6956 England Drive, Alexandria, Louisiana 71303
Quiet, Inviting 55+ England Oaks is a Duplex Rental Community in Central Louisiana and Has Shaded Grounds, a Swimming Pool, Planned Activities and Friendly Folks
The Front Porch 55+ community of England Oaks is located on the former England Air Force Base in central Louisiana and is spread across 60 tree-dotted acres. Part of a successful repurposing project, the development contains 185 single story rental duplexes that were once military officers' housing units.
Residences come in two sizes and two floor plans. The Oakwood has two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a carport. The larger Magnolia has three bedrooms and a covered patio. Backyards are large, and pets are welcome.
Month to month fees start at $1,100 per month with a month to month lease. The cost covers lawn care, a washer/dryer, interior and exterior maintenance, trash collection, transportation assistance, and an on-call emergency system. Although there is a dining service, meals are not part of monthly services.
England Oaks works to foster a sense of community among its residents. Classes and activities that bring neighors together include domino games, book club meetings, water aerobics, movie nights and more. The community center has a pool and an exercise room. England Oaks puts on its own Olympics, a fun-filled day of games and food.
The development's closest neighbors are an international airport and a golf course. Alexandria, the seat of Rapides Parish, hosts one of central Louisiana's best Mardi Gras. Its River Oaks Square has more than 30 artist studios and two galleries. Levee Park is part of the Red River Waterway and has boat launches, a floating wharf, and hiking trails. Hodges Gardens State Park is the home of the Long Leaf Pine Museum and has abundant wildlife.
Alexandria's Rapides Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Summer temperatures reach into the 90s and winter temperatures dip into the 40s. On average, the area receives 44 inches of rain a year.
Visit www.englandoaks.org for more information.
The Pelican State was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812. By the 1840's, plantations dotted the state's lush lowlands, Mississippi steamboats reached the Gulf of Mexico, and New Orleans became the country's second largest port.
Perched above the Gulf at the mouth of the Mississippi, Louisiana is comprised mostly of lowlands, bayous, rolling pine hills and prairies. Its highest point, Mount Driskill, is only 535 feet above sea level. Semi-tropical conditions dominate. Areas close to the coast see very little difference between summer and winter.
Louisianans are leading producers of sweet potatoes, rice, sugar cane, shrimp, and muskrat fur. The state's extracted mineral wealth comes from deposits of salt, sulfur, natural gas, and offshore crude petroleum. Tourism continues to be an important part of the economy.
The state is the only one in the Union with laws on the books that refer back to the Napoleonic Code. It is also the only state to shun counties as a political subdivision. Louisiana prefers a system of parishes instead.
Population - 4,681,666
Persons 65 years old and over - 14%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 83%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 22%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 5%
White persons, not Hispanic - 59%
Median household income - $45,047
Median home value - $144,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
What are the Benefits of a 55+ Development?
Developments designed for the 55+ crowd offer a lot of benefits. The main ones are security, plenty of recreation opportunities and a sense of community with people of similar backgrounds, but the benefits do not end there. Nearly all 55+ single family home communities, particularly newer ones, have single story homes, whether single family homes, town homes or condominiums. No more having to go up and down stairs all day long. Many have a homeowners' association that take care of the exterior maintenance, including mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow. Others have rental programs so that if you decide to go on vacation for six months, the association will find a qualified renter for you. There are even communities that will, for a monthly fee, provide meals, housekeeping and 24/7 emergency services.
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