Cypress Falls at the Woodlands
2598 Oswego Drive, North Port, Florida 34289
Gated 55+ Cypress Falls at the Woodlands on Florida's Gulf Coast Has Single Family Homes, Town Homes, an Activities Director, a Putting Green, Gardening Plots and More
Tucked in the nice coastal town of North Port between Tampa and Fort Myers on Florida's mid-Gulf Coast, the 55+ community of Cypress Falls at the Woodlands started out in 2005. The orginal builder was Lennar Homes, but the company halted construction at about 150 homes in 2008 when the Great Recession arrived. Del Webb/Pulte took over the development in 2012 and construction of new homes continues today.
The number of single family homes and town homes will eventually number about 700. Attached villas have up to 1,651 square feet with two to three bedrooms and a two-car garage. Single family properties have up to 3,300 square feet and feature two to five bedrooms with a two to three car garage. Some dwellings have a lanai, a breakfast bar, a great room, granite countertops, a den, and/or a private spa. All homes boast attractive Mediterranean-style architecture, a nicely manicured lawn and tropical vegetation.
Prices begin in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
The community has a full-time activities director and personal trainers on staff. The expansive clubhouse has a library, an internet cafe, a billiards room, and a fitness center. Outdoor, residents can paddle in a heated swimming pool or train in a resistance pool. Cypress Falls also maintains two tennis courts, four bocce ball courts, gardening plots, a putting green and a dog park. The weekly calender is filled with aerobics classes, movie nights, book clubs, candlelight yoga, and line dancing.
The area around North Port boasts more than 80 miles of blueways and canals. The city manages 26 parks and facilities, and it art center holds classes popular painting and photography classes. The North Port Performing Arts Center is home to the city's concert band, chorale, and symphony. North Port is also the site of Warm Mineral Springs, a sink hole with healing waters that some people think might be the Fountain of Youth.
North Port does not have a hospital, but Fawcett Memorial Hospital is only nine miles away in Charlotte and is accredited.
This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons a year. Summer and early fall are hot and humid. Late fall and winter are less humid and cooler. On average, North Port receives 54 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
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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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