One of the great things about life in Palm Beach County is the sheer number of lifestyle communities available that cater to most any interest and activity level. In some cases, entire towns are devoted to a lifestyle: Wellington is known for its singular focus on equestrian living and competitions, and Palm Beach Gardens is known for being the home of the PGA and the golfing community, while the area around Jupiter Inlet is home to boaters of all kinds.
A typical lifestyle community has facilities that cater to a particular interest, such as country club living, or only golf, boating, or a new trend, equestrian.
These communities typically offer a variety of home ownership options, with a mix of villas, townhouses, high- or mid-rise style condominiums, and freestanding homes of various sizes and scales. Some also offer apartment rentals. Many communities cater to 55+ age groups, and may have a variety of facilities in addition to traditional housing that is designed to permit one to age in place, such as independent living, assisted living and respite care, as well as rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facilities. Many lifestyle communities are gated, and most have an overall corporate entity or association that manages the larger property.
Typically a membership in the featured lifestyle facility is required, for example, country club membership in communities with that focus, and often several tiers of membership are offered. Some communities do not require membership. Most of the communities have “villages” within them that have a housing design in common, for example, one village may primarily be small, connected villas while another may be freestanding homes on several acre lots.
Each village is likely to have its own property, homeowners or condominium owners association, with a unique set of rules and regulations, as well as its own board of directors. There are usually monthly maintenance fees that cover grounds maintenance and shared facilities within the village, such as a swimming pool or meeting space.
A lifestyle community may offer a range of activities for residents; depending on the size and complexity of the community, this can range from social events to international athletic tournaments.
There are realtors in Palm Beach County who specialize in helping new residents locate the lifestyle community right for them.
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Whatever your lifestyle is, Palm Beach County offers communities that cater to many interests, activities and pastimes. Whether you have a passion for golf, boating, horses, or if you just enjoy the scenery and amenities these types of communities have to offer, one thing is for sure – Palm Beach County has it all!