The 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse in Cresswind at Victoria Gardens.

The 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse in Cresswind at Victoria Gardens.

Situated in DeLand, Florida, Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is an impressive active adult community that’s just 30 miles north of Orlando. Cresswind at Victoria Gardens is the only age-restricted neighborhood that’s part of the Victoria Park master-planned development, which is made up of several distinct neighborhoods. The gated 55+ section provides retirees with small-town charm without sacrificing quality or comfort. Homeowners have access to a wide selection of resort-style amenities, a vibrant social atmosphere, and reasonably priced new and resale homes set within an attractive location in Central Florida.


Cresswind at Victoria Gardens was opened in 2001 by The St. Joe Company and has since been developed by numerous builders over the years, including Shea Homes, Arvida, and Kolter Homes. This 55+ community will host 1,070 residences at build-out and homebuyers can choose from a great lineup of home designs that are priced starting in the low $200s.

The newest builder to offer their innovative floor plans is Kolter Homes. They offer buyers two collections of beautiful single-family homes that range from 1,516 to 2,162 square feet. These elegant homes have two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Boomers looking for resale homes will also have plenty to choose from. Some of these homes were built by Shea Homes and offer 1,430 to just over 3,200 square feet. They have two to four bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two or three-car garages.

Regardless of which home they choose, their homes are built with eco-friendly construction and are equipped with energy-efficient systems. All homes also showcase beautiful architectural designs and many homesites are situated on tree-lined streets with views of the scenic ponds or nature conservation areas of the community. Active adults will have endless options for socialization and recreation while living in Cresswind at Victoria Gardens.


The central hub for all activity lies in the 20,000-square-foot clubhouse dubbed The Club at Victoria Gardens. This luxurious clubhouse features an exciting lineup of world-class amenities that are sure to keep residents active, healthy, and happy any day of the week. Some of the top amenities include the clubhouse café, a health and fitness center, a ballroom, a card room, an arts and crafts studio, a computer lab, a billiards room, and a library. The amenities continue outdoors with a sparkling pool with lap lanes and a spa.

Neighbors can challenge each other on one of the tennis, bocce, or pickleball courts. Residents can have fun playing horseshoes or lounging in the poolside cabanas. The community also has an event lawn, walking and biking trails, and scenic lakes as well as 400 acres of conservation areas that make it a tranquil and welcoming environment to appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of the area.

In addition to this rich lineup of amenities, residents of this 55-plus community also have access to the Victoria Hills Golf Club, which is a semi-private golf club within the master-planned development. An optional membership provides access to the on-site restaurant, dining room, pro shop, outdoor seating area, and the 18-hole, par-72 Ron Garl-designed golf course.

The course has been woven into the natural flow of the community’s rolling hills and towering oaks and Augusta pines that offer spectacular views. This serene yet challenging golf course is ideal for golfers of all skill levels. Homeowners also have easy access to convenience stores and shops within the development, including a restaurant, dry cleaners, nail spa, hair salon, bank, and park.


Cresswind at Victoria Gardens offers retirees a true sense of community with its small-town atmosphere and low-maintenance lifestyle. A full-time activities director is available on-site and helps plan and organize various activities, events, and trips for all residents to enjoy.  Homeowners can join popular clubs and special interest groups like singles club, travel club, wine club, classical music group, poker, quilting, book club, or red hat group. With so many options, residents are bound to find something that sparks their interests as well as open their eyes to new hobbies that they can share with other like-minded adults.


This 55+ community is located in DeLand, Florida, which is a prime spot that’s close to many daily conveniences, attractions, and Interstate 4. The community is just minutes away from popular spots like Orlando, Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, which is perfect for when the grandkids come to visit. Another fun spot that’s close by is Daytona Beach, which offers endless options for dining, nightlife, sporting events, cultural events, shopping, and entertainment. Retirees who want something more tranquil for a nice day trip can drive 25 miles toward New Smyrna Beach, which offers beautiful beaches and parks. With so many great attractions and amenities nearby, it’s easy to see why so many retirees flock to Cresswind at Victoria Gardens in Central Florida.