Five Florida boomer real estate ‘hot spots’

By Robyn A. Friedman

City & Shore PRIME

According to the State of Florida, about 1,000 people move here every day.  Some are retirees drawn to the weather and the ability to play golf or tennis year-round. Many are affluent professionals or business owners seeking to escape high-tax states. And others come in search of luxury vacation homes or condominiums that cost far less than in other cities around the world.

When they arrive, there are a myriad of places they can choose to live.

“South Florida has so many opportunities for buyers over 50, whether they want to live in a downtown area, or on the ocean at a place like Sabbia Beach, where they can enjoy the beachfront lifestyle as well as the area’s culture, dining and recreational opportunities,” says Cindy Leventhal, sales manager of Sabbia Beach, a 68-unit condominium under construction on the ocean in Pompano Beach.

Here are just a few of the South Florida communities popular with baby boomers:

Boca Flores is a new 130-unit active-adult community in Boca Raton by PulteGroup. The homes have two or three bedrooms and two-car garages. Some models have elevators. Prices have not been released yet.

The Gale Beach Homes, at the Gale Residences Fort Lauderdale Beach, are two- and three-bedroom townhomes with private entries and patios with summer kitchens. Prices start at $800,000.  

The Ocean Resort Residences at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, at 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, features studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units and penthouses, starting in the $500,000s. The project includes 290 condominium and condo-hotel units. Building amenities include a 20,000-square-foot pool deck, private beach concierge services and a signature restaurant and lounge overlooking the ocean.

Riva, a 100-unit luxury condominium under construction at 1180 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. The 15-story building offers two- and three-bedroom units as well as penthouses and an 8,788-square-foot “river loft” with four bedrooms and four and one-half baths. Amenities include a private club, fitness center, clubroom, exhibition kitchen, private wine lockers, pool, cabanas, spa and a dog walk. Available units are priced from $750,000 to $5.25 million.

Valencia Bay, an active-adult community in Boynton Beach by GL Homes. Featuring single-family homes priced from the $520,000s to over $900,000, Valencia Bay’s floorplans range from 1,845 to over 3,200 square feet. The community includes an eight-acre waterfront recreation area with a 33,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with grand ballroom, card rooms, catering kitchen, arts and crafts room with kiln and yoga/exercise room. There will also be a tennis center, pickleball courts, a resort-style pool and a full-time lifestyle director to plan trips, events, activities and shows.

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