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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Hyde Park

14253 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, Florida 34787

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Hyde Park, an Established 55+ Manufactured Home Community in Winter Garden, Florida, Features No-Hassle Homes, a Swimming Pool and Grounds Peppered with Tall Trees, Ponds and Lakes

Located in central Florida's Winter Garden, Hyde Park is a lush 55+ manufactured home community and dates from the 1980s and 1990s. Its newer properties meet all HUD standards, including being able to withstand 125 mph winds.

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The community has a nice gated entrance and winding streets without sidewalks. Homes are light colored and sit fairly closely together. Each has a carport, a driveway and a front lawn. Many have a front porch. The neighborhood is shaded with palm trees, oak trees, fruit trees and pine trees. Ponds and lakes dot the grounds, and white benches are scattered here and there. Most homes have two bedrooms, two baths and from about 750 to 1,260 square feet. Many have updated features, including tile and laminate floors, vanity lighting, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Prices start at around $40,000. Please verify this with a Realtor or the community as prices are subject to change.

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Amenities are not extensive but include a clubhouse and a swimming pool, a hot tub and a fitness center. Residents enjoy a variety of organized events such as bingo, card games, morning coffees, dinners in town and more. Hyde Park is also pet-friendly, although there are some breed restrictions. Boat and RV storage are available.

Visit www.hydeparkfla.com for more information.

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Florida:

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. It was rural and populated by frontier farmers.

In the late 1800s, changes came when railroads chugged down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it 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 may be 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 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. 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.

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Stats:

Population - 20,612,439 

Persons 65 years old and over - 20%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $47,525 

Median home value - $159,900 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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