Cascades at Southen Hills Plantation
19724 Fort King Run, Brooksville, Florida 34601
The Cascades, a Gated 55+ Neighborhood within the Elegant Southern Hills Plantation, has Single Story Homes, a Beautiful Golf Course and a Full Service Spa
About an hour north of Tampa and 15 miles east of the Chassahowizka National Wildlife Refuge, which is along Florida's mid-Gulf Coast, quiet Brooksville is the site of Cascades at Southern Hills Plantation. This established, gated 55+ community is a part of the lovely, all ages development of Southern Hills Plantation.
Levitt and Sons started the Cascades in 2005, and original plans called for 800 homes. Subsequently, Levitt and Sons filed for bankruptcy, and two other builders, Oak Crest Homes and Lennar Homes, completed the community in 2012 but scaled back its size.
Today only 190 single family homes are here, giving the Cascades a coziness not found in larger developments. The landscape is wooded, with small ponds dotting the grounds.
The attractive homes are all single story and have from approximately 1,300 square feet to 2,300 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three baths. The architecture is traditional, and exteriors are concrete block and stucco with some vinyl trim.
Each property has an attached two car garage that faces the street. Doorways are recessed and are placed next to a small, covered front porch. Many properties have upgrades that include maple cabinets, granite countertops, hardwood floors and a screened-in porch.
Prices begin in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change.
One of the perks of being part of a larger community is the access to more amenities. Cascades homeowers enjoy the Southern Hills Plantation's 20,000 square foot, resort-style clubhouse with its full service restaurant, full-service spa, lagoonedge pool, Har Tru tennis courts and state of the art fitness center. Numerous social clubs keep residents happy and active.
One reason that people live and retire here is the beautiful 18-hole Pete Dye Signature Golf Course, which winds through the Cascades and gives many homes a fairway view. The course has been named by Golf Week as one of the top residential golf courses in the nation.
Brooksville is a rural place with some historic homes along cobblestone streets. It was once known as the "Home of the Tangerine," but these days is known for its annual blueberry festival.
Bayfront Health Brooksville is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer high temperatures usually top out in the mid-90s. Winter temperature highs are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
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Sticking out into Hurricane Alley, Florida was a land no nation seemed to want. Ruled successively by Spain, France, England, and the Confederate States of America, the state had a backwater reputation. Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, there were few cities. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.
In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way to Key West. The Great Florida Land Boom, the build-up to World War II, and the space industry also helped turn Florida into one of the nation's most populous states. In 1900, there were about 500,000 residents. Today, there are more than 20 million, almost 351 people per square mile.
Why do people keep coming? Tourism marketing is one reason. Annually, millions visit Orlando's theme parks and the state's 663 miles of white sand beaches. Taxes generated by the billion dollar vacation industry allow Florida to prosper without a personal income tax. Budget-sensitive retirees have flocked to its cities and shorelines.
If you can ignore the hurricanes, the state's climate is relatively mild. Only five other states are sunnier. Florida's system of state universities and community colleges is sizable, and its big cities are meccas for culture and the arts. Sarasota is a good example. Its Ringling Museum Complex contains internationally known art museum, a circus museum, an historic theater, and a 66-acre garden. Museums near Orlando range from a Zora Neale Hurston gallery to a Madame Tussauds.
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
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Who Buys in a 55+ Community?
Age-restricted communities, at least those for residents age 55 or better, generally appeal to people seeking a sense of community with other people from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Most developments are gated or at least have some type of secured access and appeal to retirees seeking a sense of security. People who enjoy lots of amenities, planned activities and social interaction also buy in 55+ developments. Just an FYI: newer communities tend to have a younger demographic while older communities usually have a more mature set of residents, primarily because residents in older developments purchased when they were younger and have stayed put.
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