By: Sharon Aron Baron
Are you on the cusp of those golden years, ready to retire, but you want to stay in South Florida a while longer? Then look no further than living out your golden years in Parkland, where soon it may become the next big retirement community.
Well, that is if you have a cool $500,000 to $800,000 to drop.
Better have some money socked away because did I mention that this will be a retirement community?
Yes, this half million dollar retirement home conveniently located just minutes from the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in what was known as the “Wedge” before it was annexed by the City of Parkland can now be your future paradise.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Parkland city commissioners approved a plan for a new 55 and over community of 700 single-family homes. According to them, national homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises is bringing active adult living to the area.
Hovnanian has communities all over the United States and several in South Florida, including Boynton Beach and Royal Palm Beach whose architecture pretty much resembles everything else throughout Parkland. The Park Royale development will be deed restricted (HOA) and include a 50,000 square foot clubhouse.
Into gardening? Then you will like the all-season showers in Parkland because it tends to rain more than it ever does out east. Your plants are going to soak it up.
The good news? More delis and early bird specials. Also, city commission meetings may have bigger audiences than those that just attend because they’re getting an award. Bad news? Condo commandos, slow drivers and no jitney for the residents. Oh boy, will that change after the HOA forms.
Mayor Michael Udine said in the Sun Sentinel article that the new community is specifically for baby boomers looking to downsize, and will be the first project of its kind in Broward County.
However, I don’t see how much downsizing paying $500,000 – $800,000 for home is, but then again you don’t get too much home for your money in Parkland.