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Solivita Sales

Thank You to all our clients, friends and family who have supported and helped to make Bella Verde Realty the highest selling realtor in Solivita. Our Stats are amazing and so is life in the Award Winning Active 55 PLUS Community of Solivita. We attribute our success to each partnership Bella Verde Realty Realtors form with each of our clients. Every Bella Verde Realtor spends time getting to know you, we spend time listening, understanding your needs, and promise to find you the home and lifestyle you desire. The secret to our success is simple; every Bella Verde Realtor makes the following promise to every client - we PROMISE TO NEVER OVERSELL YOU and we promise to work hard to find you the home of your dreams.

Bella Verde Realty, LLC: 101 Transactions
Arista Realty Group: 80 Transactions
Borchini Realty: 79 Transactions
Davies Realty, LLC: 37 Transactions
AV Homes (new home builders): 27 Transactions
Florida Plus Realty: 25 Transactions
Charles Rutenberg Realty: 25 Transactions
Dorn Lane Realty: 13 Transactions
Fairway Realty: 11 Transactions
Right Track Realty: 11 Transactions
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A Typical Solivita Day in 2020

Our Pandemic Days have been similar in structure to our Pre-Pandemic Days except most of the community is wearing masks. Some of our masks are quite creative and come in multiple colors, patterns, and now all types of closure methods. The masks we are now wearing have evolved over the months and have become fashion accessories. Some of our masks tie at the back, some have fixed ear loops, some adjustable ear loops, and some have ear loops with an added Velcro strip that allow you to remove your mask and jauntily drape it around your neck until you are out and about again.

Other than these changes, “Solivitians” are still walking, biking, exercising, swimming, gardening, playing softball, pickleball, golf, tennis and outside in the air having fun. Our basketball court is busy, our social gatherings are much smaller for safety, and when visiting with neighbors on the street we visit at the suggested 6 foot distance, but life in Solivita is still active and has been good. While following the CDC Guidelines, we do feel safe within our gates.

Our restaurants are open and are serving food, plus doing take-out and delivery. Lee and I have done take-out; but have not yet enjoyed a meal in a restaurant since the pandemic began in March, we are looking forward to visiting our favorite places once the virus is under control. Our grocery stores, drug stores and liquor stores happily deliver our requests promptly. We can place our orders in the morning and be unpacking our deliveries in the afternoon.

The advantage to life in Central Florida, we are spending time outside enjoying our gardens, ponds, natural spaces and are loving the nice weather that arrives with fall. I am not a summer soul, so wherever we lived, once the summer heat is over I am once again a happy girl. Lee and I both enjoy the Fall, Winter and Spring weather in Central Florida; we fling open our windows, turn off the air, and enjoy the treats Mother Nature provides; bright blue skies and cool breezes. Our days are still perfect for swimming, but without humidity, plus the pools are heated and refreshing. The perfect time to sit back in one of our spa tubs and enjoy the weather and the warmth of the water as it bubbles around us.

Yes, Group Activities are limited due to the Pandemic. Our weekly Movie night in Solivita have been temporarily rescheduled, but not cancelled. Our HOA has become quite creative, they are streaming the weekly movies into our homes via our own special Solivita Station. There is one unfortunate Movie Night Change, the HOA is no longer providing free popcorn on movie night. Seems they have not yet worked out a popcorn delivery system for each of our homes. The HOA is not only delivering movies to our homes but sponsoring games, trivia, concerts, all virtual and all entertaining. Kudos to the Solivita HOA and the creative folks entertaining us during the Pandemic.

As cold weather sets in for most of the US, we send good wishes for your health and safety and invite you to visit with us in Solivita to view for yourself how good life can be in the comfort of the warm, embracing, and uncrowded AWARD WINNING 55 PLUS COMMUNITY of SOLIVITA. Visit us in person or visit us virtually. We will be happy to arrange to meet you at your convenience and show you around this special community we call home.
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Solivita Sunshine Eggs

Serves 8

• 5 Hard-boiled Eggs
• 1 tbsp. Butter
• 1½ tbsp. Flour
• 1 cup Milk
• 1 cup shredded Cheese
• ½ cup Sour Cream
• 2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard or more to taste
• 1 1/2 cup sliced Mushrooms, sautéed
• 8 slices of your favorite bread
• 8 slices Ham, warmed for a moment in a skillet
• 8 slices Tomato

Peel hard-boiled eggs, cut in half lengthwise. Remove egg yolks and crumble in a small bowl. Chop cooked egg whites and set aside.

Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour and cook over medium heat about 1 minute. Add milk slowly, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Turn heat up to medium-high, cook stirring until sauce thickens to consistency of heavy cream. Add shredded cheese gradually, whisking to fully melt. Add sour cream, mustard, and sautéed mushrooms. Stir in chopped egg whites. The sauce can be made to this point and refrigerated. Warm over low heat in the morning.

The next morning - Toast the bread, briefly warm up the ham in a pan. Layer a slice of tomato and a slice of warmed ham over the toast. Heat the Sauce and Top with mushroom sauce. Garnish with crumbled egg yolks & Enjoy with a good hot cup of coffee.
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Social Distancing Activities

Social Distancing Activities, for the folks not yet ready to dip their toes into an outing:

Plan a Movie Night In

Since a trip to a movie theater is out of the question, why not create your own theater experience at home. Pop a bunch of popcorn, grab an assortment of snacks and fill a cup or glass with your favorite drink. Curl up on the couch and start the film. If you have a projector (and the weather is not too hot), take your movie viewing outside. You can watch movies with loved ones who live outside your home by hopping on a video chat and pressing play at the same time. Alternatively, both Netflix Party and Prime Video Watch Party allow users to watch content and chat online simultaneously with their families and friends. These options are available for the Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming services, respectively.

Make a Photo Album, you know, the one you “Never Had Time for”

Pull out your boxes of photos, look through the photos on your PC and your phone, or on your camera cards, and select some good ones for printing. The experience of viewing old photos is fun and will bring back lots of happy memories of times shared with family, friends, and beautiful places visited. Choose some good pix, print them, and make an album. Once you have finished, you will be glad you did. Plus, after months of the Pandemic and hanging around our homes, we no longer have any excuses that start with “I just don’t have the time”.

Make a Grateful List

Sit down, reflect on all the things in your life that you are grateful for and make a list. This is a great way to feel joy and be thankful for the wonderful times, friends, family, and the joy life has given to you. Making my list filled me with warm, wonderful feelings and helps to calm the worries that this Pandemic has inflicted upon us all. I typed my list and keep it on my refrigerator, each time I look at it I do feel inner peace and joy.

Have some Youtube Fun

Log on to Youtube and check out the underwater camera live in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The underwater video is amazing. The city has installed Spinner, the Sea Camera, at the bottom of the city’s landmark fishing pier, which stretches out over the ocean nearly 1,000 feet from the shoreline at a depth of about 30 feet. You can see everything from parrotfish to sharks to sea turtles. The water is blue, and the view is breathtaking. The water is clear, the fish are plentiful. This view and experience is awesome, and as near to a snorkel trip as you can get without getting wet. Continue your armchair vacation by tripping around the world via you tube. No ticket, no passport, and no unnecessary exposure to the virus. This is a great way to see where you have been and a great way to view where you want to go, (once this pandemic is history).

StarGaze with a Telescope

Since the Pandemic, we have quite a few clients and friends who have invested in a Telescope to Star Gaze, Moon Watch, and to help them see the space shots from their front lawn or rear lanai. One of our friends said, “Although We may not be able to travel, our eyes through the lens of the telescope, can safely travel to new beautiful places”. October will be a great month for Moon Watching. 2020 has delivered a Pandemic to us, a Presidential Election, lots of worry, unemployment, job and food insecurity for millions of our fellow world citizens, and 13 full moons. In October we will enjoy two full moons, the Harvest Moon on October 1st and the Full Hunter’s moon on the 31st. Being full moons, both October Moons will rise around sunset.

