101 Katy Lane, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
Willow Lake, an Attractive 55+ Community in Northwestern Louisiana, Features Brick Single Level Homes Designed for Aging
Outside of Bossier City and just down the road from Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana, Willow Lake is a quiet, gated 55+ community with features designed to accommodate aging and long-term use. It sits on 40 acres and was built in the early- to mid-2000s.
The community has a peaceful, country atmosphere, and the 165 single family brick homes are designed for downsizing or upscaling as tastes and needs change. There are nine floor plans from which to choose, and sizes range from approximately 1,464 square feet to 3,232 square feet. Interior features include wider doorways lower light switches and higher electrical sockets. Doors and faucets have lever handles. Thresholds are flush and there are no stairs; all homes are built on one level. Most homes have granite countertops and ceramic tile showers. Some properties feature an RV port equipped with water, sewer and power hookups. A few ports are enclosed and can be used as a spare room or as an air-controlled storage space.
Prices begin in the low-$200,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change.
Amenities include a 4,700 square foot clubhouse, a stocked private lake, plenty of walking trails and planned activities.
Bossier City and its sister city Shreveport across the Red River offer plenty to do. Locals and tourists enjoy three large riverboat casinos and a thoroughbred racetrack. The festive Louisiana Boardwalk is home to shops, restaurants, cafes and clubs. Nearby lakes are perfect for fishing, and The Golf Club at Stonebridge is just 10 minutes from Willow Lake. Barksdale Air Force Base is also here.
Shreveport's LSU Health is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures reach into the 90s and winter temperatures dip into the 40s. On average, the area receives 46 inches of rain a year.
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The Pelican State was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812. By the 1840's, plantations dotted the state's lush lowlands, Mississippi steamboats reached the Gulf of Mexico, and New Orleans became the country's second largest port.
Perched above the Gulf at the mouth of the Mississippi, Louisiana is comprised mostly of lowlands, bayous, rolling pine hills and prairies. Its highest point, Mount Driskill, is only 535 feet above sea level. Semi-tropical conditions dominate. Areas close to the coast see very little difference between summer and winter.
Louisianans are leading producers of sweet potatoes, rice, sugar cane, shrimp, and muskrat fur. The state's extracted mineral wealth comes from deposits of salt, sulfur, natural gas, and offshore crude petroleum. Tourism continues to be an important part of the economy.
The state is the only one in the Union with laws on the books that refer back to the Napoleonic Code. It is also the only state to shun counties as a political subdivision. Louisiana prefers a system of parishes instead.
Population - 4,681,666
Persons 65 years old and over - 14%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 83%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 22%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 59%
Median household income - $45,047
Median home value - $144,100
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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