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Summer is Road Trip Time

Recently we jumped in our car and spent a few days away from Solivita. Usually we drive to Miami or the Keys, but this summer’s road trip led us to the Gulf Coast. Summer is the perfect time to leave the campus of Solivita and explore the beauty that Florida offers. The Florida Gulf Coast is only a few short hours away, but it is a world apart. We love every moment of life in Solivita, but occasionally a change of pace is nice and necessary. We drove to Fort Myers, stopped at Spinnakers for the view, a beer and a Florida Black Grouper Sandwich, crossed the Sanibel Island Causeway, and in a few short minutes we were on the beach in Sanibel. A lovely, quiet spot. Sanibel and Captiva are quiet off season; making Summer the perfect time to visit. With the beauty of Florida in our backyard there is no reason for the hassle, time and expense involved in taking a plane trip to the islands. From our Solivita Driveway, Lee and I easily slipped behind the wheel, played a few tunes, applied some sunblock, and were on the beach the same afternoon.
The gulf is beautiful, the islands are quaint, the beaches are deserted and the restaurants are wonderful. We fished, we sailed, and every evening we saw breath taking sunsets on our beach. Daily while swimming we watched the dolphins play. How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful State surrounded by wildlife, blue water, and the great activities Florida and Solivita offer
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Designer-Inspired Room Makeover

Q: What do you get when you cross Japanese and Scandinavian Design?
A: Why Japandi (Of Course)
Japandi is a new hot trend in the home decorating arena. When you think about both styles, they do have many similarities. Both styles have clean lines, emphasize simplicity, are minimalistic, and are without frills. This look is now setting a new standard for home luxury and comfort, and with a bit of shopping, some redesign, and decluttering, you too can bring this look to your Solivita home.
Here’s how to achieve this look.
Since minimalism is a common trait to both Japanese and Nordic design, to achieve the Japandi look, first you will need to do away with clutter, and add a few impactful statement pieces. Flood your life and your room with natural light. Use a few dramatic accents with an unexpected color blend to bring out the fine features of a clutter-free room centered on neutrals, bright natural sunlight, and natural materials. Choose stone, wood, and organic fabrics in pastel colors and indoor plants without blossoms to bring a fresh Zen-like quality to your space. Have some fun with creating a new style for yourself and your home.
This new look seems to capture the best of both worlds and could be the inspiration for your Solivita home or room makeover. The experts predict Japandi will be trendy and stylish for years to come, so why not adopt this fresh new look for your own home and stay trendy and fresh Japandi-style.

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Summertime In Solivita Florida

Sights From Summertime In Solivita Florida

Every Season in Solivita offers residents and guests something special. Summertime in Solivita Florida brings lazy afternoons at the pool, fireworks, cookouts, beautiful summer storms, and yes summer heat.
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Patriotic Retirement: Living In Solivita Retirement Community

Solivita Retirement Community Determined To Be Most Patriotic

Looking for yet another great reason why living in Solivita retirement community, Florida’s 4th largest active retirement community, is amazing? If you think about the two championship golf courses, countless recreation courts, spas, pools, fitness centers, and wonderful dining options, you might say, “what more could I ask for out of a retirement oasis?”
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Cozy Solivita Summer Days Courtesy Of Central Florida Rainstorms

No Drought Here Thanks To Central Florida Rainstorms

Glad to say the drought in Florida seems to be ending! Here in Solivita, we get those kinds of Central Florida rainstorms that make the news. It is rainy season and we are experiencing afternoon rainstorms. Our ponds are again full and teeming with life. The frogs are singing and the turtles are relaxing on the shores of our lakes and streams. The afternoon rain is welcome, it brings a bit of cool, and the sound of it bouncing off the roof is pleasant and lyrical.
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Solivita The Retirement You Dreamed Of

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A Tranquil Haven: Solivita, The Retirement You’ve Dreamed Of

