Sun City Residents
Wendell and Linda Wolka went Minto crazy when they first
transitioned into retirement two years ago. They successfully bought not one, but two Minto homes in Sun City Center,
a community just outside of Tampa, FL.
Coming from Indiana, Wendell said they were primarily
looking for one thing. “We wanted to be able to measure
winter in degrees instead of inches and feet,” he said with a
chuckle. When they finally settled into retirement here they
were immediately aware that they’d gotten so much more
than they bargained for.
“We have everything we could possibly want here. The
development is full of pools, clubs, and golf courses. But
our favorite part is being so close to major cities. Tampa
is just 20 minutes away and Sarasota, 40. And, yes, we’re
definitely here for the beach.”
Why two homes? “We decided pretty quickly that we
wanted a single-family home, and we knew we wanted to
stick with Minto. The Verona community was calling us, so
we listened!” Wendell said. “We could barely get our villa
on the market, before it sold.”
William Bullock, Minto Builders
Bill Bullock attended the University of Central
Florida and didn’t leave. Regional Senior Vice
President at Minto Group, a premier development
and building corporation with offices in central
Florida, Bullock is acutely aware of the benefits
of settling in the sunshine state, and so are his
customers. Minto communities in Port St. Lucie
and Ft. Lauderdale on the Atlantic coast are completely sold out, and Bullock is not surprised.
“Florida is obviously geographically appealing,
but things like zero percent income tax and the
fact that Florida has the most current, strongest
building codes in the U.S. are also big draws,
especially in newer communities,” Bullock said.
Minto communities are currently welcoming
retirees in Naples, Tampa, Orlando, and now
Another important draw for retirees, says Bullock,
is that the green building trend is alive and well in
Florida, essentially because it’s mandatory.
“We tend to take things a step further when
developing local communities, and given Florida’s
strict building codes, that means unparalleled
structural integrity which equates to pretty significant energy savings.”
So, even more good news about retiring in
Florida? It’s not only good for you; there are
some great perks for the planet, as well.
People have always flocked to Florida, but the flock
is fairly focused. Retirees from the Northeast corridor,
Washington, D.C., Chicago, and the upper Mid-West
are among the highest in number, for pretty obvious
reasons. Southern migration is not only for the birds.
And, again, like birds, some people know a good thing
when they have it, and simply never leave. Florid-ians are another large segment of Florida’s retirement
population. For more seasonal variation, there are lots
of amazing communities in northern and central Florida
near Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa.
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