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Providence

131 Chadwick Drive, Davenport, Florida 33837

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Popular with Baby Boomers, Providence is a Large Golf Community with Single Family Homes, Attached Homes, a Grand Clubhouse and Well-Tended Neighborhoods Dotted with Palm Trees

Less than an hour from Orlando in central Florida, the gated golf community of Providence was created by ABD Development Company. Houses built by Lennar, Richmond, Emerald, DR Horton, Park Square, and Contempo fill the many well-tended neighborhoods. Baby boomers and empty nesters fill many of the houses.

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Providence spreads across 2,200 manicured acres, and many homesites have lake or golf course views. New and resale homes range from low-maintenance villas and cottages to single-family homes and palatial estates. Most have a Mediterranean architectural theme and mature landscaping with palm trees and flowering bushes. Cottages and villas have three bedrooms and a two-car garage. Master bathrooms may have dual vanities, jetted tubs, or walk-in showers. A small estate in the Heritage Green neighborhood might have four bedrooms, a three-car garage, a kitchen pantry, a breakfast nook, and stainless steel appliances.

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Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s and top out at more than a million dollars. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are bound to change.

The par-72 Michael Dasher golf course is at the heart of the community. Its grand clubhouse has a full service restaurant with patio dining, community rooms, and a pro shop. Tennis courts, two swimming pools, and a fitness center round out the development's amenities. Sidewalks are wide enough to accommodate bikers, walkers, and joggers. More than half of Providence is dedicated to green space.

Davenport is small but growing. The town hosts the Big Belly Barbecue Battle and the Horse Creek Festival, a celebration of heritage and art. Posner Park, a large outdoor mall, is anchored by big box retailers. The nearby Lake Louisa State Park is open for canoeing and kayaking. Nearby Lake Tohopekaliga is a bass fisherman's paradise.

Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.

The area has a humid, subtropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 51 inches of rain per year.

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Visit www.providenceflorida.com for more information.

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Florida:

The world's 11th largest peninsula doesn't just have an east coast and a west coast. It has a First Coast, Surf Coast, Space Coast, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast, Paradise Coast, Lee Island Coast, Cultural Coast, Nature Coast, Big Bend Coast, Emerald Coast, and a Forgotten Coast.

Each of these geographic regions is packed with its own history and attractions. The first place to be colonized by Europeans, the First Coast is rich with tidal marshes. It's the home of Amelia Island and St. Augustine. The venerable Castillo de San Marcos sits here and guards the Matanzas Bay.

Daytona Beach and the Halifax River are the heart of the Surf Coast. Automobile racing helped it develop its reputation. The area code is 386 (FUN). South of the fun is the Space Coast. Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and the Kennedy Space Center are a part of its culture.

Named after the Spanish fleet lost in a 1715 hurricane, the Treasure Coast's principle city is Port St. Lucie. It is a northern neighbor to Miami and the Gold Coast. The affluent Naples and major land reserves characterize the Paradise Coast. The Ringling Estate and Sarasota make the Cultural Coast come alive. Twenty miles of beaches along the Gulf Coast distinguish the Suncoast from the forests and blackwater rivers of the Nature Coast.

Travel up to Florida's Big Bend along its emerald waters. Find the Forgotten Coast. With no major cities, it may be the best place to enjoy the state's white-sand beaches.

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Stats:

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

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Why are HOA Fees So High in 55+ Communities?

HOA fees (homeowner association fees) come in a wide range, and each 55+ community has a different set of guidelines for determining its HOA fees. Generally, the more amenities, the higher the fee. And often older communities have higher fees because as a development ages, maintenance costs increase. Most communities have bylaws stating how high HOA fees can be raised each year. When looking for a 55+ community, always ask about the fees. How much are they? What do they cover? How many increases have there been in the last 10 years? If the developer or sales staff will not tell you, visit on a Saturday when people are out and about and ask a resident or two about the HOA fees.

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