Update: This house is SOLD!
This is a slight departure from most of the other articles you'll read here on Florida for Boomers in that it features a house that my sister and I are selling together.
Now before you hit the back button, as you'll soon see it could be an ideal choice of home and community for many of my readers, maybe even you.
But even if its not, this article will still give you a look at a special type of Florida retirement community. It's especially unique to the Daytona Beach area, and there are only a few like it in all of Florida.
Let's jump right in, shall we?
Welcome to Key Colony
Nestled on a peninsula, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, Key Colony is a gated community of just 68 charming Key West style homes in Daytona Beach Shores.
Daytona Beach Shores is part of the greater Daytona Beach area. While the city offers all the perks of being beachside, it's more laid-back and away from the hype of Daytona proper.
The community, which began in 1996, perfectly blends single-family homes with all the conveniences normally associated with living in a condo.
The homes within the community were all designed to be low-maintenance. They all feature a very unique crushed shell stucco exterior (over concrete block construction) that keeps the homes looking fresh as the day they were built.
The white barrel tile roofs add to the longevity as well as the Key West style aesthetics.
The community features a community pool with a large covered cabana that plays host to monthly community get-togethers.
There is also a community tennis court that is newly resurfaced.
The community itself is very low maintenance. Your HOA dues (currently $220/mo.) cover your landscaping (grass cutting, watering and shrub trimming), exterior maintenance (sprinklers and the like), use of the pool, cabana and tennis court, and “common area” maintenance.
Walk to the beach
One highlight of Key Colony is the proximity to the beach.
Residents of Key Colony can walk across the street to the beach via a covered A1A overpass that spits you out at the doorstep of The Shores Resort and Spa, which is the only AAA Four-Diamond luxury beachfront hotel in the Daytona area. (which by the way, doubles as a type of “2nd clubhouse” for many residents).
Community pique your interest? Learn more about the house itself.
143 Key Colony Court – $379,900
This particular home is located on the best lot in the neighborhood.
You see, most driveways in Key Colony are only accessible via back-alleyway access. This is great for the appearance of the neighborhood (nobody has to stare at less than appealing driveways and garage doors).
BUT this can be a real pain for residents who have to navigate the narrow alleyways to get to their home.
Also, if you have visitors, they usually must park out in the street. Not an ideal situation for most people.
This is the ONLY home in Key Colony with a private driveway accessible from the main drag in the community (Key Colony Court).
The owner of this home will never have to navigate the tight alleyway to get to their home or garage.
Not to mention, as you can tell from the picture to the right, the driveway itself is very long, with plenty of room for your family, friends and other guests.
It's in a great location, right next to the community pool and community tennis court (newly resurfaced).
Plus, because of the location, there's lots of privacy on the large covered back patio (see photos below).
This is my mom's former residence, but its not the first home she owned in this neighborhood. She actually built her first home here three doors down, but when the owner of this home decided to sell, she jumped at the opportunity simply because of the prime lot and location.
There are several interior and exterior pictures for you to see below, but here are some of the finer details about the home:
- Approx. 1,733 sq. ft. living area
- Sablestone kitchen sink, counters, and backsplash
- Bahama shutters
- Hurricane-resistant garage door
- GE Appliances
- A/C new in 2008
- Custom walk-in master bath shower
- Custom window treatments and decor
- Premium lot w/ private driveway
- Vinyl shed and privacy fence
- XL back patio w/ awning
- Security system
The floorplan is pretty much as you see below, with the main exception of the garage. The garage on this particular home is a side-entry garage, which is just a function of the way the house sits on the lot and the way the driveway is set up.
Also, the actual home is flipped (a mirror-image) from what you see below.
Homeowner's Association and Property Tax Details
HOA Dues: $220/mo.
HOA Docs – Link
Property Tax Record – Link
Required Property Tax Disclosure:
PROPERTY TAX DISCLOSURE SUMMARY: BUYER SHOULD NOT RELY ON THE SELLER’S CURRENT PROPERTY TAXES AS THE AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAXES THAT THE BUYER MAY BE OBLIGATED TO PAY IN THE YEAR SUBSEQUENT TO PURCHASE. A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OR PROPERTY IMPROVEMENTS TRIGGERS REASSESSMENTS OF THE PROPERTY THAT COULD RESULT IN HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES.IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING VALUATION, CONTACT THE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER’S OFFICE FOR INFORMATION.
I hope you found this community and home listing article useful, even if you have no interest in living in this area.
But, if you think you could perhaps see yourself in this type of community and possibly even this particular home, lets keep the conversation going.
Just fill out the form below and I'll be in touch to discuss further.
check out the villages says
beautiful area with more than you can think of to do.
Diana Lankford says
Thank you for your great website detailing the retirment communities in
Florida. My husband and I are planning our retirement now and trying to figure
Out where we want to live. You are helping us check out places that we
May never have known about before.
Joan Beyer says
Key Colony looks very nice – but it is far out of our price range for a second home –