Lifestyle is focal point of Valencia Lakes
Valencia Lakes' impressive amenity package is about to become even more extensive. Plans are in place to begin construction on a second recreation center during the first quarter of 2012, according to Marisa Lufkin, project manager and vice president of GL Homes. The new recreation center will feature an RV and boat storage facility, a dog park, a softball field, a community garden and a full basketball court. The community will be adding three new pickle ball courts where the current basketball court stands; so the new basketball court will replace the one being converted into pickle ball. The new recreation center will certainly enhance the lifestyle of the 55+ active adult community. "The lifestyle is the focal point of Valencia Lakes and the key reason why our buyers are eager to retire in the community," Lufkin said. "The secondary recreation site will complete our entire amenity package. It's incredibly exciting for our residents and for new buyers coming in."The current amenities at Valencia Lakes are more comprehensive than what are available at most active adult communities, according to Lufkin. The 27,000-square-foot clubhouse is home to a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as both resort and resistance pools. An aerobics room, internet café, 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, pickle ball courts, horseshoes area and basketball court, or join in with any of the dozens of social clubs. "Many of our residents have nicknamed the community Club Valencia because there is so much to do that they feel like they are living in a resort seven days a week," Lufkin said. "There are a lot of opportunities at the second recreation site to expand the lifestyle of our residents." Rather than just design and build recreational facilities and hope for the best, GL Homes worked closely with residents in mapping out the design and function of the new amenities. "We worked closely with our residents during the planning stages," Lufkin explained. "We worked with the RV and boat clubs to ensure we are installing the appropriate facilities. Our softball team is very active playing in area leagues, so we worked with the softball club to make sure we were building the softball field correctly. We have a very active garden club, whose members do gardening at their homes, but it will be nice to have an area where they can go and experiment with planting herbs and vegetables. Hopefully, it will turn into an opportunity to host a fresh market with the goods the residents have grown." The new dog park will include two dog runs: one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs, which the numerous dog owners in Valencia Lakes are quite excited about, according to Lufkin. "When we first built the pickle ball courts, we had no idea that the game would be so popular," Lufkin said. "The four courts we have are very active; so we decided to move the basketball court and add three more pickle ball courts." With the second recreation site in the works, Lufkin said that people have even more reason to purchase a new home in Valencia Lakes. With twin villa homes, priced from the $150,000s and single-family homes priced from the $190,000s, GL Homes has a floor plan and price range to fit any need, according to Lufkin. The builder recently opened six new model homes, with two models from each of its collection of single-family homes. Outside maintenance is provided by the community, which leaves residents free to enjoy the community amenities or to relax at home and enjoy the conservation views and water views. Those buyers who still are not sure that Valencia Lakes is right for them can take advantage of the community's Stay & Play program. For a nominal fee of $99, undecided buyers can spend three days and two nights in a home that is comparable to one they are interested in and participate in the many activities that Valencia Lakes residents enjoy every day. To reach Valencia Lakes, take I-75 to exit 240 (State Road 674 East Sun City Center). Travel east on State Road 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 glhomes.com, or call (800) 875-2176.