Weekly Edition ~ February 23, 2018
"Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only." ~Samuel Butler
This Week's Community Review:
Port St. Lucie, Florida
On the southeastern Florida coast, Port St. Lucie is a settled 55+ neighborhood within the larger, all ages community of St. Lucie West. Mediterranean-style single family homes are for sale, and amenities include a nine hole golf course, a large clubhouse, an outdoor swimming pool, a manned entry gate, tennis courts and more.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
Cary is in central North Carolina and is the site of Carolina Preserve at Amberly, an established, welcoming 55+ community within a larger, all ages development. Single family homes and town homes are for sale, and amenities include a clubhouse, a resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a putting green, a lake and an abundance of clubs, events and activities.
Outside of Orlando in north central Florida, Summerfield is the location of Spruce Creek South, a gated, low key 55+ single family home community with single story homes. Amenities include a golf course, tennis courts, RV storage, a clubhouse and more.
Mellow St. Marys is on Georgia's southern coast and is the site of Winding River, an inviting single family home community that is popular with baby boomers. It has a variety of architectural styles, including coastal and cottage, as well as a beautiful clubhouse, a zero-entry pool, nature trails, marsh views, a planned dog park and more.
Along the northern South Carolina coast, idyllic Murrells Inlet, once a pirates' hangout, is the site of Spring Forest, a cozy, comfortable 55+ community with single level homes, nearly all of which face or back to a pond or canal. Amenities include a nice clubhouse, a swimming pool, RV parking and a good menu of social events. HOA fees are reasonable, too.
On the southwestern Florida coast, Ft. Myers is the site of Cinnamon Cove, a gated 55+ community with condominiums, town homes, single family homes, lakes, 10 swimming pools, a spa, a plethora of activity groups and more.
Calabash sits near the mouth of the quiet, crook-necked Calabash River in southeastern North Carolina and is the setting for Brunswick Plantation, a pretty resort popular with baby boomers and retirees. Condominiums, town homes and single family homes are for sale, and most have golf course or lake views. Residents enjoy 27 holes of golf, seven swimming pools, five clubhouses and more.
Stuart is a nice town on Florida's southeastern coast and is the site of the Monterey Yacht and Country Club, a casual 55+ condominium community with clubhouses, a golf course, a yacht club and a bounty of activities.
Comfortable Schertz is outside of San Antonio in south central Texas and is the site of Scenic Hills, a leafy, settled 55+ community with a manned entry gate, brick single family homes, a nice lodge, RV and boat storage and a bounty of groups and activities.
Fort Myers is on the southwestern Florida coast and is the site of Cinnamon Cove, an established 55+ community with single family homes, town homes, condos, swimming pools, fishing lakes, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, a clubhouse, social groups, organized activities, manicured grounds and more.
Charming Murrells Inlet, on South Carolina's northern shore, is home to Seasons, 55+ neighborhood within the popular all ages development of Prince Creek. Amenities include a large clubhouse, a PGA PTC golf course, a lifestyle director and more. Homes are single family and most have a view of a fairway, water or woods.
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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