Casa del Sol
39610 Hwy 27, Davenport, Florida 33837
In Central Florida, Cozy 55+ Community of Casa del Sol is Nestled Among Orange Groves and Has Furnished Rental Cottages
For people who do not want to live in a master-planned community or buy real estate at retirement time, the Village of La Casa del Sol in Davenport, Florida, located 45 miles southwest of Orlando, is a nice alternative. This cozy 55+ community is made up of rental cottages that are available on a yearly lease, although many residents are "snowbirds" and only reside in La Casa del Sol during the winter months.
Once used as housing by employees of Walt Disney World, the cottages are now nestled in orange groves next to Saint Charles Lake. The homes all look alike and are neatly lined up along quiet lanes. Each one has a driveway but no garage. The cottage each have one bedroom, one bath, a living room and a kitchen. The living room is furnished and has a "Murphy" bed that pulls down from the wall. The bedroom has a queen size bed, and the kitchen has a table, a dishwasher, a stove, a refrigerator, a microwave and dishes. Some cottages have a screened-in porch, and some have lake views. All homes are non-smoking.
The management company takes care of all maintenance issues and keeps the grounds watered and mowed. Casa del Sol is a casual, established place and does not have the feel of a sleek development. It actually feels a little like summer camp.
For the best selection of cottages, early spring is the ideal time to put in a reservation for a standard June 1st to May 31st lease. Prices are $4,900 per year for a cottage with air conditioning and $5,900 per year for a cottage with air conditioning and a screen room. An extra $300 buyes a lake view. Year-round cottagee start at $750 per month. A monthly maintenance fee of $30 covers water, sewer and trash. Utilities are extra.
La Casa del Sol prides itself on its sense of community and has a number of regularly scheduled activities, including bingo, bridge games, dance lessons and movie nights. Ice cream socials, theme dinners, barbeques, pancake breakfasts and holiday events are further ways that residents stay busy.
Amenities include a putting green, a horseshoe pit, a shuffleboard facility, a clubhouse with large pool, a hot tub, a billiards room, a meeting room, an exercise room and a small library. Nearby attractions include Walt Disney World, Cypress Gardens, Sea World and Busch Gardens.
Davenport is a safe and small but has been growing quickly. It has a mature demographic and is particularly proud of its outstanding fire department. Its Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is also very good and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures in this area are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. On average, Davenport receives 50 inches of rain per year.
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