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Neighborhood profile: Timber Pines, an active 55-and-over community in Spring Hill

More golf carts than cars zoom along the streets at Timber Pines, an over-55 community nestled in the hills and pine groves of western Hernando County. The roads have names like Grandfather Mountain and Blue Skies Drive, and residents zip smoothly from tennis and bridge to horseshoes and home again. • "You could do something twice a day," said new resident Harriette Sharpe. "We haven't had time to be bored."

The established community has 3,452 private homes, and residents will tell you they considered many options before making their purchase. In the end it added up: the friendly people, the clubs and activities, and the fact that the amenities are resident-owned and operated.

"The prices are excellent for the value you get," said homeowner Karen Stevens. "We liked the rolling hills and trees. Plus, it's a well-established area."

To ensure a good fit, some homeowners opt to rent first. Harriette and Ray Sharpe rented for one season before taking the plunge.

"We decided we'd seen enough," said Harriette. The couple purchased a home the following season and have no regrets. Between decorating their new house and making friends, they've kept busy.

New resident Susan Krueger was first struck by the natural landscape of the community. "It's like living in a park," she said.

But it was the people that made it feel like home.

"I've never met so many friendly people," she added.

Dennis Cronin retired after working in law enforcement for 36 years and is now president of the Timber Pines Community Association. He recalled his own experience as a newcomer from New Jersey.

"We were here about five hours and the neighbors brought over brownies and cookies," he said.

Residents also appreciate the safety, structure and rules that are part of life at Timber Pines.

"We were looking for a secure and safe neighborhood," said resident Jackie Petrucci.

Realtor and resident Bruce Gresh cited the gated community's security as one of the number one reasons people move in.

"The community has three manned gates, 24 hours a day," Gresh said.

Golfer and resident Steve Bankson retired from a career as a college basketball coach.

"I always thought when I retire, I want to play 12 months year," said Bankson, a lifelong golfer.

Moving to Timber Pines has been a good fit.

"It's the number one golfing experience and the most economical you'll find anyplace," he said. "Homeowners in Timber Pines own the golf courses."

And there is much to own. There are four golf courses at Timber Pines: two 18-hole executive courses, one 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole pitch and putt course.

The community also includes lighted tennis courts, heated swimming pools, walking paths, shuffleboard courts, a country club and restaurant and a performing arts center.

Shary Lyssy Marshall can be reached at slmarshall.sptimes@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Year Sold Minimum Price Maximum Price Median Price
Timber Pines 2010* 14 $55,000 $210,000 $100,000
2009 149 $57,000 $270,000 $125,000
2008 107 $80,000 $373,000 $142,000
2007 94 $60,000 $380,000 $175,000
2006 131 $100,000 $422,000 $201,000
2005 233 $57,000 $390,000 $185,200
2004 272 $70,900 $325,000 $155,000
2003 241 $43,000 $280,000 $140,000
2002 234 $64,000 $261,000 $129,000
2001 236 $62,000 $255,000 $117,000
Nearby neighborhoods Year Sold Minimum Price Maximum Price Median Price
Heritage Pines 2009 39 $95,000 $320,000 $139,900
Silverthorn 2009 32 $98,000 $520,000 $161,750
Wellington 2009 38 $100,000 $240,000 $129,950

Compiled from Hernando County property appraiser records by Times researcher Will Gorham; *Jan. 1 through Feb. 28

Gail and Larry Kavanaugh

Their home: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths; 1,788 square feet.

When they bought:
October 1997.

Current value (from
Zillow.com): $137,500.

Why they love it: "When we retired, we went to 32 retirement communities," Larry says. "We'd play golf, tennis and bridge. When we got here, there was no contest. It was the best deal."

Adds Gail: "There's no reason for anyone to come here and be bored. We play cards, we golf. People are very welcoming. We like the diversity here. There are a lot of different ages and people from all over."

"And," says Larry, "it's resident-owned."



More details inside

• History of single-family homes sales.

• Current homes on the market.

listed at $114,900

since JANUARY 2009

6625 Williamsburg Court

2 bedrooms, 2 baths
1,917 square feet
Built in 1986

This single-story furnished villa is located less than 100 yards from the community pool in Manor Pines Village. The concrete-block home is on a corner lot and includes a breakfast nook and one-car, attached garage. Exterior maintenance is provided by the community.
(Joan Schall, Keller Williams Elite Partners, (352) 346-5740)

listed at
$279,900

sincE DECEMBER 2009

8079 Summersong Court

4 bedrooms, 3 baths
2,754 square feet
Built in 1993

This pool home with two-car garage features custom upgrades, including a new island kitchen, 42-inch cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The home also features diagonal flooring, a bar area and a heated and screened pool overlooking a pond.
(Barbara Quist, ReMax Advantage Realty, (352) 596-9999)

listed at
$184,900

sincE MARCH 2010

8003 Sugarbush Drive

3 bedrooms, 2 baths
2,852 square feet
Built in 1993

This well-maintained home with two-car garage features a caged, in-ground swimming pool with vaulted ceilings and eat-in kitchen overlooking the pool and family room. The floor plan includes a formal living room and master suite with study and double vanity bathroom. (Bruce Gresh, Tropic Shores Realty, (352) 684-9572)

listed at $147,800

since FEBRUARY 2010

2348 Westchester Blvd.

2 bedrooms, 2 baths
2,178 square feet
Built in 1982

This fully furnished Oakmont model home features an open
floor plan with family room, formal living room and glass-enclosed lanai overlooking the Lakes Golf Course. The bathrooms have been refurbished, and the kitchen has updated appliances.
(Bruce Gresh, Tropic Shores Realty, (352) 684-9572)

Neighborhood profile: Timber Pines, an active 55-and-over community in Spring Hill 03/26/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 10:16am]

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