1900 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center, Florida 33573
Large 55+ Community of Kings Point in West Central Florida Has Condos, Town Homes, Mature Landscaping, 27 Holes of Golf, Lovely Clubhouses and Swaying Palm Trees
Located in Sun City Center, about eight miles from the coast in west central Florida, 55+ Kings Point broke ground in 1973 and finished construction in 2015. It consists of nearly 5,300 5,250 condos, town homes and single family homes, not to mention 110 condominium associations and three HOAs. Although the community has a Sun City Center address, which started in the 1960s as one of the first age-restricted developments in the country, it is not legally a part of Sun City Center.
The development has a gated entrance and grounds with tall palm trees, short palm trees, flowering bushes and oak trees. Lanes wind around ponds, and there are a lot of cul de sacs. All homes are single story with one to three bedrooms. They range in size from about 800 square feet to more than 1,400 square feet. Some come fully furnished. Homes built in the 1970s and 1980s tend to be smaller than those built in the 1990s and 2000s. Newer dwellings are also closer to the golf courses. Older properties are fairly modest but many have upgrades, including granite countertops, oak cabinetry, hurricane windows, a front lanai or a glass enclosed sunroom. Nearly all exteriors are stucco.
Prices begin in the low-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are bound to change. Each of the HOAs has its own rules, and the fees help pay for lawn maintenance, pest control, a community cable channel, and clubhouse upkeep. Dues range from about $500 to $750 per month depending on home size and the condo association.
The community's main North Clubhouse has a cafe, an outdoor pool, an indoor lap pool, a card room, a wood shop, an art studio and more. Its Veterans Theater hosts monthly movies and live entertainment. The South Clubhouse has a Mediterranean theme, pool, a lounge, a restaurant, a fitness center, a catering kitchen and a stained glass studio.
Outdoor amenities include 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, shuffleboard decks, and lawn bowling facilities. Neighbors gather for yoga, zumba, art shows, creative writing classes, paint parties, karaoke nights, farmers' markets, day trips and much more. Residents may also take advantage of the amenities found at Sun City Center (the 55+ community).
Some of the community associations allow pets, but most do not. A security detail ensures residents' safety.
Homeowners are minutes from grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, beaches, and restaurants. The Kings Point Tram Service has both internal and external stops. Sun City Center holds an annual Fun Fest packed with food booths and entertainment. The Little Manatee River State Park runs along Sun City Center's southern border, and visitors can access its unique ecosystems by foot, boat, or horseback.
South Bay Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are mild and slightly less humid with temperatures in the 50s, 60s, low-70s. On average, the area receives 49 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.
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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