16 Independent Living Communities near Fort Lauderdale, FL

Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale

1031 Seminole Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304


UpsideHōM

501 NE 5th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301


Atria Willow Wood

2855 West Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33309

Atria Willow Wood is a top-notch facility in Plantation, Florida, resting on 18 acres of manicured land. Residents praise the array of choices, which include spacious, pet-friendly studios, and one- a … (read more)
Atria Willow Wood is a top-notch facility in Plantation, Florida, resting on 18 acres of manicured land. Residents praise the array of choices, which include spacious, pet-friendly studios, and one- a … (read more)

Garden Plaza at Inverrary

4251 Rock Island Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33319

Garden Plaza at Inverrary is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a few minutes from Lauderdale Lakes. Residents are delighted by monthly trips to the casino, casual bingo games and the wide selectio … (read more)
Garden Plaza at Inverrary is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a few minutes from Lauderdale Lakes. Residents are delighted by monthly trips to the casino, casual bingo games and the wide selectio … (read more)

King’s Point

7620 N Nob Hill Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33321

It seemed like a great place. The residents had clubs, card nights, a pool, etc. My grandfather was very pleased with the place. It also had a guard gate which was staffed and not broken like a lot … (read more)
It seemed like a great place. The residents had clubs, card nights, a pool, etc. My grandfather was very pleased with the place. It also had a guard gate which was staffed and not broken like a lot … (read more)

Rexmere Village

651 SW 117th Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33325


The Preserve at Palm-Aire

3701 West McNab Road, Pompano Beach, FL, 33069

South of George Brummer Park and about 20 minutes west of the beach, the Preserve at Palm Aire is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility. Residents and visitors often comment on t … (read more)
South of George Brummer Park and about 20 minutes west of the beach, the Preserve at Palm Aire is an assisted and independent living and memory care facility. Residents and visitors often comment on t … (read more)

2016, 2018, 2019, 2020

Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace

5500 NW 69th Avenue, Lauderhill, FL, 33319

Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace is an assisted living and independent living facility in Lauderhill, Florida, a suburb of sunny Miami. Housing options include one and two-bedroom apartments, and c … (read more)
Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace is an assisted living and independent living facility in Lauderhill, Florida, a suburb of sunny Miami. Housing options include one and two-bedroom apartments, and c … (read more)

Independence Hall Retirement Residence

1601 NE 26th St, Wilton Manors, FL, 33305

Independence Hall appeared to be clean and organized, and the people were friendly. There was nothing unusual; it was a clean and well-attended-to place. The staff people were friendly, nice, and info … (read more)
Independence Hall appeared to be clean and organized, and the people were friendly. There was nothing unusual; it was a clean and well-attended-to place. The staff people were friendly, nice, and info … (read more)

Oceanside Senior Living

1600 Taft Street, Hollywood, FL, 33020

Oceanside Senior Living is located on a quiet, cozy street in Hollywood, close to West Lake Park, a variety of shops and the Eco Golf Club. The facility is well-maintained by friendly staff, and resid … (read more)
Oceanside Senior Living is located on a quiet, cozy street in Hollywood, close to West Lake Park, a variety of shops and the Eco Golf Club. The facility is well-maintained by friendly staff, and resid … (read more)

Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood

2480 North Park Road, Hollywood, FL, 33021

Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood is assisted living and independent living, and it’s the best that it could be. They offer three meals a day, have a swimming pool, therapy, and different acti … (read more)
Five Star Premier Residences of Hollywood is assisted living and independent living, and it’s the best that it could be. They offer three meals a day, have a swimming pool, therapy, and different acti … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Five Star Premier Residences of Plantation

8500 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL, 33324

Five Star Premier Residences of Plantation is a senior care facility located between Fort Lauderdale and the natural beauty of the Everglades. The facility offers a range of rooms, which have been des … (read more)
Five Star Premier Residences of Plantation is a senior care facility located between Fort Lauderdale and the natural beauty of the Everglades. The facility offers a range of rooms, which have been des … (read more)

Five Star Premier Residences of Pompano Beach

1371 South Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL, 33062

Residents enjoy picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway at Five Star Premier Residences of Pompano Beach. Located in the seaside city of Pompano Beach, Florida, the facility … (read more)
Residents enjoy picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway at Five Star Premier Residences of Pompano Beach. Located in the seaside city of Pompano Beach, Florida, the facility … (read more)

Covenant Living of Florida

9215 West Broward Blvd. , Plantation, FL, 33324

My apt. is spacious, clean, and newly renovated (according to my desired specifications), with a fully equipt kitchen. My own furniture fit in here perfectly, so I immediately felt at home the first … (read more)
My apt. is spacious, clean, and newly renovated (according to my desired specifications), with a fully equipt kitchen. My own furniture fit in here perfectly, so I immediately felt at home the first … (read more)

The Court at Palm Aire

2701 North Course Drive, Pompano Beach, FL, 33069

East of Fern Forrest Nature Center, north of Palm Aire Country Club-Palm’s Course and surrounded by shopping and dining opportunities, The Court at Palm Aire is an assisted and independent living faci … (read more)
East of Fern Forrest Nature Center, north of Palm Aire Country Club-Palm’s Course and surrounded by shopping and dining opportunities, The Court at Palm Aire is an assisted and independent living faci … (read more)

Sheridan Manor

2415 N 20th Avenue, Hollywood, FL, 33020


What to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Many seniors love how independent living communities reduce unwanted stress, hazards, and fatigue in their lives. Independent living communities take care of housekeeping, yard work and meals while still allowing residents personal space and the dignity of making their own choices. These communities usually provide seniors with an apartment that has a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and one or more bedrooms. Those who want a small space may even find that some independent living communities offer studio-style apartments. Seniors can invite guests over and enjoy their rooms however they see fit.

