7092 Placida Rd., Cape Haze (Placida), Florida 33946
Water Views, Beach Access and "Old Florida" Architecture are Standard at Palm Island, a Gated, All Ages Resort with a Marina, Swimming Pools, Tennis Courts and a Nature Center
Developed by the Charlotte Harbor Land Company, all ages Palm Island Resort sits at the north end of Knight Island on Florida's southwestern coast. Designed with the environment in mind, this barrier island community sits across the bay from Cape Haze. Port Charlotte and Fort Myers are two of the nearest cities.
Palm Island Resort consists of condominiums and single family homes built in "Old Florida" and Key West styles. Most have Gulf of Mexico views and easy access to the community's two-mile stretch of beach. Community streets are unpaved.
Prices start in the high-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Residents enjoy five heated pools, 11 tennis courts, a fitness center, a nature center and an internet cafe. Classes include yoga on the beach or a guided walk with the community's naturalist.
Rum Bay Restaurant serves lunch, libations, and dinner. Coconut's Cafe has breakfast pastries, coffee, and groceries. Coconut's rentals range from beach umbrellas and bicycles to golf carts and kayaks.
Palm Bay's marina is located at Cape Haze on the mainland. The facility has full marine service, berths as long as 65 feet, and Leverock's, a restaurant featuring fresh fish and seafood. The resort's activities director can help residents find tickets to mainland events like spring training baseball in Port Charlotte or concerts at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performance Hall.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte is the nearest accredited hospital and is 22 miles away.
Summer temperatures usually top out in the low-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.
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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
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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