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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Cascades at River Hall

954 Apple Blossom Dr., Alva, Florida 33920

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Alva, Florida is Home to Cascades at River Hall, a Peaceful, Gated 55+ Single Story, Single Family Home Community with Water Views

Located east of Fort Myers in southwestern Florida, Alva is the site of Cascades at River Hall, a gated 55+ single family home community. It is part of the larger master planned development of River Hall and was started in the mid-2000s, just before the housing crash began. Once the Great Recession was in full swing in 2008, River Hall's developer, Landmar, and Cascades' builder, Levitt and Sons, both went bankrupt.

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Since then, River Hall has established a Community Development District (CDD), and new builders, including D.R. Horton and Pinnacle Development, have been building homes in the Cascades. At build out, the community should have 575 single story, single family residences, each with approximately 1,520 square feet to 3,630 square feet. Most homes have two to three bedrooms and two to three baths. Exteriors are stucco. Roofs are tile. A two car attached garage is standard.

This is a peaceful development, and many homes have pond or lake views. Prices start in the high-$100,000s. Please verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.

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A stylish gatehouse stands guard at the community entrance, and a clubhouse with a large activities center and spa is coming soon. Cascades' homeowners may also use River Hall's amenities, including its Davis Love III Golf Course (fees apply), an activity center, swimming pools and more.

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Visit www.greaterftmyers.com/cascades-at-river-hall.php for more information.

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Florida:

Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.

International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.

Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.

The state has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.

Florida, particularly the Keys and the Gulf Coast, was struck by Category 4 Hurricane Irma in early September, 2017. Towns will rebuild, perhaps this time with climate change in mind, making them safer and better equipped to handle major hurricanes going forward.

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Stats:

Population - 20,612,439 

Persons 65 years old and over - 20%

High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 87% 

Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 27% 

Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24% 

White persons, not Hispanic - 58% 

Median household income - $47,525 

Median home value - $159,900 

Social Security taxed? No

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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