Sebastian, Florida 32976
Large, Settled Manufactured Home Community on Florida's Treasure Coast is Popular with Baby Boomers and Features a Golf Course, a Private Beach, Swimming Pools, a Fishing Pier, Tropical Landscaping and More
Established in 1969, Barefoot Bay is one of Florida's largest mobile/manufactured home communities. Midway between Melbourne and Vero Beach along the Indian River and Treasure Coast, it stretches across more than 1,000 tropical acres. Although not a designated 55+ development, most of Barefoot Bay's residents are "snowbirds" and retirees.
The development consists of about 5,000 lots with 4,000 or more homes. Nearly 10,000 people call it home. Most existing residences have two or more bedrooms and an open floor plan. An ample master suite, extra storage, new appliances, storm shutters, and a Florida room are common features. Renovated units might include a new roof, laminate flooring, or a new A/C unit. Exteriors generally white, yellow or other light color. All homes have a carport with a paved driveway. Some have golf cart parking.
Prices start below $100,000. Some dwellings come furnished. Rentals are available, too. Please verify all prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.
The community manages its own recreation district. At the heart of it is an 18-hole, par-60 golf course with a pro shop and a lounge. Three heated swimming pools, a private beach, a lighted fishing pier, a walking trail, RV storage, and courts for shuffleboard, tennis, or handball are a few of the community's other amenities. Meeting rooms and an auditorium are open for dances, classes, and holiday events. Neighbors also come together for billiards, cards, book discussions, and hobby activities.
Barefoot Bay is adjacent to US 1 and within an hour of the Canaveral National Seashore. Boat ramps and parks are minutes away. Boating, biking, fishing, and photography are popular at St. Sebastian River State Park. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge shelters manatees, sea turtles, and endangered birds. Neighboring towns hold annual seafood, frog leg, and air festivals.
Sebastian Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
This area has summer high temperatures in the low 90s and winter temperatures in the 50s and 60s. On average, it receives 55 inches of rain per year.
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Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
Florida has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Is Everyone in a 55+ Community Really 55+?
Not everyone who lives in a 55+ community is age 55 or better. Generally, at least 80% of residents must be at least age 55 (and at least one occupant of each housing unit must be age 55), while the remaining 20% are allowed to be younger (but usually at least age 45). Children are allowed to visit but generally cannot stay more than two weeks at a time. It is also usually the case that older, more established 55+ communities have an older residential demographic.
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