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By Bill Ness | Broker in Chicago, IL
  • Royal Harbor, Tavares, Florida

    Posted Under: General Area in Tavares, Home Buying in Tavares  |  March 15, 2012 3:14 PM  |  2,577 views  |  No comments
    Royal Harbor, Tavares, FloridaFlorida retirees can enjoy lakefront living in the heart of Central Florida at Royal Harbor. This active adult community for resident’s age 55 and better is located in the town of Tavares, FL along the shores of Little Lake Harris. Built by Pringle Development between 2000 and 2005, Royal Harbor offers beautiful single-family homes and a wonderful collection of amenities.

    A lovely waterfront clubhouse is the heart of this Central Florida 55+ community with a wide variety of features to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. There is a fitness center, a heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi, rooms for arts and crafts, billiards and cards plus a library, a computer room and a large ballroom.  Outdoors lovely trails wind throughout the community for bike riding, jogging or walking. There are tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a picnic pavilion. This unique waterfront community features a beautiful lake complete with a fishing pier and lighthouse. Little Lake Harris offers fantastic fishing, water skiing and jet skiing. The Hickory Point recreational facility and marina is located nearby where there are several boat launch slips. Royal Harbor residents can also use the two other launching ramps around the lake.

    A full-time activities director ensures residents always have something exciting to look forward to at Royal Harbor. Some of the popular resident clubs cater to interests such as reading, ballroom dancing, aerobics, billiards, crafts, fishing, line dancing, quilting, tennis, travel and yachting. A convenient intranet system ensures residents stay up-to-date with the latest news and happenings.  

    The casual and welcoming community atmosphere at Royal Harbor Florida encourages residents to enjoy the many picnic areas, scenic overlooks and walking paths throughout the community.  Royal Harbor’s unique working lighthouse sits atop the highest point in the community and can be seen from many miles away. A visit to the lighthouse is a popular resident treat.

    The 755 homes in this gated active adult community are attractively priced from the low $100’s an go all the way up to the mid $500’s. The quality built homes are sized from 1,400 to 2,500 square feet. Some even offer private lake or dock access.

    Tavares is a small town offering everyday conveniences just minutes from home. It’s also centrally located to Leesburg and Eustis. Throughout the nearby areas residents will find grocery stores, doctors, shopping malls, outdoor recreation, restaurants, entertainment and more. The small-town atmosphere promotes a peaceful and relaxing lifestyle which is one of many reasons Royal Harbor is so attractive to Florida retirees looking to get away from it all.  For an exciting getaway, Orlando is just thirty miles away where residents can enjoy the world-renowned theme parks, museums and more.  A convenient location, unique lakefront living and plenty of amenities combine to create a perfect setting for an active adult retirement lifestyle.

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  • Highland Lakes, Leesburg, Florida

    Posted Under: General Area in Leesburg, Home Buying in Leesburg  |  March 1, 2012 10:33 AM  |  2,950 views  |  No comments
    Highland Lakes, Florida active adultThe Central Florida area is an ideal retirement destination with scenic landscapes and tranquil relaxation, close to nature yet still close to everyday conveniences. Highland Lakes in Leesburg, Florida is a gated 55+ community in Central Florida offering attractively priced homes in a scenic setting surrounded by seven small lakes and natural wetlands. 

    Built between 1990 and 1999, this completed Central Florida active adult community offers residents reasonably priced homes from below $100,000 up to the mid $200’s. Today, interested home buyers can select from well-cared for resale homes sized from 1,056 to 2,463 square feet. In total there are 938 homes in this completed 55+ community.  Available floor plans feature either two or three bedrooms with two baths and garages to accommodate one to three cars. Many of the homes offer beautiful mature landscaping and special features such as screened lanais, patios or Florida rooms.

    Residents of Highland Lakes enjoy a sense of privacy and security thanks to the gated entry. They also enjoy a wonderful collection of amenities designed to encourage an exciting active adult lifestyle. The community clubhouse features a fitness room, an indoor walking track, a heated indoor swimming pool plus plenty of lounge areas to relax with friends. A large multi-purpose room is perfect for club meetings or holiday parties while other areas are dedicated to a community library and billiard tables. There is also a fully equipped woodworking shop plus a craft room with kitchen facilities. Outdoors there are sports courts for tennis, bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and softball. Miles of trails wind throughout the community and seven sparkling lakes dot the community landscape. Residents use the lakes for fishing and even model sail boat races! Another homeowner perk is the free RV and boat storage available right on-site. 

