Those of you living where it’s below freezing in January, we see you, with that space heater under your desk, dreaming about buying a home in a neighborhood that averages 80-degree weather all year long. And we completely understand why the top 58 warm-weather neighborhoods searched by house hunters in places with below-freezing winters (average 32 degrees or lower in December) are all in the Sunshine State (no income tax?). We don’t blame you, and we’re here to help.
Here are six sunny affordable Florida homes on the market in neighborhoods where you’ll love to live. Grab some hot tea, a warm blanket, and enjoy.
Lely Resort in Naples
Naples, Florida is one of the most upscale cities in America. But in the southeast neighborhood of Lely Resort, there are affordable homes to be had and a diverse mix of residents. On What Locals Say, our index of insights on neighborhoods from those who live there, one Lely Resort resident says, “Ages range from college students, young families, to retirees and snowbirds.” Grab dinner at family-owned Palumbo’s Pizzeria, enjoy one of the neighborhood’s three golf courses, or enjoy the Gulf, just a few minutes’ drive away.
This gorgeous newer home includes tile floors, granite countertops, and a warm, earthy color palette. And imagine having a cookout on the private lanai out back while the snow is still falling up north.
Pineapple Park-Ibis in West Palm Beach
With country-club lifestyle, pristine natural beauty, and big-city attractions nearby, West Palm Beach‘s Pineapple Park-Ibis neighborhood offers the best of all worlds. The Club at Ibis features what one What Locals Say user describes as a “world-class clubhouse,” as well as three Nicklaus golf courses, tennis courts, and four restaurants. Directly to the neighborhood’s east is the 23-square-mile Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve, and the sights and sounds of downtown West Palm Beach are a short drive away.
This spacious, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, has a seriously big screened-in patio. And with its open floor plan, you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the fifth hole from nearly every room.
Kings Point in Delray Beach
Retiree snowbirds, take note: the Kings Point neighborhood skews heavily toward residents over age 65 who know how to enjoy life. A small commercial strip on the northern end of the neighborhood offers a variety of dining options, and the adjacent city of Delray Beach includes two miles of public beach and the vibrant Pineapple Grove Arts district. “We have made many wonderful friends and love meeting them at the pool and going to various events together,” says a What Locals Say reviewer.
This charming villa in the 55-and-up community of Floral Lakes exudes Sunshine State warmth. The bright color palette will make you feel like you’re outdoors even when you’re not soaking up some rays on the large, enclosed patio.
Vamo in Sarasota
The neighborhood of Vamo is just 20 minutes from bustling Downtown Sarasota, and one What Locals Say user says it benefits from being “not as busy as Downtown” while still offering amenities of its own. The neighborhood features numerous restaurants, with cuisine ranging from Irish to Mexican, and multiple grocery stores (including charming local seafood market Lotsa Lobster). Vamo Road Park offers canoe and kayak access on Little Sarasota Bay, and a short drive will get you to the white sand of Siesta Key Beach.
This custom home will make you feel like you’ve hit the big time with dramatic details, like gold-trimmed bathroom details and multiple-tier molding on the ceiling.
The Island in North Venice
Coastal Living ranked Venice, Florida, number two on its list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in 2015, and it’s easy to see why. On beautiful Venice Beach, you can sunbathe, swim, or treasure hunt in what’s widely known as “the shark’s tooth capital of the world.” The Island neighborhood is a dog owner’s dream, with dogs welcome at many businesses and at multiple dog beaches. Festivals and entertainment options abound, giving locals a chance to get to know each other. “I love how people always acknowledge each other with a cheerful greeting,” says one What Locals Say resident.
The cool, neutral colors in this cozy home will remind you of the white sand even when you’re not at Venice Beach. A private lanai is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee or an evening cocktail, and marble and granite throughout are an elegant touch.
Clearwater Beach Association in Clearwater
Clearwater Beach is widely acknowledged to be among the best beaches in the country — and even in the world. The beach, and the adjacent Clearwater Beach Association residential area, are situated on a narrow spit of land off the shores of Clearwater, Florida. The beach offers ample opportunities for entertainment, from waterfront dining to walking the long beach promenade. And there’s a festival literally every night on Pier 60.
This adorable bungalow puts you right in the all the action. With a standout, pale green exterior, a breakfast bar, and a covered jacuzzi, it’s the perfect place to relax and forget about the frigid temperatures elsewhere. Snow? What snow?
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