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Old05-02-2019, 08:57 PM

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Has anyone been to the GL Homes 55+ community? I think it is called Riverside just off Rt 95. It has gas but not sure about the CDD. I am curious how large the development is and does it have biking trails. Close to the hospital. Thanks

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Old05-05-2019, 08:39 AM

Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Valencia Cay at Riverland is a 55+ community by GL - did you mean that one? If you did, it shouldn't have a CDD since it's not a part of the City or of a larger development of other homes.

I have good friends that work for GL and I'm asking them about it to be sure.

Ok.. no, there will not be a CDD at this community. GL Homes has paid for everything that would be associated with that. A CDD (Community Development District) is for the infrastructure (underground everything) that has to be done before anything can be built for a community. I also asked if it was considered a part of Tradition- and was told it is not.

I was told their HOA fee will be $354/Mo which includes lawn, cable, alarm monitoring, 24 hour gatehouse, clubhouse with a full time director, a restaurant, lawn sprinkling, and much more. Again, facilities for a 55 and older community are extensive
for a reason - to keep you busy and meeting others.

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Old05-06-2019, 10:31 AM

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I visited Valencia Cay just the other day, looked at models, and spoke with a salesperson. Comparing the homes there to the homes in Del Webb (just south of Valencia Cay), it seems to me they've pretty much built that CDD fee into the price of the homes, maybe a bit less. So you need to decide if you'd rather pay that over time in your taxes or pay upfront. Personally, I'd rather pay over time because who knows how long I'll live there. Also, your property taxes are are based on the cost of your home so there is that to consider.

Riverland is going to be beautiful one day. Valencia Cay is only the first Over 55 community there. When completed, residents of all the communities will be able to get everywhere by golf cart. That is a real bonus.

The $354 maintenance fee at Valencia Cay does not include cable. I was told they feel everyone wants to make their own choice about internet and TV. Some people would rather not even have a cable package.

But another factor in the cost of the homes in Valencia vs. Del Webb is that Valencia is offering as standard Impact Resistant Windows. That is huge. Del Webb is just including the panels. So if you want hurricane shutters, that's an added cost which is several thousand depending on how many windows you have.

I've read here that Del Webb offers shoddy construction, but I don't know anything about the person saying that. I would love to hear more about that along with the quality of construction at other communities in the Tradition area.

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Old05-06-2019, 12:46 PM

Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Hurricane shutters are a code requirement of building any home. They are not an extra unless they are different from the ones to be supplied by the builder when built.

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Old05-06-2019, 12:50 PM

Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Del Webb was bought by Pulte Homes. So was DiVosta. Check the reviews on them.

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Old05-06-2019, 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by FlaLadyBView Post

Hurricane shutters are a code requirement of building any home. They are not an extra unless they are different from the ones to be supplied by the builder when built.

I think they are writing about accordion hurricane shutters as they mention in the Post that hurricane panels are included
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Old05-06-2019, 02:21 PM

Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

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I put that in because she said ...."So if you want hurricane shutters, that's an added cost which is several thousand depending on how many windows you have."

Just making it clear that hurricane shutters WILL be there by code requirement. Not accordion or see through, but you will have shutters.

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Old05-06-2019, 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by FlaLadyBView Post

Hurricane shutters are a code requirement of building any home. They are not an extra unless they are different from the ones to be supplied by the builder when built.

I was referring to accordion shutters. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. I thought I wrote accordion shutters are several thousand. I indicated they come with the panels. We will never put those dangerous things up again. We replaced ours with accordions years ago.


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I think they are writing about accordion hurricane shutters as they mention in the Post that hurricane panels are included

Thank you. Yes.

When I began posting in this thread, it was with the hope that the poster who was unhappy with Del Webb would post again. I gave some details about why we are considering leaving here also with the hope that possibly some Del Webb residents would have some input. I don’t want to jump from the frying pan into the fire and the more I read about Tradition, the more I feel it might not be right for us.

The best information comes from people who actually live within Tradition and are paying the taxes and fees involved.
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Old05-06-2019, 05:39 PM

Location: Port St. Lucie, Florida

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I lived in Tradition for 6 years and it was my main focus for sales and rentals there. I went to HOA meetings and even provided my HOA with some additional info about the homes in my community that they didn't have access to.

