Sugarmill Woods, 87 Cypress Blvd. West, Homosassa, Florida 34446
Surrounded by Wildlife Areas and Dotted with Open Space, Sugarmill Woods Has 45 Holes of Golf, Single Family Homes, Attached Homes and a Mature Demographic
A few miles south of Homosassa in northwestern Florida, the well-established community of Sugarmill Woods is bracketed by two wildlife management areas and spreads across 6,000 acres of rolling hills and woods. Almost a third of the development is dedicated to open space. Although it is for all ages, the community is popular with empty nesters and baby boomers.
Single family homes and multi-family housing populate Sugarmill Wood's three neighborhoods. Most properties are two to three bedrooms. Available resales might have granite countertops, solar attic vents, 3 Zone HVAC, and an updated master bath. Some homes have their own salt system pools. Many town homes and villas have a screened lanai, a shared courtyard, and extra storage. Lawns are nicely manicured, and common grounds are lush and green. Nearly all dwellings back to a wooded area.
Prices begin at around $100,000 and top out in the $400,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. Each neighborhood has its own HOA, and one civic association helps Sugarmill Woods deal with external matters such as new roadways and water regulations. The Citrus County Sherifff's office patrols regularly, and there is a volunteer crime watch patrol.
The Sugarmill Woods Country Club and Southern Woods Country Club are within the community's boundaries. Together they offer 45 holes of golf, clubhouses, restaurants, and pro-shops. The Oak Village Sports complex contains a tennis center, a swimming pool, fitness equipment, and courts for racquetball or shuffleboard. Recreation and membership fees apply.
Residents are minutes away from area beaches as well as fresh and salt water fishing. Retail shops and restaurants are within easy reach. The nearby Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area has a campground and hiking trails. The Withlacooche State Forest has a boat ramp, horse trails, and a fishing dock. The Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has a floating observatory where visitors can view manatees.
Homosassa does not have a hospital, but Seven Rivers Community Medical Center (128 beds) is 10 miles away in Crystal River has won a national award for patient safety. It is accredited by the Joint Commission
Summer temperatures reach into the 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 53 inches of rain each year.
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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
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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