One can live in town, near the central shopping district and beach. Cute homes and apartments lead away from the beach. There the need for a car is low and your neighbors will offer some variety. Or, one can choose an active adult community further out of town, such as The Plantation or the Venice Golf & Tennis Club. These gated communities feature golf and/or tennis, along with pools and clubhouses. Some of them are like posh summer camps for adults, with the only possible downside that you have to drive to town to see people who aren’t a lot like yourself. Others, particularly those featuring manufactured homes, are quite affordable
The real estate market has been very soft as it attempts to recover from speculation, over building, plus the hurricanes of 2005. Prices are historically lower than in Naples. After soaring to an average selling price of $300,000 in 2006, Zillow reported the median home value at $234,600 in Venice in late 2017.