9 Best Dog Friendly 55+ Communities in Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida
Looking for a top pet friendly 55+ community in Delray Beach or Boynton Beach? Having a hard time finding one because of your pets? And, of course, I know your family includes your dogs and cats too. Absolutely. No question about it. It can be a daunting task navigating through listings to find a 55+ pet-friendly community that is pet friendly to your furry friends. Following are the best pet friendly 55+ communities in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.
What do I mean by that? Won’t every community take my dogs? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Many 55+ communities have pet restrictions. Does your Prince or Sophie fit the pet restrictions for the particular community you’re interested in?
If you’re a dog person like me, please don’t fall in love with a house until you’ve fully checked out their pet restrictions. Not all 55+ communities are as pet friendly as others. Trust me on this. I’ve been in this area for many years, and dogs are my passion.
The next question is: Do you want to live in a pet friendly 55+ gated community or are you okay with non-gated communities? Some people definitely want gated; some do not. It’s really personal preference. Some are guard gated while others are simply gated. Make sense?
The communities I am going to talk about in this article are all 55+ guard-gated communities in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth FL. Some are central; some are west but all are within driving distance of Delray Beach’s famed Atlantic Avenue and the beach. And all are located in south and central Palm Beach County.
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.”
Probably the most talked about, and recognizable by name, of the 55+ dog friendly communities in Delray and Boynton Beach are the Valencias. Currently, there are 10 Valencia communities: Valencia Lakes, Valencia Isles, Valencia Shores, Valencia Falls, Valencia Palms, Valencia Reserve, Valencia Cove, Valencia Bay and Valencia Sound. Whew, that’s a lot!
The Valencias are located in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Lake Worth. They have beautiful grand clubhouses overlooking the lake with fitness centers, pools, restaurants, shows, clubs, cards, pickle ball and more. They have action. If you go to the clubhouse, you will always find someone there.
How about taking Bella or Charlie for a walk around the community? Meet some new or old friends. Sounds like a nice idea. Dogs love to go for walks, and studies have shown that having a dog is good for older people. The Valencias have winding paths that can be used for walking, riding bikes or walking dogs. Perfect!
Depending on which Valencia you choose, they are the priciest of the active adult communities in south Palm Beach County. If you’re thinking new construction, should you hire a buyer’s agent for new construction, don’t forget to take a buyer’s agent with you. They are free to you. You won’t save any money going direct to the builder. Their salespeople just collect a double commission.
The Valencias are all pet friendly, but pet restrictions can and do vary between the different communities. Some were changed by the homeowner’s associations through the years. Don’t forget to check the pet restrictions for the community you are interested in.
Tivoli communities tend to be a bit smaller and more low key than the Valencias. They still have all the amenities; clubs, activities, tennis, fitness center shows and clubs. The difference is you can go to the clubhouse in this community and actually read a book. It’s not as busy as the Valencias.
Cascades in Boynton Beach, Florida is a 55+ dog and cat active-adult community. The community is centrally located and has a lot of activities to keep you as busy as you want or not. Cascades has a clubhouse with amenities including, tennis, fitness center, clubs, trips, shows, a restaurant and more.
Cascades has single family homes – some smaller and some larger, but all are cat and dog friendly. It’s a fairly large community with close to 1,000 homes but does not seem crowded. All homes are single story.
The sister community to Cascades is Cascade Lakes, a more intimate 55+ dog friendly community. And they have different pet restrictions. I told you to always check. Remember? Cascade Lakes in Boynton Beach is pet friendly but not as pet friendly as some other communities.
Cascade Lakes is smaller than Cascades. They have an indooor/outdoor pool but no restaurant. They have all the amenities including shows, clubs, arts and crafts, fitness, tennis and more.
“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”
Venetian Isles is in western Lake Worth and another pet-friendly active adult community that will welcome your fur kids. Venetian Isles has villas with single-car garages as well as single family homes.
Amenities at Venetian Isles include a clubhouse, fitness center, card rooms, pool, clubs and more.
Talk about pet friendly! Villaggio Reserve is just that. Villas, coach homes and single family homes all with one or two-car garages make up this dog friendly 55+ active adult community. Amenities abound in Villaggio Reserve including clubhouse, pool, restaurant, fitness, tennis, clubs, theater and more.
Avalon Estates is another pet-friendly senior community in Boynton Beach. Located east of the Florida Turnpike, Avalon Estates is a pet friendly community. A mid-sized gated community, Avalon features both villas with garages and single family homes.
This 55+ community has a grand clubhouse with theater, pool. fitness center, billiards, card rooms, tennis courts, clubs and more. A great place to take a walk with your dog.
Not to be confused with Villaggio Reserve, because they are totally separate communities. Villaggio in Lake Worth is dog friendly. Comprised of single family homes with a clubhouse and separate fitness center are the order in Villaggio. And, of course, walking dogs.
Located next to Villaggio in Lake Worth, Bellaggio is yet another 55+ pet friendly community. Bellaggio homes are single family in a guard-gated community. Amenities at Bellaggio include a restaurant, separate fitness center, tennis, theater, clubs, cards and more.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Research being done today shows that pets help seniors. They take away loneliness, provide companionship, help healing, bring smiles to faces, calm people down, and perform services for some.
I am always amazed when I see the length some communities will go with their pet restrictions. I understand that not all people love dogs and cats, may be allergic to them or even afraid. I get it. Those people may want to live in a community that does not accept pets.
Dogs get people out of the house. They’re a reason for some folks to get up in the morning. Dog walking is a social activity. You go out; meet other dog walkers. Dogs check each other out and people talk. It’s a nice way to spend some time.
So why do 55+ communities have pet restrictions, both gated and non-gated? I can’t answer that, but I can help you find a home in an active adult community that will also welcome your furry friends.
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9 Best Dog Friendly 55+ Communities in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Florida