55 & Older Communities
55 & Older Communities
55 & Older Communities can be found scattered throughout Southern Utah. Washington Utah has several that are very popular. The most commonly known are Horizon’s West, Kings Row, Cherokee Springs, Ridgepoint and World Wide Sun formerly Winterhaven. These communities all offer nice communities for Sr. home buyers looking for a quiet place to live.
Horizon’s West offers stick built homes, the community was developed back in the mid to early 1990’s. The range in size from about 1000 square feet and go up to about 1400 square feet. Some are 2 bedroom and some are three bedroom. The HOA’s are currently $105 per month. This fee covers cable, yard care, and access to the clubhouse. The clubhouse is a great place to hold parties and family gatherings. This allows homeowners to live in a smaller house and still accommodate times when all of the kids and grandkids get together. Homes in Horizon’s West are priced from about $120,000 up to $170,000. Homes in this price range are becoming more and more difficult to find.
Kings Row Estates
Another of the 55 & Older Communities is Kings Row Estates is a mostly mobile and modular style park, with some stick built homes also available. Kings Row HOA is currently about $100. Kings Row Estates amenities include a clubhouse, a large pool, and yard care. Homes in Kings Row are selling from around $40,000 up to $180,000. The more expensive homes are stick built and some are as large as 1900 square feet in size. The smaller units are referred to as Park Models. They average about 400 sq ft in size. Most of these are one bedroom one bath units with combination kitchen living room areas. They are similar to homes highlighted on the television show Tiny Homes. Most offer a porch or a place to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather.
World Wide Sun Resort
World Wide Sun Resort is also mainly made up of modular and manufactured homes. It is similar to Kings Row in that the price and size of the homes are between 400 square feet up to under 800. The prices range from $25,000 up to about $95,000. This community like the other’s mentioned has a good amount of winter visitors, or “snow birds”. Snow Bird is a term that refers to people who “fly away” or leave snowy areas and come where the winters are a little more mild and for the most part free of snow. World Wide Sun Resort was formerly called Winterhaven and many people still refer to it as Winterhaven. Winterhaven features a very large indoor swimming pool, woodworking shop, quilting room, shuffleboard area, dance area, clubhouse, laundry facility, and a small close knit community that look out for each other. During the winter months there are plenty of activities to make things exciting.
Another popular one of the 55 & older communities is Cherokee Springs. It is located close to the other communities I mentioned. Cherokee has park models and some stick built homes. Like the others each lot is owned by the individual who has purchased it. I mention this because some parks have rented lots, with rents around $350 per month. Cherokee is also a close knit community with plenty of activities to encourage new friends and associates. They have a very nice clubhouse, cable, and laundry facilities, but no pool. The HOA’s are a little lower here at about $75 per month.
Ridgepoint is also along the same strip of Telegraph in Washington. These homes are built up along the side of a hill, that can be easily seen from the I-15. Ridgepoint has a pool, clubhouse, shuffleboard, and other activities to nurture a sense of community. These homes will be at the higher end of homes in this area of Washington. Prices are ranging from the low $100’s up to just under $300. Some of these homes have spectacular views of the mountains and valleys. With only one street in and out the community offers a quiet place to enjoy retirement.
Most of these communities have heavy resident involvement on the HOA board. This allows members to have greater control over the HOA’s. Many people are leery of HOA’s because they have a tendency to continue to go up every year. Since the people paying the HOA’s are contributing they can work to keep the fees lower. The easiest way to access these communities it to take the new Washington Parkway exit on the north end of the valley. Go to Telegraph and take a right. Ridgepoint is the first community on the left, then Winterhaven, across the street from Winterhaven is Kings Row, with Horizon’s West and Cherokee Springs back across the street next to each other.