Highland Lakes, an Active 55+ Community
Highland Lakes is an active 55+ community with the advantage of having 27 holes of golf for residents to enjoy. The three par three golf courses provide lots of opportunity for competition, and camaraderie. There is a whole lot more than just golf, too!
Aside from the obvious draw of a golf course, this community has something for everyone. There are 2,456 homes, including single family, attached villas, duplexes, and condos. The community was built between 1976 and 1989. There are two clubhouses so there is an almost country-club like atmosphere. The main clubhouse has a heated pool for the winter, and there are plenty of events like water aerobics, synchronized swimming, karaoke, tennis, shuffleboard, pickleboard, clubs for people from various states so there is immediate commonality, and so much more.
Then there is the Lake Tarpon Lodge, with its own pool, picnic tables, boat dock for the pontoon boat that cruises the lake, grills, and a spectacular view of Lake Tarpon. You can have a private party at the Lodge with scenic Lake Tarpon as your backdrop.
There is a secure boat/trailer/RV storage area for a one-time and refundable fee of only $25 for residents. In addition to these activities there are also pontoon boat tours of Lake Tarpon, and a stop at the Tarpon Turtle for lunch for residents and their guests. While on the lake, there is a pretty good chance you will see osprey or even a bald eagle.
The clubhouse library has plenty of books available for your reading enjoyment. Or simply get together with friends for a friendly game of cards, dominoes, or scrabble. There are weekly viewings of recent movies in the clubhouse and this is free.
If you decide you simply want to stay home and enjoy the quiet of the area, do that too. All the activities are available for the monthly HOA fee of $94. What a deal!!
Things To Do Near Highland Lakes
Highland Lakes is a 55 plus community where you don't ever have to worry about running out of things to do. If the activities within the community are not enough for you and you want, for instance, to go to the beach, just minutes away are Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park. You can drive to Honeymoon Island and take the ferry for your outing to Caladesi State Park, where access is by boat only.
If the beaches don't work for you, there is plenty of shopping around. The Westfield Countryside Mall is just south of Highland Lakes in Clearwater and has large stores such as JC Penneys, Macys, Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods - for those who enjoy the unique grocery shopping experience. Then there are specialty shops like Hot Topic for the kids, Marble Slab Creamery (who doesn't like ice cream?), Footlocker, GNC, Lids, and so many more.
Don't forget that eating is necessary and the Westfield Countryside Mall has plenty of options. There are PF Chang's, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Red Robin with great burgers and bottomless fries, Grimaldi's Brick Oven Pizza, and so much more.
So if the beaches, shopping and eating aren't enough for you, you can head to Tampa or St. Petersburg where there is as much entertainment as you could ask for. We have major league baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, NFL football, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and NHL hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning. And there are 2 international airports for your long distance get away, or to go visit folks back north, after the snow melts. Tampa International Airport and the Clearwater-St. Pete International aiprorts are both only about a 30 minute drive from Highland Lakes.
So what are you waiting for? If you want to live in a 55+ community and have so much to do you'll never run out of things to do, check out Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor.
Highland Lakes Real Estate
The real estate values in Highland Lakes are excellent. You are getting a fifty-five plus community with beautiful live oak trees throughout the community. These trees provide shade for the sidewalks as residents walk their dogs, or go visit neighbors.
There are single family homes, condos and attached villas to choose from, so there is something for everyone. Each condo community has its own condo fee in addition to the master HOA, so if you are looking for worry free home ownership, which means you don't have to cut the lawn, condo living just might be for you.
If you prefer the single family house lifestyle, there are lots of homes in Highland Lakes. For these, you get to enjoy your own efforts at landscaping, keeping the lawn picture perfect, and creating a beautiful postcard like yard.
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Updated: 22nd March, 2019 4:10 PM.