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Ciega Boca Point

275 Boca Ciega Point Blvd., St. Petersburg, Florida 33708

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On Florida's Gulf Coast, Ciega Boca Point is a Settled 55+ Boating Community with Condos, Town Homes, a Putting Green, a Swimming Pool, Mature Landscaping and Deeded Boat Docks

Located in St. Petersburg on the Florida Gulf Coast, Ciega Boca Point, a gated 55+ community, broke ground in 1969. The developer's plan was to build one-story villas atop fingers of land that jut into Boca Ciega Bay. Today Ciega Boca Point has 317 of those one-story villas as well as one 48-unit condominium building.

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The town homes feature block construction and have approximately 1,400 to 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths and a private courtyard. Each property also has a garage and deeded boat dock. Exteriors are pastel-colored and each lawn has palm trees and flowering bushes.

The condos have 900 square feet, carport parking and a balcony. Many have unobstructed views of the Intracoastal Waterway and/or Ciega Bay. Some units for sale are completely furnished.

Prices start in the low-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

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The community is framed by a brick wall, and the entry plaza is adorned with fountains. The guard house is manned 24/7, giving residents a sense of security.

Amenities include a heated swimming pool, a library, saunas, tennis courts and shuffleboard courts. Homeowners can hone their golf skills at the putting green and 9-hole chip n' putt course. Yoga classes, dance lessons and board games are just a few of the scheduled activities.

Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, and Redington Beach are just across the bay, and John's Pass Village and Boardwalk are within easy reach. St. Petersburg bustles with shopping, dining, and entertainment possibilities. Its pier has an aquarium and five-story marketplace. Museums range from Salvador Dali collections and fine art spaces to Holocaust exhibits and college planetariums. St. Petersburg also manages a long list of parks, pools, and golf courses. The 47-mile Pinellas Trail runs through the city.

St. Petersburg's St. Anthony's Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.bocaciegaadultcommunity.com for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/hd8qfuu for listings.

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Florida:

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.

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Stats:

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

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Are 55+ Communities Really Retirement Communities

Many people who live in age-restricted developments (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide.

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