Friday, April 3, 2015

Top Florida 55+ Manufactured Home Communities

Here are the top 55+ manufactured home communities in Florida with the most views on my website.  Not only are they the top but they are consistently so.

Types of Manufactured Homes Communities:

These communities are great for: 

  • Snowbird  
  • Temporary seasonal rental  
  • Permanent ownership as your primary residence year-round 
  • Second home
  • Rental Income 
If you own, you can also decide to rent it out when you are not using it (check to see if community allows this).  (No guarantee of rental income.)


Some communities also have RV accommodations:  These are great for "trying out" the community.  You might want to rent first and buy later in that community.  Seasonal rentals go from Nov-April.  Off-season rentals rent for less.  If you already own an RV, some communities have room for storage for the months you aren't there or an RV port to park your RV next to your home.  


Renting a home or RV park model is a good way to try out the community. 

Purchase and own your lot or Lease a Lot:

If you decide to purchase within the community you can either become an owner of the lot (resident-owned communities-ROC) or own the home but lease the lot.  If you lease the lot, you own the home but pay a monthly fee to rent the lot.  This is in addition to any other monthly fees charged.   Notice if the community is a ROC or lot lease.

Affordable Permanent or 2nd Home:

Those interested in paying all cash for a home will be able to find some great new or resale homes with prices that most anyone can afford.


Best for Boating Manufactured Home Communities in Florida:

On or Near Tampa Bay:

West Coast  Bay Aristocrat  

18675 Highway 19 North, Clearwater - 727-531-4906
Photo by Bay Aristocrat

  • Resident-Owned: Yes
  • Gated: No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Yes
  • Types: 361 Homes
  • Clubhouse and Pool: Yes plus Jacuzzi
  • On Tampa Bay  
  • Waterfront 
  • boat launch  
  • recreation 
  • canals  
  • fishing piers 

Tampa Bay  Caribbean Isles 

Address and Phone:  405 Elsberry Rd., Apollo Beach - 813-641-1577 (Sales)

  • Resident-Owned: Yes
  • Gated: No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both - Resale options: buy home alone, home with share or vacant lots (share)
  • Types: Homes, Lots
  • Clubhouse and Pool: Yes
  • Waterfront  
  • Access to Tampa Bay 
  • Activities Calendar  
  • boating 
  • recreation

Tampa Bay Regency Cove

4851 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa

  • Resident-Owned: Yes
  • Gated: Yes
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both
  • Types: 410 Homes, 16 Apartments
  • Clubhouse and Pool: Yes plus Hot Tub
  • 15 Boat Docks and trailer storage
  • Kayak and canoe launch
  • Picnic area
  • Public pier with fish cleaning station
  • Recreation
  • Social Activities
  • Golf social club, Yacht Club, Bowling and more.

Southwest Florida:

South West   Windmill Village  

215 Rio Villa Dr., Punta Gorda

  • Resident Owned: Yes
  • Gated: Yes
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both
  • Types:  Homes and lots
  • Clubhouse and pool: Yes
  • 454 Homes
  • Courtesy Van to selected shopping
  • Direct access to the Gulf   
  • fishing  
  • boating (access to Charlotte Harbor, the Gulf Islands and the Gulf
  • Marina 
  • trailer storage
  • lawn mowing and trimming
  • recreation 
  • Woodworking shop
  • Social Club


South West  Country Club Estates  

700 Waterway, Venice
  • Resident Owned: Yes
  • Gated: No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both
  • Types: Homes
  • Clubhouse and pool: Yes plus hot tub
  • Inland waterway from harbor to Gulf
  • Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Water view dining
  • Social and Recreational Activities (too numerous to mention) 
  • Adjoining Venetian Walkway for biking or walking to beach

South West   Bayside Estates 

17601 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

  • Resident-Owned:  Yes
  • Gated:  No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both
  • Types: Homes
  • Clubhouse and pool: Yes
  • Tennis Courts
  • Social Activities
  • Canals with Gulf access
  • Most lots on canals

Southern Florida with boating: