Southwest Florida is a great housing market for senior citizens. The year-round sunny weather, beaches, state parks, and special communities such as Glen Oaks Ridge make Sarasota an ideal place to retire. Glen Oaks Ridge is a 55+ neighborhood located near the legendary Bobby Jones Golf Club; it has an interesting history dating back to the 1930’s when the land served as the summer home of the Ringling Brothers Circus until is was zoned for residential use in the mid-1970s.
Glen Oaks Ridge is one of the largest adult residential communities in the region. Some of the properties are condominium units while others are attached villas with floor plans ranging between 900 and 1,600 square feet of living space. Even though the villas are attached in groups of three or four, they only share a laundry room and provide plenty of privacy.
As can be expected from a community developed for active seniors, Glen Oaks Ridge offers amenities such as a heated swimming pool, clubhouse, fitness center, shuffleboard courts, a library, and lounge space for activities such as bingo, card games, and potluck dinners. Many of the units are arranged around a lake with a fountain, which means that lucky homeowners can enjoy water views from their air conditioned lanais.
Glen Oaks Ridge is a maintenance-free community with very reasonable association fees. Homeowners are allowed to keep two pets; in fact, the 17th Street Paw Park is just on the other side of the Bobby Jones Golf Club, and they can rent their units on a seasonal basis after they occupy the property for at least twelve months.
Pricing in this neighborhood is very attractive as of May 2020. A two-bedroom unit with two bathrooms and a carport can be negotiated for under $170K. In terms of shopping and entertainment, the Sarasota Commons and Sarasota Crossings are both anchored by Publix supermarkets, but there are many more shopping options at the Mall at University Town Center, which is just 10 minutes away. Neighbors often organize trips to the beaches of Longboat Key and Siesta Key, which are about 25 minutes away.
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