101 Fairway Oaks Drive, Perry, Georgia 31069
Tranquil 55+ Community of Houston Springs in Central Georgia is Divided into Villages and Has an 18 Hole Golf Course, Two Clubhouses, Stocked Fishing Ponds and Quiet Open Spaces
Perry is located in central Georgia and is the site of Houston Springs, a 55+ community that meanders around an 18 hole, 6,500 yard, par-72 golf course. Woodland Property Partners started construction on Houston Springs in 2004, and home sites are still available today.
The development spreads across nearly 500 acres and should eventually have 1,300 homes. Homeowners live in nine separate villages, including Live Oak Landing, Quail Run and Fairway Ridge. Single story, single family properties are the norm, although Quail Run has some town homes. Many residences have golf course views. Sizes range from approximately 1,230 square feet to more than 2,800 square feet with two bedrooms and two baths to three bedrooms and two baths. Each dwelling has either an attached one and a half car garage or an attached two and a half car garage. Exteriors boast brick and vinyl siding. Upscale light fixtures, elegant moldings, tray ceilings, ceramic kitchen tile and more are standard features.
Prices begin in the low- to mid-$100,000s, but please verify this price with a Realtor as it may change.
Dotted with grassy areas, stocked fishing ponds and quiet open spaces, Houston Springs has a tranquil quality. Homes are connected via walking trails and golf cart paths, and golf carts are a common mode of transporation around the community.
There are two clubhouses and between the two are tennis courts, a swimming pool, a dog park, bocce ball courts and more. Plans are for each village to have its own amenities.
Downtown Perry is small but charming, and the town is the site of the Georgia National Fair, an 11 day event that draws nearly 500,000 people. Robins Air Force Base is 20 miles outside of town, and Macon is about 30 miles away.
Perry Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
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Hernando de Soto of Spain traveled to this area in 1540, but the English had a stake here, too. A general, James Oglethorpe of England, created a haven for English debtors in the area in 1733, and he defeated Spanish invaders in 1742.
Georgia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War. It suffered tremendous damage when General Sherman of the Union Army burned Atlanta and then conducted his March to the Sea in 1864, resulting in the capture of Savannah.
The largest in the Southeast, Georgia has seen a lot of growth in the last couple of decades. Atlanta, the capital city, is a transportation center and communications hub, and it is from where goods are distributed to much of the surrounding region.
A leader in paper and board products, Georgia also produces textiles, processed chicken, chemicals and apparel. A few of the important agricultural products are soybeans, cotton, corn, tobacco, peaches and eggs. Georgia also grows more peanuts than any other state. Half of the world supply of turpentine and resins are made from Georgia's pine trees.
Wesleyan College in Macon was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women, and in 1945 Georgia was the first state to lower the legal voting age from 21 to 18.
Major tourist spots include the National Cemetery, Andersonville Prison Park, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Little White House where President Roosevelt died in 1945 (Warm Springs), the giant Confederate Memorial at Stone Mountain (the largest sculpture in the world), the Cumberland Island National Seashore and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
Population - 10,310,371
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $49,620
Median home value - $148,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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