Weekly Edition ~ June 15, 2018
"I am a part of all that I have met." ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
This Week's Community Review:
Gold Canyon, Arizona
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.
Previous Weekly Reviews:
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.
Surprise is outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona and is the location of Arizona Traditions, a 55+ community with single family homes, an 18 hole golf course, a lovely, 24,000 square foot clubhouse, swimming pools, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, bicycling trails, a woodworking shop, a stained glass studio, a fitness center and more.
Port St. Lucie is on the southeastern Florida coast and is the location of Vitalia at Tradition, a 55+ single family home enclave within a larger development. Amenities include lakes, a putting green, tennis courts, walking trails, a swimming pool with cabanas and more.
Beautiful Walnut Creek is east of San Francisco in Northern California and is the setting for Rossmoor, an established, gated 55+ community with wooded grounds, condos, co-ops, single family homes, two golf courses, five clubhouses, a bounty of activiites and events and more.
Just 10 miles west of the Intracoastal Waterway in eastern Maryland, Ocean Pines is a large, all ages community, and The Parke is a 55+ neighborhood within it. Single family homes and town homes are for sale, and amenities include two marinas, a yacht club, a golf course, a crabbing pier, a community garden and more.
Outside of Tucson in southern Arizona, Marana is the site of Sunflower, an established 55+ community within the gates of the all ages development of Continental Ranch. Single level, Mediterranean-style homes are for sale. Amenities include a village center, tennis courts, a putting green, walking trails and a packed social events calendar.
On Florida's southeastern coast, stylish Boca Raton is the setting for lovely Boca Pointe, a large, lush community with villages, a retail center, a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pools, a lifelong learning program and a wide variety of home styles and prices.
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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