Valencia Lakes' reputation as Hillsborough County's premier active adult community has drawn thousands of interested visitors over the past few years, but according to Marisa Lufkin, project manager and vice president of G.L. Homes, now is the best time to visit the community. “There have been some exciting and significant changes at Valencia Lakes,” Lufkin adds. “We have built two new professionally furnished model rows, which feature three of our most popular single-family home floor plans, as well as four fully decorated villa models.” GL Homes has released new land parcels with preserve-view home sites as well as the final parcel of one-of-a-kind home sites on Valencia Lakes' beautiful 40-acre lake. “All three of the new single-family home models can be built within one of the three new parcels of home sites, with the larger Royal series reserved for the home sites on the 40-acre lake,” Lufkin adds.
The single-family homes in Valencia Lakes range in size from the Amalfi, with1,597 square feet of air-conditioned pace, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den and a two-car garage to the Tivoli, with 2,770 square feet of air-conditioned space, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a den and a two-car garage. All single family and villa homes include a covered and screened patio for enjoying the outdoors. The maintenance-free villa homes in Valencia Lakes range in size from the Cristina, with 1,321 square feet of air-conditioned space, to the 1,800 square-foot Augusta, with 1,800 square feet of air-conditioned space. Both models feature two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. Single family homes are priced from the low $200,000s, while the villa homes are priced from the $170,000s. “In May, we will grand open our secondary recreation center, which features a dog park, an RV and boat storage area, a veterans' memorial called the Circle of Honor, a community garden, and a softball field with bleachers and a concession stand,” Lufkin adds. The secondary recreation site will compliment the community's current amenities, which include extensive plush landscaping, a 27,000 square-foot clubhouse, which includes a 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 are located within the clubhouse. Residents at Valencia Lakes can enjoy the community's six tennis courts, pickleball courts, horseshoes area and basketball court, or join one of more than a hundred social clubs. A full-time activities director keeps the calendar filled with choices for the homeowners. “We have a very active group of residents,” Lufkin says. “Homeowners often tell us that it's definitely the lifestyle that convinced them to buy a home in Valencia Lakes. It is like being on vacation seven days a week, 24 hours a day. There is so much to do that our residents have begun referring to the community as 'Camp Valencia.' The homeowners recently started their own lifelong learning program, and they are bringing in professors and professionals to teach classes on a wide variety of subjects. Whether it is a morning yoga class, a game of pickleball, taking a cooking class or participating in all three, residents choose how they want to spend their day.” While Lufkin encourages interested active adults to come out and spend a day checking out the beautifully-landscaped grounds, the world-class amenities and the high-quality new homes and villas, perhaps the best way to experience Valencia Lakes is through the Stay and Play program. 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 residents. The program allows interested buyers to actually experience what it would be like to live at Valencia Lakes. “We try to accommodate visitors by putting them in a home similar to the floor plan that interests them if it's available. I think buyers would be surprised by what an active adult community looks and feels like,” Lufkin says. “Most people cannot grasp what it is like to live here until they have experienced it, and that is why we have the Stay and Play program.” To reach Valencia Lakes, take Interstate 75 to exit 240 (State Road 674). Travel east on S.R. 674 to U.S. 301 and turn north. The Valencia Lakes entrance is on the right. The sales center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from noon to 5 p.m. For information, visit www.glhomes.com, or call (800) 875-2176