Ready to shed that 9-to-5, remote, or part-time gig for good? If retirement looms large on your horizon, we at ICI Homes have a great destination for your new custom Florida home — Palm Coast. The small city on Florida’s east central coast was recently named the “Best Place to Retire in 2022” by Retirement Living. Palm Coast is an appealing blend of small-town charm, beautiful natural resources, and convenience to other appealing places on Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Best of all, ICI Homes builds new custom Florida homes in the Palm Coast area. You might find your retirement abode in one of our master-planned communities, or another where we’re a preferred builder.
So read on for more on why Palm Coast is the “Best Place to Retire in 2022.”
How it won
The folks at Retirement Living sifted a lot of data to produce their annual list. They began by surveying all U.S. cities with a minimum population of 80,000 residents, then applied 12 data points to compare and rank those cities.
You can peruse their methodology at the bottom of the online list, but to summarize, Retirement Living researchers examined each city’s population growth from 2019-2020, plus data on residents 65 years and older, economic statistics, tax and crime stats, and so on.
Affordability was a priority, taking into account retirees on fixed incomes. So was the availability of activities, services, shopping and other fun things to do. Population growth also was key in researchers’ view because it means that people want to be there.
Why it’s the best place to retire
Palm Coast ranked No. 1 for many good reasons. Two are obvious: its temperate year-round climate and lack of state taxes (six of the top 10 cities for 2022 are in Florida). Located in Flagler County, it’s a bit of jewel-box municipality with larger, nearby metro areas to the north (Jacksonville) and to the south (Daytona Beach).
Palm Coast offers beaches, parks, golf courses and resorts. Fishing and boating are popular offshore, on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and in area lakes and rivers. Housing remains a good value at various price points, and the economy is humming with more shopping, dining and services arriving all the time.
Where to find ICI Homes
One of our signature properties in east central Florida — Plantation Bay — is located near the Flagler-Volusia county line. It’s only a few minutes and miles north to Palm Coast.
Plantation Bay offers amazing amenities (45 holes of golf, two clubhouses, tennis and fitness centers and a full-service spa, to name a few) and everything from no-maintenance townhomes to estate lots.
ICI Homes is a preferred builder at The Conservatory, an established community in the Hammock Beach area of Palm Coast. The Conservatory features amenities such as a Tom Watson-designed golf course and clubhouse.
Ready for your new custom Florida home? Talk to ICI Homes here.