1141 Lauderdale West Drive (NW 85 Avenue), Plantation, Florida 33322
Peaceful, Settled 55+ Community of Lauderdale West in Southeastern Florida Boasts Single Story Homes, Tropical Landscaping and a Bounty of Social Events
Calling itself "Camelot in South Florida," 55+ Lauderdale West is minutes from Fort Lauderdale and the western edge of the Everglades in southeastern Florida. Built in the 1960s and 1970s, this quiet community has 1,000 single story homes on 286 acres.
Properties range from semi-attached villas and four-plex villas to single family homes. The villas have approximately 900 square feet to 1,250 square feet, one to two bedrooms, one to two baths and a parking space. Many have a screened patio and an eat-in kitchen. The larger single family homes may have up to four bedrooms and an attached, single car garage. Exteriors are mostly white with pastel-colored trim. Roofs are clay tile. Most single family dwellings also have a front, side and back lawn.
Resale prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
HOA fees cover the cost of cable, roof repair, lawn care, and exterior maintenance. Pets are allowed only if medically necessary.
The community has two clubhouses. The main one has an exercise room, a sauna, a library, a ballroom, and a crafts studio. Outside amenities include tennis courts, bocce ball courts and a swimming pool. Trails meander through a landscape of ponds, trees, and flowerbeds. Lauderdale West also has its own shuttle service and newspaper. Mah jongg, line dancing, chair yoga, stage productions, and improv classes are a few of the community's many activities.
The surrounding city of Plantation has big box retail, golf courses, and fine dining. Its aquatics complex is open for swim lessons, water aerobics, and arthritis programs. Its equestrian center contains 85 acres of bridle paths and paddocks, and the Preserve Golf Course has a clubhouse, a practice facility, and 18 challenging holes. The restored Pond Apple Slough is open to kayakers and swamp walkers.
Westside Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer high temperatures usually top out in the mid-90s. Winter temperature highs are in the 60s and 70s with lows in the 50s. Average rainfall is 50 inches per year with the usual summertime afternoon showers.
Visit https://www.lauderdalewest.org for more information. Go to tinyurl.com/yx982sk6 for listings.
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
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 community 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, that is having grown over time and never having been "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. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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