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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Royal Harbor

5950 Royal Harbor Blvd., Tavares, Florida 32778

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Tucked Along the Shores of Little Lake Harris in Central Florida, Gated 55+ Royal Harbor Features Single Story Homes (Some with a Private Boat Dock), a Clubhouse, a Full-Time Activities Director and More

Royal Harbor, located in Tavares, Florida, is a gated 55+ waterfront community with nearly 800 single family homes. The development was built from the late-1990s to 2008 and sits along the shores of Little Lake Harris.

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All homes are single story with a light colored exterior and an attached, forward-facing garage. Floor plans have approximately 1,000 square feet to 2,700 square feet with two to four bedrooms and one to three baths. About 40 homes actually back to the water. All of these have a pier with a private boat slip at the end. The rest of the properties line lanes that meander through large grassy areas sprinkled with trees and ponds. Farm land and wilderness abut Royal Harbor to the east, north and west, giving it a pastoral quality.

Prices start in the high-$100,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change over time. Some homes are also for lease.

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Residents enjoy a waterfront clubhouse with a library, a ballroom, a fitness center, an arts and crafts studio and more. A swimming pool, a spa, tennis courts and walking paths await outside. A full-time activities director ensures that social events are never in short supply.

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Visit www.royalharbor.org 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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