is a counter-serve chain with Caribbean grilled meats, patters and sandwiches on the menu. The restaurant will open at 9993 Tagor Place.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical started in Miami, Florida with simple citrus-marinated grilled chicken. It has become one of the most popular chain restaurants in Florida since promoting a happy and healthy lifestyle with a fun atmosphere. The restaurant is known for using fresh ingredients and hormone-free chicken to provide a menu full of fresh and healthy items.

The company has expanded very fast with 6 Florida locations, 7 Texas locations, 2 Georgia locations and 2 locations in Nashville in 2015. In addition they opened 10 more locations in Florida, 11 more in Texas, 6 more in Georgia and 2 in the Austin area in 2016. The expansion continues with the new location in Lake Nona. The company is also testing a new double-drive through with a walk-up counter.

For 29 years, Pollo Tropical has been serving excellent chicken and wonderful menu items. They even offer a lite menu with healthy choices under 510 calories per meal.

Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa Coming to the Medical Village

Regenerative Sport Spine & SpaAlong with a new restaurant coming to Lake Nona, a new 30,000 square foot medical facility will be opening in the Medical Village. This facility will house a company called Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa. This will be one of the first companies to open in the Medical Village off Moss Park Road. The grand opening was actually on October 26th, 2017 and included a ribbon cutting, Champagne Toast, tours and much more.

Dr. Cherukupally is responsible for opening this new facility. Along with providing plenty of medical services, the company has its' own line of private label skin care products. The company offers a number of treatments for sports injuries, spine injuries and other types of injuries. They also offer medical spa services, age management and plenty of other services.

Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa integrates regenerative medicine, anti-aging, age management, sports medicine and aesthetic medicine into one practice. This allows for treating the entire person and not just a few specific body parts. Whether a patient has lost energy or has been injured, Dr. Cherukupally has a treatment to help.

Both Pollo Tropical and Regenerative Sport Spine and Spa are open in the Lake Nona area. Whether you're craving some great chicken or you're in need of treatment, you can now use these two new businesses in Lake Nona.

Lake Nona expects many other businesses and restaurants to be opening very soon. Many have already opened and more are expected to be announced before the end of 2017.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Nov. 6, 2017

What to Consider Before Buying Your Retirement Home?

before you buy a retirement homeIt's less expensive to downsize as you go into retirement. This can also help to improve your financial situation. However, before you start shopping for a retirement home, make sure you understand a few things to expect.

What will your Retirement Budget Allow for with a Monthly Payment?

Retirement means you have to be prepared to live out your years without a regular income. You may have something coming in every month from Social Security, a Pension or another source, but likely, you'll be living off a lump sum you've saved, plus the interest.

You may be planning to take out a 30-year mortgage because of the lower payments. However, if you retire at age 65, this means you'll be paying a mortgage payment until you're 95. Make sure you look at all your monthly expenses before you consider how much of a mortgage payment you can handle. If possible, buy your retirement home before you retire and start paying the mortgage down now.

Factor in Additional Cost of Owning a Home

As a retiree, you still have to deal with homeowner's insurance, repairs, maintenance, HOA fees and other expenses that come with homeownership. Make sure you consider all of these costs in your budget. You don't want to set yourself up for failure and there are some things you can do to ensure your housing costs are lower each month. By putting 20% or more down, you can avoid paying private mortgage insurance. In addition, if you move to the right state for retirement, you can avoid certain taxes and you may also gain other benefits when it comes to other housing costs.

Will Retirement Allow you to Qualify for A Mortgage?

Often, retirees don't have an income and won't qualify for the best mortgage possible. Unless you will be buying your new home with the proceeds from the sale of your current home, you'll likely need a mortgage. As a retiree, you may struggle to get a mortgage because you won't have an income to help keep your debt-to-income ratio low enough. Even great credit may not help in this situation. Buying your retirement home before you retire can help, as you will have a better chance of qualifying for a mortgage, especially if you've paid off your current home. Look into the options and make sure you're prepared before you retire.

