Ready to find out the best 55+ gated communities in one of the most sought-after cities in South Florida, Delray Beach? Known for its lively and exciting downtown featuring a plethora of lounges, bars, stores, and some of the nicest beaches, Delray is the central hub where people from all over the county come to gather for socializing, entertaining, and enjoying the coastline. With its natural beauty and rich culture, it is no surprise that it is home to many of the top 55 plus gated communities in South Florida. In this article, we have put together a list of the best gated communities in Delray Beach, taking into account factors such as types of homes, amenities, aesthetics inside the community, ground maintenance, HOA costs, and overall vibe of the people. Join me as I explore the finest gated communities that have everything you need for luxury living for the second best part of your life.

Valencia Falls

This remarkable community was developed by GL Homes, featuring upscale homes starting from the $400s and going up to 1.2 million dollars. The community was built with approximately 700 homes, with each home offering 3 to 5 bedrooms and additional rooms like a game room, office, or den. You can expect the size of the homes to be up to 3000 square feet with stainless steel appliances, spacious main rooms, open large kitchens, high ceilings, and Mediterranean architectural style.

The HOA fee ranges from $600 to $700 as of this writing, which covers basic cable, common areas, lawn care, and access to all amenities.

Welcome to Delray Beach, one of the most sought-after cities in Florida, renowned for its vibrant downtown entertainment scene along Atlantic Avenue, featuring a plethora of lounges, bars, stores, restaurants, and pristine beaches. Delray Beach is a place where people from all over the county flock to for endless fun and relaxation. With its stunning coastline and rich cultural heritage, it’s no wonder that Delray Beach is home to numerous 55 plus communities, catering to those seeking an active and fulfilling lifestyle. In this blog, we, as local realtors, have carefully curated a list of the best gated communities in Delray Beach, considering factors such as property types, amenities, overall aesthetics, well-maintained grounds, HOA costs, and the incredible individuals who call these communities home. Join us as we explore the finest gated communities that embody the essence of luxury living for discerning individuals aged 55 and above.


  • 24/7 security-staffed gates for resident safety

  • Poolside cafe for convenient dining

  • Resort-style pool area for relaxation and fun

  • Seven tennis courts for sports enthusiasts

  • Pickleball and bocce courts for dynamic and casual gameplay

  • Variety of team leagues promoting community engagement

  • Wide range of clubs and groups for different hobbies

  • Numerous entertainment options for resident satisfaction

  • Regular intellectual lectures for mental stimulation

  • Community social events for bonding and fun

  • Fully equipped, state-of-the-art fitness center

  • Professional fitness program for tailored guidance and support


Valencia Palms

Another exceptional community created by GL Homes with over 625 single-family homes that are similar in style to Valencia Falls. Properties range from 2000 to 3500 square feet, these homes feature similar upgrades such as granite countertops, high-end appliances, high ceilings, and backyard pools. Although similar to other GL Home communities, Valencia Palms offers a few slightly larger home models, with some of the homes featuring two stories and 3-car garages.

Throughout the community, you’ll find it filled with beautiful palm trees, impeccable landscaping, and long walkways, creating a peaceful and inviting atmosphere.

Residents of Valencia Palms are also provided the services of a full-time social director, who curates an array of activities and events to keep everyone engaged and connected. From card games, fitness classes, arts and crafts sessions to basic social gatherings, there is always something to keep you involved and happy.

This community also allows property owners to lease out their homes. HOA is slightly higher than other nearby communities at around $700 per month, but this fee covers an extensive range of services like cable, common areas, lawn care, management fees, and access to all of its facilities plus enhanced security.


  • Grand Clubhouse (31,000+ sq ft) as a communal activity hub

  • Full-time staff for efficient and personalized service

  • 24/7 security at a manned entry gate

  • Resort-style pool and resistance pool

  • Comfortable pool deck for lounging and social interaction

  • Children’s splash pad for kid-friendly fun

  • Six Har-Tru tennis courts with evening lighting

  • Pickleball courts for energetic matches

  • Card rooms for games and socialization

  • Indoor/outdoor cafe for diverse dining experiences

  • Modern fitness facility for health and wellness

  • Yoga/aerobics room for mindful workouts

  • Bocce courts for casual games and competition

  • Arts and crafts facility for creative pursuits

  • Full-time social director to organize clubs and activities

  • Numerous social clubs for varied interests and resident bonding


Four Seasons

This community is the result of a collaboration between K. Hovnanian and Devco Homes, boasting 315 single-family luxury homes. Homes range from 1700 to 4000 sq ft of living space with abundant outdoor space, making them perfect for hosting gatherings.

