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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Heritage Bay

10010 Lions Bay Court, Naples, Florida 34120

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Balmy Naples, Florida is Home to Heritage Bay, an All Ages Community with Golf, Tennis and a Wide Range of Prices

Beautiful Naples is a sun-drenched coastal town with a resort ambiance. Known for its shopping, dining, golf and sugar white beaches, it is also the location of stylish Heritage Bay, a gated, all ages golf and tennis community that is popular with baby boomers. Single homes, coach homes and condominiums are available.

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Lennar Homes started building Heritage Bay in 2005, and construction continues today. The 1,400 homes are primarily set along the edges of the golf course or on the borders of the community's nature preserve, giving nearly all residences a view of green space. All building exteriors, whether it is the attached homes or the single family homes, have a Mediterranean theme. Tall palm trees dot yards and line quiet community avenues.

The condominiums come in two styles, both with single floor living. Units in the 4 story buildings have a lanai, a carport and range in size from approximately 1,885 square feet to 2,100 square feet. They also have elevator access. Condominiums in the two story buildings have shared lanais, a carport and approximately 1,415 square feet to 1,660 square feet.

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The coach homes have two stories and are located in four-plexes. Units sizes range from approximately 1,885 square feet to 2,100 square feet. These homes have an attached two-car garage.

The largest homes in Heritage Bay are the single family homes. These range in size from approximately 2,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet and have an attached 3-car garage.

The community has a wide range of prices, with the condominiums starting in the high-$100,000s and the single family homes topping out in the $700,000s. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.

Heritage Bay has three 9-hole golf courses for a total of 27 holes. The courses, The Pine, The Cypress and The Oak, were designed by Jay Azinger and Gordon Lewis and are a prime reason that people retire here. Every homeowner automatically becomes a golf club member. No equity, deposits or dues are required. This helps create a sense of belonging among residents. The tennis culture is deeply ingrained, too, with 7 Har Tru courts always ready for play.

The 27,000 square foot clubhouse is a welcoming place with a library, a billiards room, a state of the art fitness center, casual and formal dining options and a tantalizing swimming pool (five more pools are located throughout the community). The Heritage Bay Spa offers holistic health treatments. Social events are many. Residents also enjoy lakes and walking trails throughout the development.

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Visit www.heritagebay.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. 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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