Karen, the total number of pets 3 dogs and one cat are best accomodated in a single family home with a fenced yard.
Most 55+ communities have stringent rules on pets, their size, breeds and how many. You are seeking a needle in a haystack. When you find a home, then will it have the amenities that you'd like at the price point you can afford and will your pets be approved by the board? Are your pets 25lbs and under?
You may encounter the same restrictions in non age restricted communities; condos, townhomes or a planned urban community.
By selecting a single family home in a neighborhood that you like, you can then join and participate in the activities available in the community. Right now the inventory is very low regarding existing homes for sale, thus, the shift in new home starts/sales. Tampa was just sighted as one of five communities in the US to buy affordable homes. This will spike real estate activity in our area in coming months.
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