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The Sunrise Side of Chesapeake Point
Chesapeake Point

AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT LIVING IN A RESIDENT-OWNED WATERFRONT COMMUNITY IS A REALITY HERE!

Unit #52 Offered For Sale – $129,000 – Details Below

Chesapeake Point is situated on a beautiful 6.5-acre peninsula surrounded on three sides by the waters which lead to the Gulf of Mexico. It is in many ways truly a park. There is abundant birdlife here and the fishing is excellent. There are often manatees moving lazily by and dolphin herding schools of fish against the seawall to feed. Over the past several months I have enjoyed watching dolphin swimming and hunting right along the seawall. Several of our family members have had exciting manatee encounters while out kayaking in the area around Chesapeake Point Park and Spring Bayou which surrounds the City of Tarpon Springs. A healthy walk or bike ride from Chesapeake Point will bring you to Howard Park which is pictured below. We will often just drive to the causeway between the picnic and camping areas and the beach, and spend the day. That way we can just pull what we need out of the trunk of the car. The water along the causeway is great for wading, fishing, walking, and just about any outdoor activity on the water including windsurfing and sea kayaking along the new kayak trail. The beach at the end of the causeway is a beautiful white sand beach and seems to never be too crowded. Nearby Sunset Beach is also a great place to wade, sunbathe, read, fish, watch the kiteboarders, and of course, watch the sunset at the end of the day. We also love the quick access to many other local Parks and beaches namely Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands as well as Anclote River Park and a number of parks that are within a 1 to 2-hour drive of Tarpon Springs. You will find more detail on these places on our Links page. We also recommend getting out on the water! Whether taking a tour with our local kayak guides at SimplyKayaking, take a SunLine Cruise from the Sponge Docks or rent a boat, the beautiful blue-green Gulf of Mexico is only a short boat ride from the bayous of Tarpon Springs.

Chesapeake Point Park is an “Over 55” Mobile Home Cooperative located on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Tarpon Springs, Florida. A small organized group of about 40 of us purchased the almost 7 acre peninsula in 2005. We consider it to be our own little slice of waterfront paradise far removed from the maddening crowds. There are now over 50 owners and a handful rent places seasonally in our quiet waterfront community in one of the prettiest locations along the Gulf Coast. The residents here are friendly, the atmosphere relaxing and the fishing is outstanding.

We installed new boat slips several years ago and one is tied to the co-op membership of Unit 52. There is also an observation deck at the top of our little peninsula where you can spend the day fishing and sunbathing. If you drive through this part of the West Coast, you will quickly notice that our little “island” is tucked back off the main drag, is private and quiet, and is quite obviously the most beautiful undeveloped property for miles around. A seawall surrounds the Park and we often walk around it and see dolphins, manatee (in the Winter) and fish and birds of all kinds. At dusk, we watch the birds fly in to the surrounding mangrove islands to roost for the night. The wildlife that surrounds us and just the shear beauty of the Park often takes our breath away. The park itself is a Great Blue Heron rookery.

We often reflect on how lucky we are to own what I feel is a piece of old Florida or at least the Florida I knew as a kid. If you look to the left at the aerial photograph, you can see that there are two pieces of waterfront property at the front of the peninsula that the Park also owns and are vacant and form almost a natural boundry and gateway into the Park. You can also see a small City owned Park that is the tree covered strip down the middle. This helps add to the feeling that we are a little world unto ourselves. Chesapeake Park is less than 30 miles from Tampa International Airport and all the exciting vacation and entertainment activities that Tampa has to offer. The City of St. Petersburg is even closer to you than Tampa. We are also within walking distance or a short drive of many of Florida’s most beautiful State Parks such as Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island rated America’s #1 Beach, Fred Howard Park, Anderson Park, Anclote Key Park, and the breathtaking Ft. De Soto . There are many other places you can visit in Tarpon Springs along Florida’s Gulf Coast. You are within reasonable driving distance to Walt Disney World, and Epcot, and SeaWorld. Tarpon Springs is famous for its Greek community and long history of sponge diving. There are charming Greek shops and restaurants along the water right along Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and the sponge diving continues to this day. You can still see the boats such as the one below coming into the docks loaded with sponges. Every year in January Tarpon Springs hosts the holy Epiphany Celebration and devoted followers as well as tourists come from around the world to participate in the largest Epiphany celebration in the country, complete with a big Greek street party with live Greek music and dancing, the Diving for the Cross and Blessing of the Fleet rituals and lots of authentic Greek pastries and other delicacies.

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Why Rent When You Can Buy!

Unit 52

For Sale. $129,000 Limited waterview from Patio. Nicely renovated. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with enclosed Florida room & covered carport located in the interior of the Park. Cozy retreat. Goodman heat pump and tankless water heater. Fully furnished with everything you need right down to the pots and pans!

Unit 52 has a boat slip tied to the co-op membership (Slip Number 28). The slip can accommodate boats up to 30 feet in length. The price of the boat slip is included in the purchase price of Unit 52. 

Please note that while the Park is pet-friendly, there is a 20 pound limit on dogs and only two small dogs are allowed per unit.

Boat Slips Surround Our Park!

Nearby Beaches 

  • Chesapeake Point is a co-operatively owned 55+ community on 6.5 acres with a board comprised of elected residents. A professional management company takes care of the administrative details. Residents purchased the community in 2005 and the co-op has 61 units. 
  • Very low monthly co-op fee. Currently, $300/month fee includes sewer, refuse collection, and use of facilities. Water is billed separately.  
  • Observation Point located centrally along the seawall, great for watching sunsets or for spotting manatees and dolphins swimming close by. 
  • There is a kayak launch located along the seawall for residents who prefer to paddle around our amazing Anclote River bayou 
  • A clubhouse available for group activities, many social activities organized by residents during the winter season.
  • Coin laundry in Park.
  • Dogs must be 20lbs or less. Limit two dogs per unit.
  • Location: 800 Chesapeake Drive, Tarpon Springs, Florida – on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 30 Miles North of Tampa, Florida
  • Contact: Email is best to get started. Email: robinkroft@gmail.com

An Affordable Retirement Retreat by the Water

AFFORDABLE RETIREMENT LIVING IS A REALITY HERE!

Don’t think you can afford to live on the water? Think again! This is a rare opportunity to own waterfront property in a Cooperative that owns its own submerged land! Being “grandfathered in” and owning our own submerged land means that our living expenses will very likely remain stable for years to come as we will not have to worry about the State of Florida imposing astronomical increases on Cooperatives and Condo associations that they have been trying to sneak through the Florida Legislature for years. Also, the State no longer grants any entity ownership of submerged land! It’s our belief that the value will only increase due to this unique ownership of our own submerged land.

We believe our Park is an affordable retirement option and is one of the best kept waterfront living secrets on the Gulf Coast. Monthly coop fees are reasonable as are the real estate property taxes. Why move to a retirement community when you can live independently and more affordably in a quiet waterfront park?

For those unfamiliar with Co-op ownership, it is a lot like Condo ownership. Members share access to the common areas within the 6.5 acre Park and enjoy the jointly owned facilities and waterfront equally. The cost of the co-op share AND boat slip is included in the sale price!

Most of our Owners and Guests have lived or rented here for many many years. We are a friendly community of folks who believe this secluded peninsula is our own little slice of paradise. Our quality of life here in the Park continues to improve and nearby Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island are routinely voted the best beaches in America! Many of our residents live very cheaply and find independent living here more affordable and enjoyable than a retirement community in terms of both the initial investment cost, monthly living expenses, and overall quality of life!