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:

  Southern   Pine Tree Park Co-op

430 Hibiscus Dr., Deerfield Beach
  • Resident Owned: Yes but may choose traditional lot lease
  • Gated:  No
  • Purchase/Rentals:  Both
  • Types: Homes
  • Clubhouse and pool: Yes plus spa
  • 48 Boat Slips - 92 homes
  • Tennis
  • Recreation
  • Social Activities
  • 3.75 miles to ocean

Where are the best manufactured communities with lakes in Florida?

Photo by Crystal Lake Village

Central  Crystal Lake Village  

237 Maxwell Dr., Wauchula (Central Fl.) - 800-661-3582

  • Resident-owned: No
  • Gated: Yes
  • Purchase/Rentals: Purchase and park model rentals
  • Types: Homes, park models
  • Clubhouse and Pool:  Yes, plus spa
  • Lake with fishing
  • Fitness
  • Wifi in Clubhouse
  • recreation 
  • social activities 
  • on-site bus to events   
  • No smoking rentals  
  • selected units for pets 

Southern   Palm Lake Co-op 

7272 42nd Way North, West Palm Beach - 561-842-6590

Photo by Palm Lake
  • Resident Owned: Yes
  • Gated: Yes
  • Purchase/Rentals: 
  • Types: Homes
  • Clubhouse and Pool: 3 clubhouses, pools
  • 900 Homes
  • Red Cross Hurricane Shelter on-site
  • Fresh water lake
  • Fishing
  • Across from VA Hospital
  • 5 miles to beaches

South West Coast  Country Lakes  

Rte 75 and Luckett Rd., Ft. Myers
Photo by Country Lakes

  • Resident Owned: No
  • Gated: No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Yes
  • Types: Homes
  • Extra Large lots in Phase II with room for RV ports, if desired
  • Clubhouse and Pool
  • Fishing Lake
  • Near Caloosahatchee River
  • Several miles to ocean amenities
  • Country setting

Manufactured Homes for 55+ with Golf:

Central   Lily Lake Golf Resort  

6603 U.S. Hwy 23 S, Frostproof  

  • Resident Owned: Yes
  • Gated: Yes
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both plus RV lot rentals, RV Seasonal Rentals
  • Types: Homes, RV's, Homesites
  • Clubhouse and pool: Yes, plus spa
  • 380 owned lots
  • 9-Hole Golf
  • Golf Pro Shop
  • Country Area
  • Recreation
  • RV Ports
  • Skyline and Jacobsen homes for sale

Where are Manufactured Home Communities with RV Rentals?

West Coast   Chateau-Village  

612 53rd Ave. W, Bradenton - 941-755-1995

  • Resident Owned: Yes
  • Gated: No
  • Purchase/Rentals: Both  
  • Types: Homes, mobiles and RV
  • Clubhouse and Pool: Yes
  • 262 homes
  • 14 Seasonal RV Sites
  • Boat storage
  • Social Activities

We hope you enjoyed this page highlighting the best choices for retirement in Florida in a manufactured home community.  Check out our website for all the great 55+ community listings in Florida.

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