Solivita is one of the premier 55+ master-planned communities in Florida and has repeatedly earned a spot on the 50 best-selling active adult communities on 55places.com. With so many active adult communities throughout the Sunshine State, Solivita continues to be a popular choice for retirees to settle down during their golden years.
So what makes this remarkable active adult community stand out from the hundreds of other 55+ communities in Florida? According to 55places.com partner agent and community resident Jamie Dorn, Solivita has a great combination of affordable homes, world-class amenities, an exciting social lifestyle, and a prime location that attracts retirees from across the country.
“It is a large enough community so that it offers a variety of things to do, people to meet, and consistent activities, but is small enough to give that small-town feel."
Builder AV Homes began developing this massive 55+ community in 2000 and continue to offer new construction today with innovative floor plans featuring modern designs. Buyers can choose from a wide selection of new or resale homes that range in size from about 800 square feet to just over 3,000 square feet. Upon completion, Solivita will have a total of 5,900 attached and single-family homes spread across its lush landscape.
“It is not only large in the amount of homes but in acres. We have 4,300+ acres here and 1/3 is conservation and water and ponds. The homes are spread out so you don't feel like you are on top of one another and most homes offer a view,” Dorn said.
Dorn also said many retirees choose to retire in Solivita out of all of the other 55+ communities in Florida because of the quality and affordability of homes in the area, which are priced starting in the low $100s.
“Really the community and the fact that we are close to Disney and still affordable. You get the best bang for your buck with lifestyle, homes, beauty, and location. You couldn't duplicate this same community with the prices they offer,” she said.
In addition to affordable and quality home designs, Solivita also attracts the 55+ crowd with its impressive lineup of resort-style amenities and exciting social atmosphere. Residents have numerous amenity centers and recreational facilities that offer everything from fitness and sports to arts and crafts and games. The central hub of physical activity and social recreation can be found at the 19,000 square foot Palms Amenity Complex.
According to Dorn, the Palms is the best amenity center in Solivita. “It has the social pool with Sunday Funday. Many times we have live music, special beverages, and more. The Palms also has a great fitness center, aerobics studio, pickleball courts and tennis courts. It’s a great gathering place,” she said. “In addition, the Riviera Spa and Fitness Center has an indoor walking track, indoor pool, outdoor pool and spa as well as a true spa that offers everything from massages, facials, waxing services, and even high-end services like cool sculpting and permanent make-up.”
Living in an active adult community with an established homeowners’ association (HOA) also helps ease the mind of many boomers when searching for a home within an age-restricted development. Solivita’s HOA takes care of many of the exterior home maintenance work that offers some peace of mind.
“The fact that you get so much for your money here and the community is so well maintained is a huge thing. The homes are lock and go, you can travel and your lawn maintenance is taken care of for you. You get a gated and guarded community 24-hours a day,” she said.
Solivita’s HOA package also provides residents with 78 channels of TV as well as access to all of the fitness classes, 14 pools, and tennis, bocce ball, and pickleball courts, as well as softball fields and more than 250 clubs.
Thanks to the community’s welcoming and vibrant social scene, residents can easily find something fun to do, mingle with neighbors, or pick up a new hobby any day of the week. Solivita offers multiple fitness classes that are led by an instructor. The community also hosts bi-weekly farmers markets. The community also has holiday events like Mardi Gras, spring parades, and Fourth of July parties. Retirees looking to join a special interest group or club will also have dozens to choose from.
“As far as the most popular club or activity, it has got to be the Pickleball Club. We have over 800 folks that play various levels of pickleball,” Dorn said. Dorn also knows first-hand that Solivita’s social vibe is all about the resort-style environment. “It really does feel like you are on vacation every day. There is enough to keep you as busy as you want to be but it is also very relaxing and picturesque. The size is also great because there are so many people to meet and do things with…whether you are married or single, golfer or non-golfer, active or not active... people do things [in this community],” she said.
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