29250 US Highway 19 N., Clearwater, Florida 33761
Tropical 55+ Mobile Home/Manufactured Home Cooperative of Doral Village Boasts a Creek, a Clubhouse, a Swimming Pool, Plenty of Activities and Nearby Beaches
Situated along the west central coast of Florida, Clearwater is the site of Doral Village, a 55+ mobile home/manufactured home community. It sits on 69 well-kept acres and has 527 homes. Sidewalks and palm streets line the streets.
Exterior colors include white, tan, gray and blue. Homes have one to three bedrooms, a screened porch, air conditioning, a carport, and ample storage. Driveways are paved, and grassy areas sit between properties. Some residences have a new roof, ceiling fans, and an extra large shower.
Doral Village also has a pet neighborhood, but animals that live here must meet size requirements. Indoor cats are welcome throughout the village.
Doral Village is a "cooperative," meaning that homeowners can buy a membership certificate (ownership share) in the corporation that owns Doral Village. Nearly 60% of residents own a membership certificate. The remaining residents (homeowner/tenants) own their own home but rent their lot from the cooperative. Membership certificate holders can vote on cooperative issues, but homeowner/tenants can not. Membership certificate holders also pay a lower monthly fee than homeowner/tenants.
Home prices begin below $100,000. Membership certificates are $36,000 in addition to the home cost, and the monthly fee is $204. The monthly fee for homeowner/tenants is $525.
Residents enjoy a nice clubhouse, a swimming pool, a library, shuffleboard courts and more. Activities and classes range from bowling to weekly coffee get-togethers, from travel trips to zumba. The creek that runs through the village is visited by egrets and blue herons.
A mile and a half path encircles the community and is the place for a daily walk. Golf carts also use the path for travel from home to community amenities.
Downtown Clearwater hosts a Blast Friday, a film festival, a farmers' market, and a jazz holiday. The city manages five pools, a 126-slip marina, and a public art program. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium specializes in dolphin and turtle rehabilitation. Clearwater Beach, often named as one of the nation's most beautiful, is just 12 miles away.
Morton Plant Hospital has nearly 700 beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons per year, one hot and humid and one less hot and less humid. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
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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.
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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.
Is Everyone in a 55+ Community Really 55+?
Not everyone who lives in a 55+ community is age 55 or better. Generally, at least 80% of residents must be at least age 55 (and at least one occupant of each housing unit must be age 55), while the remaining 20% may be younger (but usually at least age 45). Children are allowed to visit but generally cannot stay more than two weeks at a time. It is also usually the case that older, more established 55+ communities have an older residential demographic.
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