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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Amelia Park

Park Ave, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

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Tree Canopied Amelia Park in Fernandina Beach, Florida is a Traditional Neighborhood Development and Features New Urbanism Design with a Variety of Home Styles

The goal of New Urbanism is to create a sense of place and community through design. This is done by creating walkable neighborhoods with pleasing public gathering places and a mix of housing types. Amelia Park is one such master planned development and was started in the late-1990s.

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Leafy and still, Amelia Park is a welcoming place. Neighborhoods are compact, interconnected and contain town homes, condominiums and single family homes with tradtional coastal architecture. Residences are colorful, and most have a front porch. Some even have a white picket fence. Lawns are small, and garages are at the rear of homes where garages belong. Canopied walkways and clusters of benches invite quiet reflection. Visual clutter is minimal as all power lines are underground. Residents love the community's "main street Americana."

On the last Friday of each month, homeowners gather to unwind in the outdoor pavilion. Planned activities happen on a regular basis. There is also a town square and a neighborhood YMCA. The beach is about a mile away.

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Home prices have risen significantly in the last couple of years and now start in the high-$300,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices are subject to change.

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Visit www.ameliapark.net for more information. Go to www.ameliaislandrealestatetoday.com/amelia-park for listings.

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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. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.

In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way 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 is 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 vacation 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, and 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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