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Old 04-18-2011, 07:39 AM
Location: NC
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Originally Posted by AKSteveB View Post
My mom was one of the originals in Phase Four back in 1985 or so. She passed away last year and we sold the place for less than she paid in 85, and she had one of the nicer condos/floor plans. I think the reason things are so cheap there are the changes in the economy and demographics and just flat out overcapacity.

The place was built to attract mostly lower Middle Class Northeastern retirees, predominantly though not exclusively Jewish. That culture is rearlly dying off. The children of most of those folks ended up being more affluent, and since South FL has become more overcrowded/diverse etc. a lot are now ending up in the Carolinas, Virginia etc.

It's actually quite nice, and while there was extensive damage from the hurricanes, they did a *lot* of fixing up and replacement after it. I suspect things are in better shape than they were pre hurricane. It isn't my cup of tea, because to me it is a real cookie cutter place, but if ones main goal was to have a comfortable place with minimum maintenance and I had extremely limited funds, they could do worse. I suspect at some point they will need to drop the age requirement. At that point I could see it becoming more attractive to some of the immigrant communities, with the good and bad that would bring.
My friends are in Phase IV, too. Their place is so beautifully decorated and looks out over some sort of waterway, with lots of birds and other wildlife. That screened in terrace and all the light coming in was mighty appealing.

Thanks for your insights.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:03 AM
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For all you Sunrise Lakes haters. When you talk about the elderly you must think the people that live here are like 80 and 90. NOT TRUE! I live here and I am 58. Most of the people who live in my building are under 70. We are not on welfare. We are retired people that had to make $40,000 a year to live here. We had background and financial checks. No one is government subsidized. We get Pensions and Social Security caused we worked for it. We pay maintenance like any other HOA! Some of the people are original owners that were 55 and over when they moved in. As for being a Jewish population, sure there a lot of Jews here. So what!!My neighbor is a very nice couple from Hati. There are Latino's all over. Like
Angel Calzadilla said above "There is Sunrise Lakes phases I, II, III and IV.
According to management association in Sunrise Lakes, all purchasers except cash buyers, have to bring a minimum of 20% of the purchase price upfront plus 3 months of maintenance fees." This is true. We paid cash for our condo. There is no such thing as being on Welfare living here. The grounds are beautiful, the club house and all the pools are beautiful. We have a huge Theater where we have many famous people that put on great shows. Like Tony Orlando. We have a movie theater. We spend our own money to beautify our buildings. I would recommend Sunrise Lakes to anyone. Sure Kings Point is beautiful, but they are also over priced. The apartments there are not much bigger then the ones in Sunrise Lakes. Well except if you are rich and want a Villa.
When hurricane Wilma was sure things got damaged, but so did peoples houses and cars outside Sunrise Lakes. Do not put down our home unless you live here.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Nolefan34 View Post
Sunrise Lakes is cheap because its mostly fixed-income, government subsidized elderly retirement communities. Many residents there are living off of Social Security and welfare checks. There is also a large elderly Jewish population there. Not all the neighborhoods fit this description from what I know, but most do.
No one here is on Welfare. We are retired people that get pensions and Social Security because we worked for it. We are not all elderly. 55 and over You have no idea what you are talking about.
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Old 01-26-2014, 04:47 PM
Location: Plantation and surrounding area
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Some of the units in Sunrise Lakes are gorgeous! Like anywhere else, it depends on who the owners are and what they've done. Just as a side note, if you're considering a purchase - Phase IV does not allow rentals, but the others do depending on how long they've been owned first.
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:10 PM
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Following up on this ...Not sure why anybody would think most of the folks in Sunrise Lakes were on welfare and I agree that the property is well managed. The gist of my posting a couple of years ago was that it was nice. Was actually just back down there for the first time since my mom passed. I'm actually a bit sorry we didn't keep her place as a snowbird retreat.
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:07 AM
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I know this is a bit of an older thread, but I wanted to see if any current resident of sunrise lakes might be able to help. What are the requirements to get accepted by the association? Ive read you have to have a certain cresit score and income. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:31 AM
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It's 2015 and Sunrise Lakes hasn't gone anywhere. Better than ever actually....
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by sweepea View Post
Thanks for your replies. Loribell, I didn't know that about all the water damage from the hurricane. That would be an important thing to investigate if I ever decided to look at the units there.

I just got back from Aventura yesterday, and while I was there I drove up to Sunrise Lakes and visited my Long Island neighbors who have a condo there. They gave me a tour, and my overall impression was quite positive. They have a beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment in Phase 4, very close to the clubhouse. The grounds around their building and others looked to be very neat and well-maintained. Outside their terrace was a tall pine tree, and they told me that an eagle comes and perches there every day. There were blue herons outside, near the water, and ducks and turtles. Also lots of stuff blooming. After being in Aventura, it was a breath of fresh air.

I was also impressed with the size of the clubhouse and all the activities going on there. They had a large auditorium for shows, a bowling alley, swimming pool, library, and movie theater, plus a large outdoor pool. My friends have had their condo for two or three years and told me that maintenance was not at all a problem. They have a maintenance contract with a company and have had very swift response when calling about any issues.

So, without knowing the all-important extent of the hurricane damage, on the outside the place looks very nice.
Hi Sweepea,

Just wonder if you finally bought an apartment on this community and if so, how is going on. Me and my wife would like to consider a purchase on this place. Txs
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:02 AM
Location: Vero Beach, Fl.
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My mom lived there during hurricane Wilma and many buildings were damaged badly and had residents had to be displaced until they were repaired ( which took months ) she was in phase 2, she was lucky her building was not damahed, not sure about the newer phases I believe there is a phase 4 & 5 but her building always had a smell of mildew, It was old. I remember when we first moved to the Sunrise area when those condos were built in the 70s. That place definitely wouldn't be my first choice ! I knows the HOA fees are ridiculous as well ! I guess in part because of all the amenities they provide for the elderly ( transportation ) etc.
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:47 AM
Location: Broward County, FL
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Default Sunrise Lakes

Hi, to buy is cheap, but they have HIGH maintenance fees/special assessments....

All the best
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