I don't live there any longer due to having a psychotic next door neighbor I could no longer stand, but I do still live nearby in St Lucie West. I'm not just an onlooker....I've "been there".....in person. Things I mention about construction there are because I saw it...not just heard about it. I was there watching it and because I was involved in sales of homes I was also involved in the details. I have actually designed and built my own custom house before in Boca Raton so I do know construction as well.

With the exception of my neighbor and one other person, I enjoyed living there. I still shop there and still have friends there. Not every single person living in any community is going to happy but a lot of them are or you would see more homes for sale. The CDD has been there since Tradition opened, and there are other communities that have a CDD as well, so it's not something new or specific to just Tradition.

When you look at communities to live in, be they like Tradition or 55+ you are purchasing a "life-style"..not just a house on a lot on a street. You are purchasing conveniences, amenities, streets and street lights, stores, clubhouses, activities, pools, and so many more things. It's not free. It takes upkeep. It takes people to run it. You have to decide if that is what you want. I'm not here to convince you either way, just to help you get the facts to help in your decision

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Old05-06-2019, 07:42 PM

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FlaLady, thank you. I understand about CDD. I live in a community with non ad valorem taxes which is essentially the same thing. But it was a bit easier to determine my total property taxes back then. That is not what is putting me off about Tradition. It's more about the location, all the building going on, it being so far from everything except what is there. I visited and I did love the Tradition center.

I actually haven't seen any comments you have made about construction. It was someone else on this thread who lives in Del Webb now and was extrmely unhappy. It gave me great concern, but it is just one person. Still, I would love to have had more input from that individual. I visited Del Webb and fell in love with a model. But to double our taxes simply makes no sense. So I was trying to get a clearer picture about that. But I think I've finally pretty much figured it out and it would be double.

Valencia Cay simply does not appeal to me at all ... all straight roads, no green space to speak of at all. But I do thank you for all the information you provided and I'm sure it will help others unfamiliar with HOA's and MPC's. I was just saying that I don't think GL Homes really did anyone any favors ... while they "paid" the fee, I believe it is built into the purchase price.

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Valencia Cay at Riverland a 55+ Community

Valencia Cay at Riverland is an age-restricted 55+ Active Adult Community located in the Tradition, Port St Lucie, Florida. Valencia Cay is another masterpiece designed and developed by GL Homes with an amazing selection of amenities. GL Homes has been a success story in the construction industry where only the resilience and quality products survived the downturns and crashes of the past 40 years. Valencia Cay is part of the amazing 4,000 acres Riverland master plan located in the western Port St Lucie in Treasure Coast of Florida. The amazing 34,000 square feet clubhouse is the central hub for gathering and activities for residents and is designed to create a fun and active lifestyle. The Club at Valencia showcases an unparalleled resort-style swimming pool along with a 14 acres Sports and Racquet Club facility and the Arts and Cultural Center. In addition to all activities available in Valencia Cay at Riverland, the residents can enjoy the restaurants and shops in the Tradition  Village Squares and enjoy the -old-town-USA atmosphere unique to Tradition. For more shopping, there is The Landing at Tradition, a large shopping center/mall with many nationally known department stores.

Port St Lucie and especially the St Lucie West and Tradition neighborhoods are the homes to some of the most incredible 55+ communities offering great amenities at great prices. For golf enthusiasts, PGA Village Verano in Tradition, FL has been a favorite and the addition of the 55+ Active Adult community of Cresswind at PGA Village Verano has been a piece of welcome news for anyone interested in living in a resort-style golfing community.



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Valencia Grove is a 55+community with homes from the mid $200,000s to the high $400,000’s built by GL Homes. Homes range from 1903 to 4198 SQFT. 

GL Homes is ranked as the 12th largest private homebuilder in the US. Florida Trend Magaziner ranked GL Homes as the 2nd largest private homebuilder in Florida 


All homes include Impact Resistant Doors and Windows, Concrete Tile Roofs, and Gas Appliances. Valencia Grove HOA fees are only $335/Mo and include use of the 34,000 Valencia Grove Clubhouse, Maintenance of the private streets and common area, Gatehouse, In-home security, and your lawn care. 

