12005 Paradise Pointe Way, New Port Richey, Florida 34654
Gated 55+ Summertree Boasts Attractive Single Family Homes, Town Homes, Mature Tropical Landscaping, a Nine Hole Golf Course and More
New Port Richey is on Florida's central Gulf Coast and is the setting for Summertree, a gated 55+ community with 800 single family homes and town homes. It was developed by a handful of builders between 1974 and 2015 and has six separate neighbohoods.
Each neighborhood has its own HOA, and older areas tend to be less expensive than newer sections. Homes have roughly 800 square feet to 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms and two baths. Each property has an attached garage and most have a recessed entry way.
The landscaping is lush and mature, with tall trees, creeks, gardens and ponds, giving Summertree a soothing quality.
Amenities include a golf club and a nine hole course. Homeowners also enjoy the expansive Recreation Facility and its two heated swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a fitness center, a ballroom dance studios and more.
Home prices start in the low-$200,000s. The monthly HOA is said to be approximately $285 to $385, depending on the neighborhood. Please verify these prices with a Realtor.
New Port Richey is primarily suburban with a nice MainStreet and numerous festivals and events, including the popular Casco Fiesta Parade. Green Key Beach has a nice strip of white sand, and Anclote Island is home to abundant wildlife.
The Medical Center of Trinity is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summers and early fall are hot and rainy with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Late fall and winter are generally dry and sunny with temperatures in the 50s, 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.
The concept of living in an active adult community started in the 1950s and 1960s. The first 55+ community was in Youngtown, Arizona and opened in 1954 (it removed its age restriction in 1999). Del Webb's Sun City, also in Arizona, opened in 1960 and is the longest-running 55+ community in the U.S. DelWebb is still building 55+ developments today.
Other builders, catching on to the baby boomer retirement wave, have also been building 55+ communities. Today the largest 55+ community is The Villages in central Florida. It has three zip codes, nearly 60,000 homes, 120,000 residents and sprawls across 200,000 acres.
People are drawn to these communities because most residents are of the same socioeconomic background. They share a common history and outlook. It is easy to make new friends and find a sense of community. And 55+ community amenities, particularly in newer developments, are especially appealing. They often rival resort amenities (and can be what drive costs up). Aside from summer camp or an all-inclusive resort, where can you find golf courses, marinas, planned activities, fitness centers and much more, all for one price?
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