Weekly Edition ~ September 21, 2018
"We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth." ~John Lubbock
This Week's Community Review:
Lake Wales, Florida
Nestled amid lakes and citrus groves in central Florida, Lake Wales is the site of Lake Ashton, a beautiful 55+ community with single family homes, attached homes and a bounty of amenities, including two golf courses, a nice clubhouse, a swimmng pool, a boat dock, a bowling alley, a theater and more.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
Mesa is outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona and is the location of Fountain of the Sun, a large, established, gated 55+ community with single family homes, townhomes/condominiums and manufactured homes. Amenities include an 18 hole golf course, a clubhouse, a swimming pool, shuffleboard courts, a library, a restaurant, a coffeehouse and a wide variety of activities, groups and clubs. HOA fees are reasonable.
Just outside of lively Myrtle Beach on the northern South Carolina coast, North Myrtle Beach is the setting for Barefoot Resort and Golf, a large, lush community with single family homes, town homes and condominiums. Amenities include four championship golf courses, a marina, three miles of waterways, a beach cabana, a next-door shopping venue and more. Many homeowners are baby boomers.
Outside of Dallas/Fort Worth, Denton is the site of Robson Ranch, a large mostly 55+ but partly 40+ community with single family homes, attached homes, a sports club, a neighborhood garden, a golf course, a dog park and more.
Daytona Beach is on Florida's northeastern coast and is the location of Latitude Margaritaville, a laid back 55+ community inspired by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet. The development is brand new and feature single family homes, villas and resort-style amenities, including a town square, a bandshell, a beach club, a swimming pool with beach entry cabanas, a wellness center and more.
About an hour outside of Atlanta and close to sparkling Lake Lanier in northern Georgia, Cumming is the site of Orchards of Habersham Grove, a cozy 55+ community with attractive duplexes and condominiums. Amenities include a compact clubhouse and a swimming pool. Neighbors get together regularly for card games, potlucks, movie nights and more.
In south central Maryland, Dowell is the setting for Harbours at Solomons Island, a good looking 55+ community bracketed by Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. Single family homes and carriage homes are for sale, and amenities include a waterside clubhouse, a beach, a protected deep sea marina and more.
Lovely Chapel Hill is in central North Carolina and is the site of Briar Chapel, a "green," master planned community a new 55+ single family home neighborhood, 900 acres of open space, miles of trails, a community garden, a dog park and more.
Delray Beach is on the southeastern Florida coast and is the setting for Kings Point, a settled, gated 55+ condominium community with two golf courses, three clubhouses, a restaurant, five swimming pools, a bounty of activities and more.
Outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona, Peoria is the site of Westbrook Village, a large, established 40+ community with Mediterranean-style casitas, condos and single family homes. Homeowners enjoy recreation centers, golf courses, movie nights, ice cream socials and much more.
Boynton Beach is along the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern Florida and is the site of Venetian Isles, a beautiful large 55+ community tucked around ponds and canals. Single family homes and attached homes are for sale, and amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, an arts studio, a resistance pool, a putting green, walking trails and more.
Taxes and Retirement
Most people think that Florida is the most tax friendly state for retirees. While it offers many advantages, including no retirement income tax and a 50% homestead exemption, several other states are just as easy on the wallet when retirement time arrives. These include Georgia, Mississsippi, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska and Nevada. And on the other end of the scale, California, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, Indiana and Wisconsin are among the least friendly states when it comes to retirement and taxes.
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