    It’s easy to make new friends in this welcoming Florida 55+ community. There is a full-time activities director on-hand coordinating special events, daytrips, classes and activities.  Over 50 special groups meet on a regular basis catering to a wide variety of interests such as bowling, line dancing, pickleball, cards, theater, quilting, yoga, travel, golf, bingo and more.

    Highland Lakes offers a winning combination not often found in active adult communities. It features a private gated entry, budget-friendly homes, an active lifestyle and plenty of amenities plus has a welcoming neighborhood charm.  The location is ideal too with Orlando nearby offering world class attractions, museums, shopping, dining and plenty of outdoor recreation.

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  • Arlington Ridge, Leesburg, Florida

    Posted Under: General Area in Leesburg, Home Buying in Leesburg  |  February 29, 2012 8:18 AM  |  2,872 views  |  No comments
    Arlington Ridge, FloridaArlington Ridge is a new active adult community in Leesburg, Florida. This D.R. Horton community opened in 2011 and is planned to have 629 homes upon completion. Buyers can choose from a nice selection of budget-friendly, single-family homes priced from the low $100’s to the high $100’s.

    The homes of Arlington Ridge are set in an intimate town square setting complete with charming streetlights, scenic water features, community parks and picnic areas.  There are two collections of homes available to choose from totaling 11 floor plans. Many of the homes offer golf course views. The home designs include two or three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths and dens.

    Amenities at this gated active adult community in Florida include a wide variety of facilities to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. A community cable channel keeps residents up-to-date on the latest community happenings and special events.  The 18-hole championship golf course at Arlington Ridge is a highlight of the amenity package. Players also enjoy a full-service pro shop and a practice complex with a driving range and putting green. There are also three dining options to choose from including The Village Tavern, the O’Hare’s Pub and the Chesapeake Bay Grille restaurants. Golf carts are appropriately the preferred mode of transportation at this community.

    Another unique community feature is the Fairfax Performing Arts Hall with seating for 750 plus a separate 50-seat movie theater. The Charleston Central Social Club is where residents come together to enjoy common hobbies in the various studios dedicated to arts and crafts. Arlington Ridge also offers a resort-style swimming pool and spa, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, horseshoes and pickleball courts as well as a unique organic garden. There is also a library, computer center, billiard tables, scenic lakes and miles of trails for walking or biking.

    The lifestyle is especially exciting at Arlington Ridge Florida. Residents enjoy spending time with friends who share common interests and participate in a wide variety of special interest clubs.  Some of the popular clubs cater to hobbies such as arts and crafts, performing arts, reading, cards, golf, line dancing, travel and singles.

    The central Florida town of Leesburg is centrally located within easy access to boundless outdoor recreation and unique area destinations with Orlando just a half hour away. There is plenty to do right within the community itself and lots to discover in the surrounding areas making this an ideal Florida retirement destination.

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  • Trilogy Orlando by Shea Homes, Groveland, Florida

    Posted Under: General Area in Groveland, Home Buying in Groveland  |  February 15, 2012 8:24 AM  |  3,403 views  |  No comments
    Trilogy Orlando, Florida Shea HomesTrilogy Orlando is a beautiful 55+ community in Groveland, Florida just 30 miles west of Orlando.  In 2005 the community was originally opened by Levitt & Sons.  Shea Homes acquired the community in 2010 and will complete the 999 single-family style homes as well as open a fabulous collection of new amenities. With elegant homes attractively priced from the low $100’s, it’s easy to see what makes this Florida community so popular among active adults.

    The homes at Trilogy Orlando are all single-family, ranch style homes, sized from 1,256 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Today interested buyers can select from new construction or resale homes priced from the low $100’s to the mid $300’s. Shea Homes offers floor plans in two distinct series, the Groves Collection and the Lakes Collection. In total there are 16 floor plans to choose from offering between two and four bedrooms, two to three baths, two to three-car garages and unique special features such as covered lanais and verandas.

