10561 Veneto Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913
A Variety of Housing Styles, a Golf Course, a Resort-Style Pool, a Nature Preserve and Lush Landscaping Bring Retirees to 55+ Pelican Preserve
The gated 55+ golf community of Pelican Preserve stretches across 1,100 green acres on Florida's Gulf Coast. Construction started in the early-2000s and continues today. At build out, the development should contain 2,500 condominiums, attached houses, and single family homes.
Floor plans range from 1,229 square feet to 3,275 square feet. Condos are in mid-rise buildings with elevators, balconies, and assigned carport spots. Attached houses are grouped as duplexes or fourplexes. All have an attached garage. Detached villas and cottages may have up to four bedrooms, a covered lanai, and a master suite with a private bath.
Prices start in the mid- to high-$100,000s and top out in the $700,000s. Monthly HOA fees range from the $400s to the $700s. There is also a master HOA fee of about $210 per quarter. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
The Preserve's expanded 70,000 square foot Plaza Del Sol clubhouse has a fitness center, studios, game rooms, a hobby shop, a restaurant, an indoor pool, and a 100-seat movie theater. Outside amenities include a juice bar, a resort-style pool, courts for basketball or volleyball, and trails.
The community's 38-acre nature preserve has a butterfly garden and a fishing pier. A full-time activities director helps arrange events, everything from bunco nights and yoga classes to nature walks, Zumba classes and wine tastings. Members of the golf club have access to the 27-hole course and its striking fairways, pro-shop, restaurant, and spa.
Downtown Fort Myers has art and music walks. It Hodges University has a center for lifelong learning. The Edison and Ford Winter Estates showcase the homes, gardens, and labs of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. The white sand beaches of Sanibel and Captiva Islands are less than an hour away. The nearby Great Calusa Blueway is a kayaking trail that wanders down the Caloosahatchee River and through its tributaries.
Lee Memorial Hospital is not accredited by the Joint Commission, but it is accredited by DNV, a relatively new accrediting organization.
Fort Myers 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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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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