Laurel Island Plantation
100 Marsh Harbour Parkway, Kingsland, Georgia 31548
Lush, Gated Community of Laurel Island Plantation Has Single Family Homes, Attached Homes, a Golf Course, Amenity Centers and a Neighborhood Popular with Baby Boomers
Laurel Island Plantation, just north of the Florida border and 30 minutes inland from Georgia beaches, is the brainchild of Sawyer and Associates, a local builder with a reputation for customer service. The development sits amid marshes, tall trees and flowering bushes.
The five neighborhoods are filled with single family homes and attached villas. The enclave of Fiddler's Reserve has single level floor plans designed for accessibility and is popular with baby boomers and retirees. Floor plans range from about 1,760 square feet to about 2,700 square feet and have two to four bedrooms and two to three baths. Each home has an attached two or three car garage. Golf course or preserve views are standard.
Prices for a villa start in the mid-to high-$100,000s. Single-family home prices begin in the mid-$300,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.
Most neighborhoods, includeing Fidler's Reserve, have their own amenity center with a fitness room, a wellness hub, a swimming pool and picnic pavilions. Laurel Island Links, a lush 18 hole golf course designed by Davis Love III, weaves through the neighborhoods and around natural preserves and wooded areas. The course includes a pro shop, a driving range, a practice green, and a restaurant. The community has its own retail spaces, too. Residents do not need to leave home for banking, shopping, or entertainment.
Kingsland is home to the Catfish Festival and Car Show. The Cumberland Island Seashore is a 10 minute drive and a short ferry ride away. Visitors can stroll 17 miles of pristine beaches and view wild horses, shore birds, alligators, and armadillos. The Crooked River State Park has campsites surrounded by moss-draped oaks, and its cottages are nestled near the park's tidal pools.
Southeast Georgia Health System is accredited by the Joint Commission.
This area of the country is humid and has summer temperatures in 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain and a trace of snow each year.
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Hernando de Soto of Spain traveled to this area in 1540, but the English had a stake here, too. A general, James Oglethorpe of England, created a haven for English debtors in the area in 1733, and he defeated Spanish invaders in 1742.
Georgia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. It suffered tremendous damage when General Sherman of the Union Army burned Atlanta and then conducted his March to the Sea in 1864, resulting in the capture of Savannah.
The largest in the Southeast, Georgia has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of decades. Atlanta, the capital city, is a transportation center and communications hub, and it is from where goods are distributed to much of the surrounding region.
A leader in paper and board products, Georgia also produces textiles, processed chicken, chemicals and apparel. A few of the important agricultural products are soybeans, cotton, corn, tobacco, peaches and eggs. Georgia also grows more peanuts than any other state. Half of the world supply of turpentine and resins are made from Georgia's pine trees.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, and in 1945 Georgia was the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
Major tourist spots include the National Cemetery, Andersonville Prison Park, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Little White House where President Roosevelt died in 1945 (Warm Springs), the giant Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain (the largest sculpture in the world), the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Population - 10,310,371
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $49,620
Median home value - $148,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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