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Subject: Re: Active Adult Communities Date: 11/6/2003 9:46 AM
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DW and I spent 2+ years at Spruce Creek Preserve. Our primary interest was in golf but I would be glad to provide you with whatever info I could about the area, living in an 'Active Adult' community and of course the Central FL (Ocala) area.

I would offer this advice about Del Webb. Get EVERYTHING in writing! and be aware that they are now owned by Pulte Homes. If you are a golfer, I would recommend looking at Lake Diamond, Ocala Palms, Ocala CC and others before Spruce Creek CC.

We'd definitely like to read whatever you have to say about the Ocala area & your experience with Del Webb, either on- or offline. We want to make our decision knowing as many facts & opinions, good and bad, as possible.

We're not golfers, so that's not a major concern of ours. But being around a bunch of unhappy golfers would be. We are planning to stay at, or at least visit, Lake Diamond & Ocala Palms next time down, as well as possibly Rainbow Springs, Oak Run, Citrus Hills & Carillon Lakes.

Is Ocala truly one of the top 10, or whatever the ranking is, best places to retire in the U.S.? We saw so little of it, only mainly driving thru on Hwy 27/441 & 200, so couldn't form much of an opinion. I almost think I might like the Clermont area better (rolling terrain, closer to Orlando), but I understand congestion is becoming a serious problem there, & the 2 communities we visited, Kings Ridge & Summit Green, will be sold out within a year (too soon for us to buy or move).

Are you still in the central FL area? In a retirement community? Did you have problems with Del Webb that caused you to leave Spruce Creek Preserve? I do know that they're now owned by Pulte, & Pulte Orlando did not get rated very highly by J.D. Power recently (http://www.jdpower.com/cc/homes/jdpa_ratings/FindHomeBuilderResults.jsp?city=Orlando). Right now, in fact I've been waiting about 2 weeks for some info regarding pricing & some other questions I've asked of our salesperson there.

Still conflicted -

Bill
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