Fall and early winter months are usually when the real estate markets in southern United States experience a surge in activity. Instead of battling yearly harsh northern conditions, these “snowbirds” relocate to a more moderate setting until the spring starts.
These people show main interest in low-maintenance properties such as condos, town homes and small single-family homes. Often easily locked and left empty. When it’s time to go, all they have to do is shut off the lights and water. There are a lot of communities that are perfect for those who divide their time between two different parts of the country.
Carillon at Cambridge Lakes, Pingree Grove, IL
Although the Windy City is challenging when the temperature starts dropping, the rest of the year is pleasant. Few communities exemplify this aspect of Chicago life better than Carillon at Cambridge Lakes.
Located in the Pingree Grove suburbs, it boasts a great locale especially for those who enjoy going out. Lakes, walking paths, bocce ball and tennis courts along with indoor and outdoor pools surround the properties. Carillon has a very moderate climate for the majority of the year. Being a low-maintenance lifestyle community, residents aren’t generally too worried about the property when they’re gone.
Should you find yourself living here, however temporary it is, you certainly won’t lack for things to do. What with the easily accessible shopping outlets, restaurants, entertainment venues and public parks. This stems from the community’s proximity to Interstate 90, Randall Road and Route 72. However, the most popular form of recreation here is undoubtedly the game of golf. All with a fully stocked facility that includes a beautiful course, clubhouse party rooms and fitness center — the social center piece of Pingree Grove.
Preserve at Lakeside Landings, Winter Haven, FL
Built in the appropriately named city of Winter Haven, Florida, Preserve at Lakeside Landings is Freedom Homes newest community. Much like the Cambridge Lakes neighborhood in Chicago, it is also designed for those seeking a low-stress lifestyle. This community offers gated entrances, single-story homes, covered porches/verandas and lawns that are routinely maintained.
A major similarity between the Preserve and Carillon is that both feature top-of-the-line golf courses and are located in picturesque natural environments. Lakeside in particular has spectacular views of the more than surrounding fifty lakes. Having a home here allows snowbirds to experience this gorgeous scenery even in the winter.
Even if you only plan to come here during the colder months of the year, you will still be able to enjoy outdoor amenities. These include a resort-style pool, multi-purpose field, family friendly playgrounds and nature trails. The other amenities that Winter Haven offers are all accessible due to the village’s proximity to several major interstates. These attractions are enjoyable for people of all ages. Some of the more popular sites include Disney World, LEGOLAND and the Lake Eva Water Park. All within driving distance and major attractions for families with children.
The fact that the people who embrace this lifestyle don’t experience a harsh winter makes many of them extremely friendly. Those who maintain a residences here come from a wide variety of places resulting in a highly diverse community that houses multiple distinctive experiences. This essentially makes the residents just as interesting as the location itself, providing another reason to own a home here.
For all who adhere to the snowbird seasonal migration style of living, Cambridge Lakes and the Lakeside Landings offer both convenience and flexibility; two things that are very useful to homeowners.
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