Florida Retirement Without the Heavy Price Tag

Heritage Pines is a lovely 55+ community in Florida that offers resort-style living.
Heritage Pines is a lovely 55+ community in Florida that offers resort-style living.
Heritage Pines is a lovely 55+ community in Florida that offers resort-style living.

Florida-bound retirees have a rich selection of active adult communities. Whether you’re looking for golf course living, waterfront access, or urban excitement, there is a 55+ community that will suit you. Then there are the rare communities that meet all three needs.

A sprawling 55+ community, Heritage Pines, has an 18-hole championship golf course throughout its manicured green space and sits just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, while the attractions of Spring Hill, Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg are just a short drive from the community’s lush, tree-lined entrance.

Residences at Heritage Pines

It’s also a relatively new development, having been built between 1999 and 2007 by Lennar Homes and U.S. Homes. Although mostly single-family homes, Heritage Pines does offer residents some attached units as well.

The attached homes range in size from 1,297 to 1,629 square feet and all have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages.  The low-maintenance exteriors are the main draw for the attached homes, with most fetching lower prices than the detached options.

Single-family homes in Heritage Pines start at around 1,300 square feet and reach above 3,500 square feet, making them great options for active adults who want more space. These homes offer two to four bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and attached two or three-car garages. Open floor plans allow plentiful natural light and incredible views of the golf course, ponds, and open space of their own community.

Amenities

The real draw of the active adult lifestyle, though, is what happens when you leave your home, and Heritage Pines offers plenty of ways to make it an exciting place to live. The heart of the community is the 20,000 square-foot clubhouse. A fitness center keeps your exercise routine on track and there are rooms specifically for cards, games, and billiards. Other indoor amenities include a library, multi-purpose room, and meeting room. Pick up a unique hobby in the woodworking shop or performing arts center.

In the mood for a meal or a drink after a round of golf? Fireside Dining Room and Bar has American classics at bargain prices and is open daily.

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Residents can take advantage of Florida’s great climate at the community’s outdoor pool.

Golf

Retirement in Florida wouldn’t be complete without sterling outdoor amenities. Upon exiting the clubhouse, residents are greeted with a heated pool, patio, and spa. If you’re up for a challenge, this 55+ community near Tampa also has 4 Har-Tru tennis courts and two bocce ball courts.

The 18-hole championship golf course, though, takes center stage. Designed around the community’s lush greens, the course’s rolling hills and meticulously maintained fairways offer challenging yet accessible play, making for a terrific way to spend an afternoon with friends.

The course was designed by Ron Garl, a renowned golf course architect who has a reputation for creative golf course designs with an emphasis on environmental quality. In fact, the Heritage Pines Golf Course has been designated as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary,” in recognition of its environmental planning, wildlife management, and outreach and education. It is one of the few courses in the country to be given the award.

This age-restricted community in Florida also gives residents plenty of ways to spend their time with dozens of clubs to join. Homeowners can join the book club or learn stained glass or even chorus group. They also have the more popular activities found throughout active adult communities around the country like groups for art, singles, traveling, politics, fitness, and cards.

Local Attractions

Getting around the region is made simple with Route 19 down the street and Tampa International Airport just over 40 miles away. The community is also just outside of Spring Hill, that has hundreds of acres of parks, a vineyard, and several bars and restaurants.  There are also several stores around the corner for everyday needs including a Walmart, JC Penney, PetSmart, and Ross.

Heritage Pines has the exciting active adult lifestyle in an ideal location for retirement near Tampa, FL sought by today’s 55+ homebuyer.

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