While Stargazing through a telescope we were reminded of a wonderful evening spent in Flagstaff at the Lowell Observatory viewing the stars with the Lowell Educators. It was at this Observatory in Flagstaff that Pluto, once believed to be the ninth planet, was discovered by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh. If you are lucky enough to be there on a dark night when the sky is clear, you too can climb up the ladder of one of the telescopes at the observatory and view the planets and stars but until then, it is fun to view the stars from Solivita.
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The State of Florida is Open

The state of Florida is once again open for all to enjoy the fun, sun and beauty that Florida offers. This month’s newsletter includes Social Distancing Activities, and a few suggestions for the folks looking to go “out and about.”

We recently took a walk through the Mead Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of natural habitat for picnicking, nature walks and wildlife viewing. Mead Gardens has some short trails lined with tall pine trees, a creek, a boardwalk, a greenhouse, and a pond, plus a butterfly garden. If you have a well- behaved dog, bring him along for a walk, as leashed dogs are allowed too. The address is 1300 S. Denning Drive in Winter Park. If you choose not to picnic, the city of Winter Park has wonderful dining, outside and inside. You can dine al fresco and enjoy pasta, pizza, burgers, Greek and Turkish Food in Winter Park, and after all these months, it sure does feel good to be out and about again.

Mead Gardens is also hosting a Haunted Hike in the Garden
Please know Tickets must be purchased in advance
Thursday, Oct. 29 & Friday Oct. 30
6:30 PM – 11:00 PM

Put on a costume if you wish, walk with a happy heart, bring a mask, as it is required to be admitted, and have some fun. Experience spine-chilling tales from Mead Botanical Garden’s 80-year history by the moonlight. Mead Gardens is usually closed at night, but this is the perfect setting for an evening adventure. During this 40-minute hike, a master storyteller will share spooky tales of local legends and unexplained mysteries with you as you walk the garden’s most haunted trails.

Enjoy scary old black and white films prior to your tour in the socially distanced, outdoor waiting area. Adult beverages, and treats will be available for purchase. Hikes run every 15 minutes throughout the evening, from 7 – 10:15 p.m. Group size is limited to 8 people to ensure no one disappears. Keep your eyes peeled for restless critters that lurk in the garden at night.
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The Boys are Back in Town

A few months ago, our good neighbors, Brian and Richard, permanently relocated to Solivita from their home in Winter Park. Brian and Richard have owned their home in Solivita for years and finally “came to their senses” and moved in.

Not only are the guys great neighbors, but fabulous designers too. Recently, they redesigned our courtyard and transformed our space into a beautiful, carefree, tranquil oasis, complete with a bubbling fountain and beautiful flowers. Now instead of just passing through our courtyard we have a lovely place to stop and enjoy the beauty of our garden. Brian and Richard’s Company is At Home Design Solutions, and they have solutions for all your design needs. You can reach them at 321-251-0688 or you can virtually visit their website at
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Do You Need a Vacation?

At this point, I think we probably all need a break. We are working on our bucket list and planning to escape our Self-Induced Quarantine Status as soon as it is safe to travel. Lots of ideas on the list, but for our first adventure after COVID-19 Cases are reduced we are taking a car trip, just like in the “Olden Days”. On our list, Nashville, Smoky Mountains, Memphis, OR we may head out to Hot Springs, Arkansas to enjoy nature and hang out in a Spa for a few days. All just ideas on our list at this point, but all ideas that remind us of the life we had BCV19 (Before COVID-19), ideas that will help us get through this crisis and back to life as we knew it. In the interim, in Solivita we can swim, walk, bike, garden, golf and enjoy the beauty of our community. October is almost here, and the new month will bring beautiful skies, cool weather, and lovely evenings. Evenings perfect for lounging on our lanai, lighting the firepit and enjoying the brush of an evening breeze. I can almost smell the fragrant hickory burning in the firepit as Lee and I sit back and enjoy the evening sounds of the conservation while sharing a good glass of red wine at the end of the day.
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Getting Hurricane Ready

