Plantation at Leesburg
4720 Plantation Blvd., Leesburg, Florida 34748
Friendly, Established 55+ Community of Plantation at Leesburg is Not far From Orlando and Has Site Built Homes, Manufactured Homes, Swimming Pools, Clubhouses, Golf Courses, Tennis Courts and More
About an hour northwest of the greater Orlando area in east central Florida, the friendly, gated 55+ community of Plantation at Leesburg makes its home. The town of Leesburg has a scenic setting along the banks of Lake Harris, and Plantation at Leesburg has nicely groomed grounds that are dotted with palm trees, waterfalls and ponds.
Begun in 1987 and completed in 2008, Plantation at Leesburg now has more than 2,800 single family homes throughout 30 or more neighborhoods. Some of these are modest while others are more upscale. This development is interesting in that it has both manufactured homes and site built homes. Older site built properties have a wood frame with a stucco or vinyl exterior or are constructed from concrete blocks. Many have designer upgrades. Newer homes feature Mediterranean architecture. Sizes range from about 1,310 square feet to nearly 3,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two to three baths. Most residences have a screened-in porch; some properties have a pool and some have a waterfront location. Golf course views are common.
Prices range from the low-$100,000s to the $300,000s. The HOA fee is $100 per month. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
Residents enjoy 24-hour security and a good menu of amenities, including three clubhouses, each with a swimming pool. One pool even has a beach. Tennis courts, two fitness centers, basketball courts, walking trails and two 18 hole golf courses are just a few ways to stay busy.
Plantation at Leesburg also has three lifestyle directors on hand to plan and coordinate nearly 100 groups and activities, including a drama club, a computer club, political clubs, yoga classes, boxing classes and more.
Leesburg is a quiet, unassuming place. It has two colleges, Lake Sumter State College (8,000 students) and tiny Beacon College, which is for students with learning disabilities.
Leesburg Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Primary Stroke Center.
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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Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
Florida has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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
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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