10459 High Grove Avenue, Lake Placid, Florida 33852
Quiet, Friendly 55+ Covered Bridge is in Central Florida and Has a Variety of Home Styles, Lake Access and Reasonable Prices
Surrounded by a gently rolling landscape dotted with lakes, Lake Placid is in central Florida and is the site of Covered Bridge, a quiet, friendly 55+ community with both manufactured homes and new block construction duplexes and single family homes. Building began in 2004 and is nearing completion. The builder is the Cottage Company, now called X-Urban Construction, a family-owned Florida company.
The community has about 100 manufactured homes and about 130 site built homes. Floor plans have one to three bedrooms. The manufactured properties have a carport, while each block construction home has an attached garage. All properties are one story, and lawns are well kept.
Home prices generally start in the mid-$200,000s. The HOA fee is less than $100 per month and covers lawn mowing, basic cable and upkeep of the amenities. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are sure to change.
Amenities include a clubhouse with tennis courts and a heated outdoor swimming pool. The western edge of Covered Bridge sits next to Jack Creek, which allows easy access to three nearby lakes from the community boat dock.
Neighbors gather for all kinds of events, including potlucks, morning coffees, movies, a dog parade, bingo, talent shows and more. Golf cart is the favorite mode of transportation, and RV storage is available. Covered Bridge has a country locale, with a peachtree orchard and tall oaks lining the eastern perimiter. One old entrance has an actual covered bridge.
Lake Placid is known for the 40 larger than life, professionally painted murals that adorn its downtown structures. Each mural depicts the history or ecology of the area, and many have hidden messages from their artist. Downtown has some gift shops, antique stores and the like. Nearly 30 freshwater lakes are in and around town. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are about an hour away.
Florida Hospital Lake Placid is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is typical of Florida. Summer temperatures reach into the 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. The area receives 50 inches of rain per year, on average.
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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.
Why are Active Adult Communities So Expensive?
This is a common question - why are active adult communities, whether they be age-targeted or age-restricted, so expensive? Generally, the answer is because they have a lot of amenities, services and facilities that regular neighborhoods just do not have. Active adult developments, especially newer ones, like to think of themselves as resorts, and in many case, they come close. Resort-style swimming pools, large, lavish clubhouses, riding stables, beaches, marinas, lifelong learning opportunities, trips, planned activities, an activities director, medical services and concierge services all add to the price of a community. Even developments with manufactured homes can be expensive - the homes may be reasonably priced, but the lease lot fees can be high.
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