865 Pleasure Drive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
Laid Back and Established, 55+ Sunflower is in a Nice Town and Has Modular Homes, a Clubhouse, Mature Landscaping and Neighborhood Gatherings
Located on the eastern outskirts of Fort Collins in north central Colorado, Sunflower is an attractive, gated 55+ modular home community. Construction began in the early-2000s and wrapped up in 2018.
Each residence is energy efficient and has an attached one or two car garage, which is sometimes at a 90 degree angle to the main house, a slightly pitched roof, ample closet space, air conditioning, a patio and a front porch. Many have a skylight, cathedral ceilings and an eat-in kitchen.
All properties come with two bedrooms, two baths and between about 1,200 square feet to 1,700 square feet. Exteriors have vinyl siding in muted colors (gray, blue, yellow), and each home has a concrete driveway. The Rocky Mountains appear in the distance.
Modular homes are built in sections in a factory. The first Sunflower homes constructed, those before 2004, were built on stilts and skirts to HUD standards, while properties built after 2004 were constructed on permanent concrete foundations. The residences with concrete foundations generally cost more.
Prices start in the high-$100,000s, but the lot lease fee (instead of an HOA fee) is on the high side at around $1,067 per month, depending on the home. In some cases, there are additional fees for insurance, property tax and administration of about $150 to $175 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.
Sunflower is nicely landscaped with sidewalks and mature trees. A closely knit community, neighbors often gather at the clubhouse to play cards, have morning coffee and more. Residents also enjoy a putting green and pickleball courts. RV storage is available for a small fee.
Fort Collins is a thriving college town, home to Colorado State University, and it has an educated, outdoor-oriented population that enjoys a casual Western lifestyle. The city often tops lists of the "best places to live," thanks to its lively atmosphere, proximity to outstanding outdoor mountain recreation, plentiful restaurants, scenic setting and more.
Poudre Valley Hospital is award-winning and accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 14 of rain and 43 inches of snow per year. Humidity is low, and skies are blue.
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Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.
The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.
With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.
The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.
Newer Communities vs Older Communities
Retirement communities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These days new communities have a lot of bells and whistles, often including a large clubhouse with a state of the art fitness center, a resort-style swimming pool, an 18 hole championship golf course (or two or three), concierge services, transportation services, a rental program and much more. Something to keep in mind with newer communities is how the development will look when it is completely built out. And who will the residents be? Older communities often cannot match the amenities of newer ones, but they can make up for that by having an established group of residents. You have a better idea what you are getting when you buy into an older development.
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