K. Hovnanian models offer ten unique single-story homes with at least two bedrooms and two baths plus 2 to 3-car garages. Some even come with an additional den that can be converted into an additional bedroom. The Devco models offer six options with 2 to 4 bedrooms and two to two and a half baths plus a two-car garage. Homes have open floor plans and covered verandas.

This community is closer to the beach and downtown area, so there are a lot of nearby activities you can do. However, just like any other active adult community that made it to the list, Four Seasons has a great activities director as well. There are a ton of clubs, ongoing movie nights, and lots of social events to keep you busy and excited.

Residents of Four Seasons enjoy a very active lifestyle while living in a sophisticated European-inspired community. Despite not being as big as other communities, there is no shortage of amenities. Plus, a dedicated social director ensures there is always something to do for all.


  • 10,000 square-foot clubhouse

  • Catering kitchen

  • Ballroom

  • Two card rooms

  • Community arts and crafts room

  • Aerobics room

  • Locker rooms

  • Tennis pro shop

  • Wading pool

  • Outdoor patio

  • Walking & biking trails

  • Billiards lounge

  • Swimming pool and jacuzzi with private cabanas

  • Fitness center

  • Bar lounge

  • Sauna

  • Har-Tru tennis courts

  • Library

  • Banquet room

  • 24/7 guarded manned gate


Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese is a serene gated community put together by Ansca Homes back in 1999, with some homes built in 2005. Designed with active adults in mind, it was created with 582 single-family homes, offering an array of different floor plan options. The homes range from 1500 to about 2000 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. The homes are set in a beautiful lake and park-like setting, offering lots of beautiful scenery. Expect the homes to have granite/marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble baths, built-ins, and hardwood floors.

If you are a resident at Villa Borghese, you will have a busy lifestyle filled with first-class amenities that promote year-round fitness and an active social calendar. You will also have a full-time social director who will organize all the events from dinner clubs to bowling groups and art classes. One of the most popular clubs is the competitive tennis club. Even though the community is close to major establishments like shopping centers, banks, and cultural establishments, it has a very quiet and peaceful atmosphere. You can also feel very safe with a 24-hour guardhouse and alarm system monitoring. The HOA covers irrigation, landscaping services, lawn care, amenities, security, and management fees.


  • 18,000 square-foot clubhouse

  • Fitness center with steam room and sauna

  • Aerobics and dance studio

  • Social areas including a ballroom with stage and a meeting room

  • Computer room

  • Library

  • Billiards room

  • Card room

  • Arts and crafts studio

  • Outdoor heated resort-style swimming pool and spa

  • Spacious patio

  • Six Har-Tru tennis courts

  • Gazebo

  • Scenic lakes and ponds

  • Nine miles of walking paths



Vizcaya is a wonderful community with lower HOA fees than others on the list and an ideal location in West Delray, while still being close enough to the vibrant downtown area. Vizcaya has everything you’re looking for from an ideal Florida active adult community. Inside the community, you’ll find picturesque beauty with lots of vegetation and well-kept grounds to provide you the ultimate peace and tranquility.

The community is nestled around a large central lake with over 500 well-designed single-family homes featuring both luxury features and contemporary designs inspired by Spanish architecture. Vizcaya has a perfect blend of Florida charm and European-inspired architecture. There are a ton of resort-style amenities and also a large list of social activities you can partake in. Whether you want a nice peaceful place to retire or want to have a full day of action, Vizcaya can offer both.

HOA covers cable, common area maintenance, lawn care, security, management fees, plus exterior maintenance. Here is a list of amenities:

  • Newly renovated clubhouse as the community’s social center

  • State-of-the-art fitness center

  • Large heated outdoor swimming pool

  • Six Har-Tru tennis courts

  • Multi-purpose room for social events

  • Outdoor picnic and BBQ area

  • Game room with billiards and card tables

  • Scenic walking and biking trails around the central lake

  • Quiet library for reading and relaxation

  • Well-equipped arts and crafts room

  • Scheduled transportation to local attractions and shopping areas

  • 24-hour manned security gate

  • Full-time on-site management

In summary, Delray Beach is one of the most full of life and culturally rich cities on the east coast of Florida, with some of the best active adult communities. Each of the communities on our list provides a specific living experience with lots of amenities. All of them are the best luxury gated communities that Delray has to offer. Not only will you find finely built homes with lots of features, but also a vibrant and active lifestyle through recreational activities. Residents of these communities can not only enjoy all the resort-style amenities but also partake in a broad list of activities, which are curated by an experienced activities manager.

As a team of local realtors, we know each community inside and out and possess insider knowledge of the city. We would love to take you on a tour to learn more about each one of these great communities. Reach out to us today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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