Southwest Florida has no shortage of residential communities for senior citizens, but some spots tend to be more overlooked than others. Located at the southern end of Sarasota County, Englewood is one of those places that beg to be discovered by home buyers who are planning their retirements. Similar to Sarasota, Englewood offers plenty of sunshine and white sandy beaches with very low population density and very affordable real estate options.
Park Forest is a 55+ gated community in the Englewood Farms district, just a few miles east from the pristine beaches of Manasota Key. This fairly large neighborhood has more than 360 homes plus many lakes and greenbelt spaces. Development of Park Forest started in the mid-1980s and continued thorough 2010. Nearly all single-family residences in this community have been completed by custom builders; what you get is a nice diversity of architectural styles instead of a cookie cutter effect.
Real estate at Park Forest is very affordable. A two-bedroom home built in 1996 was listed for less than $188K in March 2020. A three-bedroom home completed in 2020 with two full bathrooms and more than 2,000 square feet of living space was listed for $346K. The most recently built properties sit on larger lots, and some of them have private swimming pools. Shared amenities include a heated pool with a clubhouse, tennis courts, and a spa. The reasonable association fees include exterior painting and even roof replacement after 17 years.
Residents of Park Forest can drive to the beach in less than 15 minutes. The Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve offers kayaking and snorkeling adventures, but you can also take advantage of the Englewood Sports Complex for physical activities; this large park is adjacent to the neighborhood, and it has two lakes for fishing, athletic fields, basketball courts, a biking trail, and picnic areas. The Old Village shopping center is only five minutes away, and this is where you will find a remodeled Publix supermarket.
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(all data current as of 5/30/2020)
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