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Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor - a Really Active 55 plus Community

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

If you are looking for an active 55 plus community in Palm Harbor, here it is - Highland Lakes. This 55+ community has a whole lot of activity for everyone.

Of course, the biggest attraction is the 27 holes of golf offered for all residents of Highland Lakes. The monthly homeowner charge is $93, and for your $93 you get a whole lot for your money. Among the activities that are included with the fee are not only golf, but tennis, pickle ball (try it, you might like it, Google it), bocce, line dancing, shuffleboard, slimnastics, swimming and Zumba gold.

But wait, there's more!! There are exercise classes in the pool for those who may not want to golf yet want a good and safe workout. The clubhouse is home to most of the activities so for a rousing game of bingo, head for the clubhouse. There are also rooms for various organizations and functions, which may include: cards and other games, ceramics and classes for ceramic artists, a computer club where people who may be intimidated by computers can come and have savvy computer users teach new tricks.

And yet there's still more!!  The concert club lets you sing your heart out and have a great time socializing with others who love to sing. Get involved in the Highland Lakes Garden Club. Whether you are an accomplished gardener or just simply want to learn how to grow a simple shrub, or maybe you just want to chat with people who know how to grow things and not kill their house plants, the Garden Club is for you. 

All residents of Highland Lakes have free access to the boat ramp at the Lake Tarpon Lodge. Some of the amenities of the Lodge include a large banquet room with a full service kitchen, a porch with full and beautiful view of Lake Tarpon, the second largest lake in Florida, several gas grills and picnic tables just waiting to be used, and there is a swimming pool too. Residents can rent, for a very modest fee, the Lake Tarpon Lodge for functions. The lake view is spectacular, and free!!

There is a travel club, with chaperoned trips in high end motor coaches to various locales. Sometimes it will be a day trip for a nice lunch and sometimes there are trips where there may be a bit more excitement, such as Biloxi for a wee bit of gambling and catching a good show or having a really nice meal.

Just because one may live in Highland Lakes, that does not mean you are restricted to staying there. Palm Harbor proper has lots of shopping and restaurants. Find out what is surrounding Highland Lakes at this link for Palm Harbor.

The Tampa International Airport is an easy drive, only about 30 minutes, for those who want to head north for the summer, or visit family, or need to travel for business. The airport is one of the best in the country, as voted by travelers, and parking is readily available.  The airport is undergoing extensive upgrades and when completed will rival any airport in the USA.

Besides the ease of travel, there is the International Plaza, with a huge selection of stores and a marvelous food court. There are stores for every taste, ranging from the Apple Store, to Bose, or Abercrombie & Fitch, BRIO Tuscan Grill, Cheesecake Factory, Bath and Body Works, Crate and Barrell, Coach store, Michael Kors, Gucci, Burger King, Tumi, Bar Louie, Vera Bradley, Williams Sonoma and so many, many more. Of course there are coffee shops for those who simply enjoy people watching, so stop at the Coffee Bean or Starbucks, find a comfortable chair and have fun relaxing with our favorite coffee while the rest of your party spends money.

Then there is the Gulf of Mexico to consider on the west coast of Palm Harbor. From Highland Lakes to the coast is a short drive, maybe 15 minutes. Palm Harbor offers marinas for boating enthusiasts who want salt water action. Go fishing in the Gulf, catch some speckled trout, snook or flounder inshore, or go offshore for grouper, mahi-mahi and other big fish. The nearby beaches are among the best in the entire nation, with Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island state parks, in Dunedin, just a short drive from Highland Lakes. Be a "Friend of the Island" to help support the islands and the wildlife on the island while sharing with the humans who visit the island to enjoy the incredible pristine beaches. Or bring a fishing rod to surfcast and bring home a freshly caught dinner.

Just a bit to the north of Highland Lakes is the quaint village of Tarpon Springs, which is a real sponge fishing village and it has an active shrimp fleet too. The streets of downtown Tarpon Springs have sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy fresh Greek pastries and strong coffee or authentic Greek cuisine. Tarpon Springs offers charter fishing trips to head out to the Gulf for deep sea fishing, or go on a head boat with larger groups to catch plenty of fish, including grouper while having a good time.

Go a bit south of Highland Lakes to Dunedin and you will find more than enough to keep you busy with a wide range of street festivals, events, outdoor concerts, movies in the park, and restaurants. Check out our blog posts for things to do in Dunedin. Visit our site, click on the blog tab and there you are.

If you are looking for a very active 55 plus community, like to play golf, want to get involved in a myriad of other things to do, like a wide variety of restaurants and shopping and in general think a 55+ community is the right lifestyle for you, Highland Lakes is it. Check out the homeowners association website for even more details on why this is such a wonderful place to live.

Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor - a 55+ Community Real Estate Update

by Doug & Gwen Campbell at Sun Bay Associates

Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor is a very active 55+ community with access to Lake Tarpon, 3 golf courses, lots of activities including tennis, shuffleboard, organized trips, and much more. 

For specific information on Highland Lakes, or any other neighborhood you would like to learn more about, visit Sun Bay Associates Market Snapshot and learn what is for sale and how much, what has sold and for how much, and what places and things or interest are nearby that make that a desirable neighborhood.

In Highland Lakes, there are currently 65 single family and villa homes listed for sale.  Of these listed homes, there are three foreclosures in Highland Lakes and 3 short sales.  The foreclosed houses are listed for $99,900, $104,000, and $107,900.  These prices have been established by the lender that foreclosed on each home and represents the best opportunity for an investor to get into Highland Lakes as a reduced price.  The three Highland Lakes short sales are priced at $120,000 $134,900 and $$139,900.  The average list price for houses and villas for sale in Highland Lakes is $139,582.

Twelve homes in Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor are under contract.  Nine are villas and three are single family homes.  The average list price for homes that are under contract is $113,023.

Seven homes in Highland Lakes have sold in the last 30 days.  Four are villas and three are single family houses.  The average list price for the sold homes was $113,400 and the average sold price was $104,329.  For those who follow these real estate updates, there is a very clear trend, not at all unlike what the local real estate boards are reporting.  The average list prices for homes actively being sold is always higher than the average sold prices for homes that actually sell.  This is a factor of the real estate market setting the price.  With prices still near 1999 levels, and interest rates still hovering at historic lows, this is the best time to buy.

For specific information on the greater Tampa Bay real estate market, visit Sun Bay Associates FREE home search and create your specific real estate search, for size, price, location, number of bedrooms or size of garage.

Happy House Hunting!!

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Gwen and Doug Campbell - Sun Bay Realty Group
at Keller Williams Realty
35095 US Hwy 19N, Suite 100
Palm Harbor FL 34684
Doug's Cell 727-741-4189
Gwen's Cell 727-741-7260
Fax: 888-447-7908