US News and World Report recently ranked the top 100 best places to live in the United States and Lakeland made the list, coming in at spot 70. This honor is no surprise to those of us who live here.
The article noted the city’s 38 “stunning” lakes and 40 parks, year-round sunshine, as well as our respect for our history, with the Polk Theatre and Munn Park. Our location is another reason for our ranking. We have the best qualities of a small city but easy access to Tampa and Orlando as well as beaches on both coasts and many Florida attractions.
With a cost of living that is slightly lower than the national average, residents receive good value for their dollar. Housing costs are significantly lower than Orlando and Tampa, so you have the benefits of living close to those cities without the increased expense of owning property there.
The article also noted that people are moving to Lakeland which means that real estate investments are less risky and home prices will remain steady or even increase. Part of this influx in residents is due to the area’s excellent employment outlook. “The state is leading the nation in employment growth and the Lakeland area is leading the state,” said Tony Villamil, co-founder of the Washington Economics Group in Coral Gables in this Ledger article.
Grasslands residents enjoy all of the features that make Lakeland a great place to live, and adds some amenities as well. Our golf course, tennis facilities, fine dining and beautiful living communities enhance the City of Lakeland and the surrounding area. Grasslands residents enjoy the best of the best that Florida has to offer and we are proud to have contributed to the city’s amazing recognition in the US News & World Report feature.
When it was time to retire, we decided to stay in Grasslands. Our community offers a wonderful golf course, friendly neighbors and the convenience of an in town location with a country club feel. We love where we live.
We’ve lived here since 1992, and for us there is no other place to live. Grasslands offers beautifully maintained grounds with sidewalks for walking and visiting with your friends and neighbors. In addition, you feel a level of comfort knowing that there is a security guard on duty 24-hours a day. The central location gives us easy access to Polk Parkway, plus we’re next door to Lakeside Village for great shopping and restaurants. And we have one of the best golf courses in Central Florida. Come and join us and discover for yourself how great it is to live in Grasslands!