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Waterford Apartments, 10263 Gandy Blvd. N, opened in May 1989. Its 384 units are available with one bedroom and one bath; two bedrooms and two bath; and one bedroom with a loft. Some units have fireplaces.

The average age range of residents is from 25 to 45, "although we have some children and some retired folks also," says Chris Olsen, leasing consultant. Pets are allowed, with a25-pound weight limit.

For the daily chores, there is a car wash area, and all units have full washers and dryers.

But when residents have time to play, they can take advantage of two tennis courts, two pools, two racquetball courts, a sand volleyball court and an exercise room.

There is a party once a month in the clubhouse recreation room area. Mardi Gras is the theme for this month's party. Other activities include a "Waterford Walk" around the area every Tuesday and Thursday evening during March. Movie nights soon will be started, and an aerobics instructor may be hired.