Superior constructed, maintenance-free homes in a family-friendly neighborhood near The Villages make this an ideal place to live and play.
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When the coronavirus pandemic broke out in early 2020 and people were quarantined or working remotely, Lakeside Landings sales agents were pleasantly surprised to receive calls from serious buyers interested in touring the beautiful community.
Kelly Luplow, a resident and lead real estate agent at the Lakeside Landings, recalls COVID-19 was a topic of conversation. “When it began, I asked people touring the model homes, ‘Can you picture yourself being quarantined here?’ And amazingly and thankfully the answer was ‘yes!’”
Lakeside Landings is home to a mix of retirees and multi-generational families. The non-age-restricted community is being built and developed by Power Corporation.
“Last year we had one of our best years ever,” says Kelly’s husband, Eric, sales manager at Lakeside Landings. “We are absolutely amazed. We now have 30 to 40 new homes left to build.”
Once Lakeside Landings is built out, it will have over 600 homes, including the entrance’s pretty tile-roof condominiums and villas. In the last 10 years, Power Corporation has focus on building single-family homes, and the community’s convenient location of being next door to The Villages® has appealed to residents and many new buyers.
Lakeside Landings is only a couple of miles from Lake Sumter Landing, Publix, Walmart, and The Villages® Charter School.
“Everything is very close, so you’re not driving a distance to get to places,” says Eric. “There are a lot of families working in The Villages®, including doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, and we also have a good amount of residents who have lived in other neighboring communities who don’t golf or participate in activities, but they do like to go to the (Villages) town squares that anybody can go to.”
Denise Pozniak, a resident for 14 years, happily noted her community is a wonderful place to call home: “We made the right move to Lakeside Landings!”
The Luplows feel the same way and cherish the “small-town feel” and the sense of “belonging” they share with their neighbors.
“There is a sense of pride living in this community,” says Kelly, adding there are large events going on every month and smaller ones in between. Movie night, game night, trivia night, beach trips, day trips, comedy club, etc. The community also has events honoring veterans and fundraisers for special causes.
“This is one of those places where you can be as involved or uninvolved as you want to be,” she says.
The entrance into the community is welcoming with tile-roofed condominiums, nicely landscaped grounds with colorful flowers, pavers, a great fitness center, and the large picturesque resort pool with waterfalls.
Several model homes are open for public viewing, so it’s worth visiting or calling the sales office at 10299 Hawks Gully Court in Oxford to schedule a tour of homes.
Each spec-built house is block and stucco construction and features a new extended warranty. The windows are double pane/low E. There are hurricane straps on the trusses to keep the roof down, and many “upgrades” are standard features with Lakeside Landings’ homes, including quartz countertops, 42-inch maple or cherry wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances along with a washer and dryer, and an upgraded air-conditioning system.
“A lot of things that you think you’d have to upgrade, we put in the house,” says Eric, adding buyers can choose from several different plans.
The price point starts at $250,000 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home with 1,652 square feet of living space, such as the Osprey, which is popular with retirees, while one of the larger plans that is attractive to families is the Oakmont, which features four-bedroom, 2.5-bath homes with 2,016 square feet for $299,000.
Lakeside Landings’ different floor plans and features set the community apart from other area builders. “We don’t compete with The Villages®—the No. 1 retirement community in the world—we just try to offer something different … different plans, a good price range, quality construction,” says Eric.
Lakeside Landings does not have bonds or community development districts because Power Corporation has paid for all improvements to be in the purchase price. However, residents do have two monthly association dues; one for maintenance and the other for amenities.
“Combined, it’s about $265 a month and that takes care of everything outside. You own the house; you own the lot. We just maintain the lot and everything around it for you,” Eric says of lawn and landscaping maintenance, fertilization, mulching, irrigation, maintenance of all roads, pest control and garbage pickup.
He proudly notes he has never pulled a weed, mulched, cut the grass or sprayed for bugs at his home. Lakeside Landings’ maintenance-free lifestyle also appeals to retirees and younger residents. “We have a lot of families who work five to seven days a week and they appreciate that it’s maintenance-free,” says Eric.
Sales agent Adam Brown hears the same. He says younger residents and families have happily commented the maintenance-free lifestyle gives them more free time to do the things they enjoy.
Residents can partake in a variety of Lakeside Landings’ common-area amenities, including the resort pool and satellite pool, hot tubs, lighted tennis court, two lighted pickleball courts, putting green, 140-foot fishing pier, gated entrance, and clubhouse amenities such as the fitness center, ballroom with dance floor and lighted stage, catering kitchen, billiard room, card room, craft room, and a library with Wi-Fi.
Families with children who do not qualify to attend the charter school go to the schools in Wildwood. The school bus picks them up at the front entrance of the community. Some older residents appreciate that Lakeside Landings is not age-restricted, especially if they ever need younger family members to come stay with them for longer stays than most 55-plus communities allow.
“If you have some kind of medical emergency and need your granddaughter to come live with you, that’s no problem. We get a lot of that,” Eric says. “A lot of places think they should be a 55-and-older community, but we want to offer homebuyers an opportunity to choose Lakeside Landings regardless of age because there are a lot of retirees who don’t mind living around kids. It’s not like we have a ton of families, but we have enough to where is feels like a different kind of community. There are residents who enjoy seeing children in the community, and we hear that a lot. We have a great mix.”
It’s also a very pet-friendly community. Lakeside Landings has one dog run and is slated to have two dog runs once it is built out.
Kelly invites those house-hunting this year to arrange a visit to Lakeside Landings, tour the model homes, and see for themselves all the amenities the community offers.
“There is no high pressure sales here, and that is what I really like,” she says.
Lakeside Landings just may be the right fit for your next home, whether as a retiree or for your family. Kelly encourages potential buyers to visit the community before they make any final decisions. “One consistent thing we often hear is ‘I wish I knew of Lakeside Landings a lot sooner.’”
“Lakeside Landings really is a great place to live,” adds Eric, reminding that 2021 will be the last year of new home construction. “We are down to the end and it has been a great run.”
Power Corporation Vice President Matthew J. Loiacano also reflected on the community’s final stages of the build-out.
“As we near project completion here at Lakeside Landings, I’d like to thank all our residents, employees, sub-contractors, and the many individuals from local government that we have dealt with over the years,” he says. “Our success here has been much about them as anything we have done. Together, we have built a beautiful community and an outstanding addition to this area of Florida.”
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