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8216 Lake James Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Comfortable 55+ Single Family Home Community of Lake James in Central Florida Features Single Story Homes and an Eight Acre Lake
Situated 55 miles southwest of Orlando in central Florida, the 55+ community of Lake James is a single family home development. Upon completion, it will have nearly 220 residences.
Twelve different floor plans are available, and sizes range from just under 1,500 square feet to well over 2,100 square feet. R-30 attic insulation, and Low-E windows are standard. Houses feature a lanai, a great room, a private master suite, and an attached two to three car garage. Driveways have paver bricks, and sidewalks line the streets.
Both new and resale homes are available, and prices begin in the high-$200,000s to low-$300,000s. The HOA fee is about $550 per month and covers clubhouse use and most lawn services. Please verify prices with a Realtor as they may change.
This gated community has an eight-acre lake at its heart, with walking paths snaking through common areas. The 2,000 square foot clubhouse has a multipurpose room with a catering kitchen. Lake James also maintains a heated outdoor pool and a fitness room with the latest in cardio and weight training equipment.
Visit www.lakejamesadultcommunity.com for more information.
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 golf courses, more 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.
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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