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Rio Villa Lakes

24539 Rio Villa Lakes Circle, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950

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Rio Villa Lakes, a Small, Gated 55+ Community in Punta Gorda, Florida, Boasts Single Level, Single Family Waterfront Homes and a Gated Entry with a Waterfall

Beautiful Punta Gorda is between Fort Myers and Sarasota on the southwestern Florida coast and is the site of Rio Villa Lakes, a small, gated 55+ single family home community. Building started in 2005, and a few of the 93 homesites are still for sale today.

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All dwellings are single level, and most have a stucco or vinyl exterior. Floor plans have approximately 1,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet, two to three bedrooms and two baths. Each property has an attached garage, and some have a lanai. Fifty-nine homes face the seven-acre community lake, with some sitting on the man-made peninsula. Older homes boast mature landscaping including palms and fruit trees, while newer ones have small plants and bushes.

Prices begin in the mid-$200,000s, but please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change. The HOA fee is around $170 per month.

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Rio Villa Lakes has a nice entry gate with a waterfall, and a fence surrounds the community. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, a clubhouse and tennis courts.

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Visit www.maltesedevelopments.com/rio_villa_lakes/index.htm 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, were 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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