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5031 5th Ave., Key West, Florida 33040
Sunset Harbor in Balmy Key West is a Low Key, All Ages Community with Pastel Colored Manufactured Homes That Back to Two Deep Water Canals
Balmy Key West sits at the very end of the Florida Keys and is the location of gated Sunset Harbor, an all ages manufactured home community with new and previously owned park models for sale and lease. Seventy nine homes are here, and each one is pastel colored.
Some properties have a small front porch; most have a car port. Landscaping is minimal, and homes sit close to one another. One bedroom dwellings usually sell in the high-$100,000s, while two bedrooms usually sell in the low-$200,000s. Rental prices with a long term lease start at around $2,000 per month.
With sandy streets lined by telephone poles and stubby palm trees, Sunset Harbor has a tropical, bohemian atmosphere. The community sits next to two deep water canals, providing access to both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Many homes have a private boat dock with a motorboat moored along side.
Amenities include a 12-slip marina and a new, heated (and cooled as needed) resort-style swimming pool. Fishing along the canals is a popular pastime.
Homes do not come up for sale (or lease) often. Buying in this community means keeping an eye peeled for new listings.
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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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