Turkey Creek Forest
48620 NW 13th St., Gainesville, Florida 32653
Wooded, Established, Modest 55+ Community of Turkey Creek Forest in Gainesville, Florida Has Single Family Homes, Sense of Privacy and Nearby City Amenities
Built in the 1980s, 55+ Turkey Creek Forest is a modest single family home community spread across 80 acres of lush landscape in the northwest quadrant of Gainesville in north central Florida. It has an entrance on US 441 and is only a few miles from shopping, city services, pharmacies, banks, a senior center, and medical services.
The 300 or so homes are manufactured and site-built, and most feature single-level living with two bedrooms, two baths and 800 to 2,000 square feet. The community is not a fancy place, but its lots are wooded with tall pines and hardwoods, creating a sense of privacy. A few houses have a screened room, a laundry room, a deck and/or an RV port.
Prices start at around $100,000. HOA fees are very reasonable at about $400 per year. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change over time.
Run by a volunteer board, Turkey Creek calls itself "eco savvy" and progressive. Its 25,000 gallon swimming pool is solar heated. Other outdoor amenities include shaded tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and a horseshoe pit. A complete kitchen, game room, and library highlight the community's spacious clubhouse. Mahjongg, quilting, yoga classes, a Kentucky Derby party, and cruise nights are a few of the activities that homeowners enjoy.
Gainesville, an Arbor City, is the home of the Hippodrome State Theatre, the Gainesville Community Playhouse, and the University of Florida. The Harn Museum of Art and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts are two institutions the university supports. Gainesville celebrates a wide variety of arts. Among its well-attended parties are the Hoggtowne Medieval Faire and the Downtown Festival and Art Show.
North Florida Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 52 inches of rain per year.
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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 - 21,477,737
Persons 65 years old and over - 21%
High school graduates age 25+ - 88%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 30%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 26%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $55,596
Median home value - $215,009
Persons in poverty - 13%
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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