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For people looking for single family homes in 55+ communities, Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor is a good place to look.  Of course there are other 55 plus communities with single homes for sale, including the Anchorage of Tarpon Lake.  The biggest advantage of looking for homes for sale in Highland Lakes is that there are over 2,000 homes in the community.

The majority of homes in Highland Lakes are 2 bedroom and 2 bath houses and are typically about 1500 - 1600 square feet of living space.  Also, most of the homes have 2 car garages, so there is plenty of space for a car and a golf cart, if you decide that golf carts fit your lifestyle.  Highland Lakes is a golf cart community so you can drive your cart from home to any of the three golf courses within the community.  The Highland Lakes clubhouse has plenty of parking for the golf carts of the residents.  The executive course is private and is for the exclusive use of residents of Highland Lakes.  The residents have unlimited use of the golf course and the $94 HOA fee includes unlimited golf for two people per address.  The course is quite scenic, and at certain times during the day deer can be viewed on the golf course.  The golf course meanders throughout Highland Lakes so that many homes actually are on the golf course.

If golf is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of activities within the community to keep even the shyest person busy.  There is a travel club, there are clubs for people from various parts of the country who now reside in Palm Harbor to help kick-start your social mingling, there is pickle ball - the latest hot sport to help keep people active and fit, there are of course tennis courts, bocce ball, shuffleboard and boating to those who choose to be active.  

For the less athletically inclined, the huge clubhouse pool has water exercise classes.  There are two clubhouses in Highland Lakes, the main clubhouse on 3300 Macgregor Drive, and the Lodge on Lake Tarpon, which has its own pool and dock. From the Lodge on Lake Tarpon, there are nearly daily tours of Lake Tarpon led by local captains in the community pontoon boat.  These captains will show you points of interest on the lake, osprey nests, various areas where wildlife thrive, you may even sight a bald eagle, sometimes soaring above the lake, sometimes simply perched on a tree while looking over the activity on the lake.

After cruising on the lake for a while, and learning about it and the surrounding area, the pontoon boat just might head to the Tarpon Turtle restaurant for lunch on the open air deck overlooking the lake.  Dine at the Tarpon Turtle, maybe watch other boaters dock at the restaurant, and then board the boat for a leisurely trip back to the Lodge at Lake Tarpon to complete your day.

Then, go to the main clubhouse to perhaps partake in a card game, or find someone to challenge to a shuffleboard competition.  All in fun, of course.

Naturally, with all the activity in Highland Lakes, you just might want to search for homes for sale.  At any given time, there are several single family homes, and occasional condo and even a villa for sale in Highland Lakes.  The master community is made up of single family homes, with only a $94 monthly HOA fee, which covers the clubhouse, golf privileges for two, and the boat storage at Lake Tarpon space available basis) and nearly all the activities at the clubhouse.  The condos and villas will have additional fees, mostly to cover the specific condo association, and the exterior maintenance. For specifics, you should contact the condo association or your professional real estate agent.

The condo fees often include exterior maintenance, such as the lawn, while the homeowners in the master association are responsible for their own yard maintenance, their own roof, and the insurances normally needed for a home.  The condos generally cover the exterior maintenance, the roof, and the exterior building maintenance.  Check with each condo association for the specifics of each association.

For your lifestyle, there are lots of things to do outside the community. Many are free things to do and are lots of fun, besides being interesting.  The local beaches are among the very best in the nation, with Clearwater Beach a quick 20 minute drive, Honeymoon Island is only about 10-15 minutes from Highland Lakes and from Honeymoon Island you can take the ferry to world famous Caladesi Island State Park to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps buy some munchies at the snack bar, or simply enjoyy the  beach with no automobile traffic to deal with. Caladesi Island is accessible by the ferry or private boat only, making it a unique place to visit.

There is great shopping available in the area besides enjoying the great outdoors. Countryside Mall in Clearwater, only about a 5 minute car ride away, has several major anchor stores, a multiplex movie theater, great restaurants, and many boutique shops for those interesting items you need to decorate your home.  Go a bit farther away and the International Mall is in Tampa, just at the Tampa International Airport.  International Mall has many high-end retail shops, terrific restaurants and major national retail stores for your shopping pleasure.  It also is a great place for people-watching for those who prefer to sit outside the stores while their spouse invests time looking at the various wares each store offers.

Tampa International Airport has upgraded to be among the very best, and most traveler friendly airports in the entire country.  There are excellent local restaurants represented as well as several nationally known restaurants, or one can simply enjoy shopping, at surprisingly competitive prices while waiting for the next flight bringing in your friends and family to enjoy your home in Highland Lakes.

If shopping is not your cup of tea, and golf or other outdoor activities don't turn you on, you always have to eat so try some of the wonderful restaurants in the area.  There is a place to eat to satisfy every palate, from New York Pizza, to huge NY deli sandwiches, to many Italian restaurants, to fabulous Greek cuisine in Tarpon Springs, and boutique dining in Safety Harbor and Dunedin, all within just a short drive.

Take a look at life in Highland Lakes, Palm Harbor. It truly is a very active 55+ community.  And there is almost never a shortage to things to do in Highland Lakes.

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.

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Photo of Gwen and  Doug Campbell - The Campbell Team Real Estate
Gwen and Doug Campbell - The Campbell Team
at Keller Williams Realty
30522 US Hwy 19N, Suite 107 S
Palm Harbor FL 34684
Doug's Cell 727-741-4189
Gwen's Cell 727-741-7260
Fax: 888-447-7908