71 Windmill Blvd., Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Gated 55+ Waterfront Community of Windmill Village in Punta Gorda, Florida Has Low Maintenance Manufactured Homes, a Marina and Direct Access to Charlotte Harbor
Situated along the shores of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor on the southwestern Florida coast, Windmill Village is a gated, resident-owned, professionally managed 55+ community. It has 454 manufactured homes, many of which sit along the water.
Rentals, home sites, and resales are available. A modest home can include new A/C and a porch overlooking the Village's Zyder Zee Marina. Higher-end homes might have new laminate flooring, hurricane shutters, upgraded window treatments, a lanai, a storage shed, a covered boat lift, a laundry room, extra wide doorways, and solar panels. Most properties have a covered car port.
Prices start in the low- to mid-$100,000s. Maintenance fees, which are about $200 per month, help cover the cost of on-site boat trailer storage, lawn care, and courtesy van rides to local shopping outlets. Buyers must also pay a refundable share and bond fee of about $20,000. Please verify all prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change over time.
The grounds are dotted with coconut palms, and the community's boat ramp and marina offer direct access to Charlotte Harbor and the the Gulf of Mexico. The clubhouse has a stage, a library, a woodworking shop, a billiards room, and a heated outdoor pool. Residents meet to play bocce ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. Clubs range from books and computing to memoir writing and weight loss. Windmill Village also hosts dances, dinners, concerts, a talent show, a nautical auction, and casino trips.
Punta Gorda has a visual arts center with opportunities for classes and exhibitions. The city promotes a bicycle loaner program, and its Punta Gorda Pathways are open to both runners and cyclists. The city's 19-acre Nature Park features wetlands, uplands, an interpretive walk, and wildlife. Ponce De Leon Park overlooks the harbor and has fishing piers as well as a mangrove boardwalk.
Charlotte Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Winter temperatures are in the 50s and 60s, and summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain, most of it coming during the spring, summer and fall.
Visit www.windmillvillage.com for more information.
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
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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