Top 8 Places to Retire in Tampa, FL

A Local’s Guide to Retiring in Tampa

Best Places to Retire in Tampa FL

Does it get any better than Florida when it comes to retirement destinations? We don’t think so. The beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery, access to medical care, city amenities, and senior-friendly communities make Florida a top destination for retirees from a variety of locations and backgrounds. Tampa is fantastic in particular, due to varying price points and housing type options. The city often makes both state and national lists of the best places to retire.

We’ve done the research on Tampa’s top communities for retirees, and have shared 8 of our favorites below.

Tampa’s Top Neighborhoods For Retirees

Here are our top 8 picks for the best neighborhoods in Tampa for retirees: 

  1. Bayshore Beautiful
  2. Bayshore Gardens
  3. Beach Park
  4. Brookridge
  5. High Point 55+ Community
  6. The Groves
  7. Oakford Park
  8. Sunset Park

1. Bayshore Beautiful

Top Communities in Tampa to Retire

With a large percentage of the population comprised of residents over the age of 55, Bayshore Beautiful is not only a beautiful suburban retirement neighborhood but also a welcoming community that supports retirees with access to medical care and support.

Real estate is affordable and crime is low in this South Tampa community, and residents have access to outdoor activities, recreation, and community events.

2. Bayshore Gardens

Bayshore Beautiful’s more urban neighbor to the north, residents of Bayshore Gardens love high-rise living in a walkable neighborhood with close access to top-notch medical care.
Condos in Bayshore Gardens are affordable, and the neighborhood is known for being safe and welcoming.

3. Beach Park

With waterfront views and upscale living, Beach Park is one of the best places to retire in Tampa. Housing options range from condos to sprawling estates, and everything in between, giving residents various lifestyle options. Frequent travelers will love the low-maintenance living of a condo or townhome and close proximity to the airport. Retirees with large families or a love of gardening will have plenty of room to play with a residential property in Beach Park.

Beach Park is safe, but there’s no shortage of things to do for retirees and their guests. Water lovers are near the marina, for easy access to boating and fishing, and sports fans have a variety of professional and club sporting events to attend or participate in. There are seemingly endless choices for restaurants and family fun in Beach Park as well.

4. Brookridge

Unlike some other neighborhoods on this list, Brookridge is a master-planned manufactured home community for seniors ages 55 & up. Brookridge offers 24/7 gated security and features an 18-hole championship golf course and a variety of amenities, including:

  • Pool
  • Clubhouse
  • Tennis courts
  • Community clubs and activities
  • and more

Retirees love the social aspect of Brookridge, and the abundance of activities, amenities, and things to do within the community.

5. High Point 55+ Golf Community

High Point is an established retirement community, offering more than 1600 manufactured homes with a 24-hour staffed information booth, golf, and more, conveniently located near Tampa.

High Point is a deed-restricted 55+ community, offering an abundance of amenities to its residents. Amenities include:

  • Golf course
  • Driving Range
  • Community Center/Clubhouse
  • Bocce courts
  • Pool with sundeck
  • Tennis
  • Shuffleboard
  • Library
  • RV storage
  • and more

6. The Groves

Located just a few miles north of Tampa, the Groves Golf Community offers premiere 55 & up golf course living surrounded by nature. Listed among the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s top retirement communities, the Groves features 755 homes and a thriving community. Property owners enjoy all of the perks of gated community living, including equity share in the golf course, lawn maintenance, cable and internet service, and access to all of the Groves’ impressive amenities and activities:

  • Heated saltwater pool & hot tub
  • The ballroom, located in the Clubhouse & Civic Center, is available for events
  • Separate large and small dog parks
  • Fishing pier
  • Vegetable garden
  • Miles of walking & biking
  • Butterfly garden
  • Year-round swim and exercise classes
  • Tennis & pickleball clubs
  • Bocce & shuffleboard leagues
  • Bingo
  • Line dancing
  • Travel Club
  • Social Club
  • And more!

Golf pro Gary Koch designed the Groves to include the area’s natural beauty and incorporated conservation efforts, surrounding the course with 200 acres of conservation wetlands.

7. Oakford Park

Located within Midtown Tampa, Oakford Park is a tight-knit community known for being retiree-friendly. There are housing opportunities ranging from single-family homes to various levels of assisted living facilities and communities, ensuring retirees of all ages and abilities have comfortable housing and accessible healthcare facilities.There’s no shortage of dining and entertainment, making Oakford Park anything but boring or slow-paced.

8. Sunset Park

Safe, quiet, tree-lined streets welcome residents of Old Tampa Bay’s Sunset Park neighborhood. Housing ranges from townhomes to luxury waterfront properties, and the majority of the residents in Sunset Park own their homes.
Residents love the easy access to health care, fitness, shopping, and dining in Sunset Park.

Tampa For Retirees

Retiring in Tampa FL

If you’re looking for relaxation, adventure, comfortable living, and even luxury in retirement, Tampa is the place for you! The comfortable cost of living, fantastic climate, range of housing opportunities, and the abundance of retiree-friendly communities and activities make Tampa one of the best places for retirees to live. Are you ready to trade those snow boots in for flip-flops? Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect retirement community!

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