Got up this morning feeling lucky, not lottery lucky, but just lucky in general. We live in a beautiful community surrounded by great friends and neighbors. We can stay “on campus” all day yet still have lots to do; golf, tennis, fishing, gardening, walking, running, the options seem to be endless. I love to go for a ride in the golf cart, stop and visit with friends, park the cart at the bistro, enjoy a flatbread, walk up to the lending library, or have a snack at the grill.   A simple, pleasant way to spend the day. No traffic, no gas nor tolls, no horns beeping, and no commotion.
Solivita is a lovely community. On days when I am feeling pressured I sit back, drink in the pleasant surroundings, and let the stress dissolve. I feel blessed that we found and embraced this community and built our lives here. Solivita is virtually maintenance free, surrounded by wildlife and natural beauty, and our weather is pleasant, most of the time. The skies, even on the hottest days, are always a deep shade of blue. I Could not, nor would I, ask for more. I invite you to visit Solivita and see for yourself how good life can be.
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Solivita Discovery Days!

3 Days & 2 Nights 

$129+ tax for 2 people (Certain terms and conditions apply.)

Solivita invites you to preview the best years of your life for three days and two nights. Experience one of the best premier “55+” communities.

  • 3 Days/2 Nights for $129 (Certain terms & conditions apply)
  • Explore the Solivita lifestyle firsthand
  • Stay in a fully furnished guest home
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch and dinner
  • Cruise around in your own golf cart
  • Use all recreational facilities during stay
  • Meet Solivita residents & Realtors Lee & Lorraine Valdes (owners) of Bella Verde Realty

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Call (407) 641-2688 or Complete Form Below To Reserve Your Solivita® Discovery Days Visit

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Rethink Retirement: Indulge In A Thrilling Active Retirement Lifestyle

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Rethink Retirement: Indulge In A Thrilling Active Retirement Lifestyle

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Retirement doesn’t have to be sitting on the couch, watching reruns of your favorite television show. Imagine yourself looking out to a beautiful lake while painting a picture, or ceramic. Later you check out the fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength equipment. You decide you want to play a round of golf instead.
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Springtime In Solivita: Community Garden Time In Solivita!

Community Garden in Solivita – What a blast!

We recently got our first plot and decided to plant some seeds. Explored the internet for seeds and stumbled upon the Burpee Seed Catalog. What a Hoot! Seeds for every fruit and vegetable. While searching for seeds we found Direct Sow Seeds. After reading and researching we picked a few varieties to plant, provided Burpee with our address and credit card info, and in three days our seeds were in our mailbox.
Prior to moving to Florida, when planting seeds, we nurtured them under a grow light, and transplanted the plants when they were strong and the earth had turned warm. We both (Lee & Lorraine Valdes) always had fun playing in the dirt and eventually harvested some vegetables, but most of our efforts went into feeding the local rabbits, deer and birds. Who can relate? *Chuckles*
Take a look at this close-up of the community garden, it’s truly looking marvelous!

Well, it is about three weeks since the seeds hit the dirt, and already we have spinach, carrots and peppers emerging from the earth. Solivita has a great fenced in Community Garden Space with raised beds, easy access to water, fertilizer, soil and neighbors and friends to advise, share and help you water your garden plus share the bounty of fun and friendship.
On a beautiful sunny morning we had our first garden meeting. The sun has been shining and we’ve had a few showers – the best climate for healthy growing plants! I know we will not only enjoy the time spent in the garden but the fruit of our labor as well.
Off to weed the garden!

