Debra Arcamonte
Coldwell Banker Realty

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Retirement Communities and Other Senior Living Options in St. Petersburg and Surrounding Areas

If you are like many retirees, you’re considering living options in the Sunshine State. According to the Florida Census, people over 60 years of age make up nearly 23% of the state’s population, which is approximately 23 million people. By 2020, Florida is expected to have a population of more than 23.5 million, and people older than 60 years of age will comprise over 28% of that population. There’s a reason (or many reasons!) why so many seniors choose to retire in Florida.

 In fact, amazingly sunny weather, golf courses as far as the eye can see, proximity to the beach, and overall affordability are just a few of the reasons retirees make their way to the Sunshine State in their later years. Consumer finance service SmartAsset calls Florida the “ultimate destination” for retirees. The state has no income tax, which means all forms of retirement income, including Social Security and public and private pensions, are also tax-free. This equates to more money in your pocket to spend on whatever makes your retirement years happiest. Not to mention: If you have grandchildren, they will be thrilled to hear that St. Petersburg is just a 90-minute drive from Disney World.

 Ready to look into retirement communities and other senior living options in St. Petersburg? Read on to learn more about how to make the right decision about where you’ll spend your Golden Years.

Retirement Communities: Neighborhoods for the Young at Heart

 Choosing to live in a retirement community, also referred to as a “55-plus” community or an active adult living community, can be viewed as establishing a brand new routine for this new chapter in your life. Retirement communities allow you to have the benefits of home ownership without having to deal with the headaches. Tasks like landscaping, exterior maintenance, pest extermination, and other home maintenance issues are handled by the community’s management, not you. Instead, you can focus on fun and relaxation. To keep the fun alive, many retirement communities offer a variety of recreational amenities, including swimming pools, fitness centers, and organized activities for residents to enjoy their retirement to the fullest in the Florida sun.

 Additionally, retirement communities are often a great choice for seniors who wish to age in place. Homes in retirement communities are usually constructed with universal design principles in the layout - meaning they are senior-friendly and conducive to aging in your home. Features normally found in retirement communities include:

 No step entryways

  • One-story floor plans
  • Wider doorways
  • Open floor plans with extra floor space
  • Bathrooms with safety features, like shower rails

Take Notice of the Details in Every Retirement Community

 You will definitely want to visit any retirement community that you are considering. When you make these visits, pay attention to the details within the community. Are the lawns manicured well? Are the sidewalks clear? Do the people who live in the community seem happy? Make sure to speak to residents if you can, as they are most likely to offer an honest opinion about what it’s actually like to live there and what their day-to-day routines entail.

Research Alternative Senior Living Options in St. Petersburg

If buying into a retirement community ultimately isn’t your top choice, you can consider the other senior living options available to you in St. Petersburg. Keep in mind that the best living situation for you will depend on your health needs, mobility limitations, and overall preferences. 

 If you expect to need help completing ordinary activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, preparing meals, or managing your medications, think about living in an assisted living facility. There are a variety of communities in the St. Petersburg metropolitan area, all of which offer peace of mind and the feeling of security that comes with having assistance nearby whenever you need it. 

Getting Started in St. Petersburg

 Ready to find your dream retirement home? Contact real estate guru Debra Arcamonte today! Debra is a certified Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) with years of experience helping older adults find the perfect place to call home for their Golden Years. You'll receive personalized attention throughout the purchase process and all of the guidance you need to make a solid purchasing decision. Let’s get started!


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Debra Arcamonte

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The information contained herein has been provided by My Florida Regional MLS DBA Stellar MLS. IDX information is provided exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use, that it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing, and that the data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. Listings last updated Oct 2, 2022 2:15:pm.