Cascades at St. Lucie West
7100 NW Cascades Isle Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986
Cascades, a Lush 55+ Neighborhood That is Part of a Larger Community in Southeastern Florida, Boasts Single Family Homes with Mediterranean Architecture and Plenty of Amenities
Port St. Lucie is on the southeastern Florida coast and is the home of Cascades at St. Lucie, a handsome 55+ neighborhood in the center of the master planned community of St. Lucie West. Built by Leavitt and Sons between 2000 and 2006, Cascades has nearly 1,200 single family homes.
All the properties are single story, and they come in a variety of sizes and styles, although all have Mediterranean architecture. Model themes are named after classic crystals, jewels and wines. Floor plans in the Jewel Collection include two to three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, and a covered back patio. A den and a great room may be part of a Vintage Collection house. Homes in the Crystal Collection boast an open floor plan. Most residences have between 1,255 and 2,500 square feet and back to a canal or wooded area. All have mature tropical landscaping and an attached two car garage.
Prices begin in the high-$100,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is subject to change. Quarterly HOA dues help pay for yard maintenance, street maintenance, common area upkeep and more.
The Cascades' gatehouse is manned, ensuring homeowners' security. The 26,000 square foot clubhouse features a fitness center, a library, a billiards room, a computer lab, and craft studios. The outdoor pool is surrounded by verandas, a bar, and a gazebo. Golfers enjoy a nine-hole, par-three course. Courts for tennis, bocce, basketball, and shuffleboard dot the area. Neighborhood clubs range from books and bridge to scuba and theater.
Port St. Lucie is the New York Mets' spring training site and has a network of parks, golf courses, canoe launches, and trails. The Botanical Gardens sits on 20 acres of lush landscaping. Residents also enjoy a green market. The Florida Atlantic University campus supports a lifelong learning institute as well as a community library.
St. Lucie Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Winter temperatures are in the 50s and 60s, and summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. On average, the area receives 57 inches of rain, most of it coming during the spring, summer and fall.
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Sticking out into Hurricane Alley, Florida was a land no nation seemed to want. Ruled successively by Spain, France, England, and the Confederate States of America, the state had a backwater reputation. Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, there were few cities. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.
In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way to Key West. The Great Florida Land Boom, the build-up to World War II, and the space industry also helped turn Florida into one of the nation's most populous states. In 1900, there were about 500,000 residents. Today, there are more than 20 million, almost 351 people per square mile.
Why do people keep coming? Tourism marketing is one reason. Annually, millions visit Orlando's theme parks and the state's 663 miles of white sand beaches. Taxes generated by the billion dollar vacation industry allow Florida to prosper without a personal income tax. Budget-sensitive retirees have flocked to its cities and shorelines.
If you can ignore the hurricanes, the state's climate is relatively mild. Only five other states are sunnier. Florida's system of state universities and community colleges is sizable, and its big cities are meccas for culture and the arts. Sarasota is a good example. Its Ringling Museum Complex contains internationally known art museum, a circus museum, an historic theater, and a 66-acre garden. Museums near Orlando range from a Zora Neale Hurston gallery to a Madame Tussauds.
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
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Who Buys in a 55+ Community?
Age-restricted communities, at least those for residents age 55 or better, generally appeal to people seeking a sense of community with other people from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Most developments are gated or at least have some type of secured access and appeal to retirees seeking a sense of security. People who enjoy lots of amenities, planned activities and social interaction also buy in 55+ developments. Just an FYI: newer communities tend to have a younger demographic while older communities usually have a more mature set of residents, primarily because residents in older developments purchased when they were younger and have stayed put.
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