In 2013, we started thinking about the next chapter in our life, and when and where that might be. As we are both from New York, and a few years shy of retirement, we began our search for the right fit. It didn’t take long to realize that the “Sunshine State” was the place for us! We found Crane Lakes online and planned on making it our first stop to visit. As we drove into the community for the first time, we remember how inviting and impressed we were by the beautifully manicured landscaping, laced with flowers, ponds and fountains. We then met Joan & Andy, two wonderful ladies whom were both warm and welcoming. Joan took us on a tour, showing us several of the lovely Palm Harbor homes available at that time. Needless to say… it was love at first sight! This place had it all, and we instantly knew the bar had been set! Joan encouraged us to continue looking at other communities, but said that we would be back! Joan was right. We have since purchased our “forever” home here in Crane Lakes and couldn’t be happier.
While visiting friends from New England, we were lucky enough to be taken to see Crane Lakes. After seeing part of the complex I was standing in the pool area looking over the lake and what I later found out was the 8th green and the 9th tee. All I could say was “you gotta be kidding me”. We decided then to buy a home here and are so happy we did. The people are wonderful and caring and the complex is the best kept in central Florida. The golf course is magnificant and the best groomed in the area. What can be better, beautiful home, beautiful people, beautiful complex, beautiful golf course and on vacation
365 days a year in sunny Florida?
We came to Crane Lakes in 2004 to visit our previous neighbors from California. We immediately fell in love with the retirement community especially the warm and friendly people. There are numerous activities to enjoy and you can be as active or inactive as you want. The clubhouse and amenities (pools, tennis courts, shuffle boards, billiards, etc…) are all outstanding. The beautiful and challenging golf course is in our backyard and the weather here allows us to play almost every day. The Pro Shop and staff are very professional and fabulous. The grounds are beautifully manicured and maintained by a great management team. In a nutshell, Crane Lakes isn’t just a retirement community. It’s a community of friends where neighbors look out for each other. “It’s a place you want to come home to.” We absolutely love living here!
We’ve lived in Crane Lakes since 2000, so we’re among the early settlers. We were totally unfamiliar with the manufactured homes and when we first toured the models, we were amazed! At that time, the Clubhouse and golf course were complete which sealed our decision to buy. We intended the house as a winter home and planned to be “snowbirds”. That lasted for 3 years and we moved down from Maryland full-time. We found the life-style, year round golf, and the myriad of activities too hard to leave in the spring. So now, we’re in our second house and driving our third golf cart!
In addition to all the amenities in Crane Lakes, the residents make it very special. It is a group of caring and generous people and we feel privileged to live among them. We look out for one another and everyone steps up when the occasion arises. Crane Lakes is a community in every sense and we’re proud and happy to call it home.