Choose the Right Mortgage Term

As mentioned earlier, if you retire at 65 and take out a 30-year mortgage for the lower payments, you'll be paying on your retirement home until you're 95. This may not be ideal, but you don't have to take out a 30-year mortgage. Instead, you can choose a 10-year or 15-year mortgage. This means you'll have your retirement home paid off much sooner, but you'll have a larger payment now. Preparing for retirement is a big task. It's best to pay off your current mortgage or at least pay it down as far as possible. Selling your current home will give you proceeds you can use to pay down or even pay off your retirement home. Make sure you're ready for all the costs of buying a retirement home before you start searching.

Sept. 19, 2017

What Retirees Need to Know Before Buying a Home in Orlando

Retirees in OrlandoBuying a new home comes with plenty of challenges. Whether you're a first-time buyer, a tenth-time buyer, a twenty something or a senior, it has the ability to stress you out and have you scrambling for answers.

As a senior, when you're ready to buy a home in Orlando, there are some things you should know. Here are a few things to be aware of before starting the process.

Are you Downsizing?

If you're downsizing, you will need to start making decisions about the things you own now. If you're going from a large four or five bedroom home to a two-bedroom condo or townhome, you won't have nearly as much space. Some things will simply have to go.

You will need to decide if you want to give things to family, donate them, sell them, store them or keep them. Downsizing has plenty of benefits and it's a good thing to do as you get older and retire. Just be aware that this can be an emotional thing you will go through and it may not be easy.

Financing May Not Be Easy

Hopefully, you own a home and you will not need to worry much about financing. However, this may not be the case and financing may not be so easy if you're retired. Since you won't have a steady stream of income from a job, it can be difficult to get financing through a traditional mortgage.

Even if you don't have a paid off home right now, if the amount you owe is low enough, you may be able to pay cash for your new home. If not, you may be able to put a large amount down making the financing easier. There is also the option of using a reverse mortgage, but this should only be done if you're out of options.

It's best to speak with a lender before you start shopping for your new home. They may be able to help answer questions when it comes to getting financed now that you're retired.

Help will be Necessary

Sometimes it can be difficult for us to accept that we are getting older and need help. However, it's necessary to get help when it comes to packing, moving and even buying your new home. These are things you want to let someone else help you with.

You will likely need to hire a realtor and a moving company. Make sure you do your due diligence and choose a good realtor that has plenty of experience working with retirees. They will likely be able to recommend a good moving company, as well.

As a retiree, it's necessary to take the right steps when buying a new home. Whether you're downsizing or just moving to a new area to enjoy your Golden Years, you need to know what to expect. Start by hiring a good realtor and they will be able to help prepare you for the process of buying your new home in Orlando.

Sept. 19, 2017

Top Healthy Restaurants Found in Orlando, FL

Green Day CafeOrlando is full of all kinds of restaurants from those serving great steaks to those serving something a bit healthier. When you're not looking for a heavy meal full of junk food, you need to know where to go. Whether you practice a vegetarian diet or you just want to eat health, here are some of the top spots in Orland for healthy meals.

Green Day Cafe in North Orlando

This is the place for veggies. They serve up some of the best salads in the area, along with wraps and even gluten-free wraps. It's known as the healthiest fast-food franchise in the country with options for vegans, vegetarians, flexitarians, carnivores and everybody else.

Green Day Cafe offers gluten-free option on the menu, along with plenty of choices for those not worries about gluten. You can even go through the drive through and take the food home with you.

Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park

Ethos Vegan KitchenAnother great choice, especially if you practice a strict vegan diet, Ethos Vegan Kitchen provides great options. They claim to have a 100% vegan menu, which is hard to find anywhere. They have been around since 2007 with plant-based options all over the menu. The space is very modern and provides a great choice in winter Park.

You'll find plenty of lunch and dinner options here with plenty of healthy choices. The food is very tasty, too and they do serve brunch on Sundays.

The Sanctum in Orlando

The Sanctum is one of the best places to go for plant-based meals. They serve up all types of options for vegans, but they also serve eggs and cheese on the menu. This makes it a great choice for both vegans and vegetarians or anybody looking for something healthy.