Many models are on display in Valencia Grove at GL Homes’ very attractive model center. Especially due to Covid 19 precautions, appointment times are encouraged. To schedule, a PERSONAL APPOINTMENT TO VISIT RIVERLAND OR RECEIVE FREE LITERATURE CLICK HERE


Search RESALES in Valencia Cay The first phase of Riverland

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Valencia Cay at Riverland, Port Saint Lucie FL New Homes 55+ HOA - Tour a Whole Block of Model Homes

Valencia Cay

Coffered ceilings

Massive development spearheads future growth south of Tradition


Leading the way in Port St. Lucie for the explosive residential growth south of Tradition is Valencia Cay at Riverland. The 1,087-unit development by GL Homes will be the tip of the spear for an L-shaped parcel with more than 3,800 acres proposed for Riverland residential communities south of Tradition.

Valencia Cay is just southwest of the entrance into Tradition at Interstate 95, featuring boulevards with streets that wind in and back around some of the 21 man-made lakes in the 55-plus community.

Located on 385 acres of former citrus groves, Valencia Cay is the flagship development for the 3,800-acre Riverland Development of Regional Impact. Riverland’s six square miles will be Port St. Lucie’s second largest DRI after St. Lucie West and twice the size of Tradition.

Connected communities will be home to 11,700 approved units in the five miles south, ending at the C-24 Canal — also the St. Lucie-Martin County line.

pool and spa

One-half mile of the Paseo Trail has been completed — including the planting of 180 large oak trees — with a second half-mile section now under construction. Upon completion, the five-mile trail will connect Discovery Way and a western extension of Becker Road for use by hikers, cyclists and golf cart drivers on an adjacent parallel road.

“We will add to the Paseo Trail as communities are built,” says Ryan Courson, GL Homes St. Lucie Division vice president. “We did a lot of research, looking at different trends. People wanted linear green ways and trail systems for jogging, dog walking and exercising without having to drive a car and without golf carts on busy streets.”

Courson says 80 percent of the Valencia Cay homes have been sold. More than 300 residences are currently occupied with homeowners using the finished link of the Paseo Trail.

“It will connect our residents and it will connect them to commercial areas,” he says.

Breakfast nook, breakfast bar and an island in the Caroline model’s kitchen

The Riverland DRI is approved for four million square feet of retail space — almost five times the size of the Treasure Coast Square Mall. Plans call for a fire station and a town center with shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Other commercial areas will be located throughout Riverland, projected for completion over the next 10 years.

“We are building Riverland to revolve around our amenities,” says Courson. Twenty acres has been set aside at Valencia Cay for a sports and racket club, pro shop, and tennis and pickle ball courts. “Pickle ball is huge with people 55 and over and as our communities grow, we will monitor usage and add more courts.”

Open to residents of future Riverland developments, the pickle ball facilities will include a tournament court to attract regional and national competitions. “We will have a vibrant program with a head professional certified in both tennis and pickle ball,” Courson says.
The 34,000-square-foot clubhouse at Valencia Cay is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 with a restaurant, card rooms, pools, a sports lounge and 800-seat auditorium.

With prices from the $240s in the Premier Collection to the $420s in the Crown Collection, a variety of floor plans are offered in the 15 models from 1,300 to 4,000 square feet.

Established in 1976, GL Homes has built 85,000 homes in Florida and currently is constructing six communities on the West Coast and eight on the East Coast. Since its beginning, the company has built 46 sold-out residential developments.

“We are aggressively in the planning stages for our next development, which will be the same size and west of Valencia Cay,” Courson says. “We have been selling 50 homes a month, and many buyers are from Port St. Lucie. We didn’t expect our success. We are excited with a great start, beyond our expectations. This is one of our more successful projects in Florida.”

Master bedrooms in the Carlyle model

“I feel that Valencia Cay is the perfect fit for me mainly because of the great amenities they offer and the over 55 active lifestyle like the pickle ball courts and fitness center,” says Teri Hoffman, who will move from St. Lucie West when her home is finished. “What also sold me was the easy access to I-95 and the growing number of restaurants and shops planned for the future within walking distance of Valencia Cay.”

