SBF used to be a friendly place to live and everyone knew everyone, not the case anymore. Its staff used to be much friendlier and less apt to dismiss out of hand legitimate concerns of the residents, and they did not try to rip you off and raise the monthly fee so high it is no longer affordable, Biggest mistake was when they sold out to Home Town America, SBF has lost so much of its small town feel, With all the new homes going up one would think they did not need to be so greedy. I can no longer recommend SBF as a nice place to live, Bottom line is its all about how much money they squeeze out of you and even though you are a home owner you have no say in anything management decides to do. We are not consulted in any way, Bear all of this in mind if you are considering moving to SBF,
Saddlebrook use to be a wonderful place to live. New management is very greedy. Starting to charge us for things that were free before. Raising lot rents to unaffordable levels. I don't recommend buying here. Not so nice anymore.
This is a great place to live. Homes are really nice and affordable. I love the fishing lakes.
good comments, not so good comments come in but I'd like to be on the positive side and thank the snow cleanup crew for a fantastic job they have done so far. They were prompt and thorough. Give them a gold star!!
I bought my home in Saddlebrook Farms in November of 2012. One of the selling points was my parents. They bought their home in Saddlebrook Farms in September of 2001.
The land lease arrangement means I own all of the property. Lakes included, without the worry of maintenance. Snow is removed from my driveway as well as the streets. Trash and recycling are picked up promptly. Mowing is regular maintenance throughout the growing season.
Privacy is a guarantee, however there is never a feeling of being isolated. There are many clubs/activities to participate in. Most events are centered around our Lake Lodge which is always available free to homeowners.
I always tell people who ask, I have always been happy I bought a home at Saddlebrook Farms
I cannot tell you how difficult it is to work with SBF. The assessment has risen EVERY year since we bought our house there and, to be blunt, is now no longer worth the cost of living there. They like to point out all of the benefits of living there - and yes, there are many. but for what we've paid each month, we are not getting our value.
Most troubling, they are a nightmare to deal with when trying to sell a home. They are in the market of selling their new homes - so they really make it difficult for those who are attempting to sell an existing home. Resale options are very important and they make it too difficult so owners don't have many options.
If I had to do it over again, I would encourage my loved one NOT to buy in SBF.