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Winding River

102 Meandering Way, St. Marys, Georgia 31558

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In a Mellow Town on Georgia's Southern Coast, Beautiful Winding River Beckons with its Attractive Homes, Lush Landscaping, Marsh Views and Plentiful Events

Along the St. Marys River on Georgia's southern coast, the mellow coastal village of St. Marys makes its home. It is a safe, friendly place and the location of Winding River, a lovely community with handsome single family homes for sale. The development is still being built but is nearly finished with 300 homes. And although Winding River is open to all ages, it appeals to empty nesters and baby boomers.

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Buyers have eight floor plans from which to choose, including both single story and two story homes. Architectural styles include coastal, Craftsman, plantation and cottage. Properties with front porches, dormer windows, exterior columns and pitched roofs are common. Streets are tree-lined, and marsh views are standard, providing a soothing quality.

The Lake Bridge section has the most reasonably priced homes with prices starting in the low- to mid $200,000s (homes in other parts of the community start in the $300,000s and $400,000s). The HOA fee is around $900 to $1,000 per year. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.

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Homeowners enjoy an abundance of social events, giving Winding River a strong sense of community. The Savannah Club is the place for most neighborhood gatherings. Here residents enjoy BBQ cookouts, wine tastings, holiday parties, health events and more. Activities and events coordinated by a lifestyle director include a book club, a cooking club and a cycling club, ensuring that something is always happening.

The fitness center is available to residents 24-hours per day and has state-of-the-art equipment. Personal trainers are also available. The resort-style swimming pool features a zero-entry walk-in entrance and is perfect for laps or just lounging with a book in the shallow end. A dog park with separate sections for little dogs and big dogs is on the drawing board.

Community sidewalks, wooden walkways, nature trails and an abundance of green spaces give homeowners plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. The numerous lakes are popular with the local ospreys, herons and eagles.

St. Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia's largest barrier island, drawing tourists from around the country. Mardi Gras, the Rock Shrimp Festival and Fourth of July events bring out sizeable crowds every year.

Southeast Georgia Health System - Camden is accredited by the Joint Commission and accepts Medicare patients.

Summer temperatures in this region are in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. On average, St. Marys receives 50 inches of rain each year.

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Visit www.windingrivercommunity.com for more information. Go tinyurl.com/ek77pxuw for listings.

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Georgia:

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.

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What is the Difference Between an Age-Targeted Community and an Age-Restricted Community?

An age-restricted community is a development that meets HUDs guidelines for senior housing, which states that the housing must have at least one person who is age 55 or better in at least 80% of the housing units. For developments with an age-restriction of 62 or better, all residents must meet the age requirement. Age-targeted communities do not have to adhere to HUD guidelines and cannot discriminate on the basis of age. They tend to market to baby boomers but must accept residents of all ages.

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