102 Meandering Way, St. Marys, Georgia 31558
In a Mellow Town on Georgia's Southern Coast, the Inviting Community of Winding River Beckons with its Attractive Homes, Beautiful Location and Plentiful Amenities
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 beautiful all ages community with elegant single family homes for sale. The community is still being built and will have just over 300 homes when completed. And although Winding River is open to all ages, it markets to baby boomers and has a mix of ages.
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. Properites with front porches, dormer windows, exterior columns and pitched roofs are common, and the ponds, marshes and tree-lined lanes give the development a soothing quality.
Prices range from the high-$100,000s in the new Lake Bridge section to the mid-$300,000s in the more established areas. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.
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. Activiites and evants include a book club, a cooking club and a cycling club, ensures 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. Nature trails and green spaces provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. A dog park with separate sections for little dogs and big dogs is on the drawing board.
Southeast Georgia Health System - Camden is located in St. Marys and has 40 beds. It 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.
Visit www.windingrivercommunity.com for more information. To see homes in the Lake Bridge section, click on Homes for Sale at the top and then on Lake Bridge in the drop down menu.
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
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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