south Florida communities are the growing number of outdoor living spaces. ;is can be achieved
with something as minimal as extending an outdoor patio area or at the other end of the spectrum,
where homeowners build outdoor pergolas, ;replaces, kitchens, large screened lanais, swimming
pools, or ;re pits, according to David Weekley communications coordinator Laurie Wright.
;ese home design trends are especially applicable to David Weekley’s buyers in Encore at FishHawk Ranch, a new Tampa-area master-planned
community developed by Newland Communities.
Wright said these growing “personal, outdoor spaces allow our homeowners to connect with the new
friends they have made in the neighborhood,” and
really maximize the active lifestyle being a;orded at
a place featuring a full-time Lifestyle Director and
5,000-square-foot amenity center.
;e second most common trend for David
Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held
homebuilder, is the emphasis on eat-in kitchens.
David Weekley Homes o;er oversized islands,
Wright points out, and many homeowners are
choosing to forgo a formal dining room to pull up
to a large, waterfall island for meals, entertaining,
and home projects.
In the master-planned central Florida community of Viera that was developed by A. Duda & Sons
and its subsidiary, ;e Viera Company, vice president of marketing Lauri Duda says her family’s baby
boomer homebuyers are all about convenience.
“With a large number of baby boomers retir-
ing or nearing retirement, we are seeing demand
for convenience-oriented housing with exterior
maintenance that allows the owner more freedom
to travel or visit family members,” says Duda, the
great-granddaughter of the founder of A. Duda &
Sons. “Many baby boomers have aging parents or
adult children living at home, which has resulted in
a growing trend of multi-generational features in
home design – three-car garages and homes with
private suites for parents or adult kids.”
One of the company’s top-selling developments
is Strom Park, which is popular with “family buy-
ers and empty nesters with its location adjacent to
the A-rated Quest Elementary School and walk-
ing trails located throughout the community.” ;e
community also features a community park with a
playground and splash fountain.
Another popular Viera Company community
situated in the heart of Florida’s Spacecoast is Ar-rivas Village, which features homes with landscape
maintenance provided by the homeowners association and a community pool and cabana all within
biking or walking distance of restaurants and shopping at ;e Avenue Viera.
Adaptability and Flexibility
At two top-selling active-adult communities
for AV Homes in Florida, Solivita in Kissimmee
and Vitalia at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, there are
seemingly in;nite design options and ;oor plans
with dozens of resort-style amenities and hundreds
However, it seems that what truly resonates most
with boomers these days is the “overall adaptability
of these communities, which e;ortlessly bend and
;ex to accommodate residents’ desired lifestyles,”
according to Matthew Orosz, central Florida division co-president for AV Homes, which is one of
the country’s largest publicly-traded homebuilders.
“Solivita and Vitalia homes were meticulously
designed to blend residents’ current desires with future needs, while taking advantage of surrounding
community amenities that promote a vibrant sense
of socialization and togetherness,” Orosz adds. “All
of AV Homes’ beautiful designs are adaptable and
;exible…which is an important draw for active
adult home buyers.
“For example, there are “snore-and-more”
rooms or double masters, which is a ;anking den
next to the main bedroom. ;is can be used if
couples wish to sleep in di;erent rooms, as a getaway space, or even to host guests, which is particularly important in a resort setting for out-of-town
visitors. Active adults are very social, and having
the ;exibility to transform a room to serve multiple purposes, like welcoming family members or
friends, is key to the success of 55-plus home designs.”
“ACTIVE ADULTS ARE VERY SOCIAL, AND HAVING THE FLEXIBILITY
TO TRANSFORM A ROOM TO SERVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES, LIKE
WELCOMING FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS, IS KEY TO THE
SUCCESS OF 55-PLUS HOME DESIGNS.”