Pre-plotted with paved streets, street signs, storm drains and land for support facilities such as fire stations, churches, and medical offices, Deltona was marketed worldwide as the ultimate planned community.
The pre-cursor to many Florida retirement communities to follow and promoted by the canny Mackle brothers, it almost seemed it was manufactured elsewhere and carefully placed on the rolling ground north of Lake Monroe.
All the retirement lures, including a full blown country club with swimming pool, tennis, golf, and dining were in place.
Tiny low maintenance homes were offered at prices that dazzled the snowbirds. Small down payments and monthly amortization sweetened the offerings and many were bought sight unseen for 'investments.'
The Mackle's grand plan is now a teeming city of 60,000 that can't keep pace with its' school needs alone. Today retirees are a fifty-fifty mix with commuters to booming Orlando and Interstate 4, which are in constant gridlock.
Major commercial development and pockets of up-scale housing balance Deltona's mid-range housing market.
A new medical center, close-by shopping, modern schools and convenient access to highways delight retiree and commuter alike.
Now the second most populous community in the county, Deltona still retains its' quiet neighborhood reputation.
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