Guntersville, AL Featured in Where to Retire Magazine as a Sanctuary for Retirees: Lighthouse Pointe Highlighted as a Signature Lakefront Resort Community

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Where to Retire Magazine featured Guntersville, AL as a top retirement town and "low-cost haven" for retirees in the July/August 2008 issue. Published six times a year, Where to Retire covers the best retirement regions, towns, and master-planned communities, and has become a go-to-guide for vacation and retirement home owners across the country.

Neighboring Huntsville also provides residents with metropolitan amenities like the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, museums, trendy shops and restaurants and minor league baseball.

Where to Retire Magazine featured Guntersville, AL as a top retirement town and "low-cost haven" for retirees in the July/August 2008 issue. Published six times a year, Where to Retire covers the best retirement regions, towns, and master-planned communities, and has become a go-to-guide for vacation and retirement home owners across the country.

Lighthouse Pointe, the area's newest master-planned community and the only marina and condominium resort on the shores of Lake Guntersville, is experiencing extraordinary sales of its two-, three- and four-bedroom condominiums. Suitably priced from the upper $200,000s, the community boasts plans for modern amenities such as: a marina, dry boat storage, 3 pools, clubhouse and fitness area, 2 putting greens, playground and walking trails. With construction on the first residential building and clubhouse beginning late this summer, first residents are planning to enjoy their new homes in summer 2009.

Guntersville, which has a population of about 8,000, has many of the qualities that are important to today's retirees. Lake Guntersville, one of the Southeast's largest and most scenic lakes, borders the town on three sides, offering abundant outlets for fishing and water-sports enthusiasts. The Appalachian foothills also lend the perfect scenic backdrop for hiking, birding, or just enjoying the charmed atmosphere.

In choosing a city or town to feature in Where to Retire, editors and writers research several regions to assess the climate, amenities, healthcare facilities, property tax and cost of living. New developments in lodging and access to metropolitan areas may also play an important role in the selection. This is the second feature on Guntersville in Where to Retire.

Although Guntersville is known for captivating visitors with its unmatched natural beauty and effortless access to the 69,000-acre lake, the low property tax may also a reason for the steady flow of new residents to the Northern Alabama town. Home prices in the Guntersville area have remained low, unlike the majority of the nation's coastal properties considered for retirement. With the average home price in Marshall County at $125,000 and a property tax rate at $43 per $1,000 of assessed value, the property tax for the average home in Guntersville stands at $538 annually.

"With plenty of volunteering opportunities, a below-average cost of living and low property taxes, Guntersville is a great choice for retirees," said Mary Lu Abbott, Editor of Where to Retire. "Neighboring Huntsville also provides residents with metropolitan amenities like the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, museums, trendy shops and restaurants and minor league baseball."

While Guntersville continues to be the natural preference for retirees, the traditional town also offers a welcoming family setting for those families looking to reconnect or an extended couples retreat. Retirees Faith and Wes Harris relocated to Guntersville 14 years ago from Pittsburgh, and have been ambassadors for the town ever since. "We consider the area a great place to retire, but not a retirement community," said Mrs. Harris. The couple noted that the kids and active families living in their neighborhood keep them young.

About 700,000 Americans move to new towns to retire each year, and relocating retirees generally bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development. Where to Retire magazine was launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire and has a national circulation of 220,000.

About Lighthouse Pointe
Lighthouse Pointe is a new, lakefront marina community with resort-style amenities, including a Clubhouse, three pools, wet slips and available managed boat storage. Located within easy driving distance of Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville and Atlanta, Guntersville, Alabama continues to be an ideal second-home destination. 2, 3 and 4-bedroom condominiums start from the upper $200,000s.

For more information about Lighthouse Pointe, visit http://www.lighthouse-pointe.net, and refer to the NEWS section to read the full release, or contact Tasha Jones Steele at 251-476-2507, or tasha@lewiscommunications.com.

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