    Within the community gates of this private FL active adult community sits a fantastic collection of amenities designed to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. The brand new Members’ Club opening this spring will feature 38,000 square feet of fitness amenities. The athletic club will boast the latest in cardiovascular and weight-training equipment as well as a unique women’s only fitness studio, aerobics rooms, massage room and an indoor swimming pool.  There will also be a fabulous resort-style outdoor swimming pool complete with comfortable chaises where you can relax in the sun or in special shaded areas. The outdoor Sports Pavilion is already open and offers sports courts for tennis, bocce ball and pickleball. 

    The Explorations Connection Lounge is just one of many unique amenities scheduled to open later this year. Here residents will be able to enjoy a coffee and a quick bite to eat at the internet bar offering complimentary laptops for web surfing. Another new feature will be the Crow’s Nest sports lounge offering billiards, flat-screen TV’s and a full-scale golf simulator. The Artisan Studio will be a wonderful destination for new or experienced artists to enjoy painting, pottery, scrapbooking and more.  These are just a few of the many new amenities planned for this luxurious active adult community.

    With world-class amenities, attractively priced homes and a fantastic location, Trilogy Orlando is quickly becoming the most sought-after 55+ community in Central Florida. The area offers wonderful boutique shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants as well as major retailers and shopping malls. Some of the popular local treasures include the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, the Clermont Historic Village and the Florida Citrus Tower.  Whether within the Trilogy community, or throughout the surrounding areas, there is always something exciting happening in this popular Florida retirement destination.

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  • The Plantation at Leesburg, Leesburg, Florida Active Adult

    Posted Under: General Area in Leesburg, Home Buying in Leesburg  |  January 10, 2012 2:41 PM  |  3,050 views  |  No comments
    The Plantation at Leesburg, Leesburg, FloridaLocated in the Central Florida town of Leesburg is the active adult community known as The Plantation at Leesburg. Built between 1993 and 2008, this 55+ community offers beautiful mature landscaping, well-kept homes and fabulous amenities.

    The Plantation is a private, gated community of 2,820 single-family style homes. Today, interested home buyers can select from a variety of resale homes attractively priced from the low $100’s to the high $300’s. All of the homes are single-family style featuring first floor living in just over 1,300 to nearly 3,000 square feet. Many of the homes offer sought-after features such as 3-car garages, private swimming pools and scenic views of the golf courses or water features.

    Amenities at this popular Florida active adult community include a wide variety of features to encourage a physically fit and socially active lifestyle. There are three spacious clubhouses offering nearly every amenity imaginable. Throughout the three facilities there are numerous outdoor swimming pools including one partially enclosed pool as well as two fitness centers, social spaces, a billiards hall and studios for arts, crafts and cards. Other features include sports courts for tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, horseshoes, softball and basketball plus miles of trails for walking or biking.

    Golfers will particularly enjoy the two semi-private 18-hole championship golf courses at The Plantation Leesburg. There is a pro shop and PGA staff on-hand plus a full-service restaurant. Residents of The Plantation enjoy preferred golf rates and tee times.  

    To ensure residents have exciting activities to enjoy there is a full-time activities director. There are plenty of special interest clubs meeting on a regular basis as well as classes, seminars, special events, daytrips and much more. Some of the popular resident clubs highlight interests such as fitness, computers, dogs, astronomy, reading, cards, darts and model railroads. Over 100 clubs meet weekly at this exciting FL active adult community.

    The Plantation at Leesburg is ideal for active adult living with plenty of amenities plus an attractive location. The heart of Leesburg is just six miles from the community and Central Florida offers dozens of lakes and marinas. The area is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida and is just thirty minutes from Orlando. Sandy Florida beaches are just an hour away and Ocala is also nearby. Residents enjoy the convenience of a complimentary shuttle service offering easy access to nearby amenities.

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  • 5 Reasons to Love The Villages, Florida

    Posted Under: Home Buying in The Villages, In My Neighborhood in The Villages  |  July 3, 2011 7:59 PM  |  3,238 views  |  2 comments
    The Villages Florida active adultThe Villages Florida is the largest active adult community in the world. Upon completion there will be an estimated 75,000 households of homeowner's age 55 and better. This staggering resort-style community sits on over 20,000 acres of land where golf carts are a popular mode of transportation. The Villages is a one-of-a-kind community with hundreds of amenities and a never-ending list of activities. Below are 5 reasons The Villages Florida has soared to amazing popularity among Florida retirees.

