5 Places to Consider Retiring in Florida


Chatter Buzz

Florida has long been a popular destination to retire. With warm climate year-round climate, no state income tax, and lots of activities, it s no wonder Florida appeals to many retirees.

According to the National Association of Realtors , the median home price in February 2014 in the US was $164,000. During that same period in Florida it was $154,000, according to Zillow.com.

There are many places to choose from in Florida, depending on your interests. Here are five areas to consider for your ideal retirement location.


1. Treasure Coast – The Treasure Coast is made up of Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. This area includes the cities of Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Sebastian. There are beautiful, pristine beaches here and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. Homes are affordable and you ll find many restaurants, shops, and businesses in the area. The Treasure Coast is close to Miami, Daytona, and Orlando, but doesn t have the population or traffic of these large cities. This area is a desirable place to live for people of all ages.

2. Gulf Coast – The Gulf Coast of Florida has long been popular with retirees, especially around the cities of Tampa and Venice. Watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico while you relax on one of the many miles of white, sandy beaches. Houses are affordable, and you can enjoy amenities like golf or watching professional baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays. More than a third of the population in this area is over the age of 50, so you ll meet plenty of other retirees.

3. Southeast Florida – For a fast pace of life, consider Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties. This area includes the cities of Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Here you ll find restaurants, shows, museums, shopping, and night life. It s also a great place to live if you like to travel, with three international airports in the area. However, the area has a lot of traffic due to the dense population, and cost of a home is much higher than average for the state.

4. Central Florida – Orlando and its surrounding areas are home to businesses, universities, major theme parks, and a thriving tourist industry. This is one of the few areas in Florida that isn t on the coast, though you re only about few hours away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Central Florida has affordable homes and plenty to do, so you won t be bored, even without a beach nearby.

5. Florida Panhandle – Northwest Florida includes the cities of Tallahassee, Panama City, and Pensacola. This area is popular due to its beautiful beaches and proximity to Georgia and Alabama. Although the weather is still mild, the northern part of the state does experience a change of seasons. The Panhandle is one of the least populated areas in Florida, and is ideal for those who like country living.

No matter how you picture your retirement, there s a place for you in Florida. If you are interested in purchasing a home, visit Weichert Hallmark\’s Vero Beach Real Estate Agency website to view our current listings or call us at (800) 409-7368.

Chatter Buzz is a freelance writer for

Weichert Hallmark

in Florida.

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