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Riverside Club offers active senior living

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 05:02 AM

The Tampa Bay area is home to several active 55-plus communities where people age 55 and older can retire in a resort-style atmosphere.

Most of the communities offer a full range of amenities, social clubs and activities to help residents stay busy enjoying their retirement. Solstice Communities' Riverside Club certainly meets all of those criteria with one major difference, according to Ken Podlin, regional vice president of sales and operations, Southwest Florida division: "It's very affordable for a golf and boating community."

Located in Ruskin on the Little Manatee River, the Riverside Club Golf & Boating Community "is a great example of the fantastic Solstice lifestyle," Podlin added.

"Riverside Club is the premier golf and boating 55+ community in the Tampa Bay area, and what sets it apart from other communities and homebuilders is the unmatched resort lifestyle and world-class amenities at an affordable price," he explained. "Situated in an ideal waterfront location, the residents at this master-planned, gated community are able to enjoy the ultimate Florida resort lifestyle with a 48-slip marina, 18-hole championship golf course, two clubhouses, waterfront Riverside Bar & Grille restaurant, movie theater, performing arts center, swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts. A full-time lifestyle director oversees a busy calendar of planned resident activities and events."

The community's resort-style amenities include the 10,000 square-foot waterfront Hayes Bayou Clubhouse, the state-of-the-art 22,000 square-foot Landings Clubhouse, golf pro shop, waterfront restaurant, resort-style swimming pools with spas, state-of-the-art fitness center, computer center, library, shuffleboard, billiards, and men's and women's locker rooms and saunas.

The active lifestyle is the focal point of Riverside Club, according to Podlin, and the community lifestyle director keeps the residents' days filled with choices.

"The planned events and activities include pool parties with live music and food, trivia night, yappy hour for pet owners, themed '60s party, scavenger hunt, holiday golf cart and boat parades, dive-in movies at the pool, murder mystery dinner theater show, talent shows and fishing competitions," he said. "For travel lovers and those wanting to explore the area, the lifestyle director has planned day trips to baseball games and local attractions, as well as overnight trips to Key West and St. Augustine."

Riverside Club was designed to retain the natural beauty of the Little Manatee River waterfront setting. As a result, most homes in the community feature nature preserve, water or golf course views.

"The manufactured homes in Riverside Club range in size from approximately 1,400 to 1,900 square feet. The move-in ready new homes typically offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, plus den, with a two-car garage or carport, in a variety of floor plans," Podlin said. "Many of our new manufactured homes offer upgraded kitchen cabinets, tile flooring in kitchen and bathrooms, nine-foot ceilings, upgraded kitchen appliances, crown molding, screened lanais, front porch, two-car garage or carport, dual vanity sinks in master bath and walk-in closets."

Riverside Club's new move-in ready manufactured homes are priced from the high $90,000s to the high $190,000s. Furnished new home models are available to give potential buyers a better idea of what their home will look like. Also, resale homes are available starting from the $40,000s.

"For the world class amenities and lifestyle offered at Riverside Club, that is a very affordable price range," Podlin added. "Every day feels like a vacation in paradise at Riverside Club. It is such an exceptional golf and boating resort lifestyle."

"Riverside Club is a great example of the exceptional lifestyle and outstanding value that Solstice Communities offers at our active 55+ communities," said Amanda Wilson Watkins, senior vice president of sales and marketing. "At Solstice Communities, you can enjoy the luxury of active 55+ living in a resort-style retirement community that you can be proud to call home, all for an affordable price."

Solstice Communities' other active 55+ communities in the Tampa Bay area are Lakeshore Villas in Tampa and Park Royale in Pinellas Park.

For information on Solstice Communities, visit solsticecommunities.com, or call (800) 826-6069. For a personal tour of Riverside Club, visit the Sales Center located at 2550 Pier Drive, Ruskin.

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