Villages of Royal Palm
1707 Weeping Elm Circle, Port Orange, Florida 32128
On Florida's Northeastern Coast, Villages of Royal Palm Has Concrete Block Single Family Homes and Town Homes, a Clubhouse, Swimming Pools, Tennis Courts and Putting Greens
Just 45 minutes east of Orlando in northeastern Florida, Port Orange is the site of Villages of Royal Palm, an established, gated community planned developed by Winston-James Development. It dates from the first 10 years of this century and is an all ages community that markets to the 55+ demographic. Most residents are retirees and empty-nesters.
The development's town homes and single family houses are single story and constructed with durable concrete blocks, a favorite Florida building material. Floor plans start at about 1,505 square feet and range up to 2,416 square feet. Most homes have two to four bedrooms, a garage, a lanai or an optional back porch. Designs are open with kitchens that melt into spacious great rooms. Most are built with 40-year architectural roof shingles, rocker electrical switches, and granite countertops.
Prices begin in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change down the road. Monthly HOA fees help pay for landscaping, yearly pressure cleaning, and painting (every five years).
Royal Palm's 12,000 square foot clubhouse has a fitness center as well as rooms for cards, billiards, and crafts. Events and potlucks are held in its kitchen and ballroom. Outdoor amenities include two swimming pools, a heated jacuzzi, tennis courts, and putting greens.
The Port Orange Art Fest happens every April, as does the Lakeside Jazz Festival, which attracts big crowds and dozens of performers. For amenities not found in Port Orange, such as a classic beach, a professional theater, a symphony, a ballet company and a planetarium, Daytona Beach is five miles up the road via the Port Orange bridge.
To the west, Tiger Bay State Forest has a network of swamps and pine islands explorable by canoe or foot. To the east, the 73 peninsular acres of the Smyrna Dunes Park offer nature trails and an observation tower.
Halifax Health Medical Center has 80 beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winters are mild and slightly less humid with temperatures in the 50s, 60s, low-70s. On average, the area receives 49 inches of rain per year.
Visit www.villagesofroyalpalm.com for more information.
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
Who Buys in a 55+ Community?
Age-restricted communities, at least those for residents age 55 or better, generally appeal to people seeking a sense of community with other people from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Most developments are gated or at least have some type of secured access and appeal to retirees seeking a sense of security. People who enjoy lots of amenities, planned activities and social interaction also buy in 55+ developments. Just an FYI: newer communities tend to have a younger demographic while older communities usually have a more mature set of residents, primarily because residents in older developments purchased when they were younger and have stayed put.
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