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Polk County | Carefree buys Haines City RV and residential complex for $10.45 million

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One of the nation's largest manufactured and RV community owners has acquired Central Park in Haines City for $10.45 million. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Carefree Communities Inc. said the late April purchase, its 40th of the past two years, will add 368 RV sites and 110 manufactured home sites to its portfolio.

BUYER: NHC-FL144 LLC, Scottsdale, AZ
SELLER: Charlie Long Jr. and Edna G. Long Family Ltd. Partnership
PROPERTY: 1101 and 1501 W.
Commerce Ave., Haines City
PRICE:  $10.45 million
PREVIOUS PRICE: $2.98 million
DESCRIPTION: 368 RV sites and 110 manufactured home sites on 36 acres

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One of the nation's largest manufactured and RV community owners has acquired Central Park in Haines City for $10.45 million. Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Carefree Communities Inc. said the late April purchase, its 40th of the past two years, will add 368 RV sites and 110 manufactured home sites to its portfolio.

The 36-acre Haines City community, which had been owned by the Charlie Long Jr. and Edna G. Long Family Ltd. Partnership, contains amenities that include heated swimming pools and clubhouses, as well as laundry and bath facilities, Carefree stated in a statement.

The community, which was completed in 1971, was valued at $5.02 million in 2013, according to the Polk County property appraiser's website.

Carefree, a privately held real estate investment trust, owns 102 RV and manufactured home communities containing 28,000 sites in Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, North Carolina, California, Arizona and Ontario, Canada. In Florida it owns three dozen RV communities, including the 178-acre Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground in Sarasota; the Horseshoe Cove community in Bradenton; and the Marco Naples park in Naples.  

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