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Things to do in Orlando When the Family Comes to Visit

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Things to do in Orlando When Family Comes to Visit

As Northern temperatures drop and entryways are strewn with snowy boots and wet gloves, hats and scarves, our northern friends and family inevitably grow jealous of our sandals and sun-drenched surroundings. Next thing we know, they’ve dug out their shorts and sun hats, and packed their bags to find relief in our sunny backyards.
While the amusement parks offer easy entertainment, especially for the kids and grandkids, we know that our lovely home-city has so much more to offer outside the park gates. From beautiful gardens and nature preserves to museums and a rich performing-arts scene, there are endless ways to entertain your northern visitors in and around the city. Perhaps you’ll even convince them to trade-in their snow boots for a pair of flip-flops and join you in the sunshine state for good – and with their own yard!
Here we’ve highlighted a few Orlando favorites to show off when the family comes to visit, as well as a link to download our Orlando Area Guide – for those ready to delve a little deeper.
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Orlando Area Guide

See Orlando through an Insider’s Eyes

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For the Earthy Eater: East End Market
Live local at this neighborhood market, a collection of locally sourced eateries in the Audubon Park Garden District of Orlando. The market is full of organic food options, like the “all-Florida-all year” Local Roots Farm Store and flights of Florida beer and wine. La Bretxa specializes in wild-caught Florida seafood ready for grilling, and Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen offers fresh vegan juices, smoothies, and raw-food menu – and that’s just the beginning. Grab your selection inside, then head out to the picnic tables, nestled amongst the flowerbeds, to bask in the Florida sunshine.
For the Sweet Tooth: Private Island Ice Cream
The kids will be wowed when they visit Private Island Ice Cream. Once they’ve chosen their flavors, they’ll watch as the bowl of cream is shot with liquid nitrogen, turning it into ice cream right before their eyes. The treat comes with unlimited mix-ins and toppings like delicious homemade caramel and cookie dough or cayenne pepper for the more adventurous eater, all for a set cost of $5. Private Island is located right across from Gatorland – a perfect end-of-the-day adventure stop.
For the Kids: Pirates Dinner Adventure
The kids will go crazy for a chance to join the show as a member of Captain Sebastian the Black’s crew of evil pirate renegades. This dinner show takes place on board a pirate ship anchored in an indoor lagoon, and is filled with music, laughter, stunts and adventure, not to mention the Port of Call Feast.
For the Adventurer: Wallaby Ranch
Get a thrill and enjoy the sights from above by hang gliding over central Florida. Wallaby Ranch offers year-round Tandem Flights and hang gliding instruction. Located just outside of Orlando,   the staff at Wallaby Ranch use the latest tandem aerotowing techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable hang gliding experience possible.
For the Nature-Lover: Harry P Leu Gardens
The beautiful Leu Gardens, located right near Downtown Orlando, offers an extensive 50-acre botanical sanctuary. With the mission of inspiring visitors to appreciate and understand plants, each garden is designed to be a delight for the senses. The Leu House Museum is located in the heart of the gardens and provides a lesson in turn-of-the century living experiences by the families who once called the museum home. The Gardens also play host to a number of events year round, from concerts to storytimes and movie nights, and even outdoor exhibits like the current Dinosaur Invasion.
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Solivita Retirement Community Boasts Accolades

Where to Retire Magazine has named Solivita one of the country’s best master-planned communities. Solivita is celebrated, admired, and with an active 55+ Community with over 4,300 acres of great natural beauty, pristine ponds, conservation, walking and biking paths for your enjoyment, it’s easy to see why.
Solivita offers 150,000 SF of fabulous amenities designed to create an active country club lifestyle. Included in the amenities are two resort style complexes; the PALMS, and the RIVERA SPA AND FITNESS CENTER. Together these complexes include outdoor and indoor heated pools, multiple hot tubs, exercise suites with aerobics studios, highly trained coaches, cardio & exercise equipment, active dance and fitness classes, and an indoor temp controlled walking track.
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Throughout the community you will find lap and splash pools, multiple hot tubs, a softball diamond, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball courts, and horseshoe pits. Solivita is the home of two championship golf courses, waterfront restaurants, a library, a sports bar, a driving range, a lake for dragon boating and kayaking, parks and a community garden. In downtown Solivita you can explore your creative side at the sculpture and ceramics studio or enjoy movie screenings, dances, concerts and theatrical productions in the 17,000 SF Starlite Ballroom. These amenities are for your enjoyment. This is the time you worked your entire life to enjoy and Solivita is the place to enjoy your time.