800 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, Florida 33767
On Florida's Central Gulf Coast, Clearwater Point is a Settled, Partly Age-Restricted Condominium Community with Floor to Ceiling Windows in Some Units, Amazing Water Views, a Private Beach and More
Nestled on Clearwater Beach's southeastern tip on Florida's mid-Gulf Coast, Clearwater Point is nearly surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. This is an established condominium community, built in the 1970s and 1980s, and it is partly for people younger than 55 and partly for people age 55 and better.
The development consists of nine buildings, with four nine-story towers and five three-story surrounding ones. The exteriors are pastel yellow or other light color. Only two of the buildings are age-restricted.
Nearly all floorplans include two bedrooms and two bathrooms with about 1,000 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Every unit has a small balcony or porch. Most of the homes have been updated and may have electric hurricane shutters, a kitchen counter bar, surround sound, a Murphy bed, recessed lighting, granite countertops and more. More than half of the units have unrestricted views of the water and marinas, and many homes have floor to ceiling windows.
Parking spaces are available for residents and guests. Grassy patches dotted with palm trees are interspersed between the buildings and parking spaces.
Prices begin in the high-$400,000s. The monthly HOA fee is in the high-$500s to mid-$700s and helps pay for amenities and common area maintenance.
Clearwater Point has three swimming pools, a hot tub, a private beach, and courts for tennis or shuffleboard. Sand Key Park is just across the Gulf Boulevard bridge and has beach cabanas and large bathhouses. Birders may be able to catch glimpses of herons, spoonbills, and moorhens.
To the north, Caladesi State Park has a marina and a three-mile kayak trail. Clearwater Beach's Pier 60, a 1,080-foot fishing pier and park, celebrates the sunset with entertainment from 6 to 9 PM. Across the causeway, Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall offers a full season of performing arts. The city's Cleveland Street District has an abundance of restaurants and boutiques.
Morton Plant Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is typical of Florida. Summer temperatures reach into the 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. The area receives 50 inches of rain per year, on average.
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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.
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