Weekly Edition ~ August 10, 2018
"Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars?" ~Nora Roberts
This Week's Community Review:
In south central Maryland, Dowell is the setting for Harbours at Solomons Island, a good looking 55+ community bracketed by Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. Single family homes and carriage homes are for sale, and amenities include a waterside clubhouse, a beach, a protected deep sea marina and more.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
Lovely Chapel Hill is in central North Carolina and is the site of Briar Chapel, a "green," master planned community a new 55+ single family home neighborhood, 900 acres of open space, miles of trails, a community garden, a dog park and more.
Delray Beach is on the southeastern Florida coast and is the setting for Kings Point, a settled, gated 55+ condominium community with two golf courses, three clubhouses, a restaurant, five swimming pools, a bounty of activities and more.
Outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona, Peoria is the site of Westbrook Village, a large, established 40+ community with Mediterranean-style casitas, condos and single family homes. Homeowners enjoy recreation centers, golf courses, movie nights, ice cream socials and much more.
Boynton Beach is along the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern Florida and is the site of Venetian Isles, a beautiful large 55+ community tucked around ponds and canals. Single family homes and attached homes are for sale, and amenities include a clubhouse, a fitness center, an arts studio, a resistance pool, a putting green, walking trails and more.
In rolling East Tennessee, Loudon is the setting for Tellico Village, a master-planned, lakeside community popular with pre-retirees and retirees. Single family homes and town homes sit on wooded lots, and amenities include three golf courses, a marina, a wellness center and more.
Jasper is in rolling north central Georgia and is the location of Big Canoe, a large, wooded resort community popular with empty nesters and baby boomers. Residents enjoy with three lakes, a marina, 27 holes of golf, tennis courts, restaurants and a wide range of home prices.
On Florida's Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg is the site of Ciega Boca Point, a gated 55+ waterfront community with pastel-colored single level town homes and condominiums. Nearly every property has a boat dock and/or water views, and amenities include a putting green, a heated swimming pool, tennis courts and a good selection of activities.
Gold Canyon is east of Phoenix in southern Arizona and is the site of Mountainbrook Village, an established 55+ community with single family homes, "casitas," an activities director, swimming pools, tennis courts, a ceramics center, an 18 hole golf course and more.
On the southern North Carolina coast, Southport is the location of beautiful St. James Plantation, an all ages community that markets to baby boomers. A wide range of home styles in a wide range of prices are available, and amenities include a marina, a private beach club and 81 holes of golf.
On the southwestern Florida coast, lovely Naples is the site of Lely Resort, a beautiful all ages community popular with baby boomers. Amenities include two clubhouses, a lagoon-style pool, a bistro, three golf courses and an abundance of classes. Prices come in a wide range.
Very close to famous Hilton Head Island on the southern South Carolina coast, Hardeeville is the site of Abbey Glen, a cozy all ages community with a European flair and popular with baby boomers. Single level homes are for sale, and amenities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool and more. The development is nicely landscaped with a garden, a fountains and new trees.
Taxes and Retirement
Most people think that Florida is the most tax friendly state for retirees. While it offers many advantages, including no retirement income tax and a 50% homestead exemption, several other states are just as easy on the wallet when retirement time arrives. These include Georgia, Mississsippi, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska and Nevada. And on the other end of the scale, California, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Connecticut, Maryland, Vermont, Indiana and Wisconsin are among the least friendly states when it comes to retirement and taxes.
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