Active adult lifestyle draws residents to Valencia Lakes
Following three years of successful new home sales, GL Homes' Valencia Lakes has rapidly become Hillsborough County's premier active adult community, according to Patty Campbell, division president for the West Coast of Florida. Plans are in place to make the community even more desirable in 2012. "We've sold more than 100 homes each year for the last three years, which is incredible in this economic environment," Campbell says. "We've experienced three very strong years at Valencia Lakes." Campbell credits much of Valencia Lakes' success to the active lifestyle the community promotes. "The homeowners tell us that it's definitely the lifestyle that convinced them to buy a home in Valencia Lakes," Campbell offers. "They tell us they have a bigger and better social life than they have ever had anywhere else. They meet new friends and explore new interests and hobbies. There is some activity or club for everyone, seven days a week all year long. The homeowners can pick and choose what they want to do."The amenities at Valencia Lakes include the 27,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as both resort and resistance pools. An aerobics room, art studio and gallery, Internet café, bistro, two multipurpose rooms, social hall with raised stage, steam room, saunas and dance floor can be found within the clubhouse as well. Valencia Lakes residents can enjoy the community's six tennis courts, pickleball courts, horseshoes area and basketball court, or join in with any of the dozens of social clubs. A full-time activity director keeps the calendar filled with choices for the homeowners. The active adult lifestyle is so pervasive at Valencia Lakes that Campbell says residents commonly refer to the community as "Camp Valencia." However, things are about to get even busier. "In the first quarter of 2012, we will begin construction of our secondary recreational amenities area, which will include a softball field, a dog park, an RV and boat storage area, and a community garden for the homeowners," Campbell adds. The active adult lifestyle may be Valencia Lakes' most prominent feature, but world-class amenities won't help a second-rate community be successful. There is more to Valencia Lakes than just the lifestyle, according to Campbell, including high-quality homes and landscaping that makes the most of the natural environment. "One of the things that makes GL Homes different is the landscaping, the common areas and the berms, Campbell says. "When you enter the gated property, you come to a T intersection. In front of you is a massive 40-acre beautiful lake, with the enormous clubhouse on the other side. There are big beautiful lakes, big beautiful berms and lush extensive landscaping. It feels like the community should have million dollar homes, yet it is very affordable." GL Homes builds single-family homes from three different collections in Valencia Lakes, including its Signature, Vintage and Crown Series of homes. The single-family homes in Valencia Lakes range in size from 1,303 to 2,861 square feet of air-conditioned space are priced from the $260,000s. The builder has twin villa homes as well, which range in size from 1,321 to 1,800 square feet of air-conditioned space, and are priced from $154,900. "We have a new villa parcel that we are very excited about," Campbell says. "It is an absolutely gorgeous little neighborhood where every home site is either nestled on a beautiful preserve or lake. This month we will be opening four new villa models, two of which are completely new floor plans, while the other two plans have been enhanced. If someone is interested in the villas, now is a great time for them to pick the perfect home site and to tour the models to pick the perfect floor plan." For those who choose to build a new home in Valencia Lakes, Campbell says they can take advantage of GL Homes' extensive design center to choose the colors and finishes to personalize their new home. For those looking to move quickly, GL Homes has a variety of inventory homes from which to choose. "It's really a maintenance-free lifestyle as well," Campbell adds. We maintain homeowners' yards as well as the common areas. If homeowners want to do additional landscaping or gardening in their yards, they are certainly free to do so." To reach Valencia Lakes, take Interstate 75 to exit 240 (SR 674). Travel east on SR 674 to Highway 301 and turn north. Valencia Lakes' entrance is on the right. The sales center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.glhomes.com, or call (800) 875-2176.