You'll find great juices and smoothies on the menu with other items, such as avocado toast, grain bowls, salads, pastas, sammies and so much more.

Market on South in Orlando

An all vegan place with plenty of healthy dishes, Market on South is a great choice. They have all kinds of options, such as tacos, sloppy joes and much more. White it's all vegan, they have some of the classic options, such as mac n' cheese doughnuts and so much more. The T.L.T. sandwich is very popular, as well.

Create Your Nature in Winter Park

Dandelion Communitea CafeThose looking to eat clean will love Create your Nature. This is the spot in Winter Park for a healthy breakfast or lunch. They provide fruits and veggies all throughout the menu with oat bowls, salads and so much more. A few other great spots in Orlando for healthy eating include:


  • Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Colonialtown
  • Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux in Audubon Park
  • Infusion Tea in College Park
  • Veggie Garden in Colonialtown
  • Skyebird in Audubon Park

Eating healthy in Orlando doesn't have to be so difficult and doesn't mean you can't go out for a meal. If you're looking for something healthy, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or clean eating approved, these are the best places in Orlando to try.

Sept. 19, 2017

A Look at Two Popular Lake Nona Neighborhoods

Lake Nona ArchLake Nona is full of great neighborhoods for a variety of different buyers. From apartments to townhomes to single-family homes to luxury custom homes, you'll find a little bit of everything here. Today, let's take a closer look at two of the popular neighborhoods found in Lake Nona: Somerset Park and Laureate Park.

Somerset Park

Somerset Park Lake NonaThis neighborhood is rather new as it opened in the spring of 2015. It's a gated community found in the western area of Lake Nona. Homes are still being built here and a couple of home builders are available to help. The neighborhood also provides plenty of great amenities.

Builders in Somerset Park

Homes in Somerset ParkWhile it's possible to find an existing home for sale in Somerset Park, it’s more likely you'll have one built. Century Homes and M/I Homes are the builders for this community. Both provide something a bit different and some of the finest homes you will find in Lake Nona.

Century Homes offers 12 home designs with plenty of flexibility. The home designs can easily be customized to feature exactly what you want in a beautifully designed home specific for the neighborhood. Homes from Century Homes start around $261K and go up to about $368K. They range from 1,593 to 3,826 square feet.

M/I Homes also offers multiple floor plans and designs with plenty of flexibility in Somerset Park. The homes start around $284K and feature anywhere from 1,758 to 4,068 square feet. These homes tend to be a bit larger and they offer both energy and money savings as 100% Energy Star Certified homes.

Amenities in Somerset Park

Somerset Park provides trails, playgrounds and parks for residents to enjoy. Plenty of green space is found throughout the neighborhood. Residents also enjoy a community pool and cabana, along with other recreational spaces.

Laureate Park

Laureate Park Crescent ParkAnother great neighborhood in Lake Nona, Laureate Park offers townhomes, cottages, bungalows and multi-story house designs. It's a modern community with plenty of technology throughout and a beautiful design.

Builders in Laureate Park

Residents choosing to live in Laureate Park have seven different builders to choose from:

  • Ashton Woods Homes - One of the largest private home building companies in the entire country, Ashton Woods offer s personalized designs with plenty of custom features.
  • Craft Homes - Provides unique designs with a belief in building a better home for you through design and technology.
  • David Weekly Homes - A well-known home building name, David Weekly Homes offer customizable options to ensure you get the home of your dreams.
  • Dream Finders Homes - Offering functional home designed with stylish features.
  • Minto Homes - Since 1955, Minto Homes has been providing incredible home designs throughout the country.
  • Pulte Homes - Responsible for building the four-story townhomes next to the Village Center within the community.
  • Taylor Morrison Homes - This is the builder for the homes in Preserve at Laureate Park, which is a bit more luxurious.

All of the builders provide something unique and plenty to offer for home buyers looking to live in Laureate Park.

Amenities in Laureate Park

Laureate Park Aquatic CenterThe community offers plenty of amenities from the resort-style aquatic center to the dog parks. Enjoy playgrounds, walking/biking/running rails, pocket parks and so much more. There's a community garden and a fitness center within Laureate Park, along with a Lakehouse for events.

