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Little Manatee Springs

4337 Hamlin Way, Wimauma, Florida 33598

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Little Manatee Springs, an Attractive, Gated 55+ Manufactured Home Community in West Central Florida, Boasts Lakes, a Fishing Pond, a Nine-Hole Golf Course, Covered RV Parking and More

Wimauma is in west central Florida, about 20 miles east of Tampa Bay. It is the site of Little Manatee Springs, an attractive, gated 55+ manufactured single family home community burrowed into an old orange grove along the banks of the Little Manatee River. The development borders Sun City Center, a large 55+ community, and is nearly completely ringed by Little Manatee River State Park.

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Little Manatee Springs has 265 sites, many with brand new homes. Builders include Jacobsen, Palm Harbor, Merit and others. All properties eclipse HUD standards for safety and construction, and most have lap siding and a pitched roof. Floor plans have approximately 1,000 square feet to 1,500 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two baths and energy efficient appliances. Upgrades include decks, dens, trey ceilings, oak cabinetry, arched windows and garages. A few homes are fully furnished, and many have a screened porch. All have a small yard, a car port and a concrete driveway.

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Prices start below $100,000 and top out in the low- to mid-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change. Water, sewer, garbage, security, and lawn services are covered by monthly lot rental fees.

The community boasts palm trees, nature trails and several spring-fed lakes. A fishing pond, a clubhouse, a heated swimming pool, a library, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and a billiards room are a few of the shared amenities. For those who want to practice their game before visiting one of the 70 nearby golf courses, Little Manatee Springs boasts a nine-hole pitch-and-putt facility. Covered RV parking is available, too. Although there are some restrictions, pets are welcome.

The neighboring state parks (Alafia River and Little Manatee River) offer hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and camping. The Alafia River Park contains some of Florida's most challenging off-road bike trails.

Wimauma does not have a hospital, but South Bay Hospital is in Sun City Center and is accredited by the Joint Commission. It is also a primary stroke center.

Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain each year.

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Visit www.hometownamerica.com/LittleManateeSprings for more information.

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Florida:

The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.

Each of these geographic regions is packed with its own history and attractions. The first place to be colonized by Europeans, the First Coast is rich with tidal marshes. It's the home of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. The venerable Castillo de San Marcos sits here and guards the Matanzas Bay.

Daytona Beach and the Halifax River are the heart of the Surf Coast. Automobile racing helped it develop its reputation. The area code is 386 (FUN). South of the fun is the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the Kennedy Space Center are a part of its culture.

Named after the Spanish fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, the Treasure Coast's principle city is Port St. Lucie. It is a northern neighbor to Miami and the Gold Coast. The affluent Naples and major land reserves characterize the Paradise Coast. The Ringling Estate and Sarasota make the Cultural Coast come alive. Twenty miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast distinguish the Suncoast from the forests and blackwater rivers of the Nature Coast.

Travel up to Florida's Big Bend along its emerald waters. Find the Forgotten Coast. With no major cities, it may be the best place to enjoy the state's white-sand beaches.

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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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Why are HOA Fees So High in 55+ Communities?

HOA fees (homeowner association fees) come in a wide range, and each 55+ community has a different set of guidelines for determining its HOA fees. Generally, the more amenities, the higher the fee. And often older communities have higher fees because as a development ages, maintenance costs increase. Most communities have bylaws stating how high HOA fees can be raised each year. When looking for a 55+ community, always ask about the fees. How much are they? What do they cover? How many increases have there been in the last 10 years? If the developer or sales staff will not tell you, visit on a Saturday when people are out and about and ask a resident or two about the HOA fees.

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