Retiring in Lakeland, Florida
Today. I'm going to share my top six reasons why retiring in the Greater Lakeland area is the best choice. Hi, I'm Lisa Kelly, Lakeland homes and lifestyles with premier Realty in beautiful Lakeland, Florida. I hope you could stay with me. Because at the end, I'm going to have a free bonus for you that I know you're going to find very helpful. So let's get started right now.
Choosing the greater Lakeland area, or the surrounding Pope areas, when you've made the decision it's time to retire, to me seems like the natural choice. After all, you've worked hard all your life. You've raised your kids, you've had the big house. And, of course, all the responsibilities and maintenance of that big house. But it's your time now to start a new chapter and do all the things that you said you always wanted to do. Like most people entering retirement, you want to be able to live the lifestyle that you've always dreamed about. And be able to comfortably afford the Florida life.
Which brings me to reason number one why the greater Lakeland area is the ultimate city to retire. Our low, or in some cases, no taxes. Florida has no state income tax. That means that there's no state income tax on your social security benefits, your 401ks, your IRAs. And there's no state income tax on your estate or inheritance either. But you're going to want to sit down with your financial advisor to determine which revenue stream is best for your personal circumstances.
But be rest assured, there are no state income taxes here. Reason number two. Our area's shopping culture and our arts. One of my personal favorites is the weekly farmer's market. Local vendors bring their best to the market each week. From locally grown produce to unique handcrafted wares. You get a real sense of the community. And you want to take part. We also have museums, five star restaurants, and festivals for those with a more cultured palette.
That's the beauty of the greater Lakeland area. Whether you love the small town feel, or the big city amenities, we've got it. And we do it right. Because there's so much to choose from. I've put a link down in the description for you of all the restaurants, all the museums, everything related to entertainment in the greater Lakeland area. Reason number three, what the greater Lakeland area is best known for is for our parks, our lakes, and our easy Southern charm. From the rich history of the older homes and buildings, to all the wonderful parks and lakes, the greater Lakeland area promises to offer the very best in outdoor fun for everyone. Enjoying fishing at one of our 554 lakes, golfing in one of our 40 plus public courses, gardening, swimming, or just spending the day with friends, having a barbecue at one of our 39 beautiful parks. And I am super excited about the new Bonnet Springs Park being built right now.
It's 180 acre natural venue with walking trails, banquet halls, and activities for all walks of life. I can't wait. That's going to be a separate video, I promise. Reason number four, our glorious weather. If you want warm weather six months out of the year. And four months out of the year, you like hot weather with a little bit of humidity, and an occasional summer storm, you're going to love it here. But those two months, I would say between January and March, oh man, it is gorgeous here. Our highs are in the fifties, sixties. Sometimes forties, depending on if it's a February day or not. And sometimes we do get down to around 30. sometimes even twenties on rare occasions. No snow here. I take that back. We did have snow one day.
It was January 19th, 1977. I'll never forget it. Everyone went outside and played with it. It made national news. We had about 0.2 inches. For you Canadians, that's 0.5 centimeters. I mean a little tiny little bit. But it did make national news. I've lived here for over a half a century. And we've only had, I think, three major freezes. Most of the times it's shorts, tee shirts and flip flops.
Reason number five, our hospitals and our clinics. Between Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, and Auburdale. We have some of the best medical facilities in the state. That includes Lakeland Regional, Heart of Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Watson Clinic Centering and Research Center.
Reason number six, and the best part, that vacation feel. The greater Lakeland ,and surrounding areas, are the perfect Florida location. Positioned between Tampa and Orlando, 45 minutes to White Sand beaches. 55 minutes from all the famous entertainment attractions in the Orlando area. And no more than three hours away from any coastal resort city in Florida. We have the best of both worlds here. We have low taxes, low cost of living, very affordable housing, all at the same time, you're having access to that Florida lifestyle you've always dreamed about.
I've lived here for over 50 years. And I can't imagine a more ideal place to retire. Thank you for taking your time to watch today. And don't forget to click the links down below in the description of all the details of some of the things I shared with you today. Oh, and that bonus that I promised you? You're going to want to check out this awesome relocation guide I made for you. In it you're going to find loads of information. This even some of the longtime residents may not know. So enjoy. I'm Lisa Kelly, with Lakeland Homes and Lifestyles, with Premier Realty. And until then, I'll see you on the next one.