    #1 – The Villages is its own town:
    With retail stores, restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, banks, post offices and everyday conveniences located right within the community, residents need not venture far from home. “Villagers” easily find everything they could possibly need or want all within the gates of their grand community spread among not one, but two town squares.

    #2 – Activities 365 day a year:
    Every single week a comprehensive guide to the most active lifestyle in the country highlights what’s happening at The Villages. A 50-page newsletter showcases the various club meetings, special events, nightly concerts, daytrips, seminars, classes and more. With an estimated 1,000 or more unique special interest clubs and groups representing almost every imaginable interest, everyone will find something they love at The Villages.

    #3 – The most amenities of any active adult community:
    The Villages boasts more amenities than any other active adult community in the country. There are over 40 recreation centers with multiple fitness centers, swimming pools, golf courses, studios for every hobby imaginable, performance auditoriums, countless sports courts, miles of walking paths and numerous fishing lakes. There are also town squares, retail plazas, a hotel, churches, medical centers, dozens of restaurants and retail shops and even an opera house. The list of amenities is staggering!

    #4 – Free golf for residents:
    The Villages is a golfer’s paradise. Here residents enjoy free golf for life at any of the 26 executive courses throughout the community. If you need even more golf challenges, there are an additional nine championship courses available for nominal fees.

    #5 – Homes in every price range:
    Everyone can find a home within their budget at The Villages. With prices ranging from around $50,000 to over $1 million, the perfect home is within reach for every homebuyer. Since construction began in 1978 there have been some 100 different floor plans offered in a wide variety of styles including affordable manufactured homes, patio villas, cottages, ranch homes, designer homes, courtyard villas and premier homes. Today there are still new construction homes available as well as a nice selection of pre-owned homes as well.

    The Villages is not only the largest active adult community Florida and in the entire country, some would say it’s also the most active, most robust and most popular 55+ community in the entire world.

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  • The Plantation at Leesburg, Leesburg, Florida

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Leesburg  |  January 11, 2011 12:22 PM  |  3,527 views  |  No comments
    Plantation at Leesburg, Florida active adultA visit to The Plantation at Leesburg in Leesburg, Florida will feel like a trip to a charming Southern town thanks to stunning architecture, lush landscaping and friendly neighbors. Located in Central Florida’s Lake County, this scenic 55+ community offers residents a sense of privacy with a 24-hour staffed gatehouse. The community boasts three clubhouses and two 18-hole golf courses along with numerous other resort-style amenities all in a fantastic Florida setting.

    The collection of amenities at this Florida active adult community is simply fantastic with not one or two, but three clubhouses! Within the three beautiful facilities there are two fitness centers, three outdoor swimming pools, hot tub and spa, wet and dry saunas, a billiards hall, card room, arts and crafts room, social gathering places and a grand ballroom. Outdoor amenities include numerous sports courts for tennis, bocce ball, pickleball, horseshoes, basketball and softball. There are miles of lovely walking paths to discover plus a newly renovated fishing dock on a small community lake. Golfers will be thrilled with the two semi-private Championship Golf Courses located within The Plantation at Leesburg. There is a full-service pro-shop with two PGA professionals on-staff, a full-service restaurant plus a convenient driving range. Community residents enjoy preferred tee times and discounted rates.

    Built between 1993 and 2008, this popular 55+ Florida community of nearly 3,000 homes offers well cared for resale homes priced from the low $100’s to the high $300’s. All of the homes are single-family ranch designs ranging in size from just over 1,300 square feet to nearly 3,000 square feet. Many of the homes feature charming screened patios, extra storage space, private swimming pools, water or golf course views and three-car garages. Home shoppers today will appreciate the wide variety of homes to choose from at attractive prices.

    Florida active adults in search of an exciting community with a variety of special interest clubs will appreciate the vibrant lifestyle at The Plantation at Leesburg. A staff of three full-time activities directors is on-hand to ensure there is always something fun happening, something new to discover and something new to learn. There are over 100 special interest clubs meeting weekly and there is always something exciting on the social calendar. Some of the popular resident clubs include ballroom dancing, crafts, model railroad, singles club, softball, theater, yard & garden club plus many more. With an ideal Florida location, reasonably priced homes and a lifestyle second-to-none, it’s easy to see why this Florida active adult community is so well loved by its residents.

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