“A significant portion of the new single-family development within Port St. Lucie is occurring in Riverland with approval of more than 10,000 state-of-the-art homes,” says Port St. Lucie City Manager Russ Blackburn. “It was designed as a master planned community with outstanding recreational amenities and an integrated transportation system which encourages bike, pedestrian and vehicular use in a park-like setting. Port St. Lucie is fortunate to offer residents choices for their personal Florida lifestyle ranging from traditional single-family homes on shady streets to the breathtaking beauty, master planned amenities and social activities found in the new community of Riverland.”

GL Homes has proven its long-term commitment to completing its massive Riverland communities over the next 10 years, providing new residents with neighborhoods and amenities to suit their lifestyles.

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Tradition riverland

All-inclusive, resort-style living is just 1 move away in Port St. Lucie

With more time to devote to passions and hobbies, retirees will feel right at home in Riverland, a master planned community by Florida’s leading builder GL Homes spanning nearly 4,000 acres in Port St. Lucie.

Often the best part of a vacation is staying at an all-inclusive resort, where everything is taken care of and amenities are plentiful right outside your door. That comfort and ease doesn’t have to be reserved for vacation, though. It just depends on where you live. At Valencia Cay and Valencia Grove at Riverland, an all-inclusive resort lifestyle is as attractive as it is attainable, with luxury property prices starting at $300,000 for residents 55-plus. 

A master planned community by Florida’s leading builder GL Homes, Riverland spans nearly 4,000 acres in Port St. Lucie, blending beautiful gated communities with all the amenities that make Florida living so appealing to active folks. From its 14-acre sports and racquet club to its multiple parks and vibrant arts and culture center, Riverland’s amenities are designed to allow residents to make the most of every day. 

With more time to devote to passions and hobbies, retirees will feel right at home — and-well equipped — in Riverland. The 34,000-square-foot clubhouse serves as the hub of the community, offering everything from a huge swimming pool to restaurants, lounges and card rooms perfect for socializing. The Paseo Greenway is a 2-mile, traffic-free greenway that connects the neighborhoods with all of Riverland’s amenities. Hop in a golf cart and you’ll feel like you’re zipping around on vacation right in your own neighborhood. 

Calling this sunny and vibrant destination home is well within reach, with two-bedroom premier collection residence prices starting around $300,000 at Valencia in Riverland. It’s a great opportunity to trade in a large property that demands a lot of upkeep, for something just as luxurious without maintenance woes. Unlike other builders in the Port St. Lucie area, Valencia at Riverland has no Community Development District (CDD) fees. Many developers finance a portion of development costs and then pass those fees on to homeowners as assessments on their tax bills. Residents will enjoy top-tier community amenities and the ultimate in quality, design, and lifestyle, without being burdened by a CDD!

With multiple floor plans and design options, the connected communities at Riverland offer endless possibilities for finding a house that feels like the perfect home. Luxe amenities are par for the course there, too, making both Valencia Cay and Valencia Grove an amazing value for residents 55 and older who want to live an exciting and rich lifestyle. 

After all, not all retirement destinations are created equal, and Port St. Lucie has been recognized as being one of the most desirable. Ranked in 2020 as the third best place in the country to retire by U.S. News & World Report, Port St. Lucie stands out for its affordability and high marks for a happy and healthy lifestyle. 

Outside of Riverland, it’s just a short drive to even more great destinations that make Port St. Lucie a desirable home base. Great health care is located just a mile from Valencia Cay at the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital. Baseball fans can take in a New York Mets game at the team’s nearby spring training location, and golf aficionados can take a swing at the PGA Golf Club. Drive to the coast and spread your towel on the beautiful white sandy shores of Jensen Beach — just don’t forget the sunscreen. 

When you combine the affordable luxury lifestyle available at places like Valencia Cay and Valencia Grove at Riverland with the vibrant lifestyle of surrounding Port St. Lucie, it’s easy to see why this area won a top spot as one of the best places to retire in the country. 

Whether you’re looking to retire in style or rightsize your home, GL Homes’ communities at Riverland offer endless perks for an incredible value. 

Learn more about life at GL Homes’ one-of-a-kind Riverland community in Port St. Lucie at glhomes.com/florida-homes/valencia-at-riverland.

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