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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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The Forest

400 N. Forest Blvd, Lake Mary, Florida 32746

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The Forest, a Secluded, Gated 55+ Manufactured Home Community in Lake Mary, Florida, Features Low Maintenance Homes, Tall Trees, Quiet Lanes and Friendly Neighbors

Nestled beneath a canopy of tall hardwood and pine trees in Lake Mary, Florida, The Forest is an aptly named 55+ manufactured home community. The densely wooded landscape is a quiet, private oasis not far from shopping and eateries.

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The Forest was built in the 1970s, and its 313 properties come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Each one has a driveway and an attached carport. Homes sit along curving lanes with custom lamp posts but no sidewalks. Grassy sections are few. Areas surrounding residences are mostly covered in pine needles and wood chips. Each homeowner owns the lot upon which his home sits, something not found in many manufactured home communities. Pets are welcome.

Prices start below $100,000, but please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

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Amenities include a clubhouse (The Forest Club), two swimming pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, a spa, a library, a laundry facility, a post office, RV parking and a winding walking path. Residents are a friendly bunch and enjoy a bounty of social events and planned activities, include pancake breakfasts, bingo, crafts, game nights, trips and many more.

The Forest's three gates are secured via codes and entry cards.

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Visit www.theforestclub.org for more information. Please go to tinyurl.com/ydbujuqz for listings.

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Florida:

Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.

International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.

Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.

The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.

Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, were struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.

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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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