If you're in the mood to get out and do something different, you might enjoy spending the day at GL Homes' Valencia Lakes, a residential community for active adults in southern Hillsborough County. Spend the afternoon trying out some of the many activities offered, dine in the café, and investigate the six brand new models opening early next month.
"Our new models feature a variety of color palettes and design styles to appeal to every buyer," says Marisa Lufkin, project manager and vice president of GL Homes, adding that more than 400 homes have sold.
If you'd rather spend a whole weekend at Valencia Lakes, you'll have plenty to do and much to see. For $99, you can spend three days and two nights relaxing in a luxurious single family model home getting to know the community and enjoying the amenities, through GL Homes' Dream Stay and Play package. A lifestyle director will help you plan your stay and present you with passes to local events and activities.
"There really isn't any other community like Valencia Lakes on the west coast of Florida," says Lufkin, about the community that was created solely for active adults 55 and older.
No other community offers so many amenities and such great value, Lufkin says. Valencia Lakes is known for its vast variety of fun activities, like pickle ball, billiards, horseshoes, tennis and jewelry designing. Concerts and shows are also frequently presented in their impressive theater. A few amenities include a massage therapist on the premises, resort style swimming pool, a 27,000-square foot clubhouse with a café, full fitness center, social hall with dance floor and raised stage, card rooms, a billiards room and an arts and crafts studio.
Clubs are open to residents in everything from needlepoint to photography to traveling and lessons are offered in a multitude of topics, such as Spanish, water color painting, sketching, quilting, tennis and personal training.
Another great feature of Valencia Lakes, especially for those investigating the possibilities of home ownership, is that no other community has as many models available for viewing, Lufkin adds. Before they were bought by new residents, 12 model homes were featured at Valencia Lakes, which Lufkin says is unprecedented. Most new developments have just two or three homes on display, she explains.
"Presentation has always been important to us at GL Homes. We carry that through, from the main entrance to every detail in the community. When we do something, we want it done the biggest, the best, the most impressive," Lufkin says. "We want our buyers to be proud of living in a GL community and they do have a lot of pride."
Residents enjoy showing off Valencia Lakes by bringing their friends to see the models and making a day of it, Lufkin says. Many of the home sales at the community are due to referrals.
"We've continued to sell in a market that's been stressed. We've maintained momentum. A lot has to do with our reputation and the fact that we didn't abandon any of our communities during the hard times. We continued to serve all of our home owners. That, coupled with historically low interest rates, has kept the momentum going. And, Valencia Lakes is a unique community," Lufkin says.
As of early November, the community will feature nine model homes, six of which will have just been built. Each of the homes sport the most modern designs, Lufkin says. Like the other homes in the community, the models feature tile roofs, paver driveways, screen covered lanais and beautifully appointed interiors with tile floors and Corian countertops.
New models, each featuring two or three bedrooms plus a den and two or three bathrooms, will range from 1,870 to 2,770 square feet. These models will be located in a prime area, adorned by two beautiful lakes, Lufkin said.
"The backdrop is a lush preserve, which offers privacy. It's just beautiful."
Homes already built and those that will be built to order at Valencia Lake cost between $154,900 and $331,900 and are offered in a variety of styles and sizes, from 1,321 to 2,866 square feet. One story and two story homes are available, each featuring a two or three car garage.
A special GL Homes incentive allows homebuyers to save $3,000 to $9,000 on closing costs, depending on the home.
Models are located in Wimauma at 4927 Sapphire Sound Drive. They are open for viewing Saturdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, noon to 5 p.m.
You can set up a visit to Valencia Lakes and get more information about the community, by visiting www.glhomes.com/valencia-lakes or by calling 1-800-875-2176.