11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., Hudson, Florida 34667
On Florida's Gulf Coast, Gated 55+ Heritage Pines Features Pastel-Colored Town Homes and Single Family Homes, a Golf Course, Conservation Areas, 40+ Clubs, an Activities Director and More
Developed by Lennar and U.S. Homes from 1999 to 2007, the 55+ community of Heritage Pines is in Hudson, a mellow town on Florida's central Gulf Coast. It is less than an hour away from Clearwater and Tampa.
Spread across rolling hills and peppered with lakes, coconut palms and convervation areas, Heritage Pines has 1,407 single story, attached villas (town homes), single family homes and estates. The villas have 1,300 square feet to more than 1,700 square feet, at least two bedrooms and a garage. The single-family homes and estates can have as much as 3,500 square feet with four bedrooms and a three-car garage. Many residences have an ample master suite with walk-in closets. Exterior colors include soft blue, soft orange, soft tan, soft green and more. Fairway and conservation land views are prevalent.
Prices begin in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change. Some resales come furnished. Although there is an umbrella community association, villages within Heritage Pines are self-governing. Homes can be maintenance-free or owner-maintained.
Heritage Pines is gated with 24/7 security. The full-time activities director oversees 40 registered clubs with wide-ranging interests, everything from chorus singing and motorcycle riding to theatrical performing. Events include health expos, insurance seminars, and AARP driving lessons.
The resident-owned, 18-hole golf course features five different starting points, a driving range, and a chipping green. The community's expansive clubhouse has a fitness center, a performing arts center, a billiards room, a wood working shop, and a crafts studio with kilns. The Fireside Dining Room and Bar offers a full-service menu. Har-tru tennis courts, a heated outdoor pool, and biking trails round out the amenities.
Hudson boasts a six acre waterfront park with a small, narrow beach that was built by residents in the 1960s. This clean strip of sand has a boardwalk and a boat ramp. Man-made canals lace the city.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The area has a hot, humid climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
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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. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the 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 spread across 10 acres.
Florida has 1,250 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
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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