Dunedin has been my home for over 30 years. It is a very unique area that many are becoming aware of. Your strategy is a good one, to buy ahead in anticipation of your future needs.
Each community, even each building within a community may have a different set of rules that will influence your options. For instance, Douglas Arms would not allow any rent/lease options to an owner.
Villas such as those in Mediterranean Manors or Union Park provide the turn key option with minimal maintenance responsibilities for the owner. The Villas at Heather Hill, are an easy walk to downtown and would be a good choice for your situation.
Yes, in the middle of January, folks were swimming in the Heather Hill pool as well at the Patrician Oaks Pool. Yesterday I took the afternoon off and strolled the Honeymoon Island beach. A pod of 15 Dolphins played around for hours. Two sets of the endangered 'American Oystercatchers,' a pair of Curlew, Royal Terns, Lesser Terns, Skimmers, Glovers and what appeared to be over 200 Anhingas. All topped with a sunset. What a great place to live!
Please give me a call if you are in need of more details.
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If you are serious, go old school and call.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group