Both Somerset Park and Laureate Park offer great choices in Lake Nona.

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Sept. 5, 2017

What's Coming to Lake Nona Soon?

shopping and dining in Lake Nona LandingPlenty of new stores, restaurants and developments seem to be popping up throughout Lake Nona. From the new stores at Lake Nona Landing to the possibility of Cricket, there's plenty in store for this area of Central Florida. Here's a quick look at some of the things coming to Lake Nona Soon.

New Stores and Restaurants at Lake Nona Landing

After opening in January with both a Sam's Club and a Walmart Supercenter, Lake Nona Landing has been growing with new stores and restaurants like crazy. There are several new options coming to the area including:

  • Panda Express
  • T-Mobile
  • Pet Smart
  • Jeremiah's Italian Ice
  • Rise Pies Handcrafted Pizza

All of these stores and restaurants have been reported as opening soon by Tavistock.

Lake Nona Town Center Hotel Coming Soon

New Lake Nona Town Center HotelThe plans for a 16-story hotel at the Lake Nona Town Center were recently released. The hotel will feature 215 rooms and will be included in the next phase of the town center. It will be a full-service option with plenty of luxury for business professionals and leisure travelers.

Construction on the hotel is expected to start in early 2018. The hotel will be found in the premier dining, shopping and entertainment district of Lake Nona. It will be designed by Arquitectonica with a sleek exterior, ballroom, rooftop pool and lounge and much more.

Futuristic Shopping Center from Google's Intersection

The Tavistock Group recently announced a partnership with Intersection, a sister company of Google, in creating a Digital Master Plan of the Lake Nona Town Center. This plan will provide many technological features making it easier to optimize the dining and shopping experience for those in the area.

It includes a Wayfinder, which will make finding stores easier and it also includes technology to make parking easier. The two companies will work together for about nine months to create this Digital Master Plan for the town center. It will certainly help to keep Lake Nona on the forefront when it comes to technology.

Cricket Coming to the Lake Nona Sport District

Lake Nona Cricket Field LayoutCricket is currently undergoing an expansion in the United States through the U.S. Cricket League. Orlando was one of the cities chosen by Global Sports Ventures as a potential place for a team. One of the sites on the list is Lake Nona because of the sports district.

Since the sports district has plenty of undeveloped land, it would be easy for Global Sports Ventures to come in and create a Cricket complex. Tavistock has been trying to attract a professionals sport association and has already reeled in the USTA and the Orlando City Soccer Club. Cricket could be the next big sport to hit Lake Nona and it could bring plenty of unique fun with it.

There are plenty of new things coming to Lake Nona soon. Many new stores, restaurants, a new hotel and so much more are coming to this area of Central Florida. Lake Nona is certainly growing and remaining on top of the latest technology in the process.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Sept. 5, 2017

Top Outdoor Activities to Enjoy in Orlando Florida

Lake Eola in Downtown OrlandoThere are plenty of great things to do in Orlando all year long. However, with the fall coming, the rain will start to become less frequent and the hot temperatures will become a bit milder. This means, it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy Orlando and the surrounding area.

Enjoying outdoor activities is a huge part of the culture throughout Central Florida. Here are some of the top outdoor attractions you'll find throughout the Orlando area.

Orlando Urban Bike Trail

This bike trail offers 2.5 miles of fun, off-road trails to enjoy. Ride from Ivanhoe Village to Winter Park and enjoy all kinds of great scenery, wildlife and so much more. It's a great way to get your exercise and it's a pretty easy ride.

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State ParkThe Wekiwa Springs State Park offers some of the best natural beauty found near Orlando. It's a very diverse area with the Wekiva River running through. You can enjoy paddling, camping or a number of other activities here.

The wildlife is found all throughout with many birds, deer, black bear and even turkey found here. Kayaking and canoeing provides a great way to see the park, while horseback is another option. Both are available at the park for a fee.

Wekiva Island

Wekiva IslandA charming spot with plenty of unexpected things, Wekiva Island offers an oasis to enjoy. It's not far from Wekiva Springs Road and offers some unique beauty in Central Florida.

