Why We Chose one of the Modern Homes in Land O’Lakes
Land O’ Lakes, Florida, has grown a great deal in the past 20 years. As of this year, there are almost 32,000 people living here.
New neighborhoods, shopping, and schools have been built, and officials recently reopened Land O’ Lakes Community Park, with a football and practice field, a softball field with new dugouts and lighting, paved walking trail, a concessions building with meeting and rest rooms, an open space to be used event field, and new parking lots and playground.
And as if that weren’t enough, we average 248 sunny days a year here, that’s almost 70% of your days spent in the sun. It’s a fantastic place to live.
Top Reasons We Bought one of the Modern Homes in Land O’Lakes
- There are only seven states which do not collect individual income tax at the state level; Florida is one of them.
- Moving from New York to Florida, we saved a lot of money in taxes.
- Buying a new home in Florida and declaring it our primary “homestead,
gave us an exemption on the first $50,000 of property tax value. Not the school district taxes — those are given an exemption of $25,000.
- Conner Preserve, located right in Land O’Lakes, has been a natural water management preserve since 2003, and has a varied landscape including steep sandhill ridges, marshes, cypress sloughs, and pine flatwoods.
What to Look for in a New Home
Obviously, we could have bought an older house, but there were more good reasons to look at new single family homes. And if you’re a fan of modern homes, you’ll love it here!
We had a basic list of things were looking for when buying our new home. It was very important to us that our home be air conditioned, it is Florida after all, and we knew it would increase the value of our property. Our realtor said that the National Realtors Association did a survey that showed that it’s important to more than 60% of Americans that their home have central air. So most homes here will have that (and you’ll appreciated it at night in the summer!).
Another priority will be storage and space. If you’re like us the more closets the better. And having a designated room for laundry is another way to greatly increase your properties value, if it does not have one already. Almost 90% of home buyers in 2013 bought a home with a separate laundry room. In a modern home, you can do that, with an older house, you face more restrictions.
If you buy a house without air conditioning or laundry, or with appliances you don’t love, never fear. We didn’t like our laundry room, but by working with a home builder, we totally revamped it and it’s fabulous now!
That’s why we moved, can’t think of a nicer place to live. Can you?
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