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Old 12-15-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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Hi, new to the forums. My wife and I have been spending time in Florida for years and are now ready to purchase a retirement home. We are looking for a newer, true 55 and over community that consists of single family homes that have units or plans available with a 3 car garage, not condominiums, mobile homes, or apartments. We don't golf so we're not interested in paying a premium for a community owned golf course. We do however want to be in a community with a pool, club house, and a lot of activities available, and a secure gated complex. Prefer a smaller community, nothing like The Villages. We do like the Vero Beach area but that is not a must, would prefer being no further north than Melbourne, don't want to be right on the ocean or golf, but less than one hour away from one or the other would be nice. We would start out spending 4 months each winter and work our way up to 7 months or even full time as we get older. We are currently retired, in our mid 60's and our price range would be in the $250/400,000.00 range.

Thanks for any advice.

Nick
This sounds like it could potentially be written by us as it describes exactly what I think we will be looking for in the future, although I don't know if it will be Florida or not. Having said that, we did look around the Tampa area last year when down there for a long weekend and was impressed with Valencia Lakes. No golf course, seems to fit this description well. We are a few years off from this but my hesitancy for us is its nice enough to be the only or primary residence and I'm not really sure if I want that main or primary home to be in Florida. What else I seemed to notice is while some places do have golf courses attached,mwhere is a separate fee for them so if you don't want it you aren't paying for someone else to play.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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This sounds like it could potentially be written by us as it describes exactly what I think we will be looking for in the future, although I don't know if it will be Florida or not. Having said that, we did look around the Tampa area last year when down there for a long weekend and was impressed with Valencia Lakes. No golf course, seems to fit this description well. We are a few years off from this but my hesitancy for us is its nice enough to be the only or primary residence and I'm not really sure if I want that main or primary home to be in Florida. What else I seemed to notice is while some places do have golf courses attached,mwhere is a separate fee for them so if you don't want it you aren't paying for someone else to play.
The OP is not interested in a golf course but one comment about your post. One concern of those that want a golf course is will it still be there down the road. If the association has little to no control over it, it might be gone and the golfers that moved there for that reason are not happy campers. That has happened more then a few times.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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I have found this to be a good resource: Ideal Active Adult Communities | 55 Places

Hopefully the mods won't see it as a competing site and delete it.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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OP, are you at all interested in the Palm Coast area? I seem to recall there was a community called Las Palmas and one called Grand Landings that would fit your description. Might be worth looking into.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I think there are a lot of communities build around golf courses where less than 25% of the residences play golf. You might look for a community that has the golf course finances separate from the HOA fees.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:04 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I think there are a lot of communities build around golf courses where less than 25% of the residences play golf. You might look for a community that has the golf course finances separate from the HOA fees.
Also, look for 55+ communities in more densely populated parts of the state, where the land available for projects like that is going to be much smaller. Developers who only have 10-20 acres of property available to build on will concentrate on homes and a clubhouse, but will be less likely to build a golf course.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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Thanks, I did a little research and Valencia Lakes looks like it could be a good fit. We'll be driving from LaBelle up to the New Port Ritchey area in Early March so that would be a good stop.

Nick
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Athens, Georgia
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I hope you don't overlook Ocala. It has many beautiful adult communities (some without golf and some where golf is a separate fee.) Oak Run is my favorite.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Hi, new to the forums. My wife and I have been spending time in Florida for years and are now ready to purchase a retirement home. We are looking for a newer, true 55 and over community that consists of single family homes that have units or plans available with a 3 car garage, not condominiums, mobile homes, or apartments. We don't golf so we're not interested in paying a premium for a community owned golf course. We do however want to be in a community with a pool, club house, and a lot of activities available, and a secure gated complex. Prefer a smaller community, nothing like The Villages. We do like the Vero Beach area but that is not a must, would prefer being no further north than Melbourne, don't want to be right on the ocean or golf, but less than one hour away from one or the other would be nice. We would start out spending 4 months each winter and work our way up to 7 months or even full time as we get older. We are currently retired, in our mid 60's and our price range would be in the $250/400,000.00 range.

Thanks for any advice.

Nick
Valencia Lakes in Tampa, Florida - A GL Homes Community
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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I'm going to back off Valencia Lakes as I read under another topic that it is an 80/20 community, not a true 55+ community. As far as my concern about not being in a community with a golf course it is that the cost of the homes seem to be higher because of that particular amenity. The Villages would be a good example of that.

Nick
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