Planning for hurricane season can be stressful, especially while we are currently handling the COVID-19 Crisis, but if you are prepared you will have less to worry about. Solivita has Underground Power Lines so in Solivita you are safe from high winds, falling wires and poles, but the potential of underground lines being damaged in a flood is still possible. Solivita is not in a flood zone, therefore potential flood damage is minimized. Having stated all the above, Hurricanes can be destructive, and power can be interrupted during a storm, therefore it is better to be safe than sorry.
  • One gallon of water per person per day, plan on a minimum of three days.
  • A 3-day supply of non-perishable food and a can opener if you are including canned food. Lee and I always maintain crackers, nuts, dried fruit, and Wine in our emergency food supply.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio plus extra batteries.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Masks for Covid-19
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags
  • Wrench, Pliers, and a hammer, just in case you need to turn off water, or make a quick repair.
  • Prescription medicine for 5 days
  Have a full tank of gas in your car, and if you have a grill, charcoal and matches, or a tank of propane for cooking. Pack a bag of personal hygiene items just in case power goes out and you want to evacuate. Include in your escape bag, your cell phone charger, a pen and paper. Hurricanes come and go, and in the tropics, hurricanes are a slice of life, but in Central Florida our risk is minimized as we are far from both coasts. So be ready, be safe and by end of November we will all be celebrating Thanksgiving. Let us hope we are celebrating without masks.
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Quick, Healthy Summer Salad Recipe

My brother in law, likes the flavor of onions, but sometimes the bite bothers him, so for years he has been picking raw onion out of his salads. Recently my sister started doing quick pickle recipes and now we are all enjoying healthy tasty salads, plus Gregg is enjoying onions. It takes no time to pickle an onion and this knowledge has been the impetus of many creative salads. Easy, slice your onions thinly, and soak them in vinegar, I have soaked them in white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar and found that any vinegar I have on hand works perfectly. All you need is about 1 hour of soaking, and the raw onion flavor has been tamed. Discard the vinegar and add the onions to your salad. Now the fun begins, we are busy making vegetable salads with this method. Cucumber, Radish, Onion and Dill Salad is a big favorite. We have enjoyed many salads now and substitute fresh dill for parsley, add carrots, zucchini or summer squash, mushrooms, or any variety of what I have in the refrigerator. This is a great way to enjoy the cool crisp of the veggies, without adding a lot of calories and a good way to preserve your veggies for a couple of extra days. If you let these salads sit in the fridge, they are still good 24 hours later. I am not canning, cooking, or long preserving veggies but instead just refreshing up some old recipes and enjoying the crispy, cool flavor of summer. Following is a basic example of our latest summer salad.

Basic Summer Salad:

1 Bag Red Radishes, sliced thinly
1 Onion Sliced thinly
2 English Cucumbers
½ Tsp Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to taste
Vinegar to taste
1 Clove Garlic minced
2 tsp chopped fresh dill

Toss radishes with salt and let stand for 10 minutes, in a separate bowl Toss Onions with vinegar and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain radishes and onions and transfer to a large bowl, add cucumbers.

Whisk Olive Oil, vinegar, garlic, and dill in a small bowl, and pour over vegetables. Standard Vinaigrette is 1/3 Vinegar to 2/3 Olive Oil, but let your taste be your guide. Toss to combine and refrigerate. Good to eat in about an hour, and good later in the same day or even the next day. This is the perfect recipe to make in the morning, go to the pool and enjoy at lunch. This type of salad does not require a lot of dressing, experiment, and have fun with ingredients and the dressing.
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Staying Safe, and Staying Centered

We are all concerned about our potential exposure to Covid-19 while trying to still get our workout routines in. Lee and I are not currently visiting the gym. During this Crisis we are trying to maintain a workout routine by walking, biking, and doing Yoga. We are riding bikes, I am riding a stationary bike, and a few days a week you will see Lee riding his bike through the neighborhood. We are also enjoying walks around the ponds, lakes, neighborhoods and on early morning weekends driving to a lovely park and walking a trail. As for working out at home, we are doing that too. Beside the health benefits of working out and keeping active we are trying to ward off “cabin fever”. We have relocated some of our Florida Room Furniture and a few times a week are exploring the benefits of yoga and using our Florida Room as a temporary yoga studio. Yoga is new to me, but so far, I am enjoying the peace and tranquility this quiet form of exercise brings. Of course, as the weather cools, our lanai will be the perfect place to enjoy a Yoga Session. Whatever it takes to get through this, get through this we all will, and at the end we will all be SOLIVITA STRONGER for it.