Independent living communities often also include the following:

  • Numerous opportunities for socializing and exploring new activities
  • Easy access to public or community-provided transportation 
  • Meal plans for community dining as well as kitchens for seniors who like preparing their own meals
  • The ability to keep small- and medium-size pets such as dogs and cats
  • Housekeeping, laundry and groundskeeping services 
  • 24-hour staff on-site who can be contacted if a problem arises

For a more detailed look at common amenities, check out our guide to independent living communities. 

What Couples Should Know About Independent Living in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Located on Florida’s Gold Coast, Fort Lauderdale may be an ideal retirement destination for active seniors. With winter lows in the 50s and summer highs in the 90s, the city enjoys year-round warm weather. There are an average of 246 sunny days per year, which gives seniors plenty of opportunity to get outside and enjoy more than seven miles of public beaches. 

Seniors who want to stay busy during their retirements will find no shortage of fun things to do in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. The area is home to several shopping centers including the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills. Many cultural opportunities are available, and seniors can enjoy performances at the South Florida Symphony Orchestra or exhibits at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Outdoor enthusiasts may want to take an airboat tour through the Everglades or paddle a canoe through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Paying for Independent Living in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale’s cost of living is significantly higher than the national average, and that is reflected in its independent living prices. Seniors can expect to pay an average of $4,163 per month for independent living, much more than the national average of $2,545.

The annual cost of living in an independent living community can range anywhere from $12,000-$42,000, depending mostly on the amenities, room type and cost of living in the area. In addition to using personal retirement income, annuities, long-term care insurance, or cashing out an existing life insurance policy, some seniors can use Social Security funds, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments granted due to disability or low-income or HUD-provided housing assistance such as vouchers. Another route many seniors choose to fund their independent living stay is renting out or selling their homes that they won’t need once they move or taking advantage of a reverse mortgage

Our guide provides a more in-depth look at independent living costs and solutions for those who want to learn more. 

How to Choose an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community, it’s best to consider many factors, including the community’s proximity to loved ones and medical care, the state of repair that the facility appears to be in, the attitude and efficiency of the staff, the cost of both rent and services, the facility’s pet policy and more. 

Comparing multiple communities can help seniors and their families figure out what they value most in an independent living community. During tours of these communities, staff members should be available to answer questions. To help with the touring and comparison process, we’ve included a checklist full of pertinent questions that anyone can download and print for themselves.

Transitioning to Independent Living

Independent living communities, rather than memory care or nursing homes, are often the first place seniors move to when they realize they need a lifestyle change. The necessity of letting some possessions go and the reality of leaving a home and neighborhood after possibly decades of residence there can make transitioning to an independent living community difficult. These communities are often friendly places, but being in a new environment still initially triggers feelings of loneliness in many seniors. 

Having a strategy for dealing with the challenges of moving can make the transition to an independent living community a positive experience. We’ve created a downloadable step-by-step guide for tips to making this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Independent Living Resources in Fort Lauderdale, FL

There are many other resources and activities for seniors in Fort Lauderdale. Use the table below to learn about the options available for older adults in the area.

ResourcePhone Number Description 
Club 55+ (954) 828-7275 Club 55+ is an initiative of Fort Lauderdale’s Parks and Recreation Department. For a small yearly fee, seniors can participate in a number of activities at the city’s 12 parks. Some of the club’s many activities include yoga, line dancing, pickleball, jewelry making and bridge. Special events, such as trips to sporting events, are also scheduled.
Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County (954) 745-9779 The ADRC of Broward County offers several services that may benefit Fort Lauderdale’s active seniors. Its Living Healthy Program is a free six-week course that teaches seniors how to manage diabetes, arthritis, anxiety and other chronic health conditions. Through the PEARLS program, seniors can receive one-on-one counseling to learn how to solve problems and live a more rewarding life.
Broward County Transit (954) 357-8300 
Broward County Transit operates a fixed-route bus service that seniors can use to get around Fort Lauderdale. With proof of age, people who are 65 or older can enjoy discounted bus fares. The Transportation Options Program, a shared-ride paratransit service, is offered to seniors who aren’t able to use the fixed-route bus system due to temporary or permanent disabilities. 
The Sylvia L. Poitier & Theodora S. Williams Senior Center (954) 714-3500 Operated by the Northwest Federated Woman’s Club of Broward County, this senior center provides a variety of social opportunities and recreational activities for local seniors. Games, exercise classes and arts and crafts are just some of the options available to members. Every weekday the center serves breakfast and lunch. 
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University (561) 297-3481 The OLLI at FAU offers non-credit courses for seniors who want to keep their minds sharp. The institute offers both one-time programs and four-week series. Through these programs, seniors can learn more about art, history, philosophy, foreign policy and many other subjects that interest them. These courses are affordable with fees starting at just $30 for a one-time program and $50 for a four-week series.