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Hawthorne at Leesburg is conveniently located on U.S. 27 South of Leesburg in the heart of Central Florida. The world-famous attractions and the beaches are only a short drive away. Additionally, the marina is situated on a river, only half a mile boat ride to Lake Harris, the 8th largest lake in the state. Lake County is famous for its hundreds of lakes. Lake County also offers shopping, restaurants, outstanding medical facilities – including one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals, churches, and much more. Temperatures average about 74 degrees, with about 61 inches of rainfall annually. Your family and friends will enjoy exploring all of the Central Florida area, when you call Hawthorne home!
Hawthorne was the creation of Colonial Penn Insurance Group, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), and the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA). While Hawthorne was designed with careful thought given to location, climate, personal safety, transportation, medical services, comfort, recreation, and cultural and educational activities, we think our residents are our greatest success. Hawthorne is noted for its friendly spirit and making new residents feel right at home.
After Hawthorne was established, the residents of Hawthorne worked together to purchase the community from Colonial Penn and formed a cooperative government. The developement shares all the benefits of total ownership including all common facilities, one of it’s many unique differences. Today, Hawthorne at Leesburg is a thriving community of approximately 1100 homes. It is financially sound, with no debt and over $2 million dollars of invested reserves. And still growing with the addition of over 6,500 square feet to our multi-million dollar recreational facilities. Because the funds were already in the reserves, no debt was incurred to cover the expansion – another advantage of being a resident-owned community.
A long-standing sense of community and proud traditions are guiding Hawthorne at Leesburg into the future.
Residents enjoy activities offered through chapters of organizations such as AARP, the VFW, a travel club and boat club, and participate in leisure-time, cultural, spiritual and educational events. Some groups meet for Friday and Saturday night dances, to play cards, board games, and bingo, or to celebrate shared interests through state & zone clubs, RV groups, singles groups and more. Hawthorne’s clubhouse, which can seat 1,600, has a library and areas for many activities
The community has a heated pool, indoor whirlpools and sauna, and hosts sporting events including softball, tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, putt putt golf, lawn croquet, and horseshoes. Groups often form for ballroom, tap and line dancing, Yoga, and other fitness activities.
CRAFTS AND HOBBIES
From art to woodcrafts, Hawthorne hobbyists enjoy it all. Ceramics, handwork, lapidary, quilling, quilting, and sewing are just a few of the great ways to hone your skills and delight in the company of your neighbors. Computer, garden and investment clubs offer tangible returns on the time you invest.
Hawthorne puts a premium on cultural activities. Enjoy a concert performance by the Hawthorne orchestra or the upbeat rhythms of our own kitchen band. Barbershop Quartets, the Monday Musicales, a chorus, and other groups comprised of residents, make joyful music throughout the community. Some of our residents share their artistic skills through fine arts clubs, working in media including oils, watercolors, clay, stained glass and gold wire.
Hawthorne stands out among the growing trend of retirement communities.
Why? Simply stated, features are offered that you won’t find anywhere else. Hawthorne at Leesburg sets a new security standard by offering 24-hour certified Emergency Medical Technicians and firefighters on-site. Hawthorne provides privacy with a perimeter fence, gated entries with TV cameras and around-the-clock security patrols. Our marina is protected with an electronic security system. We have emergency alarm buttons in every home. A simple press of the button sends an alarm to our central security computer monitored by EMT/firefighters. Response to emergencies requires less than 4 minutes to reach any home in the community. And, at Hawthorne, you won’t pay extra for this peace-of-mind.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Q: Do residents own the land?
2. Q: Is the community resident owned?
Yes, it is a resident-owned community with cash reserves, no mortgage and has never had a special assessment.
3. Q: Is Hawthorne a gated community?
Yes, it is gated with a 24-hour staff of Florida Certified Emergency Medical Technicians and fire fighters. All homes have two computerized push-button emergency alarm systems with on-premise emergency help only minutes away.
4: Q: Are you an adult community?
Yes, one resident must be at least 55 and the other at least 50.
5: Q: Are pets allowed?
6: Q: What lake is the Marina located on?
The Marina is on the Palatlakaha River 1/2 mile to Lake Harris Chain of Lakes, with access to the Atlantic Ocean.
7: Q: Do you allow rentals?
8: Q: Does Hawthorne have a Board of Directors?
Yes, the board is comprised of nine members elected by the residents.