7500 Sun Island Drive South, South Pasadena, Florida 33707
Established 55+ Waterfront Condominium Community of Bay Island on Florida's Gulf Coast Has a Marina, Six Swimming Pools, Tennis Courts and Pretty Views
Located on the central Gulf Coast, Bay Island is a casual waterfront condominium community built between 1971 and 1980. It is on the mainland and barrier islands west of St. Petersburg and has direct access to the Intracoastal Waterway.
The community's 708 units are in pink and white three story buildings with elevator access, storage units, assigned parking, and secure entrances. Open floor plans range in size from about 540 square feet to more than 2,600 square feet. All have one to three bedrooms and one two baths. Most have a private balcony and many have a balcony that overlooks the water. Remodels can include walk-in closets, ceiling fans, hurricane shutters, and sliding glass doors.
Prices begin in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are subject to change. The HOA fee helps pay for basic cable, recreational amenities, common area maintenance, and trash pick up.
Bay Island's entrance is simple but well maintained with flower beds and palm trees. The two story clubhouse has separate gyms for men and women as well as a library, a crafts studio, a catering kitchen, a ballroom, and a billiards room. Six outdoor pools, four tennis courts, and four shuffle board courts are distributed between the clubhouse and condominium buildings. Waterfront walking and biking trails outline Bay Island. Residents also enjoy a fishing dock and a tiki area. The marina has slips available for rent.
Restaurants and big box retail are just beyond community gates. Two private golf clubs are within easy reach. The Pasadena Yacht and Country Club has hosted PGA and LPGA events at its 18-hole course. South Pasadena shares a border with St. Petersburg, which has seven arts districts, a wealth of galleries, and is the home of the world-renowned Dali Museum.
Palms of Pasadena Hospital is less than a mile away and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is tropical. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 54 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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