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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Sunflower

886 Pleasure Dr., Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

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Sunflower, a 55+ Community in Fort Collins, Colorado, Boasts Attractive Modular Homes, a Clubhouse and Mountain Views

At the base of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, thriving Fort Collins is a college town, home to Colorado State University, and the site of Sunflower, a nice 55+ modular home community. Construction began in the early-2000s and is just about finished.

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It is difficult to distinguish modular homes from site built homes these days (modular homes are built in sections in a factory whereas site built homes are constructed entirely at the building site), and Sunflower is no exception. Its residences each have an attached garage, slightly pitched roof, ample closet space, air conditioning, a patio and a front porch. Many have a skylight, cathedral ceilings and an eat-in kitchen. All come with two bedrooms, two baths and from about 1,200 square feet to 1,700 square feet. Exteriors have vinyl siding with muted colors (gray, blue, yellow), and each dwelling has a concrete driveway. The Rocky Mountains loom in the distance.

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The first homes constructed, those before 2004, were built on stilts and skirts to HUD standards, while properties built after 2004 were constructed on permanent concrete foundations. The residences with concrete foundations generally cost more.

Prices start in the mid-$100,000s, and the lot lease fee (instead of an HOA fee) is $650 per month. Additional fees for insurance, property tax and administration are about $130 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change. Because of the community's lease, buyers must pay cash.

This is a closely knit community, with neighbors often gathering at the clubhouse to play cards, have morning coffee and more. RV storage is available for a small fee.

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Visit www.sunflowercolorado.net for more information.

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Colorado:

Similar to California, the Colorado area was surrendered to the United States in 1848 at the end of the Mexican-American War. It did not become a state until 1876, 100 years after the nation's birth.

The Centennial State's geography includes high plains, deserts, foothills, and mountains. Its Rockies are part of the 3,000-plus mile geologic uplift known as the North American Cordillera. More than 50 of the Cordillera's peaks taller than 14,000 feet are in Colorado. Outdoor recreation ranges from backpacking and climbing to road cycling and skiing.

With roots in mining and agriculture, Colorado's economy has branched in many directions. It currently has a high concentration of tech and scientific research companies. Food processing, manufacturing, and tourism round out the state's industries.

The Centennial State maintains a long list of superlatives. It has the highest paved road, the deepest geothermal hot spring, and the nation's largest concentration of scenic byways. Colorado is the only state in the Union to reject the Olympics and one of the first to legalize recreational marijuana.

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Stats:

Population - 5,540,322

Persons 65 years old and over - 13%

High school graduates, age 25+ - 91% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 38% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 21% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 68% 

Median household income - $60,422 

Median home value - $247,800

Social Security taxed? Yes

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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