6400 Taylor Park, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Laid Back Alligator Park, a Well-Tended 55+ Cooperative in a Gulf Coast Town, Has Low Maintenance Mobile/Manufactured/Park Model Homes, RVs, a Heated Pool, a Chapel, a Fishing and Boating Lake and More
This resident-owned cooperative sits at 24 feet above sea level, one of the highest elevations in the area. Spreading across 50 acres, Alligator Park is home for 85 to 90 year-round residents. Its winter population can swell up to 800. The community's name comes from nearby Alligator Creek.
The community has about 400 spaces for manufactured homes, RVs and park models (similar to RVs but attached utilities). Lots are large enough for a three-bedroom double wide, and ample storage room and carports are common. Most homes are light colored, giving Alligator Park a uniform look. Lawns are well-kept and dotted with palm trees and bushes.
Prices start well below $100,000. Each homeowner must buy his lot for $31,000, which is his or her co op share and equal to one vote. Owners pay monthly fees between $224 and $231 to cover sewer, water and lawn mowing. Long-term renters pay $450 per month. Please verify these prices with the community or a Realtor as they are subject to change.
Alligator Park maintains a library, a chapel, a heated pool, and a shuffleboard court. Its mini-hall hosts billiards games and exercise classes. The clubhouse has a multi-purpose room and commercial kitchen. The 25-acre lake is open for fishing and non-motorized boating. Residents also meet for dances, pot-luck dinners, parades, cards, crafts, movies, and joint excursions.
The community allows pets but restricts some dog breeds.
The Seminole Lake Country Club, its tennis courts, and 18 holes of golf are minutes away. The neighboring Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park shelters more than 100 miles of shoreline. Visitors can kayak through its marshes, hike its forests, and view wading birds, manatees, and dolphins. Punta Gorda manages fishing piers, parks, and a marina. Its Harborwalk offers waterside shopping and dining.
NCH Healthcare System has two hospitals in Naples. Both are accredited by the Joint Commission and are award-winning year after year.
Summer high temperatures usually top out in the mid-90s. Winter temperature highs are in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
Visit www.alligatorpark.com for more information.
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting "snowbirds" to the state in the late 19th century, and retirees continue to flock to the state today. It's not hard to see why tourism has become Florida's leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands.
Florida also has 1,045 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
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 communities 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, meaning they have grown over time and were never "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. Some retirees prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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