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Grab your gold watch and head to Lake Jovita

Nationally circulated magazine Where to Retire can't seem to get enough of east Pasco.

In the region's fourth appearance in the magazine, Where to Retire editors this summer are naming the Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club community one of the nation's 100 best planned communities for retirees.

Lake Jovita was the only named community from Pasco County. No communities from Hillsborough or Pinellas counties made the cut. In Hernando County, the GlenLakes community of Weeki Wachee was the only other nearby community to appear on the list.

The magazine, based in Houston, claims a circulation of about 200,000 copies every two months. The report on master-planned communities appears in the July/August issue.

Editor and publisher Alan Fox, in a news release, said the nine-month project looked at more than 500 communities in 27 states.

"You're not just buying a house in these communities, you are buying a lifestyle," Fox said.

He said editors found the named communities secure and well-maintained and offered a combination of amenities and location.

Lorrie Glover, director of sales and marketing at Lake Jovita, said the development prides itself on the unusual topography of the land.

"Our property is just so unique; it's so unusual for Florida," she said.

Rolling hills offer residents both challenging golf and the opportunity to build their home on a hillside.

"The views are awesome," she said.

The fact that Lake Jovita made the list of top retirement communities doesn't mean it's just for retirees, Glover said. The average age of buyers is 45-65, she said. Many work nearby or commute to Tampa.

Lake Jovita recently captured a local award as well. It was named best master-planned community in Pasco during the 2003 Parade of Homes by the Pasco Building Association.

Where to Retire featured Dade City in a 1996 article, listed the region in 2001 among the top 100 cities in the country for retirees, and returned for a six-page spread on the community last year.

The magazine calls Dade City a "five-star small town."