The benefits of downsizing in Florida

Posted on September 7, 2023 by Brooke Jones

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Life is full of different seasons. Maybe in the past, you found yourself needing multiple bedrooms for the kids and guests, another closet for sporting equipment and backpacks and a shed for the ever-growing stable of lawn care tools.

Now, however, you might find that the once-bustling house is a lot quieter with an empty nest. Maybe keeping up with the lawn or cleaning all the extra space suddenly seems daunting. Or maybe the warm breezes of the Sunshine State have just been whispering your name.

If that feels familiar, it might be time to seriously consider downsizing in Florida. After raising kids or finishing out careers, many people consider scaling back and living the simple (and great!) life in an established community, and for good reason.

Here are just a few of the benefits to downsizing and moving to Florida.

No responsibility

You’ve heard “no shirt, no shoes, no problems.” When you downsize to a manufactured homes community like those at Garber Communities, you get to adopt a “no maintenance, no lawn care, no problems” attitude. Our communities take a majority of maintenance off your plate, with lawn care handled and community amenities kept up by our staff—so you can spend your time enjoying the lifestyle you worked for.

Resort-style amenities

Speaking of amenities, our communities offer incredible ways to stay active and connect with neighbors. Resort-style amenities include sparkling pools (that you don’t have to clean!), on-site fitness centers, pickleball courts, nature trails, libraries, horseshoe pits and more. Whether you want to maintain an active senior lifestyle or just always feel like you’re on vacation, our communities each offer something special so residents won’t feel like they’re giving anything up in downsizing.


One concern those considering a move to Florida might have is affordability, whether they’re on a fixed income or just worried about adding a new mortgage payment to the budget. This is one of the best perks of downsizing, and especially of downsizing to one of our Florida manufactured homes. Garber Communities offers a variety of modern homes with upgraded features, and you might be surprised at just how affordable they can be!

Right size

While it might be considered “downsizing,” we like to think about it as “right-sizing.” Downsizing offers the chance to clear the clutter out of long forgotten closets and get rid of the knickknacks that have accumulated over the years. That means you have the things you need and love most in exactly the right amount of space for you. It also means a fresh start and fresh spaces!

1-bedroom options for downsizing in Florida

Convinced now is the time to downsize to your new Florida escape? Garber Communities offers several options for 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom homes that could be the perfect fit.

  • Orchid Lake RV Resort currently has a 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom option with 500 square feet of living space. This move-in-ready gem features an open floor plan, high ceilings, modern appliances, a luxurious walk-in shower and more that will make it feel like home right away. Located in New Port Richey, the Orchid Lake 55+ community also features a wide range of amenities for residents to enjoy.

There’s plenty to think about when you’re considering downsizing and moving to Florida—but there are plenty of benefits, too. When you’re ready to make the move, check out our Florida manufactured homes for sale here or give us a call at (407) 740-8773.