While there are more than a dozen retirement communities in the Tampa Bay area for retirees to choose from, a few stand out from the crowd. Encore at Fishhawk Ranch in Lithia, FL is one of them.
This gated 55+ community, located within the master-planned development of Fishhawk Ranch was developed by David Weekley Homes and offers a unique selection of innovative home designs that cater to the active adult buyer. Not only does this age-restricted community offer reasonably priced new construction single-family homes, but it also includes a private clubhouse for residents of the 55+ section in addition to a rich line-up of resort-style amenities found within the master-planned development. Encore at Fishhawk Ranch’s prime location in Lithia, Florida is just 40 minutes away from Tampa, making it easy for homeowners to enjoy day trips for big-city entertainment and attractions.
With quality-built homes by David Weekley, it’s no surprise why retirees are flocking to this new construction 55+ community. The builder began development of Encore at Fishhawk Ranch in 2016 and plans to offer 240 single-family homes upon completion. Buyers can choose from a myriad of floor plans within three exquisite collections: Classic Series, Tradition Series, and Signature Series. Each collection features unique, single-story designs that suit the various styles and budgets of active adults. These thoughtfully designed homes also feature luxurious fixtures, modern appliances, and open layouts.
Classic and Tradition Series
Active adults who are looking to downsize can select more modestly sized homes from the Classic Series that are built on 45-foot homesites and offer 1,594 to 2,052 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, a den, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The Tradition Series offers five distinct floor plans that range in size from 2,052 to 2,598 square feet and have two bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two or three-car garage. These homes are built on 50-foot homesites that provide more space.
Those who want more space with expanded outdoor living areas can choose floor plans from the Signature Series, which are built on 55-foot homesites. They range in size from 2,170 to 2,721 square feet and have two bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. These larger homes feature open and bright layouts, alley-loaded garages, and gourmet kitchens with abundant cabinet space and a separate pantry. Homes are priced from the high $200s to mid $400s and a monthly homeowners’ association fee takes care of lawn maintenance.
Along with beautiful, low-maintenance homes, active adults also enjoy an amenity-rich environment within Encore at Fishhawk Ranch. Residents of the age-restricted neighborhood have a private clubhouse called Oasis Lifestyle Club, which acts as the central hub of physical activity and social recreation. The 5,000 square-foot clubhouse includes a fitness center with the latest equipment for an invigorating workout. An entertainment room, catering kitchen, and bar are also available for watching the big game on T.V. or hosting a get-together or potluck with friends.
Residents also have plenty of outdoor recreational areas like a resort-style lap pool for a refreshing dip, an outdoor patio to mingle with neighbors, and a fire pit to stay warm on a cool evening. Neighbors can pursue more physical activities with the on-site pickleball, bocce ball, and basketball courts. An event lawn is perfect for attending a function outdoors, and the community’s parks and system of trails provide a beautiful backdrop in this tranquil setting.
In addition to these exclusive amenities, homeowners also have access to select master-planned amenities in Fishhawk Ranch. Residents can stroll over to the Lake House where they will find a multi-purpose room, hobby and game room, fitness center, and catering kitchen. Central Park offers a swimming pool as well as a park and playground area that’s ideal when the grandkids come to visit. Shopping is convenient in this development thanks to the Village Center that has retail stores and other daily conveniences. Retirees can also take their four-legged friend to the dog park for some outdoor exercise or take them along the 25-mile nature trail that winds throughout the community.
Homeowners will never get bored living in this vibrant active adult community. An on-site activities director will help organize trips, events, and other fun social functions that will bring all members of the community together in a friendly and welcoming setting. Neighbors will be able to socialize and build lifelong friendships thanks to the long list of hobbies and recreational activities available.
Located in the Tampa Bay area allows residents of Encore at Fishhawk Ranch to have easy access to everything they could want or need. The community is close to major roadways like Interstate 75 and Highway 301 and 41 for getting around town in a breeze. Shopping options are also nearby and include CVS Pharmacy, Winn-Dixie, Goolsby Pointe Shopping Center, and Publix Super Market. Recreational facilities like the Ace Golf Course and Boyette Springs Park are just a few minutes away.
Driving to Tampa for big-city entertainment takes only 40 minutes. Tampa offers great attractions like the Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena, and Tampa Convention Center as well as medical facilities like Tampa General Hospital. When traveling farther is necessary, Tampa International Airport is nearby.
Retirees searching for an active lifestyle in a prime location should look no further than Encore at Fishhawk Ranch in Lithia, Florida.