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Tara Woods

19376 US Hwy 41 N., N. Fort Myers, Florida 33903

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Gated and Well-Maintained, 55+ Tara Woods Boasts Good-Looking Manufactured Homes, Two Swimming Pools, Three Lakes, Tennis Courts, RV Storage and More

Located on 212 tropical acres, Tara Woods is an attractive, gated 55+ manufactured home and mobile home community. Wide boulevards without sidewalks meander throughout the development, and there are plenty of trees to provide shade from the Florida sun.

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New and previously-owned homes are for sale, and they come in a variety of size, styles and colors. Floor plans range from about 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths to nearly 2,000 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. Many older properties have a carport, a sunroom and brick pillars. Newer homes look site-built and have an attached garage and designer features, including tray ceilings, granite countertops, bay windows, a sunken tub and French doors. Custom homes are available, too. Yards are small but have palm trees, flowering bushes and an old fashioned mailbox. Some homes back to one of the community's three lakes.

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Prices start below $100,000 and top out in the low-$200,000s. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.

In addition to the lakes, Tara Woods has a large clubhouse with two heated swimming pools, a sauna, a Jacuzzi, a small library, a billiards room and a fitness center. There are also basketball courts, tennis courts, shuffleboard, a Laundromat, 24-hour security and RV storage. The community has a friendly reputation, with residents frequently getting together for planned activities and events. Golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation around the community.

North Fort Myers is just to the north of Cape Coral and across the river from Fort Myers on the southwestern Florida coast. While Tara Woods offers a good menu of amenities, this area also has its share of attractions, including beaches, golf courses, restaurants, theaters, fishing venues and some amazing sunsets.

Lee Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is award-winning.

Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, 53 inches of rain fall each year.

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Visit www.hometownamerica.com/TaraWoods 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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