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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Valencia Lakes offers vacation-like lifestyle for active adults


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For many active adult residents of the Tampa Bay area, the convenience of living in a community of like-minded neighbors, with easy access to a wide range of amenities designed for the Florida lifestyle, makes more sense every day.

Valencia Lakes has built a reputation as the premier active adult community in Hillsborough County because it was designed specifically to meet the demands of today's active adults, according to Marisa Lufkin, project manager and vice president of GL Homes.

Residents often refer to the community as "Club Valencia," because they feel as though they are on vacation every day, and that is exactly the sort of high praise that GL Homes had in mind when the company developed Valencia Lakes.

With the release of new land parcels and the recently opened secondary recreation site, now is an ideal time for Tampa Bay area residents to make the move to Valencia Lakes, Lufkin says. "It's a good time to take advantage of the fact that the prices are still affordable, especially in an area that is experiencing a growth spurt," she adds.

Valencia Lakes features the world-class amenities that one would expect to find in an active adult community. The 27,000-square-foot clubhouse is the center of activity and it houses a state-of-the-art fitness center with steam room and saunas as well as an aerobics room, art studio and a bistro. A resort-style swimming pool and a resistance pool allow residents to enjoy a variety of aquatic activities, or they can take advantage of the six tennis courts, pickleball courts, horseshoe area or basketball court.

The community features an RV and boat storage area, a dog park and a community garden. The recently completed softball field includes bleachers and a concession stand, providing an ideal setting for the Valencia Lakes softball team to host games against other community teams in the Tampa Bay area. With a full-time activities director on staff, the daily calendar at Valencia Lakes is brimming with things to do as well as life-long learning classes taught by professionals and dozens of social clubs.

"The calendar is full every single day of the week," Lufkin adds. "There is something to fill every hour of the day without leaving your community. Our residents have decided that everything they didn't get to do during their professional years, or while they were raising children, they get to do now. I think the best part about living in an active adult community is that you get to decide how you want to spend your day. The clubs and activities reflect the desires of the residents themselves."

On the Valencia Lakes website, there is a community newsletter that lists the impressive range of daily activities.

GL Homes offers a wide range of floor plans within Valencia Lakes, ranging from 1,321-square-foot villa homes to 1,800-square-foot single-family homes, but Lufkin says that the recent release of new home sites makes the Signature series of single-family homes especially attractive right now.

"We've released new home sites within the Signature Series parcel where homeowners can have both water and preserve views together," Lufkin explains. "Single-family homes in the Signature Collection are priced from the $200,000s and within that collection we have everything from two-bedroom with a den to three-bedroom floor plans.

Valencia Lakes has attracted home buyers from all over the U.S., according to Lufkin, yet many active adults living in the Tampa Bay area are not aware that such a vibrant community exists in their backyard. GL Homes' Stay and Play program is the ideal way for potential buyers to find out if a home in Valencia Lakes is the right choice for them.

Guests can stay at Valencia Lakes for three days and two nights for $99, and immerse themselves in the lifestyle and meet other active adults who will be their neighbors. The program allows interested buyers to actually experience what it would be like to live at Valencia Lakes.

"The Stay and Play program isn't just for potential buyers who live outside of the Tampa Bay area," Lufkin insists. "We're happy to have anyone, even if they live two minutes down the road, to come immerse themselves in the community and the lifestyle and get a better understanding of what an active adult community is all about."

For information, visit www.glhomes.com, or call 1-800-875-2176.

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