You can rent a canoe or kayak to enjoy the water or just walk through the trails and spot birds, deer, otter and other wildlife. It's even possible to stop in at Tooting Otter, the local bar on site. Other activities you can enjoy here include swimming, horseshoes, volleyball and so much more. You may even find live music here from time to time.

Showcase of Citrus

One of those places you simply won't find anywhere else, Showcase of Citrus is only found in Florida. It's owned by citrus farmers and provides 13 types of oranges, along with lemons, limes, tangerines and so much more. You can pick the fruit yourself or just pick up a bag. They also have a Monster Truck Eco Tour here and plenty of gators you can watch in the canals while enjoying a frozen orange juice.

Kelly Park

Rock Springs at Kelly ParkEnjoy the headwaters of Rock Springs Run or just immerse yourself in the lush landscape at Kelly Park. It's one of the most unique spots you will find with a 68-degree natural spring you can enjoy. The water in the spring is crystal blue and it's not something you will find many other places.

In addition, Kelly Park provides one of the top places for camping and hiking in the area. You can enjoy the float trip throughout the water, just like a lazy river. It's about 30 minutes long and you can bring your own tube or rent one.

There are several great outdoor activities to enjoy throughout Orlando all year long. These spots provide something unique outside of the very touristy options, many theme parks and incredible golf courses throughout the area. If you're looking for something different, check out one of the attractions on this list.

Aug. 21, 2017

Top Retirement Communities Found in Central Florida

Retiring to Central Florida just makes sense for so many people. It's a great spot with excellent weather most of the year and it's close to all the action. In addition, Florida is one of the seven states in the U.S. without a state income tax.

Before you just pick up and leave home for Central Florida, it's a good idea to know your options. There are several great retirement communities designed specifically for those looking to enjoy life. Here's a look at a few of the top retirement communities found in Central Florida.

Solivita - Kissimmee, Florida

Solivita FloridaLocated close to Disney World, Solivita is one of the top retirement communities found in Central Florida. Imagine the grandchildren visiting and taking them to Disney World and Legoland Florida. Both are located in Kissimmee near this retirement community.

Solivita is a 55+ community with homes starting at $100K. The homes go up to about $500K and there are a total of 5,900 homes within the community, currently. You will even have the option to buy a newly built home or an existing home within the community.

Kings Ridge - Clermont, Florida

Another great choice for retirement is the Kings Ridge community found in Clermont. This community is close to Universal Studios and within driving distance of Daytona Beach. Kings Ridge is an exclusive 55+ community with more than 2,000 seniors living here. It's close to restaurants, shopping options, hospitals and everything you'll need. Homes range from $100K to $400K in this community.

Cypress Lakes - Lakeland, Florida

Cypress Lakes In Lakeland FloridaAn ideal spot in Central Florida for retiring, Cypress Lakes provides plenty of great attractions. The cost of living is more than 12% lower than the National Average and the gated community is fully-equipped. The city includes the Joker Merchant Stadium, Lakeland Center, Fantasy of Flashlights and plenty of lake parks to enjoy.

Cypress Lakes includes just over 1,600 homes with prices starting below $100K. Many of the homes within the community sell for less than $200K.

Villages of Citrus Hills - Hernando, Florida

A great place to call home during retirement, the Villages of Citrus Hill has more than 10,000 homes. It's not an age restricted community and provides homes going up to about $800K in price. It's known as one of the best places to retire in the entire country.

The Villages - The Villages, Florida

The Villages FloridaOne of the largest and most attractive retirement communities in the country, The Villages was built for retirees. Over 56,000 homes are found here and the area takes up about 20,000 acres of land. Many of the smaller communities within The Villages are 55+ communities and homes can go anywhere from $100K up to $2 million.

The Villages includes plenty of amenities, entertainment, shopping options and dining options. It's a place to call home with so much to offer. The Villages has been named as one of the top retirement communities, but it has also been called Florida's Friendliest Hometown.

There are several great communities in Central Florida for retirees. These few represent some of the top option if you're looking to move to Florida and enjoy the great climate during your retirement years.