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A Catalina 25 swing keel pop top boat fits all of your requirements, except maybe the "fast" one. Even so, its a fun boat to sail, there are a zillion of them out there so they can be had within your price range, and there is a very active owner's association. The Oday 25 mentioned previously is also a great boat; I like the keel centerboard set up better than the Catalina 25 swing keel (more simple, easier to maintain and control), but the Oday isn't a pop top and I don't think it has standing headroom.
If the enclosed head isn't that important, you can move down to the Catalina 22; even less expensive. The Oday 23 (my boat) is also in that same class, and if you are willing to deal with an early 70's vintage boat, can even find one with a pop top. It too has an enclosed head; it is in fact the only boat I have ever seen less than 25' with such a feature. It should be noted that the pop top on the 23 was of a different design than the Catalina, and it was noted for being a cranky, leaky situation. That's probably why Oday dropped the feature in the mid 70s.