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North Redington Beach, Florida
A Mellow Oceanfront Town, North Redington Beach is Packed with Condos and Hotels and Has a Mile-Long, Sugar White Beach
In the 1920s, Charles Redington, a real estate developer, bought part of a barrier island off Florida's central Gulf Coast. In 1935, he constructed the area's first permanent residence on the land.
Today, three communities bear Redington's name, and North Redington Beach sits in the middle of them. Quiet and primarily residential, it consists of low-rise condominiums, hotels, vacation resorts, and single family waterfront homes. The resorts, condos and hotels line the mile-long, sugar white beach, which has six access points, while the homes are mostly packed onto four "fingers" that extend into Boca Ciega Bay. Gull Harbor is a 55+ condo community with water views. Gulf Boulevard is the town's main drag and is dotted with restaurants, shops, and gift stores. The beach's Harold Radcliffe Park features tennis courts and a picnic area. The Redington Long Pier stretches into the Gulf and boasts some of the best fishing in the region.
Events at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center across the Bay range from car shows to rock concerts. For fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, games are about 40 minutes away. Other nearby attractions include the Florida Botanical Gardens, the Salvador Dali Museum, and the Fort DeSoto Park and Beach. The Boca Ciega Millennium Park's 35-foot observation tower allows panoramic views of the water. Visitors to the park can kayak or bird watch.
Population: 1,500 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 57%
Cost of Living: 40% above the national average
Median Home Price: $625,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s with high humidity levels and frequent rainstorms. Winter temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, five miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, five miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes, provided by Suncoast Beach Trolley, but it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No, but residents are welcome to use the library in Madeira Beach, about three miles away. It sponsors technology classes, a film series, book discussion groups, and clubs.
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 42%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Hurricanes are always a possibility.
Notes: North Redington Beach has maintained its population during the last decade. Home prices have decreased 20% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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