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Old 04-19-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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The basics are that I have been looking at Palm Harbor, Dunnedin, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor areas. At first we were looking at apartment rentals but more recently I started to think that she would be better off in the 55 communities. Does anyone know the names of some in these areas that are nice, reasonable and safe. Also if anyone has any information about whether or not I could buy one of these condo's for her or does the person who owns need to be 55? And one last thing if anyone also knows if another family member who is not 55 could live with her?

Thanks for any info......
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:40 PM
 
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Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor has condo's, villa's and sf homes. Lots of amenities including heated pool and golf. very nice well maintained community. At 80 ft, the highest elevation above sea level it is in a non-evacuation zone.

I'll defer to the RE agents who know the rules, but I have been told that only 1 person in the household has to be 55 or older and that you don't have to be 55 to own the house-parents rent from their children sometimes or the home is placed in a trust.
There are many other 55+ communities in palm harbor and Dunedin, some are mobile/manufactured homes. I know 3 in safety harbor and 1 in Oldsmar(very nice) that are mobile/manufactured home communities.
The drawback to the mobile home communities is mandatory evacuation is a given when hurricanes threaten.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:26 AM
 
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What are your mother's requirements as far as health and well being? Is she going to need someone to clean her house, be with her when she showers or provide meals? Many 55+ plus communities offer these services.

I delivered Meals on Wheels in one 55+ community. One lady 95 lived by herself in her own trailer. She had someone who cleaned for her who worked for the park. There was another person who came by to sit while she showered. The other ladies who lived nearby checked on her too
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:43 AM
 
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What is your monthly budget? Knowing this would help narrow the many selections. Also, the Florida Commission on Human Relations maintains a website of 55+ communities you can search at Housing Directory - Florida Commission on Human Relations. Not every community is listed, but hopefully one day it will be complete...it's the best we have at the moment.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor has condo's, villa's and sf homes. Lots of amenities including heated pool and golf. very nice well maintained community. At 80 ft, the highest elevation above sea level it is in a non-evacuation zone.

I'll defer to the RE agents who know the rules, but I have been told that only 1 person in the household has to be 55 or older and that you don't have to be 55 to own the house-parents rent from their children sometimes or the home is placed in a trust.
There are many other 55+ communities in palm harbor and Dunedin, some are mobile/manufactured homes. I know 3 in safety harbor and 1 in Oldsmar(very nice) that are mobile/manufactured home communities.
The drawback to the mobile home communities is mandatory evacuation is a given when hurricanes threaten.

Thanks everyone for your responses.


Oh Boy, I hadn't even thought about "Non-Evacuation" areas. She will definitely want to be in a non-evacuation area. I did see a few condo's for sale in the Highland Lakes community and they seem unusually affordable but I can't seem to figure out if it just appears that way because I live in NY or is there something that I am missing?

My mother is independant, she doesn't need any help with day to day living. She wouldn't be able to do any real yard work though so a house is out of the question. Her budget isn't all that great but she wouldn't be alone because another family member who also wants to relocate will start off lving with her, so they would be helping with the month to month bills.

I have been looking at several condo's priced around 80,000 - 100,000 and they are nice 2/2 layouts but again I can't tell if they are really a good deal or if they are in area's that are not safe.

I think maybe I will call a realtor and see if I can get some more information.

Thanks again.....
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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Ami, suggest you direct message one of the realtors who answer questions on this forum. They all are very good!!
You will find plenty of condo's (that's how apts are called here) around for 55 and over at this time.
Good Luck with your mother!!
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:29 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your responses.


Oh Boy, I hadn't even thought about "Non-Evacuation" areas. She will definitely want to be in a non-evacuation area. I did see a few condo's for sale in the Highland Lakes community and they seem unusually affordable but I can't seem to figure out if it just appears that way because I live in NY or is there something that I am missing?

My mother is independant, she doesn't need any help with day to day living. She wouldn't be able to do any real yard work though so a house is out of the question. Her budget isn't all that great but she wouldn't be alone because another family member who also wants to relocate will start off lving with her, so they would be helping with the month to month bills.

I have been looking at several condo's priced around 80,000 - 100,000 and they are nice 2/2 layouts but again I can't tell if they are really a good deal or if they are in area's that are not safe.

I think maybe I will call a realtor and see if I can get some more information.

Thanks again.....
In my opinion, Highland Lakes is very safe. Prices are very affordable, though you may find some of the lower priced ones haven't been updated in awhile.
There are some villa's(duplexes) also that are in the lower 100k's. These have small yards and garages-all lawn maintenance is included.

Prices went sky high a few years ago like everything else. BUT, they have really been dropping so you can probably do some further negotiating.
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