Lennar Medley at Southshore
It’s like being at a resort at Medley at Southshore Bay by Lennar. Just outside of Tampa, Florida, you find a new active adult 55+ gated community that will have a five-acre lagoon by Crystal Lagoons®. The community will also offer a private clubhouse, tiki bar, and pickleball and bocce ball courts. If you’re ready to enjoy acres of a crystal blue waters, this might just be the place for you, just as it was for Earle Copes, and his life partner June.
“ My partner June and I have been together for about 20 years. She and I had houses across the street from each other. After her husband died, we eventually started seeing each other and have been together ever since. We thought we wanted to be in the mountains, but all of our children were in Florida. So, we knew we wanted to be somewhere in this general area.
“We saw a TV commercial about The Lagoon in Wesley Chapel by Lennar, and we saw the Southshore Bay project in June of 2018. But, at that time we had five houses between the two of us (two houses in Plant City and three cabins in the North Carolina mountains). I put my house in Plant City and a cabin in the North Carolina mountains on the market and put a $5,000 deposit on the Southshore Bay. Fortunately, we closed on both houses in October 2018. And, we only have one cabin left to sell.
We chose a home model directly across the road from the lagoon. The homes have a mediterranean look with clay tile roofs. Our new 2,350 sq.ft. smart, energy-efficient house came with all the appliances, an Alexa to turn the lights and televisions on and off, and WI-FI is part of the homeowners association. I can’t believe our electricity bill is only $85 a month. All of the landscaping was done with the house. And, all of the exterior maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.
“June and I are in our 70s. We like the idea of having all of these amenities and to be able to socialize with our neighbors. We are big fans of the neighborhood and fans of Lennar. It will be like living in a resort. It was a big leap of faith for us,” says EarleCopes.
Earle and June moved in October and couldn’t be happier watching the community grow up around them and enjoying the area. They are self-professed foodies and go to Tampa once or twice a week.
Vero Beach, Florida
Located near Vero Beach on the Indian River, the gated community of Oak Harbor welcomes residents aged 55 and better to live in this wellness-focused oasis. We had the pleasure to speak with one of their oldest residents who has truly lived the Oak Harbor lifestyle for 20 plus years. Emily Yawn, a lovely 95-year-old lady originally moved to Oak Harbor with her husband in 1998, where they built a home. Both New Orleans natives, they moved to Miami about 40 years ago, and when it came time to retire, they decided that Oak Harbor was the place for them.
After her husband passed, Emily moved into a condo for about 15 years, then just recently moved into the assisted-living housing at Oak Harbor. It’s perfect for her as she has been able to maintain all of her friends. As part of their concierge services, every night Oak Harbor sends a car for her and drives her to dinner at the club where Emily dines with friends. Emily insists that the 42,000 square foot clubhouse has the best food in Vero Beach. And, it’s no wonder. Their executive chef, Dean Evans, has who Vero Beach’s Top Chef Award twice.
“I’m just as busy as I ever was. It’s just nice now to have someone look after me if I need it.” Emily plays bridge almost daily and is very involved in procuring speaker for various organizations and clubs within Oak Harbor.
The Oak Harbor Wellness Program recently expanded to include concierge-like services. They provide varying levels of membership where your quality of life is enhanced with customized physical fitness programs including strength and flexibility training. They also have golf clinics to improve your game on the Joe Lee-deisgned executive golf course. This members only golf course is a golfer’s paradise.
You can enjoy a life where you are surrounded by beautiful landscaping and maintenance-free living. Oak Harbor even offers daily housekeeping services. Their concierge services handle on-site business services, and even offer chauffeur-driven sedans to make everything easy and convenient.
Emily says, “Oak Harbor is a special place. I feel very much at home. We have people here from around the world. You can be as busy as you want. I’ve never seen anyone here who wasn’t happy!”